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Archive for January, 2013

Photos – 2013 Wilmington MLK Day parade

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Hundreds turn out for Wilmington’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade

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Farmers prepare for cold weather

Monday, January 21st, 2013

ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) — It has been a roller-coaster ride of weather this winter with record setting warmth in Southeastern North Carolina just last week. But it’s time to bundle up. An arctic airmass is headed our way for the next couple days bringing with it the coldest temperatures so far this season. High temperatures in the 70’s just last week will plummet to the 40’s this week, and overnight lows will reach the 20’s in some areas. It has some people worrying about more than a winter jacket.

Brock White, farm manager at Lewis Nursery and Farms in Rocky Point says the recent warm weather woke his blueberries up a little bit earlier than usual. He says he is prepared, though, to protect his fruit from the upcoming chilly weather.

His winter strawberries are covered by big canopies which act like a coat, keeping the strawberries warm.

“Basically what it does, by these tunnels being closed and the plants being covered by a cloth that has microscopic holes in it, it allows the entire day for the soil to soak up the heat from the sun.”

The canopies trap heat from the sun, allowing the soil to warm. Overnight, the soil radiates this heat back to the plants. He says his plants are protecting from temperatures that even fall to the teens.

White is not worried about his strawberries, though he does expect to lose just a few blueberries. He says most of his plants will just simply go back to sleep during the cold weather.

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New route means record crowd for MLK Day Parade

Monday, January 21st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade had a new look this year, as the route headed downtown for the first time ever.

The parade made the big move from Castle Street to Front Street to attract a bigger crowd. It paid off with thousands lining the sidewalks to catch a glimpse of the parade.

“I think that this is just an awesome occasion,” spectator Alexia Hunter said. “It’s great to see everyone out, and they’re coming to serve for this day and this purpose. It’s just a way to get involved and do something positive. It’s not new to wilmington, but it’s nice to see that there is definitely growth. It’s just an awesome opportunity for people to come out and do something.”

Parade organizers say an estimated 12,000 people came out today making it the largest turnout on record.

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State Rep speaks out against possible abortion bills

Monday, January 21st, 2013

The mention of possible bills moving forward in Raleigh to regulate abortion has the Cape Fear region's lone Democrat in the state legislature speaking out.

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BOND REFERENDUM UPDATE: Why it costs so much to build NC Public Schools

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Is it necessary to spend $19 million on a single elementary school when other local schools are housing their students for far less?

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