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Archive for August, 2012

Photos – First day of school

Monday, August 27th, 2012

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Community leaders help celebrate Virgo reopening

Monday, August 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In New Hanover County as many students and teachers filled the halls to kick off a new school year, D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy celebrated the beginning of a new chapter.

The middle school marked its return with grand opening festivities, welcoming students with a brand new vision. Students, teachers and community members gathered to show support and kick off the start of new learning adventures.

“We had all of our partners here: PPD, county commissioners, Mayor (Bill) Saffo, board members and Superintendent (Tim) Markley,” Principal Eric Irizzary said. “A lot of our parents came out to kind of see us off on our first day, so it was a great, great turnout.”

Virgo already has plans to continue in its growth and expansion. It will add one grade each year until there is a full sixth to eighth grade middle school enrollment.

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Newspaper ads stir WASTEC controversy

Monday, August 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two full page ads in the Sunday edition of the StarNews are getting some special attention today.

The first ad was placed by Covanta Energy. A spokesperson for the company says the advertisement was designed to let the community know who the company is and what it could provide to New Hanover County as the world’s largest provider of waste energy services.

Although the ad never mentions the name WASTEC, the company insinuates it can turn waste into energy and would like a shot at running the county’s waste facility.

Comissioner chair Ted Davis says the county is still learning more about Covanta and does not have enough information yet to make any type of decision.

Meanwhile, another ad in the Sunday paper strongly opposes Covanta coming to town. It closely compares the company and its operation to WASTEC and says the county commissioners are trying to pull one over on the community.

We tried to contact a group or a person behind the oppositional ad. No one returned our calls or our emails. The New Hanover County Commission says they have also tried to reach out to someone with this group and no one has ever shown.

Commissioners say they think the ad and others like it are paid for by someone out for their own good.

“I think they’re a bunch of trash haulers and big haulers somebody that wants to stir up controversy in the community,” said Commissioner Jonathan Barfield. “We’ve asked them to come forward and come to our meetings to be public with who they are and they’ve yet to do that. They hide behind an ad that’s in the newspaper. The reality is the trash is going to be an issue for our community.”

Davis says the commissioners are planning on discussing the ads at their meeting Thursday. He says he’s going to ask the county manager to look into some of the allegations before making any decisions.

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Louisiana and Mississippi brace for Isaac; Heavy rain possible in North Carolina

Monday, August 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Isaac will likely make landfall near the coast of Mississippi or Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday. The direct storm effects will remain far southwest of North Carolina.

However, the moisture feed behind Isaac is quite large, and may interact with a series of fronts/troughs here in the Carolinas over the next few days. The end result will be a greatly increased chance of heavy showers/thunderstorms through mid-week. Many areas already received heavy rain totals last week, so additional rain may lead to flooding problems. Drier air should return by the weekend.

You can always see up-to-the-minute forecasts from the StormTrack 3 Weather Team at Hurricanes 101, and catch a full Tropical Video Update

Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson




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Authorities seize 18 pounds of pot in Wilmington

Monday, August 27th, 2012

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