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Archive for August, 2009

Web series features homes in Leland’s Compass Pointe

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

By Allison BallardStarNews Correspondent

People around the world are watching Nation’s Next Top Model Home online this August. When the grand reveal takes place this weekend, area residents can see the designs up close and personal.

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Dog saved from house fire on Grace Street

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

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A dog was saved from a house fire Tuesday night thanks to a Wilmington resident and firefighters.

The fire broke out at a home in the 600 block of Grace Street. The fire was confined to the kitchen, but there was smoke damage throughout the home.

When firefighters first arrived they found a neighbor spraying water into the bottom floor of the home with a garden house because of smoke coming from the back of the home. The neighbor told firefighters that a dog was inside and that nobody was home. After a bit of work, firefighters found the lab mix.

“We used an infrared camera that showed the dog’s warmth and body and we were able to locate the dog in one of the bedrooms,” said Wilmington Fire Chief K.W. Dudley.

The family dog was found upstairs and was lethargic when firefighters rescued him. The homeowners and the dog were unable to stay in the house Tuesday night.

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A dog was saved from a house fire Tuesday night thanks to a Wilmington resident and firefighters.

The fire broke out at a home in the 600 block of Grace Street.

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Marina plans to go ahead, but family continues feud

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

By Chris MazzoliniChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

The battle over the proposed Carolina Marina & Yacht Club – which one New Hanover County commissioner said boils down to a “family feud”– has raged in county meetings for years.

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Lawyers, investigators remain tight-lipped regarding shooting at Sen. Soles’ home

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

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Information in Sunday’s shooting at the home of State Sen. R.C. Soles is hard to come by.

Twenty-two-year-old Kyle Blackburn was shot in the leg by Soles. The incident is still under investigation by the SBI. Repeated calls to the Attorney General’s office were not returned. Columbus County District Attorney Rex Gore’s secretary told us Gore does not expect to file any charges this week.

Both parties involved in the incident have retained lawyers, who are following law enforcement’s lead and staying tight-lipped. Our calls to Sen. Soles’ office for comment were referred to his attorney, Joe Cheshire. Cheshire is a high-profile lawyer based in Raleigh. He’s dealt with cases like the Duke Lacrosse rape charges a few years ago. He represented Soles in the ColCor vote-buying investigation in the 1980s.

Cheshire was quoted by at least one other media outlet Monday, but after repeated calls, his secretary told WWAY he would not be commenting on the incident. Cheshire told the Wilmington StarNews the Senator fired two shots – one warning shot, and a second that hit Kyle Blackburn. Cheshire described Soles as “enormously frightened” during the ordeal. Despite an extensive surveillance system, Cheshire said Blackburn was not in view of cameras.

Blackburn is a legal client of the Senator. He was released from Loris Community Hospital in South Carolina Monday afternoon. He is now represented by Whiteville attorney Scott Dorman. After repeated calls and a visit to his office, Dorman told WWAY he had “no comment.”

Despite the shooting, court documents show Sen. Soles is still scheduled to represented Blackburn in several court appearances late next month. Monday Kyle Blackburn told WWAY’s Joe Mauceri Soles opened the door holding a shotgun and shot him as he was walking away. Soles’ attorney referred to the weapon as a pistol. Law enforcement would not confirm either account. Despite other trespassing complaints against his clients, this is the first time Sen. Soles has fired a gun.

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Sunday, 22-year-old Kyle Blackburn was shot in the leg by State Sen. R.C. Soles. District Attorney Rex Gore’s office does not expect to file any charges against either man this week.

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South Carolina man wins millions

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A retired South Carolina state employee who spent two bucks on the lottery last week is the winner of a $260 million Powerball jackpot.

Solomon Jackson Jr., of Columbia, refused Tuesday to say much about himself or his plans, including whether he will take his winnings annually over three decades or in a $129 million lump sum.

Jackson did reveal he was an assistant supervisor for the state Revenue Department who retired in 2000. He said he is married but would not say how many children he has.

Jackson did say he doesn’t think the money will change him. He bought his winning ticket and one other at a gas station after shopping at a nearby Wal-Mart in Columbia.

Powerball is played in 30 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A retired South Carolina state employee who spent two bucks on the lottery last week is the winner of a $260 million Powerball jackpot.

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