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Archive for November, 2009

Reynolds puts NC cigarette HQ building up for sale

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A headquarters of North Carolina’s tobacco history is up for sale.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported Monday that Reynolds American Inc. has put its historic former headquarters on the market.

The building housed the headquarters of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. since it opened in 1929. The company recently finished consolidating its downtown Winston-Salem employees into a
neighboring building.

The 22-story building was designed by the same firm that later did the Empire State Building and is reminiscent of that landmark, with four tiers topped by a flagpole. Winston-Salem’s building was the tallest south of Baltimore when completed.

County tax records value the Reynolds Building at about $12 million.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A headquarters of North Carolina’s tobacco history is up for sale.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported Monday that Reynolds American Inc. has put its historic former headquarters on the market.

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5th annual Enchanted Airlie starts Friday

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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It’s only been around since 2005, but Airlie Gardens’ annual holiday light display has quickly become a holiday tradition in our area. More than 20,000 people visited Enchanted Airlie last year. This year’s edition gets underway Friday night. It has a bigger outdoor model railroad display than years past and more LED lights.

Airlie Gardens Director Jim McDaniel said it’s a perfect holiday event for the family.

“You’re out of your vehicle. You’re walking around,” McDaniel said. “No more videos in the back and Gameboys and things like that. It’s just old traditional holiday fun.”

Enchanted Airlie runs Friday and Saturday nights through December 22. Advanced tickets are required.

For ticket information visit www.AirlieGardens.com.

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It’s only been around since 2005, but Airlie Gardens’ annual holiday light display has quickly become a holiday tradition in our area.

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Sarah Palin visits NC, Rev. Billy Graham

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin made a surprise visit to Asheville Sunday. Palin and her family had dinner with the Reverend Billy Graham and his son Franklin, who issued the invitation.

Billy Graham said it was an honor having Palin in his home for dinner, and that they took the opportunity to pray together.

Palin was last in Asheville about 13 months ago campaigning for her then-running mate Senator John McCain.

Palin will travel to Fort Bragg Monday to promote her memoir “Going Rogue: An American Life.”

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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin made a surprise visit to Asheville Sunday. Palin and her family had dinner with the Reverend Billy Graham and his son Franklin.

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NC girl’s funeral turns into call for action

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — An overflow crowd of more than 2,000 people attended services for a 5-year-old North Carolina girl found dead nearly a week after she was reported missing.

Multiple media outlets reported that Shaniya Davis’s father on Sunday urged the crowd to help the community’s needy. Bradley Lockhart says God has spoken to the gathering through a tragedy.

More than 1,500 people crowded into Manna Church and another 500 people watched the service from an adjacent building. Several hundred more waited outside.

White doves were released during a graveside service.

The girl’s mother is charged with trafficking her daughter and child abuse involving prostitution. A Fayetteville man is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree rape of a child.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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An overflow crowd of more than 2,000 people attended services for a 5-year-old North Carolina girl found dead nearly a week after she was reported missing.

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Coast Guard saves 5 from sailboat off NC coast

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. — The Coast Guard has saved five sailors as their boat sank in the dark Atlantic Ocean.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that the Coast Guard was called after the sailboat Lazy Jack started taking on water about 30 miles south of Cape Lookout on Saturday night.

Ensign Caleb Peacock says a helicopter based in Elizabeth City and a rescue boat from Fort Macon raced to the 48-foot boat, which is based in Charleston, S.C.

The Coast Guard says rescuers found only a foot or two of the boat still above the surface. The helicopter hoisted one person to safety, but the other passengers chose to wait in their life raft for more than an hour until the rescue boat arrived.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The Coast Guard has saved five sailors as their boat sank in the dark Atlantic Ocean.

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