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Archive for October, 2009

Company hired for Wrightsville Ave. construction files for bankruptcy

Friday, October 16th, 2009

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The construction company hired to renovate Wrightsville Avenue has gone bankrupt.

The Department of Transportation hired Main Line Construction to improve Wrightsville Avenue near Independence. The company was in the middle of creating two new turn lanes to help relieve congestion.

But Tuesday the company filed for bankruptcy. Residents said they are worried about the unfinished work. Concerned resident Carolyn Robertson said, “Now we’re left with the project two-thirds of the way done, I guess. It’s just a very bad hazard here in our area.”

DOT engineers have surveyed the construction to make sure there are no maintenance or safety issues.

While the bankruptcy will push back the completion date, the DOT still plans to complete the project.

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The Department of Transportation hired Main Line Construction to improve Wrightsville Avenue near Independence. The company was in the middle of creating two new turn lanes to help relieve congestion.

But Tuesday the company filed for bankruptcy.

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City Council looking for the perfect hotel

Friday, October 16th, 2009

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What better way to design the perfect hotel, than to see how other hotels in the area operate. From cushy beds to an on-site restaurant; these things often factor into making the “perfect” hotel.

“All of us would like to see a nice lobby, with high finishes within the lobby. We want nice looking rooms and see how those rooms will be furnished,” said Mayor Bill Saffo.

From the Hilton Garden Inn at Mayfaire, to the Downtown Riverfront Hilton, council traveled by trolley across town, checking out amenities and layouts. The idea is to help them make the right decision when it comes to planning the new convention center hotel.

City council member Margaret Haynes said, “It will behoove us to really prioritize what we want, think about what we want and put that in our request for a quota or proposal.”

The first time around, the council had to end their plan to put Hotel Indigo alongside the convention center. The hotel group could not prove financially capable of securing the site, so the council decided to move on.

The goal of Friday’s exercise was to take a good look at what works and does not work when it comes to pleasing a diverse group of guests.

“Everyone is traveling around, having talks and discussions. Going from location to location is very important when it comes to making a decision in this group,” added council member Kristi Tomey.

And most importantly, finding out what will make conventioneers choose the port city year after year.

The council will review their tour today, and meet over the next two weeks to finalize a proposal and a quote.

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videoFrom Carolina Beach, to the Wilmington Riverfront, city council took the day to tour some hotels in our area. Council hopes Friday’s tour will help them make an educated decision when it comes to designing a hotel to be built next to the convention center.

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Hewett released from jail

Friday, October 16th, 2009

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Sources tell us Friday night that former Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett is no longer behind bars.

Hewett was scheduled to be released from Butner Federal Corrections Complex in January. But Friday, sources said his “good” behavior got him out early. He is now in a community corrections facility in Raleigh, to help transition him back into society.

Hewett pleaded guilty to federal obstruction of justice back in November. He was the sheriff of Brunswick County for fourteen years.

We are told Hewett intends to eventually return home to Brunswick County.

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Sources tell us Friday night that former Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett is no longer behind bars.

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Debate over New Hanover County school zones heating up

Friday, October 16th, 2009

By Chelsea KellnerChelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

Hundreds of flyers and a sea of colorful T-shirts mark the vocal and increasingly organized community response to proposed new middle school district lines set to be debated at a public forum on Monday.“It’s about our lifestyle,” Noble Middle School parent Pierrette Cortner said. “This decision impacts our whole life.”

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Former Brunswick sheriff Hewett released from prison

Friday, October 16th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Former Brunswick County sheriff Ronald Hewett has been released from prison and sent to an undisclosed halfway house.Hewett was released from Butner Federal Correctional Complex near Raleigh on Thursday and transferred to a community corrections facility, Bureau of Prisons spokesman Edmond Ross said.

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