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Archive for December, 2009

Fire damages Leland home, leaves family homeless

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Leland | Fire seriously damaged a house Saturday morning near Leland, leaving a couple out of their home, officials said.The fire started about 10:30 a.m. in a one-story house in the 1700 block of Maco Road, said Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner.

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Authorities looking for missing car of dead Rocky Point women

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

The passers-by who called 911 after seeing Tiffany Louise Dawkins’ body lying on the side of the road Sunday morning said they thought the woman had been hit by a car or was sleeping.

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911 callers thought Rocky Point body was sleeping; authorities looking for her missing car

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

The passers-by who called 911 after seeing Tiffany Louise Dawkins’ body lying on the side of the road Sunday morning said they thought the woman had been hit by a car or was sleeping.

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Time Warner asks customers: Get tough, or roll over?

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

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Cable customers could be without some of their favorite shows when the ball drops for the New Year.

Fox is threatening to pull several networks from Time Warner Cable if the two companies don’t reach an agreement by midnight on Friday. For Time Warner customers, the dispute means choosing between paying more or losing their shows.

Time Warner asked it’s customers to choose – get tough and fight Fox’s increased demands, or roll over and pass on the costs.

“Hundreds of thousands of customers have spoken out and asked us to get tough,” said Andi Curtis of Time Warner Cable.

That means Time Warner won’t pay the increase Fox asked for. If the companies don’t reach an agreement by Friday, FX, Fuel, Speed TV, Fox Soccer, Fox Sports World Espanol, and Fox Reality are the stations that could be pulled.

“What we hope is that they will continue to let us carry those networks so that it doesn’t affect our customers, it doesn’t inconvenience them,” said Curtis. “However, if we aren’t able to negotiate they could pull those channels.”

Time Warner says networks are asking for big price increases now because the lagging advertising market has hurt network revenue. Most Wilmington customers support the effort, but some don’t want to miss out on their favorite shows.

“I think we should pay more, because I’d rather have my shows and it doesn’t matter, a few more dollars doesn’t matter,” said cable customer Dorothy Hargrove.

Carol Pendergrast disagrees.

“After they went digital I had to get Time Warner in order to get the channels,” she said. “But if they’re going to raise their rates I’m getting rid of them.”

Time Warner Cable says Fox isn’t the only network asking for price increases, and holding the line could prevent other networks from asking for drastic increases in the future.

While this contract is only between Fox and Time Warner, experts expect other networks to ask for fee increases from all providers. Satellite and other cable customers could face the same issues in the future.

Local Fox stations won’t be affected by the blackout.

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Fox is threatening to pull several networks from Time Warner Cable if the two companies don’t reach an agreement this week. For Time Warner customers, the dispute means choosing between paying more or losing their shows.

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Family members mourn the death of Tiffany Dawkins

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

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Shaun Delancey and his two daughters will be ringing in the New Year alone this year. It’s just days after they celebrated Christmas with their mother, Tiffany Dawkins.

“It’s hard because when you look at the toys and stuff that she bought, and we had such a great day on Christmas morning and even on Christmas Eve putting all this stuff together,” said Shaun Delancey, the father of Dawkin’s children. “Now when I look at all these things, I’m constantly reminded.”

It was early Sunday morning when Delancey was notified that the mother of his children had been murdered.

“My heart dropped and I knew when I got the call that late, that something was wrong.”

Delaney says its an event that has changed the entire family.

“My children are going to be without a mother, her sisters are going be without an older sister,” says Delancey. “She was a good daughter and a good grand daughter.”

Family and friends are left wondering who could do something like this to her.

“Tiffany was the type of person that people liked her no matter what and she didn’t have any enemies.”

Delancey says she had a bright spirit about her and would do anything for her family.

“She would light up a room whenever she came in,” he said. “She always played with her kids she always. She’d bring a smile to your face.”

Dawkins two girl’s, Clarice and Caroline, spent the day coloring these pictures to put on Tiffany’s grave.

“The girls understand their mommy’s gone. They know, it’s not something I think they’ll ever accept,” said Delancey. “I think that’s the biggest tragedy is that the fact she won’t get to see her girls go to school and grow up and do the motherly things mothers do for their children.”

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Shaun Delancey and his two daughters will be ringing in the New Year alone this year. It’s just days after they celebrated Christmas with their mother, Tiffany Dawkins.

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