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Archive for November, 2009

Cub Scouts collect coats for those who can’t afford them

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

By Si CantwellSi.Cantwell@StarNewsOnline.com

Alex Signorello was a second-grader when he was walking through The Great Outdoor Provision Company and saw a bin. The store, which sells camping and outdoors clothing and gear, was holding its annual collection of coats for the needy, offering discounts for those who bring coats in.

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Vigil commemorates victims of violence

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Justice for Citizens will hold its 14th annual candlelight service at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Leland on Village Road.

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City Council approves contract for downtown construction

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

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The Front Street streetscape project promises a more pedestrian friendly downtown business district. City Council approved the contract for construction, with hopes that it’s done quickly.

“We need to do this as fast as we can. We want to make sure that when the project is over, the businesses that were there in the beginning can enjoy the beautification that happens at the end,” said Ron Sparks of Wilmington City Council.

Front Street will be completely torn up in phases by blocks. The first, beginning at Market and Front, and proceed north to the Princess Street intersection, finally ending at Chestnut Street.

The city will install new sidewalks, lights, and traffic signals, while the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority will install new water and sewer lines.

“I think this is going to be an exciting project. You do any kind of work in any kind of downtown area like that, in any city, you’re going to have some disruptions. I think a lot of it is just concerns of what’s going to happen down there,” said Wilmington Public Service Director Richard King.

The concern involves the effect on local business. City leaders have expressed the need for speed in these improvements, offering the contractor an incentive of $2,000 per day for finishing early.

Project leaders have also committed to monthly updates with business owners and a weekly meeting with the contractor to make sure the project stays on track.

The city also looked at making it a 24-hour a day, seven day a week project as opposed to just five, but that added 30 percent to the overall cost.

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videoBeginning in January, crews will tear up and redo parts of Front Street to beautify downtown, as well as improve water and sewer lines. Tuesday night, Wilmington City Council unanimously passed a resolution awarding the contract for the construction.

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Two adopted friends filling homes with love

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

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Some families are a little larger these days, but their bundles of joy are pampered with things like treats, chew toys and scratching posts. Since we began our Pet Pals segment more than two years ago, we have featured nearly than a hundred cats and dogs. Wednesday, we are catching up with a couple of them who have become “fur-ever friends.”

Abby is the queen of the castle in Shirley and John Lyons’ Hampstead home. It is hard to believe she was a stray we highlighted during a Pet Pals segment. That morning, Shirley was watching Good Morning Carolina.

“She didn’t try to go to your desk or up on him, she just laid very calmly. I said that cat will fit in our family. I said, ‘John, that’s the cat we should get,’ and he goes, ‘yeah ok’,” Shirley recalled.

The following night, they loaded up on pet supplies and brought Abby home. The retired couple said this furry feline fills the void in their empty nest.

“She fit right in here, they said she’d probably hide under the bed for about a week or so. Never. She’s got a corner spot, she goes and lays, she doesn’t hide besides sleeping in the bed or on our head. I think she’s almost taken over the house, but we love her, and it’s like we’d have never had her had it not been for the show,” said Shirley and John.

Another success story features Gracie, a Welsh Corgi mix, and a little girl named Sarah.

“I thought she’d be a great dog for my family because she’s like, the perfect size,” said Sarah Bradley.

Kimberly Bradley wanted a dog for her daughter, saw Gracie, and realized it was now or never. “You can’t bring them all home, nobody can do that, it was just the fact, she didn’t have any time left,” said Kimberly. “But she looked at us, her paws went up, looked at Sarah and started licking right through the gate.”

Gracie is protective of her new family and seems to know just what to do when they’re feeling blue.

Sarah and Kimberly said, “When I start crying she runs over and starts licking your face.” Proving that Gracie really is a Pet Pal.

Two pets, once without homes, now filling homes with love and laughter.

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videoSince we began our Pet Pals segment more than two years ago, we have featured nearly than a hundred cats and dogs. Wednesday, we are catching up with a couple of them who have become “fur-ever friends.”

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Back Then – Men confess to 1959 murder of Wilmington man

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

By Scott NunnScott.Nunn@StarNewsOnline.com

On Nov. 13, 1959, a 30-year-old farmer in South Carolina confessed to killing Wilmington resident James Allen Miller, 23.

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