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Archive for May, 2009

Wilmington man steps down as chair of NC Alcoholic Beverage Commission

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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A Wilmington attorney is resigning from his position as chair of the NC Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Douglas Fox, whose law office is in downtown Wilmington, sent his letter of resignation to Governor Perdue yesterday.

The Governor demanded Fox’s resignation after he sent an email that showed an altered photo of a watermelon patch outside the White House.

The Governor said the image was offensive and unacceptable.

Fox had no comment when we called him today.

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The Governor demanded Douglas Fox’s resignation after he sent an email that showed an altered photo of a watermelon patch outside the White House.

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Convention center to be even bigger and greener than thought

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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Wilmington is thinking big when it comes to construction of the new convention center.

“With this new expansion it’s going to give us so much more versatility, as far as being able to put different groups in there,” said Kim Hufham.

Construction bids came in under budget, leaving City Council with 5 million dollars to play with.

As a result, the convention center will be bigger, and be made with sustainable building materials. There will be 4,500 square feet of meeting space, split into three areas: a ballroom, exhibit room, and smaller meeting rooms.

The entire convention center project is being paid for by a special room occupancy tax, from hotels stretching from 5th Street to the river and from the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge to the Isabel Holmes.

“It’s going to be a place that people want to go to because it overlooks the cape fear river, and hopefully overlook a marina to the north of us, and that’s one of the attractions,” said Steve Bridges, the convention center project manager.

The new expansion and the “green” transformation will push the opening of the center back about three months. It’s now expected to open in April of 2010.

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videoCovention center construction bids came in under budget, leaving City Council with 5 million dollars to play with.

As a result, the convention center will be bigger, and be made with sustainable building materials.

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UNCW research diver dies on the job

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathStaff WriterA UNCW research diver has died at the school-run Aquarius underwater laboratory in the Florida Keys.

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Shooting Provinces of Night in Pender County

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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It is a slightly overcast morning in the small Pender County town of Atkinson; almost a kind of dreariness that seems to fit in well with the principal theme of Provinces of Night. The movie is about a rural Tennessee family whose lives are filled with self destruction. It is a script that attracted Grammy Award winner, Kris Kristofferson. “I was really hoping I could do it. For a while it didn’t look like I could because I had concerts at the same time we were going, but then they changed the date so I got too,” he said.

Kristofferson’s character is the family patriarch, a role he said he easily slipped into. “He’s old for one thing,” said Kristofferson. “He’s a songwriter and a singer and drinker, not a big stretch for me.”

Young actor Reece Thompson joined the cast as Kristofferson’s grandson. Thompson said, “Once all these great actors started flowing in I got really scared, but excited, because I was like, ‘Why am I in this?’.”

Screenwriter W. Earl Brown is on set. For him, watching filming take place is still hard to believe. “After the rough road we had there is still the element of, ‘Are we really doing this?’” he said. That is because this project is at least five years in the making. Three years ago, planning began to take place. Now, after two weeks, filming is nearly halfway finished.

Once it wraps, then comes the process of getting the movie distributed.

Kris Kristofferson also wrote and recorded a song for the movie. The cast also includes Faye Dunaway and Hillary Duff. Filming wraps May 19th.

Thursday, we will speak with the cast and crew about filming in rural Pender County.

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videoKris Kristofferson, Val Kilmer, and Dwight Yoakam; those are just some of the A-list names who are bringing a southern gothic novel to life, right here in our own backyard.

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NC sheriff’s federal sentence cut by judge

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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LUMBERTON, N.C. — The federal prison sentence has been reduced for a North Carolina sheriff who admitted lying about corruption in his department.

The Robesonian of Lumberton reported that a judge reduced the 72-month sentence of Robeson County Sheriff Glenn Maynor to 24 months. U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle cut the sentence Tuesday at a hearing in U.S. District Court in Raleigh.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., ruled in February that the judge made a mistake when he sentenced Maynor to six years in prison last year. The court said Boyle made a significant error by not adequately explaining the sentence.

Federal sentencing guidelines for Maynor’s offense call for imprisonment of 18 months to two years.

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

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The federal prison sentence has been reduced for a North Carolina sheriff who admitted lying about corruption in his department.

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