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Archive for September, 2009

City Council meeting looks to clean up storm water and pet waste

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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If you own a dog in the city of Wilmington, be prepared to pay if you do not pick up after the pooch.

In its regular meeting, City Council will tackle the problem of storm water run off Tuesday night, particularly pet waste. If left on the ground, the waste runs off in to our water.

Council is considering passing an ordinance that would fine pet owners $250 if they do not clean up after their pet.

Margaret Haynes of City Council said, “Pet waste is one of the biggest polluters that we have that’s encumbering our clean water, so it is an opportunity for everyone to participate.”

As part of the ordinance, pet owners would also be required to carry a bag. Council will also consider tightening other storm water regulations, like permits and disposal of yard waste.

The City Council meeting starts Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.

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If you own a dog in the city of Wilmington, be prepared to pay if you do not pick up after the pooch.

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Ashley, Laney inspect stadium light poles

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued an alert on stadium light poles manufactured by the Whitco Company out of Fort Worth, Texas.

Two New Hanover High Schools have Whitco poles; both Ashley High School and Laney.

All the Laney poles passed inspection late Tuesday afternoon. None of their athletic contests will be re-scheduled.

Ashley High School had 20 light poles inspected early Tuesday afternoon. A written report will be filed tomorrow for Ashley, but one high ranking official at Ashley said all the poles passed the inspection.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission alert was issued in August, but New Hanover County did not find out about it until this week.

“As soon as we found out we did immediately start to make arrangements for analysis for the poles and at the same time we’ve restricted access for students and staff around those poles,” said assistant superintendent of New Hanover County Schools, Bill Hance. “The company made and manufactured the poles is out of business. It was a Texas company and there have been incidents in Texas and Virginia where the poles have failed and have fallen.”

Despite a thumbs up from the inspector, the JV football game on Thursday between Ashley and West Brunswick has been moved from Ashley’s field to Shallotte.

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued an alert on stadium light poles manufactured by the Whitco Company out of Fort Worth, Texas.

Two New Hanover High Schools have Whitco poles; both Ashley High School and Laney.

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WWAY welcomes Elizabeth Clare McAdams

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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The newest addition to the WWAY family has arrived!

Ann McAdams gave birth last night to Elizabeth Clare, Or Elle.

Elle was born Monday night at 11:17p.m. She was three weeks early, but still weighed in at 7 pounds 5 ounces.

She joins her big brother, 22-month-old William.

Mom Ann and dad Rich are doing great. Congratulations Ann from all of us!

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The newest addition to the WWAY family has arrived!

Ann McAdams gave birth last night to Elizabeth Clare, Or Elle.

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9-1-1 calls surrounding Senator Soles tell a familiar story

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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There are numerous 9-1-1-call records involving the home and office of Senator RC Soles. Many of the stories we saw and heard on these reports and tapes are similar to ones we’ve heard before.

An assault accusation sticks out among two-dozen 9-1-1 calls involving Senator Soles. The date and story correspond to a police report involving Stacey Scott and his mother Peggy.

A year ago, Stacey told us he had been sexually assaulted by the Senator, then later recanted those statements to another news organization.

According to the police report, Stacey Scott says the Senator pushed him to the ground, kicked him, and took a cell phone from his pocket. The 9-1-1 call tells a similar story.

Caller: When he drove through the gate, I ran up through there and he went in his door and he came out mace-ing me and knocked me down his stairs…and I’ve got blood marks, my neck is bleeding where he assaulted me.

9-1-1 Operator: Who assaulted you?

Caller: Senator Soles, I’ve got blood marks where he done it, and he took my mother’s phone out of my pocket because it was ringing and he wanted to know who it was calling. He is at his house at 118 Canal Street in Tabor City.

Police urged Stacey and Peggy Scott to request a warrant after the event, but Tabor City Police Chief Donald Dowless says the Scotts didn’t do it, and as a result, the Senator wasn’t questioned.

The curious behavior and events extend to the Senator’s law office.

Some of the Senator’s young male clients have told us they often met Soles, or one of his employees, at the law firm to receive money. 9-1-1 calls and eyewitness accounts confirm those stories.

9-1-1 operator: Columbus County 9-1-1, what is your emergency?

Caller: um, yeah, I just wanted to report that over, I’m in tabor city, and over at R.C. Soles’ law firm, there’s some guys messing with him and screaming and cussing at him. I didn’t know if maybe somebody could go and check it out.

A witness described what they have viewed. “I’ve seen R.C. start to pull out and him just be so mad at some of them, but then he’d hand them money… I have seen him outside with sticks, and him telling them that he was going to work on them if he ever got a hold of them.”

Despite the often tumultuous relationships and dozens of calls to police, the Senator declined to press charges for trespassing time and time again.

Soles also continues to represent many of the young men involved.

Two of the most outstanding examples of those who have received money from the Senator that we’ve documented include $8,000 given to client BJ Wright while he was in jail, and an estimated $100,000 given to Allen Strickland for a new house and car.

Senator Soles has told us he would rather give his money to those he considers deserving while he is alive, than leave it in a will.

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videoThere are numerous 9-1-1-call records involving the home and office of Senator RC Soles. Many of the stories we saw and heard on these reports and tapes are similar to ones we’ve heard before.

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Azalea Festival holds art contest for children grades K-5

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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The 63rd Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival is pleased to announce an art contest open to children in our area in grades K-5. The selected artwork will appear on souvenir items for the 2010 Azalea Festival. This is a unique opportunity for our community’s children and it allows the festival to not only showcase our wonderful community, but also give local students an opportunity to shine.

The winner of the contest will receive several items including the opportunity to ride in the parade with a celebrity guest. In addition, the winner will present a basket of Azalea Festival souvenir items featuring their artwork to Governor Beverly Perdue at the Governor’s Press Conference in the spring.

This contest will give children a chance to be a part of the history of Wilmington and the 2010 North Carolina Azalea Festival. For the past 63 years, the NC Azalea Festival has meant a lot of different things to participants. For some, it is a time to relish in the beauty of the gardens. For others, it’s a time to sing and dance. Many enjoy serving on
committees as community volunteers, but most simply enjoy spending time at the festival creating memories with their friends and families.

This year the festival wants to know ….What does the NC Azalea Festival mean to our children.

Contest Information:
* Student must be in grade K-5
* Artwork must be completed on 8.5 x 11 paper or larger, hard copy originals only
* Artwork must NOT be watercolor or colored pencils
* Entry deadline: October 16, 2009
* Winner notified before November 1, 2009

Winner Receives:
* Recognized artist on a variety of 2010 souvenirs for the NC Azalea Festival
* Ride with a celebrity guest in the 2010 NC Azalea Festival parade
* Attend the 2010 Governor’s Press Conference in Raleigh to present Official Souvenir Artwork.
* 2 tickets to the Circus and a gift basket of NC Azalea Festival souvenirs featuring the winning artwork
* $50.00 Gift Card from Learning Express
2nd Place Winner receives Artwork featured on Street Fair program cover and 2 tickets to the Circus.

Finished artwork may be brought to the NC Azalea Festival office or Learning Express at Military Cutoff or Hanover Center. Students may also present their finished artwork to their art instructor or any other individual designated by their school.

If a school, group, organization or individual would like to participate and have not already been contacted, they may call the festival office, 910-794-4650 for information.

REMINDER:
Art Unveiling at the “Airlie Oak” at Airlie Gardens on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 6:30pm

ART-UNVEILING TICKET INFORMATION
Event: Art at the Oak
Date: Friday, September 25, 2009 6:30PM
Price: $35.00
Tickets at the gate: $45.00

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The 63rd Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival is pleased to announce an art contest open to children in our area in grades K-5. The selected artwork will appear on souvenir items for the 2010 Azalea Festival.

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