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Congressman McIntyre to hold one-on-one meetings in Brunswick County

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

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Congressman Mike McIntyre will be in Brunswick County Tuesday.

The representative will stop in Carolina Shores to hold one-on-one meetings with Brunswick County residents. Constituents are invited to talk with the congressman about ideas, issues or concerns.

“Conversations with the Congressman” is at the Carolina Shores Town Hall Conference Room at 200 Persimmon Road. It begins at 9:30 a.m.

No appointment necessary, but the meetings are on a first come, first-served basis.

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The representative will stop in Carolina Shores to hold one-on-one meetings with Brunswick County residents. Constituents are invited to talk with the congressman about ideas, issues or concerns.

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Access to University Landing closed off for residents in nearby apartment

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

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Some residents of a Wilmington apartment complex are not happy about losing easy access to a nearby shopping center. An opening in a fence that separates Campus Edge apartments and the University Landing Shopping Center was recently closed off. While people who walked from their apartments to the businesses are disappointed to lose the entrance, others are upset that people in wheelchairs now do not have an option.

Keith Boyd is Willy’s caregiver and is devoted to making sure Willy leads the best life he can. Finding Willy an apartment in the Campus Edge apartment complex was a big help. Thanks to a ramp built for him, Willy had enjoyed going to the University Landing Shopping Center through an opening in a fence, until recently, when it was blocked off on the shopping center side.

“The second that we can find somewhere that he can live on his own for the first time in his life, not even a week later he’s stuck back in the house,” described Boyd.

Boyd said just days after the ramp went up, the fence was closed off. Now the only way to get to the businesses is cutting through trees; impossible for Willy. “This was his only place that he’d be able to go and enjoy himself,” added Boyd.

Boyd said if it is security the businesses are worried about, Campus Edge has a camera focusing right on the fence. A spokesperson for the University Landing Commercial Association said they did not know that.

Richard Collins of Home Owner Association Management Specialists would not go on camera, but issued a statement saying the fence was blocked to alleviate several problems that have arisen since more and more people have moved to the area.

“Local resident use of the shopping center as an easy drop off point for retail grocery carts from surrounding shopping centers, indiscriminate trash disposal in the center and property damage has continued to increase. A substantial amount of these problems can be traced to individuals using this opening for easy access to surrounding residential units and the campus. When the fence opening was originally constructed, it was not construed to be a handicapped access point. The shopping center has more handicap access than was originally required.”

At this time we understand there are no plans to re-open the spot in the fence.

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videoSome residents of a Wilmington apartment complex are not happy about losing easy access to a nearby shopping center.

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Wilmington area charities see a nice boost from Azalea Garden Tour

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

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Flower watchers have offered a big boost for Wilmington area charities. The Cape Fear Garden Club tells WWAY this year’s Azalea Garden Tour brought in about $78,000, which will be distributed among local charities.

While that is down a bit from last year, it is an impressive figure given the economy and the loss of some corporate sponsors.

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The Cape Fear Garden Club tells WWAY this year’s Azalea Garden Tour brought in about $78,000, which will be distributed among local charities.

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NC think-tank’s panel urges lower, broader taxes

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A think tank wants lawmakers to revamp North Carolina’s tax system by cutting tax rates while making more people pay taxes on more things.

A committee created by the Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University said Tuesday the General Assembly should pass tax reform this year. The group said North Carolina would take the lead as a business-friendly state if it goes forward.

The committee says sales taxes and corporate and personal income taxes should be reduced while exemptions and loopholes eliminated. The committee co-chaired by former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot also says local governments should have options to raise their own funds.

Senate Democrats already are considering whether to roll out a tax package soon that would lower rates while taxing some services.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A think tank wants lawmakers to revamp North Carolina’s tax system by cutting tax rates while making more people pay taxes on more things.

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Driver dies after crashing into house off Kings Grant Road

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

A driver whose minivan crashed into a brick house Monday night died at the hospital shortly after the accident.

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