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Archive for August, 2014

Man shot in buttocks during drive-by shooting

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Investigators in Columbus County are still looking for the person responsible for a drive-by shooting near Cerro Gordo earlier this week.

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Leland traffic a mess for many

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — There is no doubt about it; sitting in traffic is a pain. A pain folks driving between Leland and Wilmington know all too well lately.

It’s the only way into Wilmington, a route many use daily to go to work, school, and appointments. But recently traffic jams on US 17/74/76 have become the norm for many drivers.

“It sometimes is a hassle, especially if we have to get into town quick,” Donald McClintock said.

“Majority of the time, it’s nothing wrong,” Elizabeth Harrison said. “Somebody maybe pulled off the road, and they just being nosy, and it just backs the traffic up.”

Harrison says a 15-minute drive to work can take her 40 minutes or more.

“And then the job tell you, ‘well you need to leave early,’ so. But you don’t ever know how it’s going to be when you get out there,” Harrison added.

It’s a problem NC DOT Assistant Engineer Wanda James says they are trying to fix.

“There’s not much we can do while we are doing this construction,” James explained. “The whole reason why we’re constructing the project is to alleviate some of that congestion.”

She says until the causeway widening project is done, drivers just need to be patient and cautious.

“Be careful when you’re driving out there,” James said. “Pay attention to what you are doing. Make sure you are looking at traffic instead of looking at the work that we’re doing.”

James says the causeway project should be done in November 2016.

She says it will add one lane to US 74-76 in each direction between 421 and the first Leland exit.


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Brubaker ranked leading lobbyist at NC legislature

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The top leader in the North Carolina House during the mid-1990s is now atop a nonpartisan group’s list of the General Assembly’s most influential lobbyists.

The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research announced Tuesday that Republican Harold Brubaker ranked No. 1 on the list during the 2013 session.

Brubaker was speaker from 1995 through 1998 as Republicans led the House for the first time in a century. He served in the House for 35 years, leaving in 2012. As a lobbyist, Brubaker has represented Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and the North Carolina Association of Realtors among others.

Dana Simpson ranked No. 2 on the list. He was No. 1 in the 2011 session.

Rankings are based on surveys filled out by legislators, lobbyists and media.

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


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Fire ants infesting North Carolina

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Seventy-one out of one-hundred counties in North Carolina are infested with fire ants.

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Home escapes demolition, family restoring vacant house

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

A home at 17 South 4th Street is being given new life after nearly being demolished.

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