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Archive for September, 2014

Weekend road repairs scheduled in Wilmington

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Weekend roadwork at two locations could cause slowdowns in the Wilmington area.

The CFPUA says on Saturday, September 20th and Sunday, September 21st, CFPUA contractors will be shifting lanes in the area of Dawson and Front Street, near the off ramp for the bridge traffic merging onto Front Street. The work is part of the Dawson Street and Front Street sewer repair project. No lanes will be closed, but traffic may be slowed because of the constriction.

Also on Sunday, September, 21st, CFPUA crews will be conducting two sewer repairs in the area of South 16th Street between Wooster and Queen Streets(see map). The work will require two southbound lanes to be closed, leaving only one lane of travel moving through the work zones. The lanes will be closed by 9:00am and work will be completed by mid-afternoon.

The CFPUA asks for drivers to slow down when traveling in the area, in addition to putting down their cell phones. A spokesman says they recently had an incident where a motorist drove through several safety cones and destroyed a piece of equipment because they were moving too fast and not paying attention.

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New Hanover Commissioner Brian Berger released from jail

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Berger was released from jail Thursday after being enrolled in a jail diversion program, according to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

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Students weigh backpacks to learn impact of heavy loads

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — CFCC students weighed in on more than just class to promote healthy habits in downtown Wilmington today, just in time for National Backpack Day.

Occupational therapy assisting students set up shop with a bookbag weigh-in station, so kids and adults can check out how much they are actually lugging around on their shoulders each day.

Studies show that carrying more than 10 percent of your own body weight on your shoulders and back can lead to serious health effects. Students there today agree that too much stuff in your backpack can mean more than just loads of homework.

“We came out to weigh our bookbags to see if it’s at a healthy weight for us, so that we won’t get any back injuries,” said 4th grader Emily Failla. “And if we do then that would probably hurt our legs and our backs, and we don’t want that to happen.”

Experts say lightening the load can improve health in a big way.

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Wilmington dad upset with new airline policy for unaccompanied minors

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A small change to a major airline’s policy is causing some big problems for one Wilmington dad.

The father of 13-year-old twins says he’s been flying his kids from Wilmington to Detroit with a connection in Charlotte ever since he moved here in January. But he says a new airline policy now makes that trip impossible.

US airways spokesman josh freed says since September 3rd, the airline has a new policy when it comes to unaccompanied minors on flights.

“Children 5-14 have to pay the unaccompanied minor fee which is an addition $150 and they also then cannot make connection flights on US Airways,” Shawn Bunge said.

For Bunge, paying $300 round-trip for his kids in addition to their ticket prices is only a small part of the bigger problem.

“There are no direct flights from for any airline from Detroit to Wilmington,” Bunge explained.

Bunge says the only alternative is driving two and a half hours to Raleigh where there is a direct flight from RDU to Detroit.

“I can’t do a three-day weekend with them anymore because its 16 hours back and forth just to get them to and from the airport, and time off work,” Bunge said.

And he says he is not the only one feeling the effects of this change.

“This policy not only hurts our ability to see our kids, but may make it so some families can’t see their kids anymore”

Airline officials say they are just trying to provide the safest travel for minors.

Officials say this policy changed back in January when US Airways and American Airlines merged. The policy allowed kids over 12-years-old to travel alone. And now it’s been changed back to their old policy, before the merger.

Wilmington International Airport Director of Operations Gary Broughton says it’s his understanding based on a conversation with an airline representative that the policy might change to allow connecting flights for minors age 8 and older, at least locally.

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Woman allegedly assaults two others with a boxcutter over dispute about a man

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Wilmington Police are searching for a woman who allegedly assaulted two women with a boxcutter Wednesday night.

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