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Archive for June, 2009

Frank Iler to replace Bonner Stiller in N.C. House

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Frank Iler will succeed Bonner Stiller as representative for N.C. House District 17.

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Wilmington Council adopts $81M city budget; travel policy revised

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington now has a budget for 2009-10, a new City Council travel policy and contracts for debris cleanup in case of tropical weather.

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Schools ready for cuts with budgets in limbo

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

By Chelsea KellnerChelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

Though the $18.6 billion House version of next year’s budget that passed Saturday offers some hope for local schools, no one knows what the final draft will look like, or when it will be finalized.

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Government hopes to get car sales in gear

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

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While cars sit idle on sales lots throughout the country, Washington lawmakers are taking steps to get the car industry rolling again.

The government already slashed sales tax in all 50 states. In North Carolina that tax is three percent of the car’s purchase price. So, if you buy a $20,000 car and get $5,000 for your trade in, you save the sales tax on $15,000 dollars, or about $450.

The credit is only available on new models, and will come back to you at tax time.

“Offering an extra $500 or $1,000 off the price of a car in the form of a tax credit is great, and I think it will get some consumers to move,” explained financial planner Ross Marino.

The Senate is also considering a bill called Cash for Clunkers. It would essentially pay car owners to trade in their old ride, with some restrictions. You have to have owned the car for at least one year, the car has to be made between 1984 and 2001, and average less than 19 miles per gallon according to EPA fuel ratings.

Better fuel ratings will mean better incentives for new car buyers. Owners would get $3,500 if the new car is at least four miles per gallon better, and $4,500 if it’s 10 miles per gallon or better.

“I think this may be the best piece of legislation to really move through some of the inventory the car dealers are holding,” said Marino.

The government is doing its part to try and provide some incentives to buy a new car, but they’re not alone. Dealerships like Jeff Gordon Chevrolet here in Wilmington are offering zero percent financing as well as many rebates, which could add up to big savings for you.

“They have rebates up to $5,000 right now, and they have a loyalty rebate right now, if you own a general motors vehicle you get up to another $2,000 rebate on the vehicle, that’s why it’s such a great time to buy a vehicle right now,” said Tony Holmes of Jeff Gordon Chevrolet.

There’s also a much higher demand for used vehicles, which could save you a few more dollars on your new car.

“It means that they’re actually getting a lot more for their trade-in then they would in just the last six months. So if you have a good vehicle, it’s a good time to trade it in,” Holmes said.

“They don’t have a car affordability index, but if they tracked it I think that would make it the cheapest I’ve seen in as long as I’ve been alive,” Marino said.

So, if the senate passes the Cash for Clunkers bill, car deals might be too good to drive by. It will require plenty of support from car dealers. They would have to allow customers to use the vouchers toward a down payment, and then apply for a government refund.

Opponents of the bill say, as it stands now, some gas guzzlers would still qualify for the rebate.

While that would still mean car sales, they say that defeats the purpose of encouraging more fuel-efficient vehicles.

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videoWhile cars sit idle on sales lots throughout the country, Washington lawmakers are taking steps to get the car industry rolling again.

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Search warrants provide more information about Maisenhelder

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

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We’re learning more about the investigation into John Maisenhelder, the owner of a Wilmington after school karate program charged with inappropriately touching children.

WWAY obtained three search warrants, one for Maisenhelder’s home on Wedgefield Court and two for Creative After School Training, or CAST, the art and karate organization Maisenhelder owns.

All three warrants are dated last Wednesday, June 10th.

From Maisenhelder’s home, officers took a number of computers, cameras, DVD’s and CD’s, and bank statements. His car was impounded. DNA was collected from Maisenhelder, and entered into evidence.

Items seized from the CAST building include more DVD’s, VHS tapes, a web cam, and several computers.

The warrant also indicates seven pairs of white pants and a pair of underwear were taken from CAST changing rooms and bathroom, as well as miscellaneous paperwork and keys.

There are 42 children enrolled at CAST where Maisenhelder was the lead instructor there up until his arrest.

Maisenhelder is charged with three counts of indecent liberties, involving three different children from the after school program.

After his arrest last week, law enforcement officers had a private meeting with parents.

A parent who attended told us there is video of Maisenhelder’s inappropriate actions with children.

He’s being held on $500,000 bond. He’s expected to be in court July 2.

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We’re learning more about the investigation into John Maisenhelder, the owner of a Wilmington after school karate program charged with inappropriately touching children.

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