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Archive for March, 2014

Fire claims empty apartment, cause remains unknown

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One unit at the Pines Apartments is destroyed after a fire Saturday.

Wilmington Fire Department responded to the call at 2603 Constitution Blvd around 3:15pm Saturday, March 22nd.

No one was home when the flames took over the living room of the first floor apartment.

Fire fighters were able to stop the fire and reduce carbon monoxide levels.

Investigators sifted through the charred remains for hours, but were unable to determine a cause.

The apartment’s occupants have been relocated.

Damages on the structure and contents are upward of $25,000.


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First Alert Weather: Scattered showers Sunday; cold next week

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Showers chance will increase during the day Sunday as a cold front settles to our south and offshore. Highs will cool back into the 60's. Tuesday: a cold and wet storm system will track near the Carolina Coast.

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From chickens to taxis, little gets done quickly amid bureaucracy

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Seven ongoing issues in Wilmington show that the wheels of government grind slowly.

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Keeping prescription drugs out of the wrong hands

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Folks had the opportunity to safely dispose of their medication at the biannual Medication Disposal Event.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center, teamed up with law enforcement agencies, Cape Fear Community College, Safe Kids NC, Cape Fear Clinic and Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug Free Tomorrow to make it easy for anyone wanting to get rid of some old prescriptions.

New Hanover Regional Medical Mall turned into a drop-off drive through, allowing visitors to drop off their medications without ever getting out of the car.

Both the Sherrif’s office and the police department were present to help with the intake and disposal of controlled substances.

But, they didn’t only take in prescription medicine, they also accepted old vitamins and over-the-counter medications.

Event coordinator Kathy Rawlings said, “to have unwanted medications around can be a safety issue for children. also, for people maybe getting their medications confused, taking something that’s been discontinued.” Rawlings said, “it’s just a good idea to get it out of your home.”

Events like this are always the best option because it’s otherwise difficult to get rid of old medicine safely.

Rawlings said if you absolutely cannot make it do an official disposal event, “the FDA recommends that you put the medication in a container, a plastic container like an empty laundry bottle and add a little water and maybe coffee grounds or kitty litter and seal it up then dispose of it in the trash.”

This year they also got together with the New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District, recycling all the plastic containers.

Last fall they collected and disposed of over 800lbs of unwanted medication.


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Spring has sprung and Wilmington is greener than ever

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — halyburton park was greener than ever this weekend as it hosted the 1st annual Green Spring Carnival.

The city of Wilmington Public Services Department joined with local businesses teaching kids the value of recycling.

The carnival had games and crafts along with live music from the broccoli brothers band.

Folks also took part in a collaborative art project, tying plastic grocery bags together then woven into a large recycling symbol.

The event also had an art contest, Noble Middle School 7th grader Mia Rose won.

Her poster will be blown up and used as artwork in the city.

Wilmington Recycling Outreach and Education intern Lisa Utsumi organized the family event. She said, “It’s really the young people that are really good about recycling and making an effort to help the environment.” She said, “I think if they feel more empowered they’ll be able to influence their parents.”


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