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Archive for October, 2012

Register your pet or expect to receive a citation

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

There was a period of time when animal owners were slipping through the cracks in regards to registering or re-registering their dog, cat or ferrets. Now that the Sheriff's Office has taken over it's a whole different ball game.

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ONLY ON 3: The art of campaign signs

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You can’t miss them if you’re driving around the area. Maybe you even have a few in your yard.

Political signs are an important part of any campaign, but what goes in to making the perfect pitch on your placard?

“I only have one criteria,” said Lainey Edmisten, who has managed 14 political campaigns over the years. “If you’re driving down the highway at 55 mph, you have to be able to see it.”

As a wise man once said, keep it simple stupid!

“Keep it very simple,” Port City Signs & Design President Sabrina Davis said. “The name and the office, that’s about all you need.”

But often, many signs still pop-up feeling too crowded, losing the message. At Port City Signs, designers see this mistake all the time.

“If there’s too much, people take in nothing at all,” Davis said. “They just say, ‘That was a sign, and I couldn’t read that.’ Then they move on to the next thing, because you have three seconds to take it in.”

In the end the stars, stripes and swooshes don’t have a big impact, but the color of a sign can make a difference. Experts say you need to make sure there’s lots of contrast. Sure, red white and blue work well, but trying to stand out with a unique green or a yellow is a good idea.

“We wanted it to be distinctive, and nobody’s more patriotic than me, but I like the yellow,” state Senate candidate Deb Butler said about her campaign signs. “It’s bright and kind of stands out in a crowd.

What’s funny, is in an age when technology is changing everything, political signs are a constant.

“Social media and things like that have changed the structure of your campaign and how you get your message out, but signs are still an important part,” Edmisten said.

So how important are these signs really?

“They’re effective with name recognition,” Edmisten said, “but they don’t convince anyone to vote for you.”

In the end, the experts say it’s just important that you see the name on the sign and maybe have a little bit more recognition of that name when you go to the polls and cast that vote.

Of course, you’ll still be seeing these signs across the area until Election Day passes, especially at the polls. That is unless the winds from hurricane sandy send a lot of the signs flying into the streets.

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Hurricane Sandy: What can you expect?

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Sandy is located near the Bahamas Thursday evening, and will continue to move northward through Friday. The center of circulation is expected to remain east of our area, so no local landfall is anticipated. However, Sandy is a large system. As a result, we could see a few "outer fringe" effects from the storm. Specifically:

Friday: Partly cloudy in the morning, with increasing clouds during the afternoon. Winds will gradually increase through the day, up to 15-25 mph by Friday night. A few isolated showers are possible, but the best chance of rain will likely not arrive until after midnight Friday night.  For the coastal waters, seas will build to 8 to 12 feet on Friday, with a high risk of rip currents. 

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with spotty showers. Winds will average 25 to 35 mph out of the north, with a few gusts to 45 mph possible (tropical storm force). For the coastal waters, expect winds of 35 to 45 kts with seas of 15-17 feet. 

Sunday: Tropical Storm-force conditions may continue early Sunday, but Sandy will gradually pull away from the area late Sunday. Dry (and colder) weather returns by next week.

Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

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3-year-old bitten by dog, taken to hospital

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

A 3-year-old was taken to the hospital Thursday after being bitten by a dog.

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Battleship had a very good year

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

The Battleship North Carolina reported its highest annual attendance in 10 years Thursday.

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