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Archive for June, 2009

Court ruling favors youth in abuse lawsuit against school

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

The suit claims the school and its principal failed to adequately protect a teen from being sexually assaulted by another student, according to the Supreme Court ruling.

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Occupancy tax dollars on the decline in NHC

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

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The Cape Fear Tourism and Visitors Bureau reports that occupancy tax collection in New Hanover County is down almost eight percent during the fist four months of the year. That number tends to be the best gauge of tourism in our area.

Those numbers need to rise dramatically in May and June, the end of the fiscal year, or total occupancy tax collection rates will decrease for the first time in eight years.

“People may have forgone a trip last year and are willing to make a trip this year. So we don’t know what it’s going to look like for a while until the season plays out,” said economist Woody Hall.

Even with the decrease, Hall says southeastern North Carolina is fairing better than many other tourist destinations around the country, due to the fact this area is considered a drive-to location. That makes it difficult to evaluate whether less people are visiting, or they’re just spending less money.

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The Cape Fear Tourism and Visitors Bureau reports that occupancy tax collection in New Hanover County is down almost eight percent during the fist four months of the year. That number tends to be the best gauge of tourism in our area.

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Where funds would come from after major disaster

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

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North Carolina lawmakers have started grappling with how their underfunded beach plan would keep its insurance promises after a bad hurricane season.

Thursday, the House Insurance Committee began considering a proposal to cap insurers’ risks from a catastrophe, and shift remaining rebuilding costs to all North Carolina policyholders.

Estimates indicate the average $600 homeowner’s policy could rise up to $60-a-year to pay beach plan claims.

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North Carolina lawmakers have started grappling with how their underfunded beach plan would keep its insurance promises after a bad hurricane season.

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Whats Happening: June 26-28

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

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Creativity and talent come together for the Quilters by the Sea 27th Annual Quilt Show. There will be new and used items, vendors, raffles and demos. Hours Friday night are from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sunday from 11:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The quilt show is at Temple Baptist Church on George Anderson Drive in Wilmington. Admission is five dollars.

It was a hit on the big screen, now High School Musical is coming to the stage in Brunswick County. The production is even using original backdrops from Disney. High School Musical will be performed at 7:30 Friday and Saturday night, and at 3:00 Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Tickets are twelve dollars for kids twelve and under, fifteen dollars for everyone else. The musical takes place at O’Dell Williamson Auditorium.

Saturday, it’s the 3rd Annual Downtown Wilmington Brewgrass Festival. Local and regional breweries will have suds to sample and there is a long list of bluegrass bands that will take the stage. It runs from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Water and Princess Streets. The $35 tickets include admission, unlimited beer tastings and a commemorative glass. If it doesn’t sell out, day of admission is $40.

If you are welcoming a new baby, or just want to pamper one you already have, do not miss the All About Baby Shower and Children’s Expo this Saturday. There will also be plenty of informative booths for parents. The expo is from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Schwartz Center on Front Street.

Saturday, there’s a poker run benefit and yard sale for Kaylee Jade Robbins. She has a defect in her abdominal wall and will be in Chapel Hill for several weeks. The poker run begins at JW’s Place in Leland at 11:00, heads to Myrtle Beach, then stops at various bars and restaurants in Brunswick County. The ride is ten dollars per person or fifteen per couple. Food plates are available for a five dollars donation.

Celebrate summer with seasonal beer and plenty of food. The first ever Summer Beer Fest is this Saturday in the parking lot of Fat Tony’s in the Racine Commons Shopping Center. To go along with the festival, there will also be a live band. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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videoIt is the movie that sent teenagers into a frenzy; now you can see a live performance of High School Musical. Plus, parents, or parents-to-be, there is an expo this weekend you do not want to miss.

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Taking a stand by sitting in a tree

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

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Wednesday, we told you about a man who climbed a 150-year-old oak tree in his yard to save it from being cut down. A day later, and he’s still there, and says he’s not coming down anytime soon.

When asked how long he planned on staying in the tree, Charlie Joyce, Jr. said, “Right now, I can’t say, I don’t know.”

With some local support, Charlie Joyce, Jr. has been up in this oak tree since Wednesday. “These people came by this morning, I’ve never met them before, they gave me granola bars, Starbucks coffee, this mom and her son came by and gave me a cinnamon roll and a Snapple iced tea, so I appreciate the support,” he said.

One by one, the Joyce family watched as chain saws brought their trees to the ground on Wednesday and continued on Thursday.

The federal aviation administration ordered the Wilmington International Airport to have the trees chopped down.

“We put in a brand new instrument landing system which the F.A.A. paid $7.5 million dollars to put in at the end of runway 2-4 and it must not have any obstructions,” said Jon Rosborough, airport director.

According to the F.A.A., the Joyce’s trees were in the way.

Authorities from the Wilmington International Airport say the trees interfered with the instrument landing system and just plain and simple were not safe to the more than 800,000 people they serve at this airport every year. They also said at least nine other properties had to have trees chopped down to the ground, and all of them have complied except for the Joyce family.”

Rosborough says simply trimming the trees was not an option, and the Joyce’s knew this day was coming. “We have an agreement that he signed back over a year ago which outlined exactly what we were doing. He was paid $44,500 for that inconvenience; he cashed the check.”

Charlie Joyce, Sr. claims he was conned into signing the easement and says he tried to give the money back.

Rosborough says the airport had no choice; safety comes first. “We’d like the young man to come out of the tree so we can complete that project.”

But Joyce hasn’t indicated he’s coming down anytime soon. “I’m not afraid to get arrested, if it comes to that point, because I’m standing up for something I believe in, but let’s hope it doesn’t come down to that.”

ILM authorities say if Charlie, Jr. refuses to come down, he could be held accountable for slowing down the construction crew, and potentially sued.

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videoWednesday, we told you about a man who climbed a 150-year-old oak tree in his yard to save it from being cut down. A day later, and he’s still there, and says he’s not coming down anytime soon.

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