Editorial: 2014 Year In Review; Holiday Photos; Fire Safety

By / Editorials / Wednesday, 17 December 2014 05:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

I’m working on the 2014 Year In Review for our December 24th and 31st editions. If you have any suggestions for highlights of 2014, please feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me at 910-458-8156.
Each year we publish a year in review that highlights stories over the last twelve to thirteen months. (Sometimes stories carry over). To prepare everyone for next week, it’s a run down of reports from 2014 and will contain positive and not so positive highlights. It wouldn’t be accurate to only publish positive reports.
Topics will range from a proposal for a new community pool in Carolina Beach to Freeman Park, inlet and beach nourishment funding. Infrastructure projects, crime, events and a mix of other notable headlines.
It's the holiday season and this time of the year brings a condensed holiday schedule for the Island Gazette. Not to mention many in local and state government are on holiday vacation so news cycles tend to slow down in December. Our next edition will hit the streets on December 23rd.
Photos: I often get requests for prints of photos taken at local holiday events. While we don't offer a photo printing service, I can provide photos at a higher resolution than you can normally download from our website or Facebook page. If you see a photo of yourself and want to get prints made, please feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I'll do my best to answer your request and send a link to download a file that you can take to a local business for printing. That applies only to photos taken by the Island Gazette. Other photos may require permission of the respective photographer.
The fires of December 6th, were truly one of the most horrible events this Island has ever experienced. One man went on a fire starting rampage in the early morning hours, ultimately setting three fires and killing two people who didn't make it out of a condo building consumed by flames. Our community has come together and volunteered resources and donations to help those impacted by those fires.
If there is one thing to take away from this horrific tragedy, it's a plan of escape from your home in the event of a fire.
Many of the condo buildings in Carolina Beach were built in the 1980's and do not have sprinkler systems. Now is the time to have a discussion as a family and Homeowners Association about fire inspections, fire ladders, escape routes and smoke alarms. Making sure children know what to do in the event of a fire.

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