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Pender wild fire burns more than 18,000 acres, still not contained

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video The wildfire in Pender County is still burning out of control. Crews are plowing multiple fire lines across the holly shelter game land in hopes of keeping the fire from crossing the highways. It seems to be growing by the minute. Just today, the fire grew about 8,000 acres totaling more than 18,000 acres in all. Full story...
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27 eastern counties now under burn ban

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Burn bans are in effect for 27 eastern NC counties, including Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties. Full story...
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Bladen County wildfire destroys homes; burns 1,300 acres

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videoSome of the attention involving wildfires in our area has now shifted to Bladen County. Work crews for North Carolina Forest Services are trying to contain a fire that is believed to have started because of lightning that struck Monday night. That fire has now burned a large section of land near White Oak and has destroyed at least three homes. Full story...
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Wilmington leaders meet to discuss possible downtown improvements

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videoHow can downtown Wilmington become a benchmark city? That was a question that was kicked around today at a state of downtown panel discussion. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Mentally handicapped woman's bike stolen

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videoThe Spencer family says this is the second three-wheel bike they've had stolen in the last year and a half. They say they know it's only a bike, but it's extra special to their daughter Ashley. Full story...
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Voluntary evacuation issued, shelters open as wildfire grows

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Today the Juniper Road Fire in Holly Shelter burned northeast toward Onslow County. The east flank of the fire continues to slowly burn eastward toward Highway 17 in the Sloop Point and Surf City area. Full story...
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School PTO treasurer arrested for embezzlement

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A woman accused of stealing from an elementary school's PTO has been arrested. Dana Leigh Brooks was arrested in New Hanover County. She's wanted in Brunswick County on 12 counts of embezzlement. Full story...
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Pro surfers give kids lesson in having fun

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Hurley and the Sweetwater Surf Shop sponsored a surf contest for about 80 local children. The "Rip My Shred Stick" tour is a travelling event. Our coast was its sixth stop. Full story...
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Red Cross opens shelter for Holly Shelter wildfire evacuees

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The American Red Cross has opened emergency shelters for residents of Pender and Onslow County who have been asked to evacuate their homes as a result of a wildfire in the Holly Shelter area. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Onslow County declares State of Emergency because of fire

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A wildfire burning mainly in Pender County has led Onslow County to declare a State of Emergency. County Commission Vice Chair Paul Buchanan signed the order this afternoon. Full story...
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