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Archive for August, 2013

Residents near New River warned of loud explosions

Thursday, August 29th, 2013


CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (AP) — Officials at Camp Lejeune are warning nearby residents that they might hear periodic explosions as unexploded ordnance is destroyed.

Marine Corps spokesman Nat Fahy says the explosions are scheduled for Thursday between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. near the training area of Camp Geiger and its old entrance gate off US 17. There will be explosions on Friday and Saturday during the same time frame near the F-5 range off NC 24 east of Piney Green Road.

Fahey says Marines are blowing up mostly old rifle and rocket grenades or mortar rounds used on the training ranges. The spokesman says many are training or inert rounds, but some could be high-explosive, so they are all being safely detonated before planned construction in the area.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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ONLY ON 3: Fishing trip may have turned into shipwreck discovery

Thursday, August 29th, 2013


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Could it be a shipwreck never before caught on camera? A local surfer might have found one yesterday while fishing at the south end of Wrightsville Beach.

After diving down with a camera, this fishing trip turned into the discovery of a lifetime.

“Kind of looked a lot closer, and could see a real large, kind of almost like a shackle it looked like down there,” Kenny Hand said of the discovery. “And I landed the fish, investigated a little more, and said I had to come on back out.”

As of right now, it’s unclear exactly which ship it is. According to the North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Branch, there are several wrecks in that general area, mainly blockade runners from the Civil War.

We’ll investigate more coming up in Marking History Tuesday.

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New area charter schools part of statewide crop opening doors

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

For two new charter schools in New Hanover County, Aug. 27 marked the first-ever first day of school.

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NC panel dumps bid for trawler ban in sounds

Thursday, August 29th, 2013


Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s coastal fishing regulator is rejecting a proposal that would have banned shrimp boats from trawling in the region’s rivers and sounds and forcing them into the open ocean.

The Marine Fisheries Commission meeting in Raleigh on Thursday unanimously dumped a petition seeking rules declaring most internal coastal waters as seafood nursery areas off limits to trawlers.

Supporters of the ban blame shrimpers’ massive nets for collecting and killing millions of fish in the inshore waters where juvenile sea creatures grow up. Only the New Bern man proposing the plan spoke on its behalf during the four-hour hearing.

Members of the fishing and seafood industries packed the meeting, warning it could lead to the loss of thousands of jobs aboard the shrimp boats and in related businesses.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Food bank gets 80,000-pound hot dog donation

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The Wilmington branch of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina was a flurry of activity Thursday

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