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Archive for March, 2014

Banks Channel Pub and Grille approved for expansion

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

A popular sports bar and restaurant in Wrightsville Beach will soon be getting bigger.

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Plan to park at Wrightsville Beach? It’s going to cost you more

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Despite overwhelming opposition from during a public hearing on Wednesday, town leaders decided to increase fees for parking in metered spaces, pending a final vote from the Board of Alderman next week.

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Report: More info needed to assess NC driver’s ed

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina legislature’s government watchdog agency says the state still does not have a good handle on how effective local driver’s education programs for high school students are financially or how well they produce safe drivers.

The Program Evaluation Division released a report Wednesday reviewing how the Department of Public Instruction responded to a 2011 law requiring more oversight of driver’s education program in all 115 school districts.

The researchers found the department has not yet implemented performance measurements for driver’s ed. It also does not have complete data on how many students complete the course necessary to obtain a driving permit. Students also must pass a written test.

But of 1 million tests administered by DMV from 2008 to 2013, almost half resulted in failing grades.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Senators seek cancer study of Lejeune water

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s two U.S. senators say a federal health agency should conduct a cancer incidence study for the groundwater contamination at Camp Lejeune.

Sens. Kay Hagan and Richard Burr said Wednesday they wrote a letter to Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Health and Human Services secretary. They told Sebelius that the Agency on Toxic Substances and Disease Registry should conduct the cancer study.

They’re seeking a response no later than March 28. Rep. John Dingell of Michigan also signed the letter.

Health officials believe as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to tainted water between the 1950s and when drinking water wells were closed in the 1980s after being contaminated by leaking fuel tanks and an off-base dry cleaner.

ATSDR didn’t respond messages from The Associated Press.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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New details on PGA Tour event coming to Wilmington in 2017

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Check out tonight’s 11pm sports around 11:25 on WWAY to see video of this report.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Where will everyone park? After all, thousands will be doing it at Eagle Point the first week of May in 2017. “I don’t think we’re going to have a traffic problem, like you may think, during the tournament,” Eagle Point Golf Club President Bobby Long said. “I believe you’re going to have a traffic problem after the tournament because of all the people that want to come to Wilmington.” Bobby Long will be the first to admit the logistic challenge of the Wells Fargo Championship coming to the Port City is a work in progress, but there’s already a plan in place. “we have satellite parking locations picked out, but nothing has been secured yet. We’re trying to make sure that we have enough to choose from that if we don’t get some of them it’ll be ok. We tried to work on the routing and bussing and that kind of stuff, without being disruptive to local residents too.”

Even though it’s only for one year, the PGA Tour coming to Eagle Point will have a huge economic impact on New Hanover County and the surrounding area. In the millions, no doubt. Most of the top players on tour, are expected to play. Kym Hougham is the executive director of the tournament. “We’ve seen it before where tournaments have moved from one a host course to a location that hasn’t had a tournament in awhile, and they just blow the doors open.”

New Hanover County sheriff Ed McMahon has yet to meet with the club about security, but that will certainly change down the road. “We have plenty of time to prepare for it.” McMahon said. “I’m looking forward to it. I think we can pull it off without a hitch.”

Most of the grass at at the Eagle Point Golf Club is currently doormant. In some spots there’s more brown than green, but in 2017 bright green is likely all you’ll see according to Long. “We will probably not overseed the fairways, but we’ll overseed the rough and it’ll be absolutely sensational on tv.”

Eagle Point is a private club. The club’s doors are not open to the public often, but they’ll be in open for a week in early May of 2017.

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