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Archive for May, 2009

Tropical disturbance debuts off North Carolina coast

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

The National Hurricane Center is reporting the first tropical disturbance of the year. The low-pressure system was about 160 miles east of Wrightsville Beach as of 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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Saving historic buildings in the Cape Fear region

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

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From the north end of the central business district in downtown Wilmington to former Topsail High School in Hampstead, the list of the 2009 Most Threatened Historic Places is full of historic building all around us.

“We’re working with city officials and with the cross section of developers and property owners and preservationists to come up with a new creative solution for Wilmington’s preservation ordinance,” said George Edwards of the Historic Wilmington Foundation.

The list also includes the Rosenwald Schools in Pender County, built in the early 20th Century to educate African Americans, several of Wilmington’s humble historic homes, like bungalows and cottages, and Saint Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church in Pender County.

“We still need to incorporate these buildings into our future and when you own a historic building, you got a wonderful opportunity to make that statement for the future of recycling the building,” Edwards said.

A building on Red Cross Street also made the list of most threatened historic places. It was built by the Atlantic Coastline Railroad, but now Cape Fear Community College has plans to demolish it. The Historic Wilmington Foundation is working to make sure other historic buildings like it don’t also get taken away.

George Edwards reminds property owners of the tax credits that come with owning a historic building. He also added it’s more environmentally friendly to restore a historic building, rather than build a new one.

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videoFrom the north end of the central business district in downtown Wilmington to former Topsail High School in Hampstead, the list of the 2009 Most Threatened Historic Places is full of historic building all around us.

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Southport Police arrest murder suspect

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

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Police have arrested a man in Friday’s murder of a 62-year-old Southport woman, the first murder in Southport in eight years.

Police said a large number of missing coins from the home of Gladys Myrie led to the arrest of her alleged attacker.

Monday night, police arrested 18-year-old Lee Roy Jolly, Jr. of Southport. He is charged with the murder of Gladys Myrie, with other charges pending.

“I am sure that they probably knew each other. Everyone in that community is kind of close together,” said Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove.

Police said the suspect tried to sell a collection of coins stolen from the victim’s home. The stolen property led to an interview with Jolly where they found additional evidence.

Police said they have a murder weapon used in the attack, but would not go into further detail.

Jolly’s father was at a police press conference Tuesday. He said his son was on probation for arson, but there is no way Jolly, Jr acted alone in the robbery and murder of Gladys Myrie. “I’m not going to say he didn’t have any knowledge of what happened because it’s obvious with some of the evidence they said they had found, but I do know that he was not by himself,” said the Lee Jolly, Sr., the suspect’s father.

Police say they’ll keep the investigation open and will continue to investigate any leads.

Lee, Sr. is standing behind his son. “We love him and we’re here to support him and I’m not going to let him take this fall by himself.”

Meanwhile, friends and family gathered at the home of Myrie’s mother, but declined to speak on camera. Neighbors say Myrie was a friendly woman who volunteered at Dosher Memorial Hospital.

“She was a nice lady, she didn’t bother anyone. She minded her own business, she’d get out there and water flowers and everything,” said John Williams.

Chief Dove credited help from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department and the SBI in the quick arrest. If you have any additional information, call Southport Police at 910-457-7913.

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videoPolice have arrested a man in Friday’s murder of a 62-year-old Southport woman, the first murder in Southport in eight years.

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New station for Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department opens in Calabash

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

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Residents in southern Brunswick County can feel a little safer tonight. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department held the grand opening for a new substation in Calabash.

The new station will allow sheriff’s deputies to cut response times to the surrounding areas. Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons said it is a great addition to the community. “Citizens can rest a little at ease if something’s going on in the neighborhood that they’ll have quicker response time and during the dark hours of night they can feel a little more secure,” he said.

Use of the building for the new station was donated by the property manager. Residents will be able to use the facility to file for gun permits, respond to summons, and to report crimes.

It will be home for 2 investigators, at least 10 volunteers, and several deputies.

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Residents in southern Brunswick County can feel a little safer tonight. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department held the grand opening for a new substation in Calabash.

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Jobs Now Portal part of Perdue’s plan to help employment

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

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Landing a job is tough right now, but Governor Bev Perdue aims to help.

Governor Perdue launched a website last week called the Jobs Now Portal.

The site a resource for both job seekers and businesses looking to expand or relocate in North Carolina.

Through the portal, you can search for job openings, grant possibilities, and tips for starting a new business.

The jobs now portal is part of Governor Perdue’s Jobs Now initiative, hoping to bring together state agencies, local governments, and business leaders to create new jobs in this struggling economy and get North Carolinians back to work.

You can access the jobs website at www.jobsnow.nc.gov.

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Governor Perdue launched a website last week called the Jobs Now Portal. The site a resource for both job seekers and businesses looking to expand or relocate in North Carolina.

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