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Archive for September, 2014

Leland commuters sound off on traffic woes

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Traffic is a pain, and folks who commute to and from Leland know that all too well.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is trying to alleviate some of those woes, though, and tonight you got a chance to speak your mind.

It’s no secret with construction on the causeway and Leland’s growing population, traffic out that way is out of hand. At a meeting tonight, the NCDOT answered questions and did their part to explain when this traffic problem will be alleviated.

Most folks we spoke with said over the past couple weeks things have gotten better and D.O.T. says that is thanks in large part to folks in the community driving smarter.

Smarter they say by getting to work earlier, or letting kids ride the bus. People in the area are doing little things that make a big difference.

“The improvement that we’ve seen has not been a giant engineering feat on our part,” the DOT’s Karen Fussell said. “It is actually a community solution.”

Some say, though, this is all a part of progress.

“When you’re trying to get to work and you’re trying to get home, I fully understand the frustration and impatience people feel,” said Linda Warren, who lives in Leland.

The causeway construction project will continue until November 2016 with road construction around the entire Leland area not set to wrap up until 2017.

One of the big questions tonight was about I-140, and when the portion between US 17 and US 74/76 would open up. DOT said it should open some time in the next 30 days.

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Safety plan priority with addition of sidewalks and crosswalks

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The NCDOT is leading the way on a project to make streets safer in Surf City.

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Back Door Kitchen Tour Raffles Art

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One of the premier events in Downtown Wilmington is the annual Back Door Kitchen Tour.

They’re raffling off a giclee of a painting. Raffle tickets are just $5, and you can get them the day of the tour.

The Back Door Kitchen Tour features kitchens in nine homes ranging from new to historic.

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Teacher of the Week: Wendy Fowler

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — This week we went to Columbus County to find our teacher of the week.

Laughing is where teaching begins for Central Middle School teacher Wendy Fowler.

Our teacher of the week says she knows she's doing what she's supposed to be doing when her students say coming to her classroom is the best part of their day.

To nominate someone for teacher of the week, click here

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Cape Fear River is Wilmington’s economic lifeblood

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Wilmington’s economic lifeblood has been tied to the Cape Fear River for centuries.

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