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Archive for June, 2013

New Hanover County Commissioner approves SCOTUS decision

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

New Hanover County Commissioner and congressional candidate Jonathan Barfield stands by the landmark decision.

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Fire merger approved, as of now SCVFD is not included

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Pender County Commissioners approved a merger between several volunteer fire departments and Pender EMS. The new agency will be called Pender EMS and Fire Incorporated.

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Woman wanted in larceny cases identified

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Warrants have been issued for Bonnie Mendola

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Woman wanted for questioning identified; warrants for charges drawn

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

A woman whom officials with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office had been searching for to question about area larcenies has been identified, a spokesperson for the sheriff's office confirms.

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NC beaches rank No. 3 for water quality

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — We swim in some of the cleanest waters in the country, according to the Natural Resource Defense Council. A new report shows North Carolina ranks third in the nation in water quality.

“I love it,” Kim Register said while visiting Wrightsville Beach. “I love it down here.”

North Carolina has 240 public beaches spanning more than 300 miles of the Atlantic Ocean. The water at those beaches has ranked in the top ten in the country since 2008 for water quality.

“As far as Wrightsville Beach goes, it’s very clean,” swimmer Jessica Williams said. “We enjoy coming out here.”

Last year North Carolina beaches were closed or had advisories because of water quality 91 days. That number was down from 2011.

“We have never had any problems with the water being dirty out here,” Williams said.

Swimmers can get rashes, pinkeye, stomach flu and respiratory infections from polluted water.

“No complaints from my children being sick,” Williams said.

Across the border South Carolina came in 26th of the 30 states studied.

“South Carolina, I don’t think they’re as nice,” swimmer David Peterson said the Palmetto State’s beaches.

Regardless of the standings, Peterson says you can not beat a day at the beach.

“Any beach is great if you’re near the water,” Peterson said. “You can’t beat the sand, sun and surf.”

North Carolina’s swimming season starts April 1 and goes until October 31. Samples are monitored all year around, but are less frequent during the off-season.

Delaware ranked number one on the water quality list and New Hampshire number two.

Economists estimate that a typical swimming day brings in $35 per person.

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