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Archive for May, 2013

Intermittent lane closures on Cape Fear Memorial Bridge begin Sunday

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Drivers can expect some lane closures overnight on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge starting Sunday.

The NC Department of Transportation says there will be intermittent lane closures in both directions on the bridge nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday weather permitting.

Crews will work to balance the lift span of the bridge. The lift span is the part that allows the bridge to open.

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The Plan – 6 things to do this weekend, May 31-June 2

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

A roundup of your weekend options. For more ideas, go to www.StarNewsPlay.com or www.StarNewsOnline.com/WAE.

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More than 1,000 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.

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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Jacksonville woman needs help paying for K9’s surgery

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY) — It's not only law enforcement officers who help keep you safe, it's also their K9s.

And, after those dogs retire, sometimes they need your help.

Fando retired from the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office last November and then New Hanover County dispatcher Amanda Scott adopted him.

In May, veterinarians discovered a cyst and fatty mass sitting on Fando's spinal cord paralyzing the 7-year-old dog.

They had to perform emergency surgery which Scott, who lives in Jacksonville, couldn't afford. So, she set up a fund on a website and the donations have been pouring in.

It's generosity, Scott said she didn't' expect.

"Very appreciative because I know times are tough and obviously times are tough trying to pay for him right now and you just don't expect it from people to give their hard-earned money when you know times are tough for them too," Scott said.

Scott said she's already collected about $1,700 of her $7,500 goal.

If you'd like to donate to help Fando, go to www.gofundme.com/2u9tcs.


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No sports teams to be cut from UNCW

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller announced Thursday morning that no sports teams will be cut at this time.

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