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Archive for April, 2014

$9M dredging project getting Wrightsville Beach ready for summer, hurricane season

Friday, April 25th, 2014

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Beaches are a huge economic engine for our area, but they need constant maintenance and repair. Today we got a look at how that happens.

“We are changing the face of the earth,” said Capt. Jack Dunbar, who has worked in dredging for 34 years.

“Basically, it’s just a big piece of equipment that takes material from one place to another place, wherever you want it to be,” he said. “All the dredging we used to call, we are just a big vacuum sucking from here and putting it there.”

Dredging not only brings sand back to our shores, but it also helps protect our beaches against damaging storms.

“Anybody that sat through Hurricane Fran or Hurricane Hugo or any hurricane on the coast, have seen the beaches that have storm damage reduction projects constructed have less damage than those who have not,” said Bob Keistler, Army Corps of Engineers Project Manager.

But with a price tag of $9 million for this project at Wrightsville Beach alone, this is not cheap sand.

“Just to maintain this equipment in this environment is very costly, and your employees, but mostly maintaining the equipment and fuel,” Dunbar said.

Keistler says even though dredging is costly, it’s worth it.

“For every dollar we put in the project to build the beach, it turns back in tenfold, twentyfold and savings on damages and that kind of stuff,” Keistler said.

Keistler says dredging sometimes impacts turtle and bird habitats, so he says they hope to finish dredging at Wrightsville Beach by Memorial Day.

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Tattoo expo makes indelible mark on Wilmington this weekend

Friday, April 25th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Folks are getting inked up at the Wilmington Convention Center this weekend. The 4th Annual Cape Fear Tattoo & Arts Expo will draw hundreds of artists and ink lovers to the Port City.

“It’s cool to see all these other amazing artists,” tattoo artist Michael James said.

A recent study showed 32 percent of Americans ages 30-45 have at least one tattoo. The expo is definitely adding to that statistic.

“Me and my mom actually went together to get a tattoo,” Leslie Hubbard said. “That just started it.”

When it comes to tattoos, some folks say a former stigma seems to be fading.

“Now it’s probably socially more acceptable,” James Weaver, who has tattoos said. “It’s very common to see surgeons with tattoos.”

Weaver was just accepted to veterinary school at Ohio State. He says you probably do not associate full tattoo sleeves when you go to see a doctor, but he’s covered in tattoos

“It’s maybe not for everybody, and you’re commissioning a piece of your skin to an artist,” he said.

And like any kind of art, some people just don’t like it

“Ugly, ugly, ugly,” Peg Benincasa said when asked what she thinks of when she hears the word tattoo.

While seeing someone with a tattoo isn’t necessarily surprising, we’re still a long way from them being completely commonplace. But some artists are dreaming big for the future.

“I don’t know about politicians, but I’d love to see a tattooed president,” James said.

The expo runs until 6 p.m. Sunday at the Wilmington Convention Center.

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Missing woman who led to Silver Alert overnight found

Friday, April 25th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington woman with Down Syndrome who went missing overnight leading to a Silver Alert has been found.

Wilmington Police say Amanda Marie was found at the Salvation Army around 12:30 p.m. She had not been seen since 7:45 p.m. Thursday at the Books a Million on Oleander Drive.

Police say Jayne was in good health and has been reunited with her family.

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STORMTRACK 3: Tornado sightings in eastern North Carolina earlier today

Friday, April 25th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  An approaching storm system tapped into a warm, humid environment to prodce scattered thunderstorms Friday afternoon. At least two storms showed rotation in central/eastern North Carolina, including an impressive storm near Snow Hill (Greene County). No tornadoes were reported in the WWAY viewing area.

The threat of severe weather will diminish by 10 PM. The rest of the weekend looks dry and comfortably warm.

Find WWAY on Facebook and Twitter for more recent updates.

Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

 

 

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Severe weather hits eastern NC

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Severe storms crossed parts of eastern North Carolina Friday even sprouting several tornados.

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