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Archive for August, 2012

Movie filming may affect water service downtown

Monday, August 13th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Water service in downtown Wilmington may be affected today because of filming for the movie “We’re the Millers.”

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has authorized the production, which stars Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, special use of water for special effects. Crews were scheduled to start shooting downtown at 6 a.m. They’re slated to work until about 4 p.m.

“Movie production/special effects companies routinely use water from fire hydrants for special effects (aka rain scenes),” CFPUA spokeswoman Jacqueline Valade said in an e-mail to WWAY. “The difference with this request is that the production company requested the use of a larger meter and because of that, CFPUA required additional measures be taken, such as the notification and having CFPUA staff on site during the activity.”

CFPUA says it hand delivered notices to approximately 600 downtown residences and businesses in the affected area, which ranges from Hanover Street to Orange Street between 4th and Water Streets.

Valade said she believed but was not certain the production would be charged the typical non-resident consumption charge of $3.96/1,000 gallons of water used.

During the production time, CFPUA says customers in the area may experience periods of low pressure and/or may see discolored water due to the increased water usage and significant amount of flow. Customers that do experience discoloration are advised to run the cold water for approximately three to five minutes to allow the lines to clear.

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Spokesman: Billy Graham doing well at NC hospital

Monday, August 13th, 2012

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — Nurses report that evangelist Billy Graham had a restful night at the North Carolina hospital where he’s being treated for bronchitis.

Graham spokesman A. Larry Ross reported Graham was having breakfast Monday morning and is doing well.

The 93-year-old Graham was admitted to Mission Hospital in Asheville overnight Saturday for treatment of the lung infection.

Ross says Graham watched the closing ceremony of the London Olympics from his hospital bed Sunday evening.

A formal report from the hospital is expected later Monday morning.

Graham was hospitalized for pneumonia last November. His staff says the evangelist’s health has been good since his release, though he had remained at his home in Montreat, N.C.

He’s working on an upcoming book.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Lumberton officer wounded; suspect in custody

Monday, August 13th, 2012

LUMBERTON, NC (AP) — Lumberton police say a suspect in the wounding of a police officer has shot and injured himself.

Police say officer Marcus Norton was shot in the leg early Sunday morning.

Police Chief Mike McNeill says the man thought to be responsible was found in a large trash bin where he shot himself.

McNeill says officers tried for several hours to convince the man to surrender when they heard a gunshot. The Lumberton man was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center for treatment. His condition was not available.

McNeill says Norton is fine. McNeill says he has not talked with Norton and doesn’t know what led to the shooting.

Another officer, Master Police Officer Jeremiah Goodson was shot and killed last month while trying to arrest a suspect.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Local event showcases boating safety tools

Monday, August 13th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New high tech gadgets and life-saving tips from the experts…they’re both yours when you stop by West Marine on Eastwood Road Thursday, August 16.

The 6:00 p.m. event will showcase boating safety products, complete with on-the-spot demonstrations. Good Morning Carolina anchor Ashley Jacobs was taken by huge surprise when she tested an inflatable safety vest.

See it for yourself as she interviews Chris Beckwith from Marine West.

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Gas leak prompts evacuation of car dealership

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Wilmington Fire Department crews are on the scene of a natural gas leak on New Centre Drive.

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