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Archive for August, 2014

After weather delays, next piece of Wilmington Bypass to open soon

Monday, August 25th, 2014

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Just a couple more weeks until a portion of the I-140 Wilmington Bypass is open.

That’s according to NCDOT Resident Engineer Wayne Currie.

He says the project that will connect US 74-76 to US 17 has taken longer than expected because of all the wet weather.

The next project is to take I-140 over the Cape Ffear River from US 421 to 74/76.

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Leland to cut down 200 oak trees in Magnolia Greens

Monday, August 25th, 2014

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Soon, Magnolia Greens won’t be as green as it is now.

The golf community currently has about 600 trees lining the roadway.

But the town plans on cutting down about 200 of them.

Leland town manager David Hollis says cutting them down wasn’t the town’s idea.

“It’s not just the town’s recommendation to cut down the trees, we’re basing the recommendation off the state,” Hollis said.

The state urban forestry division surveyed the area about a year ago and pointed out some problems with the trees.

Live oaks are blocking street lights damaging sidewalks and sitting dangerously close to pipes and transformers.

“It’s these trees that need to come down,” Hollis said.

Some folks living in the neighborhood aren’t too happy about it. One neighbor tells us that’s why she moved to Magnolia Greens.

“They are what make that neighborhood and that neighborhood is what started all this great development that we have in Leland. They’re just gonna cut them down. I think it’s gonna be a shame,” she said.

Neighbors that don’t want to see the oaks go think the homeowners association should have looked for a resolution… rather than just chopping them down.

“If you go to Southport or downtown Wilmington, those towns have found ways to keep the oak trees and ways to keep the roots from causing the sidewalks to crack. So I know there’s definitely solutions to it,” a neighbor said.

Other neighbors we spoke with say it’s a shame but it has to happen.

The project is expected to cost around $25,000 and should take around 2 months.

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Dosher trustees plan to meet on possible cuts

Monday, August 25th, 2014

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Dosher Memorial Hospital trustees will meet later this week to talk about the hospital’s financial struggles, which could mean cuts.

Last month WWAY was first to report Dosher was preparing employees for potential layoffs or early retirement packages due to financial reasons.

The Board of Trustees was supposed to discuss the shortfall at its regular meeting Aug. 4, but the discussion was postponed because two trustees could not attend.

Dosher CEO Tom Siemers says the loss of physicians, increased costs, reduction in payments and reimbursements and increase in uncompensated care are to blame for the current financial situation. He says the hospital is not alone in this struggle. Last year more than 50,000 healthcare positions were cut nationally.

Trustees are scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the second floor Board Room at 129 E. Moore St. in Southport.

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Hoggard High School shortens dress code requirements

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Students at Hoggard High School will be dressed a little differently Tuesday for the first day of school. The administration has lifted their knee-length requirement after student leaders proposed a new dress code.

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WECT Collector’s Calendar winners announced

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The winners of the WECT Collector's Calendar photo contest have been chosen and the photos and winner's name will be released over the course of the next two weeks.

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