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Wrightsville Beach

Though risk is low, state, locals prepare for oil from Gulf

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video With oil spilling in large quantities in the Gulf of Mexico, some locals are concerned that it will eventually get to our beaches. The chances that it will are small, but just in case, North Carolina is taking steps to prepare for its effects. Full story...
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Peeper sentence ignites The Rant

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video A New Hanover County judge yesterday sentenced a peeping Tom to at least eight years behind bars. Meanwhile, a man who troopers say had drugs in his system when he hit and killed another driver still has his license. The Ranters sound off about the way justice is handed out in Tuesday's edition of The Rant. Full story...

FIRST ON 3: Wrightsville Beach peeper pleads guilty

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videoJohnny Wayne Alford pleaded guilty today to peeping at dozens of women at Wrightsville Beach in 2009. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Man hit by alleged drunk driver talks about crash

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videoOne of the pedestrians hit by an alleged drunk driver on Wrightsville Beach over the Memorial Day weekend speaks out. Marc Miller's leg is in pretty bad shape, but surprisingly, he is in good spirits. Full story...
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Unfinished text found in car that hit pedestrians

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Police say they found a partially written text message on the screen of Jedadiah Woodcock's phone. Texting while driving is illegal in North Carolina. Full story...
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Swimming advisory issues for part of Banks Channel

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The advisory affects an area in Wrightsville Beach and is located at an access off Waynick Boulevard between Snyder and Seashore Streets in Banks Channel. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Streaker at Wrightsville Beach gets tased, caught on camera

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videoA man streaking through Wrightsville Beach over the holiday weekend was stopped in his tracks when he was tased by law enforcement. It was caught on tape and has been posted on YouTube. WARNING: There is nudity and graphic language in the video. Full story...
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Holiday Weekends mean more litter at beaches

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Memorial Day weekend is in many ways the start of summer, and at our beaches the start of tourism season. But, with more people at the beaches - there's also more litter. Full story...
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Old building finds new life as surf shop

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video A 70-year-old building at Wrightsville Beach is getting a facelift and will soon be a surf shop. The old building on South Lumina Ave. has been vacant for 40 years, and it's kind of been an eye sore. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Teen who wrecked car had many brushes with the law

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video Here's a look at Randi Petrolino's rap sheet, which when we printed it, was 10 pages long. Full story...
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Beach smoking ban proposal extinguished... for now

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It could have been the first beach in the state to ban smoking. But Wrightsville Beach voted against an ordinance that would have stopped smoking on the beach. Full story...
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Beach perceptions leave some visitors with salty taste

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Many of our viewers say Wrightsville Beach is a long way from rolling out the welcome mat to tourists when the summer season rolls around. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Police: Teen huffing before wrecking car

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videoA New Hanover County teenager is hospitalized after Wrightsville Beach Police say she huffed inhalants behind the wheel and blacked out with her friends in the car. It all happened just after midnight Tuesday morning. Full story...
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Wrightsville Beach mulls sand smoking ban

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videoIf the smoking ban passes, it would make Wrightsville the first smoke-free beach in the state. Full story...
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New boating safety regulations in effect

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New state regulations effective May 1 require boaters under the age of 26 to attend and pass a boating safety course before getting out on the water. Full story...
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