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Archive for October, 2012

Calabash restaurant vows to rebuild after fire

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

CALABASH, NC (WWAY) — An icon of Calabash seafood is no more. A fire destroyed Beck’s restaurant last night leaving locals to wonder what’s next.

Calabash is known as the center of the fried seafood world, and some say Beck’s is the capitol building. But that all changed last night when a fire ripped through the building last night.

Since 1940 Beck’s has been more than a restaurant to many in Calabash. It has been a home.

“It has touched this whole entire community and the Town of Calabash, and I know that I will get through this, and it’s just so hard,” customer Mark Barno said.

Keith Hardee’s family has owned the iconic restaurant for 69 of the 72 years it has been open. He says seeing the flames shocked him.

“Everywhere there was a truck trying to get their hoses out, and the top of it up there, fire was trying to come through the top,” Hardee said. “It was just a hurting thing to see that you worked for go down in ashes. It’s tough to take.”

Hardee is determined not to let an unfortunate event like this get him or his patrons down. He a quick return.

“Oh yeah. Definitely, yes. It will be back,” Hardee said. “In fact, the contractor is out here now. I’m thinking we might leave it as is right there and go ahead and build it back as it was.”

Investigators still don’t know what started the fire, but they say it does appear to have been electrical.

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Drowning victim under influence of alcohol and cocaine

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

A prominent New York City investor who drowned in a car after attending a party on Figure Eight Island earlier this year was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine at the time of his death, a state medical examiner concluded in findings released Tuesday.

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Wilmington teenager missing, hasn’t taken medication

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

The Wilmington Police Department is asking for help to find a missing 15-year-old girl. Miyah Bennett was last seen on October 17 in the area of 10th and Hanover Streets.

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Things turn spooky on UNCW campus

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Halloween is still about a week away, but things are already getting spooky at UNCW. Dozens of children came out to a free carnival on campus Tuesday night.

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Police searching for missing teen with medical condition

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department is asking the public for help in locating Miyah Bennett.

The 15-year-old was last seen on October 17 in the area of 10th and Hanover Streets.

Miyah has a medical condition, which requires daily medication. She has not taken her medication since October 16. Miyah is approximately 5’08”, weighs approximately 160 lbs., with long, black wavy hair and brown eyes. There’s a large visible scar across the upper portion of her chest.

Anyone who has information about these cases is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3600. Information also may be submitted anonymously through Text-A-Tip. Enter Tip 708 and the information and send to CRIMES (274627).

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