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Archive for February, 2009

Broadcasting pioneer Paul Harvey dies at age of 90

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Network spokesman Louis Adams says Harvey died Saturday at his winter home in Phoenix, surrounded by family. No cause of death was immediately available.

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Housing Market Looks Stable

Saturday, February 28th, 2009



The news isn’t all doom and gloom on the housing front. In fact, the buying, selling and building of homes in our area is suprisingly stable.

Donna Giardot, of the Wilmington Homebuilder’s Association says, “This area has never reflected the state or national trends, and we’ve not been as bad as other markets have been, in this downturn.”

Jeff Sweyer, owner of Century 21 Sweyer and Associates says “We have seen much more traffic than we’ve seen in a very long time, so things are actually good.” In the past five years, the population in Wilmington has been growing 4 percent annually. That’s well above the national average at about one percent per year.

The population growth and climate are a few factors that helped rank wilmington the 14th healthiest housing market in the nation out of 75 cities. “If I can be ranked along with cities like Dallas, Denver, and Seattle, Charlotte, Raleigh, D.C. and Houston, I’ll take that any day of the week,” says Giardot.

According to Builder Magazine, what keeps Wilmington desirable is it’s access to the ocean, mountains and University. Not to mention the affordability of housing. A median home in the greater Wilmington area costs about $198,000. “We have a bullish attitude, we live in one of the best places to live in the world, and that will always remains,” says Sweyer.

The predicted population growth for the greater Wilmington area leaves real estate agents and builders confident that Southeastern N.C. will almost always bounce back.

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If Wilmington had a Facebook page: 25 random things

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

If you’re a regular Web surfer, you likely have a Facebook account. And if you have a Facebook account, it’s likely you’ve been bombarded with friends requesting you to send them “25 Random Things” about yourself. The “25 Random Things” list has become a social networking phenomenon that thousands of Facebook “friends” have kept alive. A Google…

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Area school systems on alert for winter storm

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Agents from New Hanover County Schools will hit the streets early Monday morning, scoping out the back roads to see if a snow day is in order. That’s if there isn’t already enough snow falling Sunday night to make the call, New Hanover County school board Vice Chairwoman Jeannette Nichols said.

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Life Stories: Immigrant left Nazi-ravaged Europe for future of her family

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Jakob and Jo Bron’s decision to immigrate to Wilmington from the Netherlands after World War II came easy.Europe saw physical, economic and social structures overrun and irreparably damaged by the Nazis.

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