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Archive for September, 2011

Habitat to dedicate new homes on Sept. 11

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

WILMINGTON | On the 10th anniversary of one of the greatest tragedies in American history, the collapse of the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity will celebrate new beginnings by holding dedication ceremonies for two homes in Wilmington.Both families in the program, composed of single mothers with two daughters, have wanted a safer place to live in which their children can grow and thrive. These new homes, made affordable by an interest-free mortgage from Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, will allow the dream to be realized.

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Local restaurants are winners in state contest

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There is a lot of good food in North Carolina and the state decided to call attention to our culinary skills with a contest featuring North Carolina ingredients.

Marc and Sara Copenhaver operate Marc’s on Market and they are winners. Marc tells us about his entry and his edge in this year’s competition.

“It was a contest put on by the State Department of Agriculture, we entered a dish with all of the major ingredients focused on North Carolina products, rather than just stick with products that are just from the Cape Fear region we decided to branch out a little more and we used a local purveyor to source some lamb from western North Carolina, that was the main ingredient for our dish”.

Just up the road also in Ogden, the Kornerstone Bistro is another winner and head chef Travis Poage tells us about his winning dish. “Chicken Balentine, a lot of people like that, we make it using a lot of fresh local ingredients”.

The Kornerstone Bistro is flying as high as the pizza dough and it has always been a winner with diners. Both restaurants say they are proud of the awards but more interested in focusing on local customers.

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Conservative group running ads in support of amendment to prohibit gay marriage in NC

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The legislative arm of a conservative
Christian group is running radio ads urging listeners to ask
certain state lawmakers to support a proposed constitutional
amendment to prohibit gay marriage in North Carolina.

The group Family Research Council Action said it rolled out
commercials on 20 radio stations starting Wednesday that will air
through Monday – the first day the General Assembly returns to
Raleigh for a session on this and other amendments.

The ads target a dozen lawmakers. Voters statewide would
consider the question if it’s approved by lawmakers.

Group Vice President Tom McClusky said it’s spending up to
$10,000 on the ads, which will also ask listeners to attend a rally
Monday morning in Raleigh. Opponents of the amendment also are
running phone banks and holding a rally Tuesday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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New Hanover Commissioners ask for Berger’s resignation, Berger responds

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioners have asked for county commissioner Brian Berger to resign.

Speaking on behalf of his fellow commissioners who stood by him at a news conference, Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield said he asked Berger Tuesday night to resign because his many issues have become a distraction.

Barfield said people around the state have asked him what the recall procedure is for New Hanover County, but the county does not have a process under law.

“I just want him to get well,” Barfield said.

Vice Chairman Jason Thompson said he has talked to Berger about getting back on track, but there has been no follow through.

Commissioner Rick Catlin says the decision to ask Berger to resign comes after much consideration and a long series events. Catlin said Berger’s inability to address his issues leaves the board no choice.

Commissioner Ted Davis says he has not seen anything like this in his 15 years as a commissioner.

“He first has got to acknowledge he has a problem,” Davis said. “He needs to man up and get the help he needs.”

If Berger chooses to resign, the New Hanover County Republican Party would pick a replacement that the County Commission must accept.

Berger’s fellow commissioners said they came to the conclusion that he needs to resign after last night’s commission meeting. They say they expected Berger to address the latest issues, including his criticism of the Wilmington Police Department. He did not.
Berger told WWAY Monday evening he was considering resigning after two more incidents last week in which police were called to his house for an attempted suicide and four nights later to his ex-girlfriend’s home after the couple met to work out their differences.

Berger also said he may discuss his situation at Tuesday’s commission meeting. However, Berger was quiet for much of the evening. At the end of the meeting during a period for commissioner’s comments, Berger reminded everyone to take time to remember the people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, as the country gets ready to mark the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Berger released this statement to WWAY in response to the commissioners news conference Wednesday afternoon:

“This statement is in response to the four members of the County Board of Commissioners who met, called a press conference and requested my resignation as a Member of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. The past few weeks have presented a number of challenges and difficulties in my personal life. I am sure that many of you can understand unexpected circumstances that may arise in our day to day lives that cause one to react in ways that they may not under ordinary conditions.

“I extend my apologies to the citizens of New Hanover County for any way in which the challenges of my normally quiet personal life impacted them. November 2010, I was elected by the people of New Hanover County to serve as their representative on the Board of County Commissioners; I look forward to continuing my service to our community. To all of you who have prayed for me and offered words of support and encouragement during this time, please know that I am truly appreciative.”

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Auctions turn tax foreclosures into cash

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Cole Gregory was driving through Brunswick County a decade ago when he saw a sign in front of a piece of land: Auction.

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