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Archive for March, 2009

12-year-old Castle Hayne boy killed when ATV flips in quarry

Friday, March 27th, 2009

A 12-year-old Castle Hayne boy was killed Friday when the ATV he was riding in an abandoned quarry flipped over and pinned him, a spokesman for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said.The name of the boy is being withheld until family members can be notified, which could take until Monday, said Deputy Charles Smith.

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NHC authorities still looking for Vann’s killer

Friday, March 27th, 2009

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NHC sheriff’s deputies returned to the former home of Alton Corey Vann as they search for his killer.

Deputies searched the residence of Larry Gonzales, Vann’s former roommate.

Gonzales has a criminal record, including drug charges from 2002. According to the search warrant, Gonzales was the beneficiary of a $20,000 life insurance policy Vann purchased weeks before his murder.

Deputies were looking for shot gun shells and a flare gun.

It was the second time deputies searched 222 Brookview Road.

No charges have been filed. The incident is still under investigation.

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NHC sheriff’s deputies returned to the former home of Alton Corey Vann as they search for his killer.

Deputies searched the residence of Larry Gonzales, Vann’s former roommate.

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Ticket purchases on the rise as Azalea Festival nears

Friday, March 27th, 2009

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The ticket office on Oleander Drive was extremely busy Friday as excitement is starting to build for next week’s Azalea Festival.

The ticket office had a special visitor; one of the clowns from the Cole Brothers Circus greeted ticket buyers this afternoon.

The circus will run for four consecutive days starting next Thursday. Tickets for the circus can be purchased at the Azalea Festival office through Wednesday.

Starting Thursday, the first day of the circus, tickets can be purchased at the circus on the grounds of the Wilmington International Airport. Adult tickets cost $20 while children get in for $15.

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The ticket office on Oleander Drive was extremely busy Friday as excitement is starting to build for next week’s Azalea Festival.

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Battle of the blueberry festivals

Friday, March 27th, 2009

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The blueberry may be small, but it’s causing a big debate between blueberry buffs in Pender and Bladen counties.

A newly proposed bill may name Pender County’s blueberry festival as the official state recognized festival, an idea some Bladen County growers see as a problem.

Blueberry farmer Ralph Carter said Bladen County is the largest producer of blueberries in the state. It is also home to another much smaller but longer running festival.

Key reasons he says he has a problem with calling anything official. “If you call it the official state blueberry festival, then everything is focused on that one particular area,” Carter said.

With the bill passing it’s first reading, and being considered by state lawmakers, Carter said if Burgaw’s blueberry festival is named the official state festival, he will feel a little slighted.

There are several more steps before state lawmakers give it the final approval. Bladen County’s blueberry festival is set for June 6th, while Burgaw’s is scheduled for June 20th.

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videoThe blueberry may be small, but it’s causing a big debate between blueberry buffs in Pender and Bladen counties.

A newly proposed bill may name Pender County’s blueberry festival as the official state recognized festival, an idea some Bladen County growers see as a problem.

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Unemployment numbers hit all time highs

Friday, March 27th, 2009

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There is some bleak economic news for North Carolina. Unemployment numbers in February reached their highest point since these stats have been kept beginning in 1976.

The jobless rate is now 10.7%, which is up from 9.7% in January.

The US Labor Department reported seven states with unemployment rates topping 10%.

Michigan’s came in on top, as their jobless rate climbed to 12%. South Carolina registered the second highest at 11%, and Oregon came in third at 10.8%. North Carolina was fourth.

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There is some bleak economic news for North Carolina. Unemployment numbers in February reached their highest point since these stats have been kept beginning in 1976.

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