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Archive for June, 2009

Whitley sentenced Thursday for killing bike rider

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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A 20-year-old Wilmington man was sentenced this afternoon for killing a bicyclist on River Road last year.

Jordan Whitley pleaded guilty to felony death by motor vehicle in the death of Phillip Tidmarsh, who was riding his bike when Whitley hit and killed him last September.

Whitley also pleaded guilty to felony drug possession and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. A syringe was found in his car after the accident which contained heroin.

Assistant District Attorney James Blanton says Whitley will serve five months, and then be on probation for three and a half years. “When a defendant has no record like in this case, judges are allowed to give up to a 25-to-39 month active sentence or just probation or what’s called a split sentence. What a split sentence is when a defendant serves a period of confinement in the department of corrections and then they come out on probation.”

Whitley has been on house arrest since the incident happened. Tonight will be his first night in jail.

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A 20-year-old Wilmington man was sentenced this afternoon for killing a bicyclist on River Road last year.

Jordan Whitley pleaded guilty to felony death by motor vehicle in the death of Phillip Tidmarsh.

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Annexation regulations on the table

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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Lawmakers discussed reforms to annexation laws in our state on Thursday.

So far, a house judiciary committee has ruled against allowing homeowners to vote on whether they want to be annexed, something anti-annexation activists asked for.

The issue arose in our area recently, when Wilmington City Council forcibly annexed part of the Monkey Junction area.

The committee is still considering other types of annexation reforms, that members hope will reduce complaints from people being annexed, including putting a deadline on when city services have to be provided to annexed areas.

Whatever is decided, it appears the Monkey Junction annexation will stand, because it’s already been approved.

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Lawmakers discussed reforms to annexation laws in our state on Thursday.

So far, a house judiciary committee has ruled against allowing homeowners to vote on whether they want to be annexed, something anti-annexation activists asked for.

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Iler, Gill sworn in to North Carolina House

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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RALEIGH | The North Carolina House is back to its full complement of 120 members.House Speaker Joe Hackney swore in Democrat Rosa Gill of Wake County and Republican Frank Iler of Brunswick County on Thursday on the House floor.

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Dinner to your door

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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Love the convenience of delivery, but sometimes pizza and Chinese food get a little old?

A local company has a solution; they deliver food from restaurants to your doorstep.

Big city convenience has made it’s way to Wilmington.

“I was tired of getting just Chinese and pizza delivery and I wanted to expand that, and I knew the only way to do that was to do it myself,” said Josh Clerghorn.

With that in mind, Josh Clerghorn started Surfside Takeout Express. “If you’re at the pool, if you’re at the beach, if you can’t get out of bed, you just order from us and we can bring you several different options from several different restaurants.”

As of now, delivery is offered from five restaurants: Islands Fresh Mex Grill, Mellow Mushroom, Pita Delite, Priddyboys, and Sweet and Savory Café.

“It gives us the opportunity to capture some of the business that we would not normally have with regards to people who can’t get out of their house or their office, people who are on the beach who don’t want to leave,” said Lucas Jones, the owner of Islands.

To have food delivered you can either call Surfside Express at 547-8883 or put in your order on their website, surfsideexpress.com.

You can create an online account that will save your information for future deliveries – but it’s not required.

Select your restaurant choice, pick your meal, and use the drop down menus to specify toppings or special requests.

When you’re ready to check out, enter your secure payment information.

You’ll actually pay when your food arrives, cash or swiping your credit card.

You’ll pay restaurant prices, plus a $5.00 delivery charge. If you want food from more than one restaurant, add $3.50 for each stop.

Chip Perry is a frequent surfside customer. The Radio Shack manager has a tough time breaking away from work for lunch. “During our lunch time is also everybody else’s lunch time, and that’s when mostly everybody runs their errands is during their lunchtimes, they come in here and we get slammed, so usually form like 11:30 to 2:00, it’s almost impossible to leave the store to do anything.”

Many would agree it’s nice to get out of the office for a bit, but if that’s not an option, Surfside Express can bring your favorite meal to you.

Surfside Express delivers between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm, seven days a week.

The company is working on another component, where you’ll be able to order your groceries online and they’ll go grocery shopping for you.

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videoLove the convenience of delivery, but sometimes pizza and Chinese food get a little old?

A local company has a solution; they deliver food from restaurants to your doorstep.

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Don’t let little pests bug you this summer

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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Summer is just days away. That means more vacations, barbecues and outdoor fun, but while your trying to relax don’t let the outdoor pests ruin your play days.

Tis the season for summertime pests.

“There about 3,000 mosquito species world wide, and I think about forty or so in New Hanover County,” said Eason Bryan of Mosquito Squad.

To keep the bites to a minimum, Eason says get rid of standing water and clear out your drains. Mosquitoes and water are like a moth to a flame.

Spraying your yard will help reduce the number of mosquitoes, and other pesky critters.

Flea and tick populations multiply during the summer months. Just ask the vets at Wilmington’s Needham Animal Hospital about the calls for preventative medicines. “Oh it doubles, it doubles,” said Christine Burns.

Tick medicines are topical, and flea treatments can now be administered orally. Keeping up with these medicines every month are the best way to prevent a problem.

“If it’s something you do every month, along with your heartworm prevention, and flea control, those are two things that you won’t have to worry about,” Burns said.

But beyond being bothersome to you and your pets, bites can sometimes be dangerous.

“One of the things with children that they tend to scratch and their finger nails are dirty and they can get infections in those mosquito bites,” said Patricia Fields of Cape Fear Hospital.

Bug spray, and keeping the area clean can help minimize the risk of infection.

You can also plant citronella around your yard to help keep the bugs away.

And here’s a tid bit of information, only female mosquitoes actually bite.

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videoSummer is just days away. That means more vacations, barbecues and outdoor fun, but while your trying to relax don’t let the outdoor pests ruin your play days.

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