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Archive for April, 2013

Wrightsville Beach bridge closed Tuesday night

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The entire US 74/76 bridge in Wrightsville Beach will be closed to traffic beginning at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday until 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Traffic will be not be able to cross the bridge, except for emergency vehicles responding to an emergency. Law enforcement officers will be stationed on each end of the bridge during the closure.

In addition, motorists can continue to expect periodic lane closures throughout the length of the bridge rehabilitation project. Those lane closures will take place Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. and 7 a.m.

In October, traffic on the bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction, so crews can begin deck work on the westbound side of the bridge. Also, motorists and residents can anticipate additional overnight closures before the project is complete in spring 2014. Once these closures are scheduled, information will be distributed and placed on changeable message boards near the project and on the project website.

For more information about this project, visit www.ncdot.gov/projects/wrightsvillebeachbridge. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a smartphone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access the site, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your phone.

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Back home, area runners recount marathon bomb experience

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In the wake of the marathon bombing runners from New Hanover County are back from Boston.

Eleven marathoners from around the area took part in the race. After all that’s happened, several we spoke with say they are glad to be home.

One runner says it was spooky to have everything take place in front of his hotel.

“Where I had been the day before… I’d been in those spots,” Tom Porter said. “That’s right near the finish line, where people were celebrating and cheering everyone on. It was just very, very upsetting.”

Another runner says it was hard for him to grasp there was a terrorist attack. He says his first instinct was that the explosion was a celebratory canon.

“When your mind is really geared to this being a big celebration, a family event, people are all in a good mood,” Todd Rodzik said. “To change your mindset like that is very difficult, so it’s frankly still sinking in.”

Another participant says he was next to the finish line when the bomb went off. He says he was surrounded by thousands of people, so he did not realize how bad it was.

“I could only hear the one bomb,” Charles Buckland said. “I didn’t realize there was a second bomb, and you just saw a massive plume of smoke and obviously a loud bang. Everyone was dead silent for a while.”

Runners and spectators say this will not stop them from participating in other marathons.

“We go back,” said Bobby Brandon, a spectator at the race. “We don’t run. We don’t hide. I will definitely go back and support it.”

Buckland says the bombing will always be in the back of his mind. He says timing is everything, and he is grateful he managed to make it across the finish line before it happened.

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Spring sports signing period underway

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

The spring signing period is underway.

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Police searching for Sam’s Club shoplifters

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Police want to identify three people caught on surveillance camera stealing items from Sam’s Club earlier this month.

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Donut Dash April 25

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Join us for the second Wilmington Donut Dash presented by Young Life. This is an exciting event for serious runners, doughnut lovers and those looking to have a good time.

Proceeds from the Donut Dash assist Young Life with programs that teach young adults to become leaders/ role models among their peers.

For the Donut Lover: Run 1.5 miles, eat half a dozen glazed donuts, then run 1.5 miles back to the Finish Line. Awards include Overall and Age Group Winners.

For the Dieter: Run or Walk 1 lap around the track, eat 1 donut, then go around the track one more time to the Finish Line.

Awards will not be presented to the For the Dieter category.

For the Non-Donut Eater: Run the 5K without eating the donuts. Awards will be presented to Overall Top 3 Males and Females.

For Spectators: This is a great race to watch all the action. The Start, Donut Eating, and Finish all take place in one location. Be there to cheer on your favorite runner as they eat half a dozen donuts.

Donut Dash Registration:
http://its-go-time.com/wilmington-donut-dash-april-4

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