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Archive for September, 2009

Local arts programs get their share of $8M

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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Arts programs and projects in North Carolina will get almost $8 million in grants from the state and federal governments.

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Strickland sells Corvette the day he makes bond

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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We now know a little bit more about Allen Strickland’s finances. He is the 17 year old from Tabor City, who bought a house and a Corvette with money given to him by State Senator RC Soles.

Strickland recently posted bail on a half million dollars bond, after being arrested for leading police on a high speed chase in his car.

The unemployed teenager would not comment on where he got the money to post that bail, but WWAY found out Wednesday he sold his Corvette on the same day he made bond.

The owners of P & C Wrecker, the impound lot where the car is being held, confirm they bought the Corvette from Strickland, but declined to say how much they paid for it.

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We now know a little bit more about Allen Strickland’s finances. He is the 17 year old from Tabor City, who bought a house and a Corvette with money given to him by State Senator RC Soles.

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Towing guidelines more friendly for those parking in Carolina Beach

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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Carolina Beach is tackling an issue that always has its fair share of complaints; towing.

In a beach town, where everybody’s looking for a place to park, there is no shortage of parking regulations both in the town and in private lots, but some citizens have been concerned about predatory towing practices.

“I think a lot of the complaints stem from, ‘you know, I just pulled in there, to check-in, to I just pulled in to unload luggage’ or what have you, and those are valid complaints,” said Carolina Beach Town Manger Tim Owens.

Lifeguard Josh Fleming understands why some citizens are concerned. “I’ve definitely seen them circling around. I’ve had a few friends who have been loaded up and luckily got to the truck before their car was taken downtown.”

But after debating on the issue, the Town Council passed new regulations that attempt to make things a little bit more driver friendly.

The new towing ordinance still allows the towing companies to patrol private where they have a contact with the owner, but there are a few more restrictions being placed on the tow trucks.

All private lots must clearly post signs warning of towing risks. If a driver sees their car being towed away, the tow truck driver must lower a car if asked by the owner on-site, for a fee not exceeded twenty-five dollars. The impound lots must be available 24 hours for retrieval.

And finally, towing companies cannot be located more than twenty miles outside of Carolina Beach.

“I’m really glad that it has been looked at, and they’ve lowered the prices at least to get off the truck and they’re not allowed to go so far with your vehicle,” Fleming added.

Of course the best way to avoid getting towed, is to only park where you’re allowed.

Town Manager Tim Owens added that there is only so much the town can do about private parking lots; it’s largely an issue that needs to be resolved privately.

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videoIn a beach town, where everybody’s looking for a place to park, there is no shortage of parking regulations both in the town and in private lots, but some citizens have been concerned about predatory towing practices.

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Spreading wireless signals to area beaches

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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A Wilmington-based communications company is trying to make it easier for people to get online. Comspeco is setting up antennas to serve as wireless internet locations or “hot spots” in Wilmington and local beach towns. They’re asking for your help.

In a beach town, in can sometimes be tough to connect to the internet, and that’s why Comspeco is trying to change that and broaden wireless coverage for residents and tourists. So far, 75-percent of Carolina Beach is covered, as it 65 percent of Wrightsville Beach, thanks to antennas on top of homes and hotels.

“The equipment is very small, it’s probably the size of a phonebook, and the way we mount it and put it on the building, no one would know it was there unless you pointed it out,” said internet account executive Marilyn Darrow.

Concrete walls are notorious for blocking wireless signals, so installing wireless internet to reach every room at the Lumina Suites proved to be the company’s biggest challenge so far.

“The internet service is working great with this company, the other company didn’t work out well at all,” said Hunter Vickers.

The wireless internet distributed throughout Wrightsville Beach starts with the company’s tower located on Wrightsville Avenue. From the main hub, the wireless signal is then transmitted to the rooftop of the Blockade Runner, and is then distributed using antennas to reach the houses and businesses up and down Wrightsville Beach.

In exchange for homeowners and businesses allowing Comspeco to install an antenna on their roof, they will receive free high-speed internet from Comspeco for at least a year.

The company is especially interested in taller homes and businesses and those located near hotels and vacation rentals.

Comspeco hopes to expand to Kure Beach and Oak Island in the near future.

For more information and to apply for free high speed internet, you can visit their website, Comspeco.net.

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videoA Wilmington-based communications company is trying to make it easier for people to get online. Comspeco is setting up antennas to serve as wireless internet locations or “hot spots” in Wilmington and local beach towns.

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Consumer Economic Protection Act signed

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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Governor Perdue signed the Consumer Economic Protection Act into law Wednesday. It will extend the time homeowners have to work with lenders before a foreclosure hearing.

“Most importantly on behalf of all the homeowners who are going to be safe, better taken care of because of this groundbreaking legislation,” Perdue said.

And with that, Governor Bev Perdue signed the Consumer Economic Protection Act into law.

It gives Clerks of Court the power to continue a foreclosure hearing up to sixty days, thus giving homeowners more time to negotiate with lenders.

“What’s happened in the past, is by the time the lenders finally got to the paperwork and were finally ready to work something out, the sale date’s a week away,” said Brian Edwards of Trademark Investments.

Edwards works with homeowners facing foreclosure, and says with all the backlogged paperwork, this law will be a big help. “Everyone feels like their head is being held under water with this economy and they don’t know what to do and this gives everyone a breath to step back and see what’s going on and gives them the time they need to work something out with their lender.”

The law also allows homeowners to put up less money to file an appeal of a foreclosure order and establishes new rules to protect people from unfair debt collection by debt buyers.

When it comes to buying more time before a foreclosure hearing, Edwards says the consumer economic protection act is key. “Good, honest, hardworking families are in situations that they’ve never experienced before and if you don’t know what to do when you’re in foreclosure, it takes you a month or two to figure out what you need to do and what your options are.”

The hope is the new grace period will allow homeowners to work out the best deal possible.

It’s estimated more than two million North Carolinians will see their property values drop over the next three years because of foreclosures in their neighborhoods.

Governor Perdue and Attorney General Roy Cooper hope this new law will help out everyone affected by foreclosures.

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videoGovernor Perdue signed the Consumer Economic Protection Act into law Wednesday. It will extend the time homeowners have to work with lenders before a foreclosure hearing.

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