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Archive for September, 2012

82nd CAB helicopters arrive at Port of Wilmington after yearlong deployment

Monday, September 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Don’t be surprised if you see a few dozen military helicopters over the Port City the next couple of weeks. They’re on their way home from Afghanistan.

More than 30 helicopters from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade out of Fort Bragg will arrive at the Port of Wilmington from Afghanistan this week. 82nd CAB soldiers will reassemble the choppers, including AH-64 Apache, CH-47 Chinook and UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, before flying them back to Simmons Army Airfield at Fort Bragg throughout the next two weeks.

The aircraft belong to the brigade’s fleet of helicopters that were flown in eastern Afghanistan during the brigade’s year-long deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom over the past year.

“As the brigade looks toward redeployment, we’re proud to know we’ve made a difference in the most active battlefield in Afghanistan, Regional Command-East. We apologize for the noise over the next few weeks, but please be patient with us as we make our final flights of this deployment,” 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Commander Col. T.J. Jamison said in a news release.

While the pilots will take efforts to minimize increased noise by taking off in the opposite direction of residential areas, residents may still hear the helicopters taking off or flying over as they begin the final leg of their journeys back to Fort Bragg.

The 82nd CAB deployed more than 2,500 Fort Bragg troops to eastern Afghanistan, where they provided aviation presence over an active battle space of 43,000 square miles. Throughout the year-long deployment, the 82nd CAB flew more than 175,000 hours and completed more than 2,500 Medevac missions.

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FIRST ON 3: New Hanover Co. fires Parks Director Jim McDaniel

Monday, September 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — WWAY has learned that New Hanover County has terminated Parks, Gardens and Senior Resources Director Jim McDaniel. County spokesman Charles Smith confirmed McDaniel’s termination.

When reached this afternoon, McDaniel said the county offered him terms this morning that he did not accept, at which point he was terminated. McDaniel said he could not say more about what happened, because he has retained an attorney and has an appeal hearing tomorrow morning.

Stay with WWAY NewsChannel 3 for more on this developing story.

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Play for Emily raises over $100,000

Monday, September 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 7th annual “Play for Emily” took place on Monday at the Landfall Country Club. When Emily Ann Wade was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, Emily and her family were helped out by the Ronald McDonald House Charity.

After Emily’s untimely death, the family wished to preserved the bond and repay a fraction of what they received.

Emily’s father, Happy Wade, said “at the end of the day we’re praying and crossing our fingers. We’re actually going to pay out over 100-thousand dollars this year for our first time ever, getting that 6 figure mark”.

Former Major League Baseball player and 5th Quarter co-host Trot Nixon said about the event, “I’m honored and glad to be able to help out any way, shape or form that I can, and look forward to many more years raising more money to the Ronald McDonald House.>

This year the tournament raised just over $100,000. That money goes to the Ronald McDonald Houses of Eastern North Carolina.

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Who will take the empty seat on the board of commissioners?

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Members of New Hanover County's executive committee will consider their recommended candidate to fill an open seat on the county commissioners board next month.

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City considers options to protect Kenan Memorial Fountain

Monday, September 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In Wilmington we enjoy our historical artifacts, from Historic Downtown to the Battleship North Carolina. But recently ninety-year-old Kenan Memorial Fountain has become the center of public debate.

After seven accidents since 2001, some people in City Hall are questioning the long-term future of the fountain at 5th and Market Streets that has been around for nine decades.

Transportation Planning Manager Mike Kozlosky says that, “staff has been asked to identify options to help improve the visibility of the fountain at 5th and Market”. After City Councilman Neil Anderson asked the city to look into ways to protect the fountain, Kozlosky came up with six options ranging from installing signage to raising pavement and improving the lighting. An extreme option would be to relocate the fountain to another part of the city.

Kozlosky also says, “our staff doesn’t know how viable or how palatable the relocation of the fountain may be. It would be very difficult to relocate the fountain, however we are developing options and that is one that could be considered by council”

At the end of the day, the biggest issue the city is faced with is balancing safety with cost. According to Kozlosky, “there’s no funding identified in the city’s capital improvement program to make modifications at this location. Staff is developing a recommendation and once that recommendation has been developed we would also have to identify where any funds may come from to make the improvements at this intersection.”

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