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Archive for November, 2012

Church celebrates being thankful one night early

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Thanksgiving may not be until Thursday, but some neighbors celebrated one night early by going to church.

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Marina proposed for Castle Hayne area

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Project would be part of a new subdivision north of Interstate 140

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The Salvation Army and Williams Cleaners team up to donate coats to the less fortunate

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

The Salvation Army is keeping people warm this winter by teaming up with Williams Cleaners on Wrightsville Ave. to help donate jackets, coats, fleeces and sweaters to people in need.

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Wilmington to remove oak trees in Market Street canopy

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC — Tuesday, Wilmington City Council voted unanimously to remove 25 of the oaks trees that make up the Market Street canopy as you enter downtown.

“Once you start losing large limbs, you’ve got heart rot, you’ve got serious decay, structural issues in that tree, it becomes a public safety issue,” said New Hanover County Arboretum Director Al Hight.

The oaks that shade Market St. near downtown have stood for almost eighty years. But after numerous hurricanes, a few traffic accidents, and just natural decay, city leaders have deemed many of the trees a safety hazard.

Now the city will remove and replace 25 of the trees, but that will still have a drastic effect on the landscape of the area as the new trees grow.

“There will be a period when the canopy will not be as lush nor as rich as it is right now but that’s the life cycle of a tree,” said George Edwards of the Wilmington Historic Society. “A tree does not come fully formed.”

People we spoke with along Market St. say they would rather keep the trees and take their chances.

“It’s definitely a risk but, at the same time, lightning could strike you walking down the street,” said Market St. resident Jon Olson.

“I think the trees add to the ambience of an old southern town. Its kind of cool when you come in to wilmington you see those old oaks over the road,” said fellow resident Dennis Mathis.

But while there may be some temporary disappointment, experts agree the plan will be worth it in the long run.

“I think by taking that long term view, this canopy is going to be stronger, and its going to be better, and will make this neighborhood and this area just as attractive as it always has been,” said Edwards.

The city plans to replace the oaks with a variety that usually remain healthy for hundreds of years.

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2 charged after toddler beaten, sexually assaulted

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

TARBORO, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have charged two people after they say a 2-year-old child was beaten and sexually assaulted at a babysitter’s house in Tarboro.

The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office said 41-year-old Cirilo Torido-Bastida of Macclesfield faces two counts of forcible sex offense and one count of assault inflicting serious bodily injury. He is jailed under an $855,000 secured bond.

The sheriff’s office also said 20-year-old Chelsey Elane Speight of Tarboro is charged with accessory after the fact on all three counts and is jailed under a $355,000 secured bond.

A statement from the sheriff’s office said Speight was babysitting the toddler and her sister for a friend on Nov. 3. When the mother returned, the 2-year-old had been beaten. The other child was unharmed.

The toddler is recovering at her grandmother’s house.

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

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