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Archive for July, 2009

Cash for Clunkers hopes to get buyers into new wheels

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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For months, cars have sat idle on lots throughout the country, but dealers are hoping the new Cash for Clunkers bill could be the jump start the auto industry needs to get them moving again.

“Sales people are going to be enthused about it,” said Gary Younts, president of Ocean City Chevrolet. “If the customer has an old piece that they don’t feel like is worth a whole lot of money anyway, they’re automatically going to get $3,500 for it, and that’s big to them.”

To qualify for the rebate your clunker must get 18 miles per gallon or less, it must be less than 25 years old, you have to have owned and insured the vehicle for at least a year, and it must be driveable.

If the new car gets at least 4 miles per gallon more than the trade in you get $3,500 back. If the new car gets 10 miles per gallon or more you get $4,500. Add dealer incentives and it could drive car sales up.

“It’s still $3,500 dollars to them, in addition to $2,000 to $5,000 dollar rebates on other vehicles, so that’s big,” Younts said.

Customers say it’s a good deal for drivers already in the market for a new car, but they don’t think the incentives will be enough to get people to trade in reliable vehicles. “If you would need a new car, yes, but if you wouldn’t need a new car, the way the economy is, I don’t think it would be worth it,” said car shopper Joe Imdorf.

For dealers, Cash for Clunkers has meant plenty of homework. They must sort through more than 130 pages of requirements and procedures to get reimbursed for the rebate. If the don’t follow the rules, they could lose out on the cash back and be subject to hefty fines.

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videoOut with the old car, and in with the new. That is the idea behind the government’s Cash for Clunkers program, which got on the road Monday. Uncle Sam has put aside a billion dollars to get your gas guzzler off the streets; you just have to spend your share on a new set of wheels.

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Distraught man removed from mayor’s office

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Wilmington | An emotionally distraught man went into the mayor’s office at Wilmington City Hall on Monday afternoon and indicated he was suicidal, city officials said.

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Officers now equipped with new crime fighting tool

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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State Attorney General, Roy Cooper, announced a new crime fighting initiative Monday. Officers now have access to information that will help them track probation violators, and crack down on identity theft.

Its not uncommon for a suspected criminal to give a fake name. Take John Dickinson. Before being found out, he fooled law enforcement more than once by giving bad information. “I’d actually go to a trial when my name is John Dickinson and the trial was for Alfred Pye,” said Dickinson.

Deputy Charles Smith said, “In the past, we’ve had some instances where a twin, a close relative, or someone who looks very similar will provide false information to law enforcement.”

Now, there is a weapon to fight back. If a suspect gives an alias, instantly police can run a name and date of birth to see if someone is in fact who they say they are. “Providing this information directly to the officer in the field will be a great asset that we have not had readily available in the past,” said Deputy Smith.

The Department of Corrections, along with the DMV, have linked networks, allowing officers to access driver’s license photos. What’s more, simple driver’s license checks will now instantly return probation and parole records.

That means, anyone in a uniform can help an overloaded probation system by identifying offenders.

North Carolina was the first state to test this program. Sixty counties already have this program up and running, the remaining 40 will be up and running next month, and New Hanover County is one of them.

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videoState Attorney General, Roy Cooper, announced a new crime fighting initiative Monday. Officers now have access to information that will help them track probation violators, and crack down on identity theft.

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Former WWAY station manager passes at age 85

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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A former member of the WWAY family has died.

Charles Dayton Martin Jr. was a station manager at WWAY for several years in the 1980’s. He was a big part of the Wilmington media; serving in leadership roles at WMFD Radio and WECT TV before coming to WWAY.

He lived in Wilmington for most of his life, and served in the Army during World War II.

Funeral services for Mr. Martin take place Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in downtown Wilmington.

Mr. Martin was 85 years old.

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A former member of the WWAY family has died.

Charles Dayton Martin Jr. was a station manager at WWAY for several years in the 1980’s. He was a big part of the Wilmington media; serving in leadership roles at WMFD Radio and WECT TV before coming to WWAY.

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Heirloom tree provides juicy, fragrant figs to several generations

Monday, July 27th, 2009

By Susan HartSusan.Hart@StarNewsOnline.com

Figs are one of those fruits people either love or hate. About the size of small plums, Brown Turkey figs (those most commonly found around here) are wrinkled and saggy looking and an odd shade of purple. But to those who belong in the “love ’em” group, they’re delicious – soft, sweet, juicy and fragrant.

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