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Archive for May, 2013

Carolina Beach dredging, renewal project nears end

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — After weeks of construction, crews in Carolina Beach are working hard to finish dredging and the beach renourishment by next week.

The project manager says it is crucial they finish dredging in time to protect homes, the environment and to get out of the way of tourists who will soon crowd the beach. They say contractors are working 24/7 to clear the beach by May 31. They say there is about 4,000 feet left to build from the pier to the boardwalk.

“They’re making about 1,000 feet of production everyday. Since Monday, they’ve made 10,000 feet,” Bob Keistler the project manager says.

Once the dredging is finished the sand will come as high as these blue flags. Bob Keistler says without the sand placement tthere would not be a recreation area on the beach or structures nearby. He says the project is hugely important, especially for houses.

“There’s studies done that projects that have federal storm damage reduction projects, when hurricanes hit, they have received much less damage. It minimizes the risks from storms,” Bob Keistler says.

Keistler says they had to request an extension and special permit for the late start, because it is sea turtle nesting season. A marine biologist says the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project is monitoring the project’s affect on turtles.

“To document whether there is any nesting activity and note in the event if a nest does occur that we have a plan to avoid any impacts,” Doug Piatowski a marine biologist says.

All of the work is planned to be done with the equipment cleared off the beach by May 31.

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State Ports Authority honor Merchant Mariners

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –The State Ports Authority honored Merchant Mariners who served during World War II. A wreath and flowers were tossed into the Cape Fear River on Wednesday.

Veterans say it’s important to hold ceremonies like this so that generations to come remember the sacrifices that were made to protect our freedom.

Senior Manager at the Port of Wilmington, Steve Jackson said, “Someone mentioned to us last year that spoke and said that if we didn’t have the Merchant Mariners, we wouldn’t have won World War II and if we didn’t win World War II, Hitler would have won. So I recognize the freedom that we have and we wouldn’t have had it if we didn’t succeed in World War II and we couldn’t have done it without the Merchant Mariners.”

Of the nearly 243,000 Merchant Marines who served during World War II, more than 9,500 died.

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Sharks add two Paladins to roster

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

The Wilmington Sharks announced today the signing of two Furman University (NC) Paladins for the 2013 season. Redshirt Junior Greg Harrison will begin his second season in the Coastal Plain League looking to bring some more offense to the Sharks. Sophomore right-handed hurler Matt Solter will be in his first season in the league and will add depth to the pitching staff.

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NC terror suspect killed in overseas drone strike

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Obama administration has acknowledged that a Raleigh man wanted on federal terrorism charges has been killed in an overseas drone strike.

Jude Kenan Mohammad is one of four Americans confirmed as killed by drones in a letter issued Wednesday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Mohammad was one of eight Raleigh Muslims indicted by federal authorities in 2009 as part of an alleged homegrown terror plot to attack the U.S. Marine Corps base at Quantico, Va. Federal authorities said Mohammad fled the country before he could be arrested to join jihadi fighters in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

Holder’s letter gave no details about exactly when or where Mohammad was killed.

Mohammad’s seven alleged co-conspirators all either pleaded guilty to terrorism related charges or were convicted at trial.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC House bill opens renegotiation on Dix property

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – House lawmakers want to give the state and the city of Raleigh time to renegotiate a lease for the Dorothea Dix property.

The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday on a bill that would still scrap a lease reached late in former Gov. Beverly Perdue’s administration but not until April 2014. Bill sponsor Rep. Justin Burr of Albemarle said that leaves time to decide the true value of the land and the terms of a lease or sale.

State budget director Art Pope said Gov. Pat McCrory backs the bill but wants to guarantee space to house the Department of Health and Human Services in return for negotiations on other nearby property.

City Attorney Thomas McCormick said he thinks the original lease is valid but supports the bill.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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