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Chilly temperatures affect restaurant workers who rely on tips

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Restaurant workers are feeling the effects of the deep freeze on their wallets.

But the icy weather did not keep some restaurants from opening today to serve warm meals to cold customers.

When you need a sledgehammer to clear the ice on the sidewalk, there’s a good chance you won’t see many customers in your business.

That’s why many downtown restaurants closed Wednesday, giving employees time to play in the snow.

“I actually took my dog out for the first time,” Waitress Lindsay Wright explained. “He’s a puppy, he’s only 10 months old, so it was his first time in the snow and he loved it.”

But time off means less money in their pockets.

“Well it’s right after Christmas, so everybody is feeling that,” Waiter Michael Cunningham said. “And it’s no fun. I want to work. I need to work. Most people around here, service industry people, can definitely agree with me on that one.”

“Like any waitress, I didn’t get paid,” Wright said. “So it was kind of a Catch 22, where you get the day off, but you don’t work, and you don’t make money”

The Basics reopened Thursday serving food all day.

With ice still covering most roads the wait staff says their drive to work was no joke.

“Awful by any standards wherever you live in this country. It’s just sheets of ice,” Cunningham said.

But they say they have to pay the bills, and are just hoping business picks up.

“I’m hoping a lot of people will be stir crazy enough to want to get out of the house and come get a nice warm meal down here,” Wright said.

“We’ll bounce back,” Cunningham added. “It’s just one of those weeks where you just don’t make much.”


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New Hanover, Brunswick and Columbus schools closed Friday

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Reports of accidents, injuries mounting

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Air traffic picks up at ILM

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

NEW HANVOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Air traffic is getting back to normal at Wilmington International Airport.

Dozens of flights were canceled over the last couple of days but some travelers were able to get back on schedule Thursday.

Anthony Buchanan has been stranded in Wilmington since Monday. His flight to Texas was canceled twice.

“I’m just ready to go home,” he said. “I have a family out there. My two kids are crying for me, ‘When are you coming home to see us?”As soon as I get home.'”

Buchanan’s new flight was scheduled to take off Thursday evening. He says he hopes the icy runways do not delay his trip home again.


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First Alert Weather: very icy Thursday night, significant melting begins Friday

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Dangerous travel conditions will continue across southeastern North Carolina Thursday night with a) spotty showers and b) liquid from partially-melted ice and snow re-freezing.

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K-9 officer involved in Nov. 1 police chase will remain on the job

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The K-9 officer whose actions related to a Nov. 1 police chase will remain an active member of the department

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