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Archive for July, 2013

Police arrest man from Wilmington in Myrtle Beach

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

A man from Wilmington was arrested in Myrtle Beach Saturday on criminal domestic violence charges.

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Cape Fear Jazz Festival comes to a close

Sunday, July 28th, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Jazz lovers came out to The Rusty Nail this afternoon for an all-day Blues jam.

The foot tapping beats got some out of their lawn chairs to dance the day away.

The concert was free to the public and was the last event of the Cape Fear Blue’s Festival.

The Festival was a weekend long celebration that began Friday.

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Winnabow house fire under control

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Fire crews have stopped the spread of a blaze at a home at 2410 Old Mill Creek Road in Winnabow.

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Water Street closure forces businesses to make other plans

Sunday, July 28th, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Coast Guard exploratory excavation will help determine what repairs need to be made to the Riverwalk bulkhead, located in front of the Federal Courthouse.

The excavation, which starts Monday, will temporarily close part of Water street.

The closure will not only affect the flow of traffic, but may hamper area businesses.

The testing will shutdown the southbound lane of Water Street between Princess and Market Street.

Traffic can not pass through between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The project is expected to last several weeks and will force local businesses to relocate.

“We are sad to leave this location for a couple of weeks because we finally have established the market over the last few months and we’ve had a really good turn out,” said Suzette Hawley.

Hawley coordinates the Sunday Downtown Historic Marketplace and says the business vendors generate on the waterfront will take a hit.

“I am expecting it to be quite a drop-off,” said Hawley.

For the next few weeks the market will move a few blocks away to Bailey’s Theater Park. During that time organizers say the will try to steer potential customers in their direction.

“We are going to actually have some signs down here to direct traffic up there and also along Front Street to direct people,” said Hawley.

The Downtown Sundown Concert Series will also move to Bailey’s Theater for the August 2nd and 9th shows.

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Carolina Yacht Club hosts the Atlantic Coast Championship Regatta

Sunday, July 28th, 2013


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY)–Fifty-five sailing crews from up and down the east coast traveled to Wrightsville Beach to compete in the Atlantic Coast Championship.

Carolina Yacht Club hosted the event which featured the Lighting class of sailboats.

“Sailing has enabled me to see most of the world. I’ve been to Europe a couple times and South America a couple times,” said William Brown.

The 18-foot long Lightning sailboat docked Brown and his teammates in the waters of Wrightsville Beach, which was a first in his colorful sailing career.

“Oh it was awesome. It was really fun. I just love the competition aspect of it,” said Brown.

Competitors say this is one of the biggest regattas of the summer for this class of boat. They say part of being successful is in this kind of contest is being able to handle the conditions out at sea.

“There are a lot of variables in the sport of sailboat racing so you always have to be on your game,” sailor Greg Fisher said.

One of the variables this weekend was the lack of wind.

“Earlier in the day it was light and really choppy,” said Fisher. “That makes it hard to keep the boats going fast. It was challenging for sure.”

It’s a challenge the sailors were eager to conquer.

“Being from New Jersey we don’t really sail on the ocean much. In the afternoon when the winds picked up it was a lot easier to get the boat moving through the chop, through the waves. It was very enjoyable,” said Timmy Crann.

Over the course of the two day event, sailors competed in five races. But at the end of the day, they say the competition stays in the water.

“All the comradery is what it is all about. It is all about families,” said Greg Fisher. “ All ages compete. It is just a wonderful to do life, we think.”

Scoring is based on whatever place the team earns in each race.

The crew with the lowest score at the end of the event wins bragging rights of the regatta.

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