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Archive for July, 2013

Wilmington man honors wife one year after death in boating accident

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This weekend marks one year since a Wilmington man lost his wife in a boating accident on the Cape Fear River.

Ed and Barbara pierce and two friends were sailing after dark when they hit a concrete platform, killing Barbara. Now, Ed has made it his mission to get the platform marked or destroyed.

The Pierces loved being on the water. They even participated in sailboat races. But their time offshore took a dark turn on Aug. 4, 2012.

After having dinner in Southport, the couple and two friends sailed up the Cape Fear River. It was after dark. As Ed drove the boat, he veered right to avoid a barge. Little did he know, a concrete platform was ahead.

“Because it was high tide, the platform only sat a few feet above the water… and it’s completely unmarked,” Ed said.

Their boat slammed into the platform killing his wife.

“I saw my wife in a pool of blood,” Ed said.

Now, nearing a year since the crash, Ed holds onto to the 36 years of marriage the two shared. He wears their wedding bands on a chain around his neck; hers inside of his.

“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about my wife,” Ed said.

The other thing not leaving his mind is the concrete platform, an old quarantine dock built in the late 1800s near Battery Island. He’s sure that if it had some sort of marking, the accident that took away the love of his life would not have happened.

Ed is bringing attention to his concern by teaming up with Julia’s Florist this weekend. Through donations, he plans to blanket the platform with flowers.

“There will be probably a thousand people that will go up and down that river over the weekend and wonder why those flowers are there, and they’ll see how close it is to the channel,” he said.

Instead of traveling back to the crash scene this weekend, Ed will travel to Washington, DC, to visit Barbara’s grave site.

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Sunset Beach to hold special meeting on beach safety

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013


SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Sunset Beach leaders will hold a special meeting next week to discuss about beach safety. The town council has scheduled the meeting for Monday at 3 p.m. at Town Hall.

Two people drowned off Sunset Beach July 3. Another person drowned just up the coast in Ocean Isle Beach the same day. A man drowned a day later at Holden Beach.

Some people have criticized Brunswick County beach towns for not having lifeguards on their beaches during the summer.

The Sunset Beach Town Council says it may take action during Monday’s meeting.

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CHARGED: Woman accused of fatally stabbing boyfriend during fight

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

A woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend with a kitchen knife last week has been arrested and charged, according to the Columbus County District Attorney's Office.

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50+ Coastal Lifestyles EXPO this Friday

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC(NEWS RELEASE) — The Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association (WCFHBA) and Better Living Magazine will host the first-ever 50+ Coastal Lifestyles EXPO on Friday, August 2nd at the Wilmington Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the EXPO is free and open to the general public.

Celebrating life after 50, the 50+ Coastal Lifestyles EXPO is the area’s first ever expo catering to the 50+, caregiver, soon-to-retire, retired and senior demographic. The day-long EXPO will feature over 40 exhibits and free seminars, fitness demos, health screenings, giveaways and more running throughout the day.

Plan to take advantage of free seminars including financial planning, travel information, RV lifestyles, gardening and fitness demos such as pilates and zumba. Also plan to take advantage of free health screenings such as hearing, blood pressure, body fat, varicose veins and more. Attached is the schedule of seminars and for more information on topics, speakers and other demos throughout the day, visit WilmingtonCoastalLifestylesExpo.com.

The 50+ Coastal Lifestyles EXPO is hosted by the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association and Better Living Magazine and proudly sponsored by Star News, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Dr. Hormoze Goudarzi, Linprint, WWQQ 101.3, 94.5 The Hawk, WAAV 980 and WWAY-TV 3.

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Study: Sea level rise could impact Wilmington in next few decades

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Rising temperatures worldwide could soon lead to rising tides in and around the Port City.

A recent study by the National Academy of Sciences says sea level is on the rise and unless we change the way we do things today there may not be a way to stop it.

If the computer models are correct, the Wilmington riverfront could by underwater as soon as 2030.

“The evidence is in our face,” said Mike Giles of the NC Coastal Federeation. “What we’re facing here in Wilmington is the loss of homes, business, tourism, infrastructure, and it’s going to cost taxpayers money if we don’t start planning ahead.”

The National Academy of Sciences says prior carbon emissions have already locked in four feet of future sea level rise. Researchers say if global warming continues at its current rate through the year 2100, at least an additional 1,100 cities and towns, including Wilmington, will be mostly under water at high tide.

“From all of the scientific evidence all over the world, all of the data, lands that I have walked on in Alaska friends of mine say is no longer frozen the tundra is now quagmire,” Giles said. “Our elected officials, their heads are going to be in the water instead of sand if we don’t start planning ahead.”

But one politician who wants your vote says the evidence presented was a bit shallow.

Republican David Rouzer is again running for Congress. As a state senator he sponsored a bill barring state agencies from using “worst-case scenario” projections of sea-level rise when drafting coastal development policies.

“You can’t try to project the level the sea is going to rise or fall 100 years from now,” Rouzer said. “You have scientists on both sides who don’t agree. Let’s put some common sense back into this equation. We need to base our public policy on what we do know, which is sound science, not hypothesis. The earth has warmed and cooled since the beginning of time.”

The study based its findings off of four feet of sea level rise for each degree rise in global temperature.

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