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State gives $500,000 toward Battleship NC repairs

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Battleship North Carolina is getting help from the state to preserve the aging landmark.

The state’s World War II memorial will get $500,000 from the Office of State Budget and Management’s Repair and Renovation Contingency Reserve to repair the ship’s thinning hull.

“Our administration values the wealth of North Carolina history that hinges upon the upkeep and support of the Battleship North Carolina,” Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement. “We are committed to supporting thorough and efficient repairs of this storied ship.”

The Navy told the Battleship in 2009 it needed a plan to dry-dock the ship or work with the Navy to get rid of the ship.

Normally ships like this are taken out of the water every few years for inspection, but the Battleship has not been taken out of the water since the 1940s. It came to Wilmington in the early 1960s after donors saved it from being scrapped.

“These funds will begin the permitting and engineering portion of the USS North Carolina Battleship hull repair project,” Battleship executive director Capt. Terry Bragg said in a news release.

According to the governor’s office, the money will also help pay for a geotechnical investigation and diagnostic boring approximately 50-75 feet below the Battleship’s surface level. Findings from the research will predicate the structure of a proposed cofferdam that will allow the battleship’s hull to be repaired on site.

Battleship staff has previously said the repair plan could cost up to $15 million, but nothing is certain until the underwater work is done.

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Plan to close block of North Water Street gets mixed reviews

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Wilmington City Council considering proposal to close the 0 block of North Water Street in front of the federal courthouse

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Oak Island approves moratorium on large home construction

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

The Oak Island City Council has a established a 60-day moratorium on the development of homes with six bedrooms or more.

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NCDOT making rounds to clean up storm debris

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

The N.C. Department of Transportation is starting to clean up debris left in the wake of last week’s ice storm

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Teen charged with Marine’s death

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say an Apex teen is to blame for the death of a Marine after a car wreck Sunday.

WPD arrested Jackson Davies for felony death by motor vehicle Wednesday night after he was discharged from New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The 19-year-old posted his $50,000 bond and will make his first appearance in front of a judge Thursday afternoon.

Witnesses say a fight at a Sigma Nu fraternity party at home on Rose Ave. prompted Cory Lee Reese, 22, a Camp Lejeune Marine, to jump on the hood of the car Davies was driving early Sunday morning. Police say Davies was heading south toward Wrightsville Ave., when witnesses say he lost control. Investigators say around 1 a.m. Davies hit a tree and utility pole in the 200 block of Rose Avenue.

Davies is also charged with DWI. He will be in court in April to answer to that charge.

Sigma Nu Fraternity Executive Director Brad Beacham said the national office has suspended all of the UNCW chapter’s activity pending the outcome of its investigation. He could not give a timeline on when the investigation would be complete, but he said it has already started and that their thoughts and prayers are with Reese’s family.

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