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Archive for September, 2009

Author Nicholas Sparks sets film in his ideal Wrightsville Beach

Monday, September 21st, 2009

By Ben Steelman,Ben.Steelman@StarNewsOnline.com

There’s Wrightsville Beach, and then there’s Nicholas Sparks’ version of Wrightsville Beach. The latter figures in Sparks’ new novel, “The Last Song.”

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Big headaches surround two area Walmarts

Monday, September 21st, 2009

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The Wilmington Police Department divides its patrols into districts based on call volume. The more calls, the smaller the district. The Wilmington Walmart falls into District 5a, the busiest district in the city.

“Compared to other businesses that may close at 5 or 9 or 10, they’re 24-7. A lot of our calls are either in their parking lot of Walmart, or inside the store itself,” said Wilmington Police Department’s Lt. Kathy Cochran.

In the past 6 months the department has responded to more than 600 calls. That is about 3 to 4 calls each day, and officers never know what crime they’re going to get.

“A shoplifter, larceny in progress, we have 911 hang up. We’ve had child abuse calls out there, hit and run calls out there, warrant services out there,” said Lt. Cochran. “You name it we’ve had a lot of calls in that vicinity.”

In Monkey Junction, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department responds to the Walmart on Carolina Beach Road about 2 to 3 times per day.

Deputy Charles Smith said, “It certainly consumes the deputies time, in taking an initial report, or the number of reports from that outlet as well as following up with an arrest and transportation to the jail.”

With the upcoming annexation, the Monkey Junction Walmart will also become WPD’s responsibility. The department plans on adding five new officers to help patrol the area.

As for Walmart, law enforcement said the employees do what they can to help.

“In most cases when deputies respond, the loss prevention officers have their information that will assist in the prosecution of those crimes ready for the deputies upon arrival,” added Deputy Smith.

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videoArea Wal-Marts provide more calls for local law enforcement than almost any other patrol location. For officers and deputies it means around the clock patrols.

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Goodwill – Purse-finder thrilled owner got it back

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Last month, Betty Rowe wrote about being thankful that an honest person found her lost purse and turned it in. John C. Tiganella Sr. followed up to say it was his wife who had found it.

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Women and hammers went to work on latest Habitat for Humanity home

Monday, September 21st, 2009

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This weekend, local women picked up their hammers and went to work on a new home.

The Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity remains hard at work on its latest home. What makes it unique is that women are building the entire home. The home’s first walls went up Saturday after about a month of work on the site.

One of the event’s volunteers was WWAY’s Grace Schwartz of “Your Hometown Show”. “This is not the last time I’ll be here. This is a phenomenal way to participate in your community and make a difference,” she said.

Volunteer Jenni Harris said, “You know you’re helping somebody move into a house that’s probably living someplace substandard. You know that you’re giving them something. And since they get to move in by Christmas, it’s kind of like a Christmas present to them. And they love it.”

Habitat for Humanity has built 108 homes in our area so far with more on the way. The current Women Build Project should be done for a pre-Christmas move-in.

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This weekend, local women picked up their hammers and went to work on a new home.

The Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity remains hard at work on its latest home. What makes it unique is that women are building the entire home.

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Easleys may have unknowingly hyped lot prices

Monday, September 21st, 2009

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Word that former Gov. Mike Easley and his wife received a 25 percent discount from a coastal developer named in a lawsuit suggests they may have unwittingly helped increase the prices that others paid.

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