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Archive for September, 2013

UPDATE: Crews battle fire on Oleander Drive

Friday, September 27th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Crews are battling an office fire at 6329 Oleander Drive.

An off-duty Wilmington Fire captain was driving home from work and saw smoke coming through the ridge vent of the roof and called 911, the fire department says.

Oleander Drive between Bradley Creek Bridge to Greenville Loop Road is closed. Drivers are urged to stay away from the area and not to drive over water hoses. The Wilmington Fire Department is on the scene.

The firefighter who saw and reported the fire went into the building to make sure anyone inside made it out unharmed. No one was hurt.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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Wilmington electrician wins $230,000 lotto prize

Friday, September 27th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Just a few hours after Thursday night’s Carolina Cash 5 drawing, Wesley Harrelson of Wilmington sat in disbelief in the winner’s lobby at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. Harrelson, who owns and operates Harrelson Electric Company, matched all five numbers in the drawing and won half of the $676,684 jackpot.

Harrelson first learned of his good luck on Friday morning when he checked his numbers on the lottery’s website. He confirmed his win when he scanned his ticket at Russell’s Quik Stop on Wrightsville Avenue, where he made his lucky purchase.

“It was a ‘wow’ moment,” Harrelson said. “You always wish to win but you never expect to. But it just goes to show you, no one really knows. If I can win, anyone can.”

Harrelson’s ticket was worth $338,342. He plans to use his winnings, worth $230,073 after taxes were withheld, to pay bills and take a trip to Florida.

“It still hasn’t sunk in,” Harrelson said as he held his check for the first time. “This really makes things easier.”

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RetroTV is now channel 3.3; Cape Fear CW takes over 3.2 Monday

Friday, September 27th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Monday we’re shaking things up with the launch of Cape Fear CW. And that means RetroTV, your home for classic TV shows, has moved to digital channel 3.3.

You will need to rescan your channels on your set-top over-the-air converter box to find RetroTV on its new home at channel 3.3.

If you watch RetroTV on cable, you won’t have to do a thing.

Channel 3.2 will become Cape Fear CW starting at 6 a.m. Monday.

Check your local listings for channel assignments for RetroTV and Cape Fear CW on cable and satellite.

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Police: Cyclist taken to hospital after hitting car

Friday, September 27th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A bicyclist has been taken to the hospital after hitting a car at the intersection of 16th and Dawson streets in Wilmington.

Wilmington Police say it happened around 2:55 p.m.

Police say the man on the bike was heading west on Dawson toward Dairy Queen, and the motorist was traveling south toward the hospital. Investigators say the light turned green as the cyclist was trying to get across the street, and he ran into a 2009 Nissan.

Officers do not have the man’s name at this time. He was taken to the hospital complaining of chest pains at the scene.

Police have not filed any charges at this time. They are still trying to collect information.

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Area schools prevent and respond to mold, but don’t do routine air tests

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Area public schools take measures to prevent mold and react to known cases, but they don't conduct routine air testing, according to information the districts provided Friday.

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