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Archive for July, 2014

7,500 gallons of wastewater overflows into Lake Waccamaw after sewer spills

Friday, July 18th, 2014

LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) — Lake Waccamaw leaders are awaiting water test results after they say thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed into Lake Waccamaw when it rained following two sanitary sewer spills.

According to a news release from the town, the first spill happened Wednesday at a manhole on Canal Cove Road, and town leaders say the second happened at another manhole on Creek Ridge Road. The two spills ultimately resulted in about 7,500 gallons of untreated wastewater to overflow into the lake.

Persistent inflow and infiltration of groundwater into the town’s sewer collection system is what caused the spill, town leaders said in the release. Heavy rainfall there Wednesday then caused the waste overflowed into Lake Waccamaw.

The release says the NC Department of Environmental and Natural Resources requires the town to take two sets of samples for testing. Town leaders say the first set of test results will be available today, while the second set will be completed by Tuesday.


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Museum in Raleigh continues to see large number of visitors

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Even though the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences was created over 135 years ago, it remains one of the most popular museums in the southeast with over 1.2 million visitors last year alone.

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Wrightsville Beachin: drone captures aerial beach shots

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Wrightsville Beach resident Patrick Scheil has spent the last few weeks gathering some local video with his drone.

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Robbery victim knocked unconscious, wakes up with suspects in living room

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Officers with the Wilmington Police Department responded to an armed robbery at apartment B at 4014 Park Avenue around 10:40 p.m. Thursday.

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Brunswick Co. woman appeals school’s decision to keep book

Friday, July 18th, 2014

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County woman has appealed a school’s decision to keep a novel she objects to in the school’s curriculum.

Frances Wood of Ash filed an appeal with Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Prudent Wednesday objecting to the Cedar Grove Middle School Media Advisory Committee’s decision to retain Sherman Alexie’s novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.”

In her appeal and attached e-mails regarding her complaint, Wood refers to the book as “filthy” and “pure sin” and complains about the use of racist and vulgar language.

“If any one of our children used basically these words to any other child at school it would be considered bullying and racist,” Wood wrote.

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Click here to read documentation accompanying the appeal

Wood, who does not have a child or grandchild at the school, also implies in her correspondence that she and Cedar Grove principal Rhonda Benton attend the same church, and threatens to make this an issue within their church and around the county.

A school district spokeswoman said while the district’s procedures do not specify a designated response time, it is anticipated Pruden will review the appeal and issue a response within the next few weeks.

If Wood does not agree with Pruden’s decision, she can appeal to the full school board.


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