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Archive for April, 2009

Miley Cyrus to be filmed in Georgia instead of North Carolina

Friday, April 10th, 2009

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Last week, Screen Gems pulled the plug on an announcement that a new Miley Cyrus movie would be filming in Wilmington. Now it appears the show will go on elsewhere. The switch could not only hurt the local film studio, but the caterers, make-up artists, and lighting companies that support the industry.

Last week, Governor Bev Perdue was scheduled to announce the Disney movie the last song would be filming in North Carolina, but a spokesperson said it was premature to make the announcement.

How right they were.

Thursday Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue announced the Disney movie the last song will film in Georgia.

Competition like this has North Carolina representatives looking to increase film incentives. In North Carolina, Disney would get a 15 percent tax credit. In Georgia, it could get up to 30 percent; producers will receive a 20 percent tax break, and an additional 10 percent if they include Georgia promotional logo.

Georgia and North Carolina had been competing for the movie that will provide about 250 jobs.

While North Carolina has considered raising film incentives, lawmakers aren’t rushing into anything. In the mean time, the hearts of preteen girls can be heard breaking throughout the Port City.

Not all supporting industries will be hurt by the move. Fincannon and Associates Casting, which has a partnership with Screen Gems, has been contacted to do the casting in Georgia, so the film could still provide a handful of jobs for Wilmingtonians; but no where near the 250 expected to go along with the film.

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videoLast week, Screen Gems pulled the plug on an announcement that a new Miley Cyrus movie would be filming in Wilmington. Now it appears the show will go on elsewhere.

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Man found after Silver Alert issued

Friday, April 10th, 2009

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A statewide Silver Alert has been canceled. The missing Ogden man was spotted on the downtown trolley this morning.

It started as a typical morning for downtown trolley driver, Marilyn Bristel, but things changed. “One of my passengers, he was sitting right here with me and he was like, don’t that guy look familiar, and I looked through the rear view mirror and I was like, you’re right! And he says, that guy was on television last night.”

“All I can say is I’m fine. And hopefully everything will come out just fine,” Paul LeBeau said.

LeBeau would not explain why he left home.

Investigators said it may be an issue with his marriage. Details of the Silver Alert included that he may suffer from dementia or memory loss.

According to detectives, LeBeau was alert, and answered simple questions accurately.

Sheriff’s deputies say LeBeau didn’t want to go home. Since it couldn’t be proved that he was mentally ill, he was returned to the shelter where he was staying.

LeBeau’s wife, Michaela said she is concerned for her husband’s safety and he was diagnosed with dementia ten years ago.

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videoA statewide Silver Alert has been canceled. The missing Ogden man was spotted on the downtown trolley this morning.

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Topsail Humane Society closes, looks for new location

Friday, April 10th, 2009

The Topsail Humane Society is bowing out of sheltering dogs in a Hampstead home because it’s in a residential neighborhood.

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Lockwood Folly Marketplace has supplied Supply for decades

Friday, April 10th, 2009

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We start with a look at the Lockwood Folly Marketplace, a family-run store in Supply that’s been serving the community for generations.

Years ago, there were no Wal-Marts or other large department stores in the area, so the store was important in that it supplied their every day needs.

Odell and Berta Blanton opened a general store in Supply in the 1940s. They moved to a larger location in 1963.

The store served as a hub of activity for the community. “I had not invested one dime in it, and Mr. R.D. White, Sr. supplied the money for me to start the business, and I paid two cents on a gallon of gasoline to pay for it,” said Odell Blanton.

Mr. Odell Blanton, now 96 years old, has fond memories of his time running the general store. “It meant a lot to us to have a complete supply of different things people needed. If they needed pots and pans, we had them. If they wanted groceries, we had groceries.”

Blaton’s business was a family affair. His grandson Larry Clemmons worked as a stock boy as a teenager. “At that time not realizing it, but my grandfather and my grandmother were experiencing what I would call the American dream of having their own business.”

Blanton ran his store until the mid 70s when he turned the building into an accounting business that closed in 2002.

Fast forward to 2008, when Blanton’s great granddaughter, Lindsay Hewett, renovated the building, and opened the Lockwood Folly Marketplace. “We actually have quite a few customers who shopped with them during that time period who come into the store and kind of reminisce,” Lindsay said.

You can find everything from gifts to gourmet products to food from local farmers.

Blanton said he’s amazed by how far the store has come. “Here I am buying from my own great granddaughter and she used to be there buying them from me, so it’s really interesting.”

The Lockwood Folly Marketplace is a popular lunch spot in the Supply area.

Hewett prides herself in offering natural products, and in a few weeks will being offering organic produce.

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Odell and Berta Blanton opened a general store in Supply in the 1940s. They moved to a larger location in 1963.

The store served as a hub of activity for the community. Today, Lockwood Folly Marketplace is a popular lunch stop for those in the Supply area.

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Preliminary autopsy results in for Berry Carter

Friday, April 10th, 2009

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There is an update Friday on the man found dead early Thursday at the WASTEC trash facility.

Preliminary autopsy results indicate Berry Carter suffered from severe internal injuries, consistent with being crushed in a garbage truck’s compactor.

Mr. Carter was a homeless man. He was believed to have been in a dumpster, when it was emptied into a trash truck.

The case is still being investigated. Deputies said there was no sign of foul play.

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There is an update Friday on the man found dead early Thursday at the WASTEC trash facility.

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