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Archive for August, 2009

Brunswick teen has been missing since Aug. 4

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a teenager who has been missing for more than two weeks.Madison Nichole Walters, 17, of Brunswick County, has been missing since Aug. 4, according to a news release from Beth Boling with the sheriff’s office.

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Woman loses mobile home in kitchen fire

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Wilmington | A woman is out of her home after a kitchen fire in a trailer Wednesday afternoon, officials said.The woman wasn’t home, but the kitchen stove was left on, and it sparked a fire in the mobile home at Lot 3 of 210 Jordan Lane, said Capt. C. Sidberry of the Wilmington Fire Department.

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Wrightsville Beach club proposes street changes

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

By Patricia E. MatsonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

Wrightsville Beach officials plan a Sept. 24 public hearing to discuss proposed changes in traffic flow around the southern part of the island, including the reversal of three one-way streets and elimination of four parking spaces.

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Hagan doesn’t plan health care town hall meeting

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan doesn’t plan to hold any health care town hall meetings, some of which have drawn angry protesters around the country.

Hagan is spending the August recess doing photo opportunities and meeting with health care workers. She’s also talking with constituents during open-door meetings.

Hagan’s spokeswoman Stephanie Allen says the open-door meetings and other appearances are more productive for discussions on health care reform.

But the limited speaking engagements didn’t stop hundreds of Republican activists who visited Hagan’s office last week with signs criticizing the health care bill.

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

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North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan doesn’t plan to hold any health care town hall meetings, some of which have drawn angry protesters around the country.

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Sixth extension given to hotel developers

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

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The convention center framework is going up in a hurry, but the hotel part of the project is slow moving. The Wilmington River Group had until Tuesday to provide council with a million dollar letter of credit ensuring it could complete the hotel. They didn’t do it.

That raised questions among council members as to whether to extend the contract, yet again, or go back to square one. Laura Padgett of Wilmington City Council said, “We have no way of knowing that five days, two weeks, thirty days just more time, under the water, under the bridge before we get started on a hotel.”

The convention center project has been a long time coming. Final plans were approved in January of 2006, with the promise of a hotel. In May of 2007, the contract with the original developer, Armada Hoffler, was nullified because it failed to present the council with a full service hotel.

Council voted to go ahead with the project anyway in November of the same year. In April of 2008, the Wilmington River Group was approved to build the hotel, Hotel Indigo. And now for the sixth time its had its credit deadline extended.

“I know my confidence has been shaken in terms of them being able to get to the table, but in this current market, I’d like to not throw them out tonight,” added Wilmington City Council’s Ronald Sparks.

In the end, council voted six to one to give Wilmington River Group until noon on August 28th to come up with the letter. Also in the resolution, the City of Wilmington will have the right to repurchase the land if construction on the hotel does not begin on December 1st.

“Our concern as a council is whether they buy it or someone else buys it, that someone builds a hotel here in a certain amount of time and that’s council’s concern, is that we have to have a hotel down there,” said Mayor Bill Saffo.

Mayor Saffo said council should be prepared to evaluate other developers in case the Wilmington River Group does not come up with the letter of credit by next week.

Also last night, City Council unanimously approved a federal grant for the Wilmington Police Department to fill its 11 vacant positions left open because of budget cuts. A construction grant was also awarded for the Empie Park project. Improvements include more tennis courts and a softball complex. Plus, council approved more than two million dollars to begin renovations to Thalian Hall.

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videoThe Wilmington convention center project is making progress, but the hotel portion has hit yet another snag. The developer again failed to meet a deadline Tuesday to provide the city with a letter of credit. For the sixth time, the city granted an extension Tuesday night.

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