JONNY Lomax looks set to miss Saints’ trip to Widnes Vikings on Sunday with a rib injury.He sustained the problem in last Friday’s 34-28 win over Hull KR and had to miss Wednesday’s International Origin game as a result.Lance Hohaia is expected to return from a foot injury to partner Lee Gaskell in the halves.Acting Head Coach Mike Rush told The St Helens Star: “We have the week off after the Widnes game so I won’t be resting any players up. Widnes have played on Monday, so there is not that much difference between them backing up and some of our lads playing Wednesday to Sunday.“We have to keep at the forefront of our minds what they did to us in the last seven minutes of that Challenge Cup tie. They are at home and coming in to the game off the back of a good win against Castleford and will be looking towards building a new team and attitude with the guys they have brought in.”All Saints’ representatives in the International Origin match came through unscathed.
ENGLAND fans can show their true colours like never before when the country’s best Rugby League players go head to head with the cream of overseas talent in the International Origin Match next month.To celebrate England’s fixture against the Exiles at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, on Friday June 14, the RFL has put together possibly the best value ticket package in Rugby League history.For a limited time supporters can purchase a £20 ticket and receive a free England shirt to wear at the match and throughout the summer going into Rugby World Cup 2013.Shirts are already in short supply in some sizes so fans are advised to book today to take advantage of this great offer, which is available by phone only – please call the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 (Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.00pm).The International Origin Match is England’s only confirmed fixture before RLWC2013 and is a game the national team have targeted as a highlight of a memorable sporting year.England coach Steve McNamara said: “The Origin game does form an important part of our preparations for the World Cup but more importantly it’s a fixture we very much want to win.“We spoke at length about playing the Exiles during our camp at Loughborough last weekend and it was clear from all the players that there is a real hunger not just to feature in this match, but to win it.“We won the first of the two Origin games last year but were pipped at the post in the second one: this year it’s a one-off game and an opportunity for all of us to put down a marker.“Our preparations have gone exceptionally well and the players are hoping to have the whole country behind them this year: they got a huge lift from the amazing support we got in the 2012 Four Nations final against Australia and it would be fantastic to have that passion roaring us on against the Exiles.“Many of our players continue to have strong links with their community clubs and I know from my own experiences that it’s a source of great pride for all the clubs who have played a part in producing players for the national team.“A lot of the players have also had experiences in the Championships as well with people like Chris Hill having come through the ranks at New Spring Lions in Wigan and Leigh Centurions are great examples of how England team brings the whole sport together.”Tickets for the International Origin Match at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, on Friday June 14 cost from £20 (£15 for 65+ students, £10 for under-16s) and can be purchased by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.ukTo take advantage of the free shirt offer please call the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 (Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.00pm).
Recently we caught up with winner Linda Lee of New Hanover County to see how things were going.Her daughter Lakeisha nominated her to win the roof as part of our Roof Rescue contest.“That letter was all of the truth,” Lakeisha said. “In that letter, I talked a lot about how my parents, since I was a little child, this home has been a home to so many others. They were very deserving for it. Just for all that they have done for others.”Linda also had a chance to ask Peter Foley from Flores & Foley.“We thank you for what you have done to bless our family,” she said. “You never know how much you bless us. We needed that roof, and you reach down in your heart and look at that letter and say that’s the family for me. Bless your business a hundred times 100, but we thank you so much.”WWAY is proud to be part of the Roof Rescue contest. We love giving stuff away with our partners. Click here to see our other contests. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Last winter WWAY joined with Flores & Foley Roofing to surprise a special family with a brand new roof on their home.It’s served them well with all the rain we’ve had of late.- Advertisement –
CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Labor Day weekend is here, but how are businesses in the beach areas preparing?With the end of summer approaching fast, vacation spots like Carolina Beach are seeing their final round of vacationers.- Advertisement – But they want to end the summer on a high note during the Labor Day weekend.“I’m very excited, I’m hoping that we have a good weekend,” Squigley’s Ice Cream and Treats Owner, Ann Coen said.Many business owners on the island are preparing for what they hope is a busy holiday.Related Article: Fire department warns of hidden dangers when charging golf carts“Labor Day is sort of our last hurrah, and we look forward to it. I can’t lie about that, but we are anxious to see all the new vacationers come down and by the looks of things, as I look outside my store, it does look like there are a lot of people here. A lot of cars, a lot of traffic,” Coen said.While some businesses are ordering more supplies, some are having mark downs to get rid of their older goods.“We’re having a tent sale this weekend to get rid of all our product from the past season and kind of kick off the school year,” CB Surf Shop employee Daniel Russell said.Meanwhile another buisness is already in full swing.“This is not by any means the end of our season for us, so it’s great. It’s like a last hurrah,” HopLite Irish Pub owner, Ron Stevens said.It is a ‘last hurrah’ of summer for many, but for those who are still on the island all year say it is important to continue to support local business.“We want everybody to shop local, to stay on the island and eat at our fabulous restaurants, and eat our doughnuts, and have our ice cream. It’s really important to us,” Coen said.As the summer heat fizzles down, these businesses hope they stay busy.
“We’ve got to do better,” said Samantha Worrell.Worrell started the petition after a series of times she and her family and friends cleaned up litter around the county. The straw that broke the camel’s back for Worrell was when multiple tires were dumped along her road.“We’ve had bath tubs dumped on our road,” said Worrell.Related Article: Bill would change NC littering laws to include grass clippings, leaves on streetsWe followed Worrell out along Highway 210 near Lane’s Ferry were a pile of debris lays just past the Northeast Cape Fear River Bridge.“We see all this trash that is going to break down and end up in this river right next to us,” Worrell said.Worrell’s online Change.org petition has more than 150 signatures.In it she listed the following requests from the county:Equip all county owned buildings, parks and beaches with recycling bins and trash cans.Make sure that all local businesses are following the laws and guidelines for recycling and encourage them to have recycling containers available for patrons.Post no dumping signs in the areas that are impacted the most by illegal dumping.Work with local officials in the beach towns and make our beaches smoke free.Send out flyers or put up signs to get the message out to residents and tourist that we want and expect a clean county and why.Call for a county-wide pick up day every 6 months, where citizens come together within their communities and commit to collecting at least one bag of trash per person and disposing of it properly.Consider allowing people to dump their trash for a small (very small) fee if they do not have a sticker. (Free if it is community trash pick up day)Oppose offshore drilling.“It’s not healthy for us and we need county leaders to step up and put some initiative into this and it might take a little money, but it’s worth it in the long run,” said Worrell.Cleaning up roadways like Highway 210 surprisingly is not as easy as it sounds. The county, in fact, has no jurisdiction to clean it up.“The county is not in the road business,” said Pender County Commission Chairman George Brown. “We don’t have the responsibility, we don’t have the authority.”The authority lies with NCDOT and their local road maintenance crews. It’s a department with the amount of staff you can count on one hand. That’s the same case for the facilities department with the County, they have only four groundskeepers that handle upkeep of the county parks.You can contact the road maintenance team at 910-259-5413. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Neighbors talking trash in Pender County. An online petition is on its way to ask county leaders to address an ongoing issue of littering.Pender County continues to grow and one neighbor wants to see a movement from the beaches to past Burgaw to reduce littering.- Advertisement –
Voting (Photo: MGN Online) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – In the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s mid-term election, board of elections officials across the Cape Fear have had to scramble to find new places for voters assigned to precinct locations damaged during Hurricane Florence.The Bladen County Board of Elections office said the Bethel precinct, which previously met in the former Lion’s Club Building in Dublin, was severely damaged during the storm. Those voters will now go to Singletary United Methodist Church located three blocks from the former precinct.- Advertisement – In Columbus County, voters in the Ransom precinct used to meet in the VFW at 102 Highway 87 in Riegelwood but they will now go to the Ransom Event Center on Highway 11.The Pender County Board of Elections says only one precinct was impacted by the hurricane. Residents assigned to the Middle Holly Precinct have been instructed to vote at the Maple Hill Fire Department. Two precincts will be voting at this location.The New Hanover County Board of Elections has two changes to precincts due to Hurricane Florence. Voters who reside in precinct H12 will now vote at Blair Elementary School located at 416 Edgewater Club Road in Wilmington. Voters who reside in precinct W30 will vote at JC Roe Center located at 2875 Worth Drive in Wilmington.Related Article: New photos from Horry Co. Sheriff’s Office van drowning incident releasedIn addition, the board of elections director said the following changes in New Hanover County are relatively new this year and may be unfamiliar to voters:The voting enclosure for precinct W24 has moved from the UNCW Warwick Center to the UNCW Burney Center.The voting enclosure for precinct CF06 has moved from the Life Activity Center at Northside Baptist Church to the Northside Kids Check-In Room at Northside Baptist Church.Voters who reside in H01 will now vote on Election Day at Cape Fear Christian Church located at 811 College Rd. N., Wilmington, NC 28405.Voters who reside in FP03 will now vote on Election Day at Kure Beach Community Center located at 118 Third Ave. N., Kure Beach, NC 28449.The entrance to the voting enclosure at precinct FP04 (Myrtle Grove Middle School) has changed. Voters should now use the entrance on the left-side of the school that directly enters the gym.The Brunswick County Board of Elections said there were no changes to precincts as a result of Hurricane Florence but two locations have been adjusted due to other reasons:Precinct 6 (Bolivia) is now voting in the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension Office located 25 Referendum Drive, Building N in Bolivia.Precinct 20 (Sucession 2) is now voting at Caison’s Creek Clubhouse at 1720 Caison’s Creek Drive Southwest in Supply.Polls will be open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Lights and decorations must be removed and artificial trees cannot be accepted. There will be a designated area at each location for the trees to be neatly stacked. The drop-off locations are:Home Depot, 5511 Carolina Beach RoadHome Depot, 210 Eastwood RoadNew Hanover County Landfill, 5210 US Highway 421 NorthThis program is funded and coordinated by the New Hanover County Environmental Management Department, with support from the City of Wilmington Sanitation Department, and the Home Depot. Learn more here. Christmas tree (Photo: USMC) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC –- Attention New Hanover County resident! The county’s Environmental Management Department is offering free Christmas tree recycling beginning Wednesday through January 15.“We want to provide residents who live in the unincorporated areas of the county, outside of city limits, with the option to recycle their live Christmas trees,” said Environmental Management Director Joe Suleyman. “They are biodegradable and we are able to recycle them into mulch or compost.”- Advertisement –
BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Planning and Community Development will host an Acquisition “Buy-out” Workshop for victims of Hurricane Florence.The meeting is set for Jan. 15, 6 – 8 p.m. in the Pender County Commissioner Chambers, 805 S. Walker St. in Burgaw.- Advertisement – “Attendees will learn how to apply for a buy-out through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. We’ll have industry experts as well as staff from the State in attendance to assist with our citizens’ needs and questions” said Kyle Breuer, Pender County Planning and Community Development director.The workshop will discuss the buy-out process and Duplication of Benefits.“This workshop will assist residents of Pender County who may be eligible for a buy-out due to flooding from Hurricane Florence,” said Breuer.Related Article: Earth Fare holding job interviews in Wilmington through SaturdayFor more information call the Pender County Planning Department at (910) 259-1202.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Multiple agencies began the 9th annual “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign today ahead of Memorial Day to help with safety during the holiday weekend and throughout the summer.The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, NC Highway Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving team up each year for the safety initiative to reduce alcohol-related accidents on the roads and waterways.- Advertisement – Enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints starting this weekend to promote public awareness and hopefully convince people to steer clear of impaired driving and boating.The efforts are centered on the four busiest summer weekends. In addition to this weekend, that includes June 28-30, July 5-7 and Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
The government center had a scare of its own back in August when an alert went out about an active shooter.Director of Emergency Management and 911 Steven Still says they keep on making improvements to their procedures.“Two or three months ago we brought an employee in really to look at New Hanover County facilities in a safety and risk management perspective,” Still said. “To number one, help shepherd that plan to make sure it stays current and updated.”Related Article: Sheriff McMahon awarded Sheriff of the YearSecond, Still says, to focus on communication between staff, and training for these situations.During the August false alarm, their emergency alert system was triggered.“What we have done is just taken the ‘This is a drill’ message off and if an activation was to occur, the full message is going to be echoed over the loudspeakers here at the government center that this is an actual event,” Still said.Now, Still says the alert system is only activated by their 911 center.As for law enforcement response, there isn’t a police department or sheriff’s office next door, but Lieutenant Jerry Brewer, with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, says the false alarm showed how quickly they react.“When that went off, we had a really, really good response,” Brewer said. “What was really good to see, any time you have something like that if it was in real time, which that was, you have a multi-agency response.”As for what might come next, Still is not sure.“That’s a reality,” Still said. “We have to start looking at whether it’s metal detectors or security, or just surveillance in those areas. That’s something that we do have to consider. It’s just unfortunate.”Still says he is confident with the training and safety procedures the county has in place.He says their plans apply to every county building in the community, not just the government center. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After a shooting at a Virginia Beach government building killed 12 people Friday, how are our own government officials staying safe?Officials with the New Hanover County Government Center say they have spent years working on a detailed plan for all types of emergencies, adding to it constantly. They say preparing for a safety emergency is an around the clock effort.- Advertisement –