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County adopts plan to replenish Carolina Beach sand

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New Hanover County Commissioners put a new plan into place to make sure the sand on Carolina Beach will be replenished after a project cooperation agreement with the government runs out. Full story...
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Battleship attendance best in 18 years

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The Battleship North Carolina announced today that attendance continues to increase with the best December in 18 years. Almost 6,800 paid visitors came to the ship in December 2011. Fiscal year visitation numbers are also up, reaching an increase of 13 percent. Full story...
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Land donated for proposed NC hiking trail

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About 500 miles of the planned 1,000-mile trail are complete. Plans call for the hiking trail to stretch from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey's Ridge on the Outer Banks. Full story...
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Wrightsville Beach gets NC Travel Guide cover

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Like we need an excuse to go to the beach, today Johnnie Mercer's Pier was the scene of a big announcement. Full story...
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1961 prices set all-time attendance record for Battleship

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Turning back the clock set a record at the Battleship North Carolina over the weekend. The Battleship charged 1961 prices Sunday in honor of the 50th anniversary of the ship's arrival in Wilmington. Full story...
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Battleship North Carolina: 50 Years in Wilmington

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video Fifty years ago Sunday, the Battleship North Carolina finished its long journey from New Jersey to Wilmington. It took great vision, lots of cash and some careful navigation to get "The Showboat" into the slip where she lives now. We celebrate the Battleship's history as a protector of democracy during World War II and then as one of the state's greatest tourist attractions in the WWAY NewsChannel 3 special Battleship North Carolina: 50 Years in Wilmington. Full story...
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Battleship named Attraction of the Year

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Seven decades after entering World War II, the Battleship North Carolina has earned another honor. Last night the North Carolina Travel Industry Association honored the Battleship as its 2011 Attraction of the Year. Full story...
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Business owners say summer season was 'great' despite Hurricane Irene

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videoFor most beach towns, Labor Day Weekend is considered the end of the summer season; and although the weather is beautiful this holiday weekend, is it enough to get people out and about to make up for last weekend's losses due to Irene’s visit? Full story...
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Wilmington Cape Fear Coast re-branded Wilmington N.C. Historic River District & Island Beaches

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video The greater Wilmington area was branded as the Cape Fear Coast in the late 1980's and eventually became the Wilmington Cape Fear Coast, but now that name is being left behind and the region is moving forward with the name Wilmington N.C. Historic River District & Island Beaches. Full story...
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Pender Co. prepares for Irene as tourists decide what to do

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video The threat of the Hurricane Irene has people keeping a close eye on the storm, including vacationers and emergency management in Pender County. Full story...
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Tourism spending increases in New Hanover county and statewide

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Tourism spending is up in New Hanover county. The county ranks 9th in the state for economic impact through tourism. Full story...
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Mortgage holder buys abandoned Myrtle Beach amusement park

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The company that holds the mortgage on an abandoned theme park in Myrtle Beach has purchased it out of foreclosure. Full story...
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End of 'One Tree Hill' brings fans from far and wide

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videoAs you probably know, the cast and crew of "One Tree Hill" are in the middle of shooting their ninth and final season here in the Port City. The end of an era has fans traveling to Wilmington from near and far. Full story...
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Judge OKs mountain school district's early start

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A state judge won't stop a North Carolina school district from starting classes next week despite a state law requiring a 10-week summer vacation. Full story...
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Visitors say Pender wildfires no reason to cancel holiday beach plans

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video Crews fighting wildfires in Pender County set controlled burns today to try and get rid of fuel for the flames. Many folks traveling to the area may be worried if their holiday plans will be ruined because of the fire and smoke. But tourists who have already made their way to the area say there is nothing to worry about. Full story...
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