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Archive for October, 2013

Brunswick County to review funding for community college

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Changes are coming to how Brunswick Community College is funded

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Athletes gather for Special Olympics fall games

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Special Olympics athletes kicked off their fall games this morning.

From bocce ball and races to soccer and tennis, athletes from around the region worked on honing their skills and making new friends.

The participants say socializing with friends is one of the best parts of the games.

“We have a lot of friends that are very caring,” participant Devon Mosley.

Participants of all ages came out to take part in today’s events at the Legion Sports Complex in Wilmington.


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Triathlon to disrupt traffic Saturday

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Saturday’s PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon will make for a few tight roads in Southeastern North Carolina

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Buzz unplugged

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Keeping life normal in a not-so normal career

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Lack of hydrants nearby may have doomed house to fire

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — As the shell of the home still smolders in Porters Neck, neighbors and firefighters are openly discussing how things could have turned out differently.

Despite the fact that the home on Bald Eagle Lane sits just yards from the Intracoastal Waterway, it was a lack of water that ultimately led to its demise.

“We woke up this morning to fire trucks next door,” neighbor Jim Spicuzza said. “Lots and lots of fire trucks.”

It’s a homeowners nightmare that quickly went from bad to worse as the flames spread.

“Several fire trucks responded to the call and started to spray water and ran out,” Spicuzza said.

Firefighters then had to fall back to Plan B, defensively fighting the fire while waiting for help to arrive.

“We have a plan where we use out tenders and our tankers,” New Hanover County Deputy Fire Chief Matt Davis said. “It’s a little more manpower intense and takes a little more time to set up our operations.”

Spicuzza said, “It was probably a half hour to 45 minutes later before additional water was brought on another truck to put the fire out.”

Because homes on Bald Eagle Lane run on well water, there were no hydrants to hook up to. Firefighters had to haul water more than a mile to the home. It’s a problem all involved say needs to be quickly extinguished.

“We have worked with the community to get fire hydrants here,” Davis said. “There is a plan to do that. I think that stands maybe a year out.”

Spicuzza said, “Had the fire department been able to hook up and have multiple trucks here spraying water the fire would have been out a great deal earlier.”

Investigators say the house is a summer home owned by a family from Greenville, and no one was home at the time of the fire.

Crews are still working to determine the cause of the fire.


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