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Archive for February, 2013

EXPLORE WITH GEORGE: The hats of Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Have you ever seen a hat on a moose or a bat? How about a wham-boozle or galatamarat?

And who could forget about that Cat in the Hat?

Dr. Seuss had a whole lot of hats, and they’re on display at the Gallery at Racine.

WWAY’s own Who-zit George Elliott has a sneak peak.

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Memorial service held for UNC student from Wilmington

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Police are investigating the death of a UNC student from Wilmington. Stedman English Gage, the son of the former UNC-system Board of Governors Chairwoman Hannah Gage, was found dead on Friday night.

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ONLY ON 3: New CFPUA well leading to ‘nasty’ water for some customers

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new irrigation well on Westbrook Ave. and Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington is already causing problems for customers. They say it’s keeping them from using the water in their homes.

CFPUA says it’s received multiple complaints about the quality of the water and is trying to figure out what’s going on.

Last week CFPUA began testing water problem believed to be a result of a new well. One customer we talked with says it’s downright disgusting.

“The smell is nasty,” George Page said. “It’s like sewer smell. They said sulfur. I think more like sewer, and it comes out clear, but turns yellow within minutes.”

Page says his water has an oily film on top after sitting for a couple of minutes. He says he cannot shower or drink the water at his house, because it makes him sick.

“It started out with nausea Saturday morning about two hours after I drank water, and then I got a headache, which I’ve had ever since, and then Sunday morning I took a shower. I didn’t think nothing about the water, and I broke out in hives,” he said. “I’m still itching today. I’ve been eating Benadryl like candy.”

CFPUA is investigating what is causing the problem. The utility hopes to find a solution to Gage’s problem and provide water when customers may want it most.

“The benefit is when we have periods of high demand during the summer, and say we have a period of drought during the summer, we have more supply to serve the community than we would have before,” CFPUA spokesman Mike McGill said.

CFPUA is reducing the flow rate and pressure to monitor the situation for a couple of days. They will see if anything improves or continues and then make a decision.

In the meantime, Page has to buy bottled water.

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Azalea Festival Children’s Art Contest winners picked

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Azalea Festival is almost here, and kids are already talking about their favorite part of it all through artwork.

Elementary and middle schoolers submitted 286 masterpieces to the Azalea Festival Children’s Art Contest. The festival recognized 32 of the young artists this morning.

Margaret Dill’s art landed her a first place prize. She’ll present it to Gov. Pat McCrory.

“I think riding on the float and meeting the governor are the two top things that I’m excited about,” Dill said. “I’m just excited about winning.”

April 5 kicks off the first day the art will be on display at the Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington.

The two first place winners will present their pieces to Gov. McCrory.

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Suspect in restaurant robbery got out of prison two weeks prior

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More than a week after a customer was robbed while standing in line at a Wilmington fast food restaurant, a suspect is in custody.

Wilmington Police say the US Marshals Task Force arrested Raheem Jamil Washington last night in Surf City. Washington is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault by pointing a gun and two counts of second degree kidnapping.

The Department of Corrections website shows Washington served more than seven years in prison for multiple robbery charges. He was released from prison Feb. 3.

Just two weeks later, police say, Washington robbed a customer at gunpoint as they stood in line at the McDonald’s at Long Leaf Mall.

Washington is back in jail under $750,000 bond.

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