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Archive for October, 2013

Conservation groups buys 250 acres in western NC

Monday, October 28th, 2013

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A conservation group has bought about 250 acres of land in western North Carolina to block any development of the site.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported (http://avlne.ws/1au5zun) the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy has bought the Plott Balsam overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Jackson County.

The Asheville conservation group said the section of the Plott Balsam Mountains once was scheduled to be developed.

The group’s land protection director, Michelle Pugliese, says the organization will hold the tract and more than 250 surrounding acres and manage it as a nature preserve until it is transferred to public ownership as park land.

Pugliese says the t5,700-foot peak contains rare spruce-fir forest and two headwater tributaries that flow down its slopes.

The land is being bought for about $570,000 with private donor funds.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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Wilmington could get national recognition for World War II efforts

Monday, October 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington might be the first to get the American World War II City designation.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Monday to give that honor to at least one city in the country each year. Congressman Mike McIntyre, Captain Wilbur Jones and the World War II Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition have been working for years to try and bring the national recognition to the Port City.

According to a news release from Congressman McIntyre, during World War II, Wilmington was the “Defense Capital of the State.” It based and trained all five military services. Also, the North Carolina Shipbuilding Company of Wilmington constructed 243 cargo vessels that provided goods and equipment to soldiers.

The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate Veteran’s Affairs Committee whose ranking member is North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr.

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New curfew rules coming to WHA properties

Monday, October 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Teens in Wilmington Housing Authority properties have a new set of rules to follow. At a Monday night board meeting the board voted to impose a curfew on everyone under the age of 17.

I’m really ready to move, but at the meeting tonight they said some things that kind of got me thinking differently now,” said Sonya Muldrow, a Creekwood resident.

Sonya Muldrow has lived in Creekwood all of her life. She says in her day parents enforced a curfew, but now it’s up to the Wilmington Housing Authority and Wilmington police.

“Curfew came about from modeling other housing authorities across the country and the fact that we thought those things should be imposed for the safety of our younger residents,” said WHA Chairman Jeff Hovis. “The police will basically enforce that curfew.”

That curfew will be in effect every day for minors. Sunday through Thursday they need to be inside from 10 PM to 5 AM. On Friday and Saturday minors have an extra hour, until 11 PM, to stay out. If any minor must be outside during curfew hours an adult must be with them. It’s a plan Creekwood residents like Muldrow, and the WHA can agree on.

“If they’re just out loitering and don’t have a reason to be out causing confusion, you know I’m just tired of it,” said Muldrow.

“The frustration, I get it,” said Hovis. “This is their houses, their cars, their kids. I’m just as concerned.”

Another rule change being discussed by WHA would gate off their communities between the hours of 6 PM and 6 AM.

It’s similar to what’s already happening in Charleston, SC, but Muldrow says that plan goes a bit too far.

“You might can incarcerate me physically or block me in physically, but mentally you can never gate me up,” said Muldrow.

In addition to the curfew the WHA board also banned smoking in their properties, and agreed to work with WPD to get ShotSpotter installed in all of their communities.

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Intersection closed; telephone pole damaged after crash

Monday, October 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The intersection of 5th Avenue and Red Cross Street in Wilmington is still closed as Duke Energy Progress crews work on repairs.

New Hanover County dispatchers said during a crash involving two cars tonight, a telephone pole was broken. Now, it’s dangling above the street.

They also said at least two people went to the hospital after the accident.

Stay with WWAY for more information.

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World War II city bill passes House

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Under the bill, the secretary of Veterans Affairs would designate at least one city each year

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