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Archive for December, 2009

More bones recovered at River Road site; 911 call released

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington | The skeletal remains found Wednesday afternoon were in a secluded River Road area known for being a spot to dump anything from junk to stolen items and even other bodies.

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Ten years later, prices sure have changed

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

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Things can change a lot in a decade, and as we ring in a new one, I decided to see how the price of enjoying our “local flavor” has changed.

In 1999, boarding the Battleship North Carolina cost six dollars for adults, and three for children. Ten years later, those prices have doubled.

Prices have gone up to ride the Henrietta down the Cape Fear River.

“We were ten dollars in 1999, and we’re 15 dollars now for an adult ticket. But we were five dollars in 1999 for children, and we’re still five dollars for children,” said Carl Marshburn of Cape Fear Riverboats.

A donut at Britt’s in Carolina Beach cost 50 cents in ’99. Now, the sticky sweetness will cost you a whole 75 cents, but the famous taste, hasn’t changed.

Ticket prices for the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry haven’t changed in ten years, but a round trip pass to Bald Head Island will cost you a dollar more today.

Harrell’s Department store in Burgaw has been around for more than a century. It’s carried the same pair of men’s dress shoes since the 20’s. From 1999 to 2009, the price of those shoes went up fifteen bucks.

Paul’s Place Hotdogs has been a staple of the Rocky Point community since 1928. The price of those famous dogs, made all the way with mustard, relish, and onions, has gone up 40 cents in the past 10 years.

As long as we’re talking about local food, we gotta figure in oysters. Atlantic Seafood in Hampstead charges five dollars more per bushel, than in 1999.

A daily fix of Port City Java costs about a dollar more than it did 10 years ago.

In 1999, a horse-drawn carriage ride through historic downtown Wilmington cost nine dollars for adults, now it is twelve.

2009 saw some pain at the pump. The average price for a gallon of regular jumped to $2.57 in our region; compare that to $1.23 ten years ago.

Home buyers in Wilmington paid an average of $170,000 in September of ’99; that average rose by $100,000 this year.

As expected, most prices have gone up in the last ten years, leading us to wonder what’s in store. Thanks to inflation, it takes about a dollar thirty to buy what one dollar bought in 1999.

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Things can change a lot in a decade, and as we ring in a new one, I decided to see how the price of enjoying our “local flavor” has changed.

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NC Democrats face tough challenges in 2010

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

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2010 will bring new faces to the state senate for south eastern North Carolina.

In November Senator Julia Boseman announced she would not seek re-election in 2010. Wednesday R.C. Soles, the longest serving State Senator in North Carolina’s history made the same decision and Thursday Senator Tony Rand served his last day in the senate.

Political leaders say the loss of experienced senators could make it difficult for southeastern North Carolina to have its voice heard in Raleigh, but Senator Rand says new faces could actually *help* the region and the democratic party.

“The face of the senate in southeastern North Carolina is going to change rather dramatically, but I feel good about our party and the kinds of things that we work for: job creation, education, the things that really mean a lot to our part of North Carolina’” Rand said. “So I’m looking forward to the future and I think the new group will certainly do as well as we did and hopefully they’ll do better,”

Republican Party members say the big changeover could be their opportunity to gain a majority in Raleigh. Bettie Fennel is running for the eighth district seat which is now held by Senator Soles.

“I think it’s going to be a breath of fresh air for North Carolina,’ said Fennel. “They probably see the tsunami coming next year, because I expect republicans are going to win a great number of senate and house seats.”

Fennel says new senators will bring new ideas that could help the area grow. Although the new senators will lack the experience of Soles, Rand, and Boseman, Fennel says too many years in office, can be a bad thing. “Frankly, I think that creates a lot of corruption.”

For the Democratic Senators, 2009 was a year filled with questions and controversy. Senator Boseman had a very public child custody battle and dealt with several foreclosures. Since announcing his resignation, Senator Rand is under investigation for insider trading and Senator Soles is the subject of two investigations. The first involves a shooting that took place at his home, and the second is allegations of sexual molestation.

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Police looking for woman suspected of grabbing purse off parked car

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Wilmington | Police are looking for a woman they say grabbed a purse off the trunk of a car parked outside a pharmacy on Christmas Eve.The crime occurred after dark on Dec. 24 outside the CVS store at 4600 S. College Road, according to a statement from Officer Crystal Williamson of the Wilmington Police Department.

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More bones recoverd at River Road site; 911 call released

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington | The skeletal remains found Wednesday afternoon were in a secluded River Road area known for being a spot to dump anything from junk to stolen items and even other bodies.

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