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Archive for October, 2011

Local imprint’s Vision’ up for National Book Award

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

A short story anthology published by the University of North Carolina Wilmington is a finalist for the National Book Award.

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Carolina Beach councilwoman responds to SBI investigation

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A Carolina Beach Town Council member under investigation by the SBI is telling her side of the story.

An anonymous letter to the Attorney General and District Attorney sparked the probe, which also includes the mayor and another council member.

“I was very surprised and was asking why they they would be investigating me,” Mayor Pro Tem Pat Efird said.

The anonymous letter sent back in February claims Efird voted in favor of purchasing a piece of property at “a grossly inflated” price of $200,000. Efird says she did nothing wrong.

“I voted for this property so we could have a handicap park and having it fixed up so the handicapped could go up there and go in the gazebo and sit by the ocean,” Efird said.

The letter claims Efird, Mayor Joel Macon and Councilman Dan Wilcox all knew the owners of that property, Delores and Michael Kirkbride, and also knew that voting to buy it would benefit the three council members.

A few months after the town’s purchase, Efird bought a plot of land with her daughter for $60,000. They bought that land from the Kirkbrides. The letter claims the deal Efird got was a little too good to be true. Efird denies that.

“It was a legitimate real estate deal,” she said. “It had nothing to do with the people, nothing to do with the lot. I did not buy the lot to give me any kind of compensation. I did not get any compensation from them, and that’s the story.”

Efrid says she thinks this whole investigation is politically motivated and may have something to do with her running for mayor.

At Monday night’s Town Council meeting, Mayor Macon said he welcomes the investigation and says those allegations have been going on for years.

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Man used gun to steal parking spot, authorities say

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

A bit of luck and a quick reaction on the part of authorities led to the arrest Wednesday of a 22-year-old man accused of pretending to be a police officer and then holding someone at gunpoint over a parking space, officials said.

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Trask Coliseum makeover winds down as scoreboard goes up

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With Midnight Madness just days away, the extreme gym makeover at UNCW is almost complete.

Basketball practice starts Friday night with its annual showcase. By then, the overhead scoreboard will be raised, and Trask Coliseum will look more like an arena than a construction site.

Until then, it is all hands on deck.

New scoreboards at each endzone, seats with backs along one side of the court and LED displays along the scorer’s table highlight the upgrades. At this point, about 95 percent of the project is complete.

“We’re just very thankful for what (Athletics Director) Jimmy Bass and the administration has done to decorate it and make it look a lot nicer,” men’s basketball coach Buzz Peterson said. “Hopefully it will give us a big home court advantage.”

Midnight Madness begins Friday at 9:30 p.m. The first exhibition at Trask is October 29 as the Seahawks host St. Andrews. The regular season debut is November 22 against Marshall.

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New Hanover County looks to buy bar, pool hall

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

New Hanover County is in negotiations to purchase a sports bar, pool hall and bowling alley, according to county officials.

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