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Archive for December, 2009

Former NC town manager turns himself in to police

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

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PRINCEVILLE, N.C. — The former manager of the first North Carolina town established by blacks has surrendered to police following a weeklong manhunt.

The Rocky Mount Telegram reported that 61-year-old Sam Knight turned himself in to the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Department Monday on a probation violation charge.

The former Princeville town manager pleaded guilty in September to obtaining property by false pretense and was sentenced to more than two years probation.

Knight was accused of sending more than $25,000 to a nonexistent construction company for unfinished work following Hurricane Floyd in 1999. He resigned in August.

Princeville is a town of about 2,000 established at the end of the Civil War. It was mostly destroyed by flooding after Hurricane Floyd, then rebuilt.

Information from: Rocky Mount Telegram

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

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The former manager of the first North Carolina town established by blacks has surrendered to police following a weeklong manhunt.

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Top Stories of ’09 – No. 1: Economic meltdown wreaks havoc on region

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

What was the biggest local, national and international story in 2009? To paraphrase the catchphrase from Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign, it was the economy, stupid.

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NC’s Ocracoke Lighthouse gets interior makeover

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

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OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. — North Carolina’s oldest continuously operating lighthouse is getting an interior makeover.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reported that rehabilitation began recently on the Ocracoke Lighthouse’s interior and should be finished by the end of January. The work includes replacing cast iron railings on the balcony, replacing rotting window frames and repainting.

The 65-foot lighthouse was built in 1823 and is the shortest in North Carolina. The Coast Guard last worked on the lighthouse 27 years ago, but Doug Stover of the National Park Service says it’s
basically in good condition.

The lighthouse’s lens was unplugged in November and will be turned on again when the project is completed. The beacon is visible for 14 miles.

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

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North Carolina’s oldest continuously operating lighthouse is getting an interior makeover.

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2009 a hit at the box office

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

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The movie industry continues to show it’s recession- proof. Take this past weekend for instance, when the the box office reported record numbers.

“There’s still theater screens out there, no theater screens gone dark so there’s still screens need to be filled, products need to be produced,” said Johnny Griffin, of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission.

What’s being produced are titanic hits like James Cameron’s Avatar, and Sherlock Holmes. These are the types of productions Griffin says could make their way here after the new year.

“We would like to hope so,” said Griffin. “That’s our goal with the new sound stage that Screen Gems has, the super stage. It would attract those bigger types of productions that needs lots of construction, lots of stage space for visual effects, special effects.”

What also helps is a North Carolina film incentive of 25-percent that’s about to go into effect. Since that bill passed, production companies have shown an overwhelming interest in our area.

“They’ve given us signs, again, no specific project, but they’ve all given us signs of encouragement. They’ve all given us signs that from a business perspective this is where it makes sense for them to be,” said Griffin.

We could see a lot of film industry action in the coming months. Johnny Griffin says he expects to hear some big announcements about projects sometime in late January or February.

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The movie industry continues to show it’s recession-proof. 2009 was a good year for Hollywood, and that has local film industry officials looking forward to 2010.

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Local community helps family rebuid after fire destroys their home

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

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A Brunswick County couple is counting their blessings. A holiday weekend fire destroyed their house, but because of the community, the Holmes family is starting to rebuild.

While the structure remains intact, the boarded up windows, and ash stains tell the story of what happened to the Holmes residence the day after Christmas.

A fire tore through the home on Maco Road in Leland while both Terri and her husband were out buying supplies to print their recent holiday photos. As it turns out, the memories are exactly what the fire destroyed, that can’t be replaced.

“I just kept telling them, get my pictures, I just want my pictures,” Terri Holmes said.

The Brunswick County Fire Marshall says the fire started in an area between the bathroom and a walk-in closet. What started the fire is still unknown, but investigators say foul play has been ruled out. In the meantime, the Holmes are making do, with what they have.

“So we’ll be living in our RV that we work in when we travel and are on the road, and I just thank god that no one was in the house,” Holmes added.

Terri is also thanking the community which has stepped up to help. Concerned residents have been bringing food, clothes and essentials. “They’re calling me all day, what sizes do you wear, and things like that. I’m amazed” said Holmes; proving the spirit of the holidays is alive and well, even after Christmas. “There’s still people who care about people.”

The Holmes’ insurance company has yet to assess the damage, but the Brunswick County Fire Marshall says between fire, smoke and water, the home is more than likely a complete loss.

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A Brunswick County couple is counting their blessings. A holiday weekend fire destroyed their house, but because of the community, the Holmes family is starting to rebuild.

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