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Archive for September, 2012

WEATHER: Some changes soon

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – More gorgeous bright sunshine will be the dominate feature in the skies across southeastern NC today, as high pressure transfers towards the coast. Some patchy fog will be possible

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Potentially contaminated sites could still be good for ballpark construction

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — According to experts, there are currently 80 to 90 potentially contaminated properties in the Wilmington area, also known as brownfield sites. The City of Wilmington held a public informational meeting Tuesday night on its Brownfields Assessment Project. Two of the properties are being considered by the city to build a minor league ballpark on the land.

City Councilman Kevin O’Grady says he feels pretty comfortable that the considered ballpark sites will work out, even with the environmental issues.

According to the city’s website, brownfield sites include, but are not limited to sites contaminated by controlled hazardous substances and sites contaminated by petroleum or a petroleum product. For more than a century, much of the area was used for shipping. Much of what was stored there ended up leaking into the ground.

The old Almont property, which is now owned by Chuck Schoninger and located along the downtown riverfront, has been defined as a brownfield site since 2008 and is being considered by the city to build a minor league ballpark on the land. Council approved an agreement between Mandalay Baseball and the Atlanta Braves to build the stadium last week. According to Sam Watson, the Wilmington Brownfields program manager, the land has been in the process of redevelopment for a while and all contaminants have been identified.

“There’s been soil testing, ground water testing, sediment testing in the water, surface water testing,” Watson explains.

He says the property is completely safe to build a baseball stadium.

“Because it’s a Brownfields site, it’s a beneficial site to choose,” Watson says. “It’s already pre approved for a ballpark.”

As far as cost goes, Watson says because it is a brownfield site, the city would have liability protection for cleanup. Councilman O’Grady says clean up costs are already built into the $6 million allotted for acquiring the land to build the ballpark, but also admits there are no certainties that it will be enough to cover all costs.

WWAY also reached out to Councilwoman Laura Padgett for comment. Padgett was the only council member to vote against approving the ballpark agreement. She did not return our call.

Last year the city received $400,000 from an EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant, $200,000 for Hazardous substance sites assessment and $200,000 for petroleum contaminated sites.

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Officials save more than 100 animals from NC home

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

ROUGEMONT, N.C. (AP) – National and local officials have joined to rescue more than 100 animals from a property in Person County

A statement issued Tuesday by the Humane Society of the United States said the Person County Sheriff’s Office served a search and seizure warrant on the property in Rougemont. Area organizations helped local animal control and rescued 39 horses and nearly 70 small-breed dogs, cats and birds kept at the property

The horses were described as very thin. Some are suffering from medical issues that require immediate attention.

The dogs and cats were kept in unsanitary housing and many are afflicted with eye infections, skin infections and other signs of severe neglect.

The owner surrendered the animals. They will be taken to area shelters for immediate evaluation and treatment by veterinarians.

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

9/25/2012 6:14:21 PM (GMT -4:00)

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Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office hosts media relations day

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Sheriff’s Office hosted a first ever media relations day on Tuesday.

Leaders of the regions news organizations, including WWAY News Director Scott Pickey met with area public information officers to discuss how we can more effectively work together to get the best information possible to viewers as quickly as possible.

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram says,”if we are at odds with each other or we fail to communicate like we should then we’ll never be able to effectively get information out. It is very important from a law enforcement aspect because we want our public informed and I know that the media’s purpose is to get the information out there.”

The Brunswick County Police Department is looking into holding more events like this in the future to keep an open line of communication between police and the media.

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WHQR hosts candidate forum

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Six candidates running for three seats on the New Hanover County Commission met Tuesday night at WHQR downtown to voice their views on questions presented by Tricia Vance from the StarNews and Vicky Janowski of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal.

The public was also invited to e-mail questions or present them in person. WHQR news director Rachel Lewis Hilburn was the moderator.

“You know so many of our listeners are very interested in the 3 E’s which are education, the environment and the economy.” Hilburn explained. “This particular event is something that we have gotten a lot of e- mail questions in advance, we had so much interest the room was filled to overflowing”.

This was a successful forum and WHQR is just getting started, they have a full slate of forums throughout the month of October.

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