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Archive for March, 2013

Jury selection begins Monday in rape trial of convicted felon

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

A Wilmington man will go on trial this week in a 2010 rape police say he committed five days after being released from prison.

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Residents dispose of hazardous waste properly

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Residents of New Hanover County drove by the Customs Building at Wilmington International Airport today to dispose of potentially dangerous household items properly.

“A lot of these liquids could cause damage to the waterways if there were a leak in the landfill,” says New Hanover County’s Solid Waste Planner Lynn Bestul. “We try to keep all of those chances away.”

The annual household hazardous waste event keeps hazardous waste out of landfills. Mercury from thermostats, lead contained within electronics, and even paint are all items found around the house that could create big problems.

Bestul says the majority of the population in New Hanover County is aware of these potential dangers. He says people are more and more environmentally conscious, and the nearly 500 cars that drove through by lunchtime prove it.

“Well, I have had this in my garage for almost a year,” says New Hanover County resident Jerry Strickland. “This is a good opportunity to get rid of it in the proper way.”

This is New Hanover County’s last annual household hazardous waste collection event. As of May 15th, the county is opening a permanent household hazardous waste facility along Highway 421.

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Hundreds gather on Wrightsville Beach for sunrise service

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Christians all over the world celebrated Easter Sunday today. In our area, some Christians chose to celebrate at the beach where North Pointe Community Church held its 13th annual sunrise service.

After trading in Easter Bonnets for sweatshirts and beach chairs, hundreds of people gathered on Wrightsville Beach. The Atlantic Ocean served as a scenic backdrop as believers celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“It just seems special to watch the sun rise when you know that that’s what Easter is all about, is the Son rose,” said Cassie Spain.

Although it was a cloudy start to the morning, the rain held off and people were able to enjoy the beautiful view.

“It just adds a lot of power to it, it adds to the ambiance, “said Pastor Jeff Loman of North Pointe Community Church.

The ambiance is exactly what keeps Michael Clark coming back year after year. This Easter marks his 7th time attending this service.

“This is a once a year thing that we love to do. It means a lot to us, it’s special,” said Clark.

North Pointe Community Church started its sunrise service in 2001 for tourist visiting the area. Organizers say they wanted to create a carefree atmosphere for visitors where they were able to dress down and give praise.

“They can just come to the beach, come as they are and worship on Easter Sunday morning in a very causal, very relaxed environment,” said Pastor Loman.

The Spain family are visiting from the Raleigh area. They discovered North Pointe’s sunrise service two years ago on a family trip and decided to come back this year and celebrate Easter on the coast.

“We’re making it a holiday tradition, to come out here and enjoy this experience,” said Benjamin Spain.

Pastor Jeff hopes everyone takes the message of hope from their Easter experience.

“There is an empty grave today, the tomb is empty. Jesus has risen from the grave so there is hope for everyone, and that is a powerful message,” said Pastor Loman.

The Pastor estimates half the people in attendance were tourists.

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Ferry corporate sponsorship could stave off rate increases

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

A bipartisan group of mostly coastal lawmakers wants to sell naming rights for ferries as a means of offsetting scheduled rate hikes.

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Duke overcomes Nebraska 53-45 to reach elite 8

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Tricia Liston scored 17 points and Duke shook off a slow start to beat Nebraska 53-45 Sunday in the semifinals of the Norfolk Regional of the women's NCAA tournament.

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