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Stores, customers not waiting for Black Friday

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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Black Friday is still a week away, but stores are not waiting. They are already rolling out deals to catch early holiday shoppers. Stores are using early sales as incentives to get people spending money during the holidays in a rocky economy.

“I am expecting on Friday, a well-organized crowd that is going to come in and be happy,” said Walmart store manager Norman Taylor.

As nice as that would be for Taylor, the reality is it’s unlikely. Black Friday is typically a zoo. That is why some stores are having door-buster holiday sales starting this weekend. Walmart started November 17th.

“We wanted to get out and offer people plenty of specials and give them an opportunity to buy to take some of the pressure off of the Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving sales,” said Taylor.

Stores are also lowering prices early to give people more incentives to spend money in a tight economy.

Peggy Shepard started her holiday shopping early with a 15 percent off, four-day pass from Belk that starts Friday. Belk is also opening early Saturday, at 8:00 a.m., and will be honoring 30 percent off coupons.

Walmart has a Panasonic 50-inch TV already marked down to about $800. One of the hottest items this holiday season is Elmo’s Tickle Hands, which are already on sale for $24.00.

If you want to plan your attack early this year, you can avoid Black Friday madness and catch some good deals this weekend.

If you plan on waiting until Black Friday to shop, go online first. One place to look is www.BlackFriday.info. The website posts sales ads from more than 50 major retailers.

Next week, the website should have printable maps of some stores like Walmart. The maps highlight which aisles have the good stuff so you can better plan your Black Friday morning attack.

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videoBlack Friday is still a week away, but stores are not waiting. They are already rolling out deals to catch early holiday shoppers. Stores are using early sales as incentives to get people spending money during the holidays in a rocky economy.

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Kure Beach seaside park attracts grants

Friday, November 20th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

Kure Beach is turning into the little beach town that could.The Pleasure Island community has secured yet another grant for its Ocean Front Park.The N.C. Division of Coastal Management has awarded the town $200,000 out of its coastal access program.

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Where’s the money? Forms mishandled after poker raid

Friday, November 20th, 2009

By David Reynolds Dave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Non-specific record keeping, legal experts say, limits defendants’ ability to reclaim their property, and leaves authorities open to accusations of wrongdoing.

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Oak Island allows mixed-use development near new bridge entrance

Friday, November 20th, 2009

By Amanda WilsonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

Although Oak Island’s second bridge has not been completed yet, the face of the second bridge corridor is already starting to take shape. The Oak Island Town Council voted Friday to approve a conditional use permit for the Island Passage mixed-use development planned for property there, on the mainland side of the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Rondo Words: A Troubling Story

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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Try as we might to personally distance ourselves from the stories we read on the air, some cut through the emotional armor and grab us by the heart. And so it has been this week for me with the story five-year-old Shaniya Davis in Fayetteville.

Shaniya was by all descriptions a sparkling little girl who enjoyed doing those things that five year olds do. If you’ve spent time with a five year old you know how much fun that can be. But now she’s dead.

There is much more to be learned in this case but police say the essence is that after growing up in the care of her father, Shaniya went to live with her mother. Within weeks, Shaniya came up missing. Police accuse her mother of selling Shaniya into a sex slavery arrangement. A five year old.

Mario McNeill was charged with kidnapping after he was caught on a hotel’s surveillance camera carrying Shaniya into a room, the last pictures we see of this five year old girl alive. Now he’s been charged with raping and asphyxiating her. A five year old.

The human mind can work in tortuously strange and twisted ways; especially if it’s fueled by drugs. In some small way this story would be easier to take if the allegations against Antoinette Davis, Shaniya’s mother, somehow prove untrue. To me there is no earthly bond more sacred or stronger than that of mother and child. To have that belief so fundamentally shaken is what makes Shaniya’s story so unsettling.

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videoTry as we might to personally distance ourselves from the stories we read on the air, some cut through the emotional armor and grab us by the heart. And so it has been this week for me with the story five-year-old Shaniya Davis in Fayetteville.

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