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Archive for May, 2013

More than 1,000 rare Venus Flytraps stolen from Wilmington park

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Wilmington says almost 90 percent of the rare Venus Flytraps growing in the city’s new Alderman Park have been stolen.

The City’s Parks Division reports that more than 1,000 of the plants that are now in bloom have been dug up over the last few weeks and little remains to generate seeds for future replanting. The most recent thefts occurred this week. With a price tag of about $20 each, the stolen plants are valued at $20,000.

Parks staff are currently consulting with the Wilmington Police Department on potential security options to try and mitigate future thefts.

With a grand opening in April, Alderman Park is the city’s newest park and is located next to Alderman Elementary School. The park includes the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden, a large plot of the rare Venus’ flytrap and other carnivorous plants. Rehder was a local horticulturalist and national spokesman for carnivorous plants. Now that most of the Venus Flytraps are gone, staff report that carnivorous plants such as Pitcher Plants and Sun Dews are also being stolen.

According to the NC History Project, only a few hundred types of carnivorous plants are left on Earth and only six of those are native to the United States, one of which is the Venus Flytrap. The NC State Parks Department states that Venus Flytraps are native only within 60-75 miles of Wilmington. New growing methods have saved the Venus Flytrap from the endangered species list, but the number of plants is “declining due to the destruction of their habitats,” according to the NC Parks Department.

Anyone with information about the stolen plants is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department’s non-emergency line at (910) 343-3600 or send an anonymous text at: TIP708 and the message to CRIMES (274637).

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LIVE ONLINE COVERAGE FRIDAY AT 3 PM: Trot Nixon to be added to Wilmington Walk of Fame

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — WWAY 5th Quarter Co-Host Trot Nixon will be inducted in the Celebrate Wilmington! Walk of Fame later this month.

The induction ceremony is set for Friday, May 31, at 3 p.m. at the Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington. The public is invited to attend.

Nixon starred in both baseball and football at New Hanover High School. After graduating in 1993, the Boston Red Sox selected Nixon in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He went on to play in the Majors with the Red Sox, Mets and Indians from 1996 to 2008. He was a member of the 2004 Red Sox, who broke Boston’s 86-year World Series drought.

Nixon and his family live in Wilmington. For the last three years, Nixon has served as co-host of WWAY NewsChannel 3’s 5th Quarter high school football highlight show.

The Walk of Fame was adopted as Celebrate Wilmington’s project in 1997 to recognize people who have lived in the Cape Fear region and who have obtained national and international fame in their respective fields. It consists of stones that are permanently set into the walk, located in the Walk of Fame plaza, Water Street entrance of the Cotton Exchange.

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Titan files for air-permit extension

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The company behind a proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne has filed for an extension on its air permit

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Nighttime lane closures scheduled for Cape Fear Memorial bridge

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge will have nighttime lane closures from Sunday to Wednesday

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My Turn: Hybrid car owners could owe an extra tax

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

WECT's General Manager Gary McNair talks about proposed plans for hybrid car owners to pay an extra $50 to register and renew the registration for the vehicle.

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