Echo Farms closes Sunday after more than 40 years

first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not found spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Golfers in Wilmington are enjoying their last few days playing at the popular Wilmington course Echo Farms.The course has been open since 1974 and has been considered a hidden gem to Wilmington golfers ever since.- Advertisement – After more than a year of uncertainty, the course is officially closing this weekend to make way for new apartments, condos and single family homes.A few golfers hit the links today while missing yard markers, flags and broken carts show the end is near. Long-time golfers say the course was like a home away from home and it will be missed.“It is an interesting course that gives you challenges and a lot of memories of a lot of puts that you made, puts that you haven’t made, all of the wildlife that you see on the course, I’m going to miss that.” Echo Farms Golf Course employee Bob Mereness said.Related Article: DOT repairs sinkhole on Princess Place Drive in WilmingtonGolfers still have a few more days to enjoy the course. Echo Farms will officially close when the final golfer steps off the greens on Sunday.A farewell party is planned for October 21 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. The Tour de Farm – Echo Farms Send Off features a low country boil, a raffle, and a silent auction of course memorabilia.You can get tickets on eventbrite.last_img read more

Inmate serving life sentence for 2011 Pender Co murder dies

first_imgMichael Grant (Photo: NCDPS) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An inmate serving a life sentence for first degree murder died Monday.Officials say inmate Michael Grant died after an apparent suicide at Maury Correctional Institution in Hookerton. He was found unresponsive in the inmate dormitory at 3:30 p.m.- Advertisement – Prison medical staff and local paramedics responded and worked to resuscitate Grant. He was pronounced dead at 4:08 p.m. at the facility.Grant, 42, was convicted for first degree murder in Pender County in 2013 and was serving a life sentence. Grant shot and killed his neighbor in 2011.last_img

New Hanover wins 3A Baseball State Title

first_imgBURLINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For the second time this school year, the New Hanover Wildcats are state champions!Behind an impressive pitching performance from Brayden Barry, the New Hanover Wildcats defeated Crest High School 2-1.- Advertisement – Barry tossed a complete game with 6 hits, 6 strikeouts and only the one run in the fourth.New Hanover scored on an error in the 4th and the game winning solo home run by Jac Croom in the 5th to put the Cats ahead for good.The title is the second this school year after the football team defeated A.C. Reynolds to win the state championship in December. It is the first baseball title since 1994 and the sixth in school history.last_img

Habitat breaks ground on 4 new homes in Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Habitat for Humanity celebrated the groundbreaking for not one, two or three but four upcoming houses Sunday.The project is called “4 on 15,” which refers to the corner of 15th Street and Ann Street in Wilmington.- Advertisement – Habitat teamed up with the congregation of St. Andrew’s Covenant Presbyterian Church sponsor one of these houses. Despite the gloomy day, the future is looking very bright for the recipients.“We thought one house? That’s great!” church elder Kimberly Exum said. “And then Florence came with the need for more affordable housing, so we found out the city had approved four houses on this double lot, and we were really excited to say, ‘Yes, we’ve got to come along and make sure this happens.’”Habitat Executive Director Steve Spain says that this is the largest groundbreaking audience that he has witnessed to date.last_img read more

Birkirkara needs fewer cars – AD local council candidate

first_img SharePrint Alternattiva Demokratika’s candidate for Birkirkara Local Council is calling for the implementation of the means to reduce cars on roads.Anna Azzopardi says that the locality, ‘is crying out for the implementation of the national transport strategy which aims for a decrease in cars on the road.’She adds that Birkirkara like neighbouring localities, ‘is under siege because of overdevelopment, indeed Birkirkara is one huge mass of buildings with unclear boundaries.’For this reason, Azzopardi says that the local councils should be working together to reduce traffic flows and this would come with a better organized system of transport for Birkirkara, Mosta, Naxxar, Msida, Ħ’Attard, Ħal Balzan and Ħal Lija.We need green energy and fewer cars by 2050 – ADLack of infrastructure and transport alternatives the problem, not parking – ADWatch: ‘Upcoming MEP elections crucial in determining Europe’s future’ – Green MEPShe adds this will also have the benefit of improving air quality across the region.AD’s Chairperson Carmel Cacopardo contributed by pointing out the issue of flooding in Birkirkara and its connection with traffic reduction.Cacopardo explained that this was connected to the poor enforcement of well sizes. He added that there was a need for more pedestrian zones in the locality that, ‘give back roads to people, and discourage through traffic’WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

DR Congo – UN has launches its first surveillance drone

first_imgAdvertisement GOMA, DR Congo – The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday officially launched a surveillance drone in the strife-torn northeast in the first such move by the United Nations.The Italian-made pilotless aircraft was launched at 12:01 pm (1001 GMT) from the airport in Goma, capital of North Kivu province, at a media event attended by the chief of UN peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous and several diplomats.The UN mission in the DR Congo, MONUSCO, currently has two such drones. According to a military expert in the capital Kinshasa, both aircraft began trial flights on Sunday. – Advertisement – The drones, which are unarmed and exclusively equipped for reconnaissance flights, are intended to help the United Nations to watch over North Kivu, a mineral-rich province prey to dozens of armed movements, which MONUSCO troops have been ordered to neutralise, including by force.The aircraft will also be used to survey the porous borders between North Kivu and Rwanda and Uganda, in a bid to prevent these countries from providing support to groups inside DR Congo.The United Nations accused both neighbouring countries of backing a powerful rebel group, the Movement of March 23 (M23), which surrendered on November 5 after a joint assault by the Congolese army and a new UN special intervention brigade with an unprecedented offensive mandate.The governments in Kigali and Kampala denied the charges of backing the M23.In the longer term, MONUSCO is due to be equipped with five drones built by Selex ES, a subsidiary of the Italian aeronautical and defence firm Finmeccanica. The UN mission counts on round-the-clock aerial surveillance by March next year.Source: New Visionlast_img read more