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Up and down on Market Street

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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If you drive along Market Street, you’ll hit dozens of for sale signs, for lease signs or even closing signs. Many are from the automotive industry.

But there are some businesses that recently sprung up or that are just trying to hold on.

Charlie Lewis owns East Coast Outlet along Market Street. Last month, he decided to reopen his trailer-auto service business after closing down back in 2007. “Everything became very expensive. So it meant you had to have a lot to get in business and maintain business,” Lewis said.

Lewis owns the building and property, so when his tenant went out of business, he went back in.

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Chair Vinton Fountain said what’s happening along Market Street is simple consumers are spending less.

Patsy McDonald who manages Atlantic Spas and Billiards agrees. “It is very slow. A lot of businesses are going out but they are businesses that were struggling initially to begin with before the economy really went sour and they could not just keep their head above water.”

So why would anyone dive in now?

On Monday, Unfinished Furniture of Wilmington opened for business with optimistic owner, Rod Glockner at the reigns. “I believe we are getting very close to the bottom. If you want to get in it, you have to get in it at the right time and it’s that right time. I think the economy is going to go on the upswing and we want to be ready.”

Like Glockner, Charlie Lewis said the only way his business and others will stay alive is by catering to the community they serve and offering low prices.

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If you drive along Market Street, you’ll hit dozens of for sale signs, for lease signs or even closing signs. Many are from the automotive industry.

But there are some businesses that recently sprung up or that are just trying to hold on.

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Judge-elect says she paid her back taxes

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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It raises eyebrows every time – A public official who hasn’t paid their taxes. That’s why some of our viewers were concerned, when Governor Bev Perdue appointed a local attorney to be the next District Court Judge for Columbus, Bladen and Brunswick Counties.

Sherry Dew Tyler owed the Federal Government about $76,000 in back income taxes, including interest that started accruing back in 2003.

She’s been a law partner of Senator RC Soles for the past 21 years, and is scheduled to be sworn as a judge on Friday. WWAY caught up with her Wednesday as she was leaving the Columbus County Courthouse.

“I had a federal tax lein,” Dew said. “It’s been a matter of public record for a period of time. My plan had been to take care of that. It was the right thing to do before I was being considered as a district court judge.”

Ms. Tyler told us she paid her overdue tax bill in full. The Governor’s office says they were aware of Tyler’s tax issues when she was appointed, and they were told her problems paying them stemmed from a personal matter.

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Sherry Dew Tyler owed the Federal Government about $76,000 in back income taxes, including interest that started accruing back in 2003.

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UPDATE: Man in custody after shots fired at Sixth and Red Cross streets

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

A man shot up a downtown Wilmington street Wednesday afternoon, flattening the tire of a minivan, but not hitting any people or houses, law enforcement officials said.

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Murrayville recycling center re-opens

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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A popular New Hanover County recycling site is back open.

The recycling spot in the Lowe’s Foods parking lot in the Murrayville area was closed last month after residents of a nearby apartment complex complained about trash blowing onto their property.

Crews have moved the bins to the other side of the lot and put up a fence.

People who recycle at the site are happy to see it back. “I live in Bent Tree so its just around the corner. I’ve been taking them to Castle Hayne and that’s kind of a long drive. This is kinda nice; saves me a lot of time, and lot of trouble,” said Dave Douthit.

Seven recycling containers were returned to the lot.

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The recycling spot in the Lowe’s Foods parking lot in the Murrayville area was closed last month after residents of a nearby apartment complex complained about trash blowing onto their property. But after some changes, it is open again.

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Man sentenced on sex charges involving 13-year-old in Pender

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

A man pled guilty Tuesday in Pender County Superior Court to two counts of indecent liberties with a 13-year-old.Octavio Paz Rojas, 22, of Mexico was sentenced to one-and-a-half to three years in prison, according to a news release from Scott A. Lawson with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

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