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Archive for September, 2011

Deputies try to serve Curtis Wright order on overdue debt

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Months after a judge ordered him to pay an overdue debt, a Wilmington radio host still owes more than $1,500. A writ of execution is out for Curtis Wright, the host of a conservative morning talk show on WAAV-AM.

Earlier this year a judge ruled in favor Wright’s former agent. According to court documents the agent was not paid for placement services.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has tried contacting Wright several times to serve him with the documents, but so far Wright has not returned calls from deputies or from us.

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Opposition to New Hanover County’s trash plan mounts

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

County Manager Bruce Shell said Tuesday that county staff are reviewing six proposals to fix and maintain WASTEC and will likely present a recommendation by the end of the year or early next year to the board.

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Leaf peepin’ season underway in the NC mountains

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — As summer winds down and the cool air starts coming in, there are few places as beautiful as the North Carolina mountains.

As the leaves turn from green to brown and many other colors along the way, it’s a vacation spot for many during the fall season.

Cat Kessler from the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau stopped by “Good Morning Carolina” today to tell us the best time of the season to head west to visit and do a little leaf peeping.

“There is no peak week, and there’s two reason for that. One being in the mountains we have a lot of different elevations, and we also have a wide variety of tree species, so this gives us the kaleidoscope effect that you sort of associate with the southern Appalachian Mountains, and it also means that our season is really long,” Kessler said. “So it’s starting right now at the end of September and can go all the way through mid-November.”

Kessler says whenever you visit there will be color somewhere. The best way to keep up with the fall colors online at http://www.fallinthemountains.com.

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Experts cautious despite big jump in area home sales

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Home sale numbers in the Cape Fear are up more than ten percent in the last year. And while that may be good news, some realty experts say it’s too early to celebrate.

Jon Bisnette recently moved to Wilmington from Charlotte. He’s one of many people recently taking the plunge and buying a home.

“We needed a new home, so with the lower mortgage rates and the lower housing prices it’s just a good time to buy,” Bisnette said.

August home sale numbers in Wilmington show a 10.5 percent increase compared to last year. Realtors say while there was an increase, there are certain things to look at before celebrating the jump in sales.

“I think you have to be careful comparing this year to last year. It’s not an apples to apples comparison,” said Ashley Garner, president of the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors. “The reason I think that, last year we had the effect of the first time home buyers tax credit.”

Garner says last year’s numbers could have been lower because everyone who was looking to buy a home, bought early to get the tax credit.

“Because they bought in the first half, they were not there to buy in the second half, so sales were possibly artificially low in the second half of last year,” he said.

Garner says there are other things to look at when trying to compare home sale numbers. For one, realtors see a seasonal drop, especially here in the Cape Fear.

Garner says there is some good news. Interest rates are low, and the real estate market gives buyers a lot of options, but even with those ingredients, there is a major one missing.

“Right now people are not eager to spend that money,” Garner said. “Until we get the consumer confidence back we’re going to be missing the key ingredient.”

Garner predicts the housing market numbers will not get much lower than what they currently are, but he also predicts a slow recovery.

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Businesses come together to share ideas making it easier to go green

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — In the rapidly changing green business world, sometimes it’s hard to keep up on the latest trends. Local green professionals gathered at the Emerging Green Businesses Conference in Wrightsville Beach today to share their ideas and successes.

“Geothermal has been a fantastic market for us,” said Jim Cornette of Applied Resource Management. “It’s allowed us to grow our business about 35 percent over the last year and a half or so.”

Cornette is just one of the many green entrepreneurs that have popped up locally. His business revolves around geothermal energy, which drills holes around your home and uses the ground and groundwater to keep your home comfortable.

“In the summertime, we will leave the heat in the ground and pull the coolness out,” he said. “In the wintertime we will pull the heat out of the ground and put the coolness back in.”

The name of the game is really about saving energy. Cornette’s customers have cut their bills by two-thirds at times.

But some other businesses have customers making more energy than they need.

“If you produce more than what you’re using, your meter will actually run backwards, which is something most people have never seen before,” said Gary LaBer of Southeastern Energy Corp.

Southeastern Energy Corp sells solar panels to homeowners, which can make your home electrically self-sufficient. And yes, you can even sell extra power to the power company putting money back in your pocket.

With many companies sharing their ideas and success stories, it seems like green may be the way to go for the future.

“Whether it’s to improve our environment or reduce our dependency on foreign oil, I think everybody’s beginning to get on board with saving energy or producing energy,” LaBer said.

“Green is a major player in the local economy, and we’re seeing that ourselves,” Cornette said. “We’re so happy and so content, and our future is very bright.”

This was the second Emerging Green Businesses Conference held locally. WWAY is happy to be a proud sponsor of the event.

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