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Archive for November, 2009

Buy efficient appliances tax-free this weekend

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

By Jim BrummStarNews Correspondent

Friday is the first day of “a great weekend” for Wilmington-area appliance dealers – and they are ready for it. They hope buyers are ready too.They’ve tried to get the word out about North Carolina’s second annual tax-free weekend for selected Energy Star-rated appliances.

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Family of parasailing accident victim turns to federal court

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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The family of one of the women killed in an August parasailing accident off Ocean Isle Beach is turning to federal court for help.

Cynthia Woodcock’s family wants permission to file a state suit against Ocean Isle Beach Watersports. They also want the suit to be tried before the court decides whether to grant the company’s motion to limit or eliminate its liability in the deaths.

Woodcock and Lorrie Shoup died after the rope tying them to a boat broke August 28th, sending them into the water.

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The family of one of the women killed in an August parasailing accident off Ocean Isle Beach is turning to federal court for help.

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Pender County to build shell building to entice employers

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

By K.J. WilliamsStarNews correspondent

Pender County plans to build a 40,000-square-foot shell building at an industrial park in Burgaw to attract a buyer that can provide jobs.

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Wilmington Police use closed motel for training session

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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The former Whitey’s El-Berta Motor Inn hosted some dramatic law enforcement training Thursday afternoon.

The Wilmington Police Department’s Special Enforcement Response Team and it’s bomb squad practiced getting in doors and windows, using a battering ram, and other tactics, in case of an emergency.

Officers said using old buildings is a great way to get some hands-on experience to be prepared for a real-life situation.

“Given the fact that we have these buildings out here and we’re actually able to actually able to do some type of demolition to them where we don’t have to worry about actually breaking stuff and we don’t have to do any kind of repairing, it’s a perfect time for us to come out here,” said Wilmington Police Department’s Kevin Johnson.

The owner of Whitey’s gave the WPD permission to use the site for Thursday’s training. The motel closed in June.

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The former Whitey’s El-Berta Motor Inn hosted some dramatic law enforcement training Thursday afternoon.

The Wilmington Police Department’s Special Enforcement Response Team and it’s bomb squad practiced…

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Some municipal races in Columbus County still too close to call

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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Election Day has come and gone, but the work is not over for Board of Elections officials in Columbus County. A number of municipal races in the county are still too close to call.

Philip Honeycutt got the most votes for Chadbourn Town Council. Billy Leonard and Rashad Roberts are within just one vote of each other for the second seat.

In Fair Bluff, Chris Scott leads Spruell Britt by just 2 votes in the mayoral race.

Also, Harry Foley trails Ivan Wilson in the race for Lake Waccamaw mayor by 10 votes.

Right now, the Board of Elections is busy validating the votes. Results will be certified this upcoming Tuesday.

Candidates will then have the opportunity to request a recount if they feel the election is too close to call. A recount is mandatory if the margin of victory is smaller than one percent of the total votes cast.

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Election Day has come and gone, but the work is not over for Board of Elections officials in Columbus County. A number of municipal races in the county are still too close to call.

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