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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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Beach businesses hope Memorial Day sparks hot summer

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video With Memorial Day weekend being one of the biggest beach weekends of the year, Carolina Beach businesses prepare for the crowds and hope for the best. Full story...
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Soccer tournament a pre-summer boon for Cape Fear

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video This weekend's Seaside Soccer Classic brought into town more than 300 teams and thousands of families to the Cape Fear region. Many of them enjoyed things other than soccer, like going to the beach. Full story...
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Sunshine and summer temps mean beaches full of families and friends

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After a long, cold winter and a stormy spring, the summer weather has arrived, and beach goers are out in full swing this weekend. Full story...
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Seaside Soccer Classic kick starts summer business

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video Local businesses get a kick out of this weekend's annual Seaside Soccer Classic. The 18th annual tournament will bring in nearly 5,000 youth soccer players to the Cape Fear area. Full story...
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Airline group sees 1.5 percent rise in summer travel

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An airline industry trade group says that even with higher fares, more people will fly this summer than last year, especially overseas. Full story...
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