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Archive for October, 2011

Carolina Beach mayor, two council members under SBI investigation

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach Mayor Joel Macon confirmed at Tuesday night’s town council meeting that he, Mayor Pro-Tem Pat Efird and councilman Dan Wilcox are all under SBI investigation.

Macon told WWAY that he welcomes the investigation, and that allegations have been going on for years. He also pointed out that although he won’t be running again, these allegations were brought to light because of the upcoming municipal elections.

The investigation is related to property dealings around Carolina Beach.

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Murder suspect: ‘I’ll sit here for my brother’

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

On the morning of Sept. 15, Tevin Hankins, a junior at New Hanover High School, sat in his first-period class gripped by an uneasy feeling, like somebody was pursuing him.

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SBI confirms probe of Carolina Beach mayor, two council members

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

In this small beach town, what began this summer as a somewhat quiet municipal election season now has turned volatile in light of a State Bureau of Investigation that was revealed Tuesday.

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Candidate profile: Napier Fuller

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Election Day is less than a month away, and WWAY wants you to meet the candidates for Wilmington City Council. Today we sat down with Napier Fuller, who says his top issues include jobs, public safety and government spending.

As someone who grew up in Wilmington Fuller has seen the city grow. He now wants to be part of Wilmington’s future.

“(I’m) very excited to be involved in city politics,” he said. “I think Wilmington has a great future. We have some very serious challenges that we’re facing right now. Those challenges are first and foremost the economy. We have high unemployment. Traffic congestions are a really big problem. Crime is a problem as well and the budget.”

The Hoggard High grad has a Masters of Science Degree in city planning from MIT. After finishing his studies, Fuller worked in Silicon Valley, where he developed new ways to help people search for information on mobile phones.

“That experience in Silicon Valley is very germane to Wilmington as we try to transfer a bit of our economic policy from subsidize heavy industry which has been the typical focus to expanding the knowledge-base sector,” Fuller said.

After several years out west Fuller returned to Wilmington in 2008. He now works as a commercial real estate broker.

“I work for a family business, and we are involved in warehouse construction. We have warehouses in Myrtle Beach, Fayetteville and Wilmington,” he said.

Voters may be familiar with Fuller. This is not his first time running for office. He ran in the 2010 Republican primary for New Hanover County Commission.

“That was kind of an odd race, because we had four different moderate Republicans,” Fuller said. “The mathematics of splitting the moderate vote allowed for the Tea Party candidate Brian Berger to get up there and win. I certainly do not want to let that limit my prospects forever being elected to public office.”

Fuller admits he has been busy lately with his campaign, but in his free time he enjoys spending time with his family.

The 37-year-old says with Election Day coming quickly he’s focused on meeting voters and keeping his name out there.

In the coming weeks WWAY will introduce you to the other Wilmington City Council candidates. Tomorrow we’ll profile Neil Anderson.

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Tidal Creek hosts Halloween costume swap

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’re looking for ways to save a little money this Halloween and don’t want to wear last year’s costume, try swapping it for a new one.

The Tidal Creek Co-op in Wilmington is having a costume swap tomorrow evening. The goal is to reduce, re-use and recycle those old goblin and ghoul costumes from Halloweens past.

“It’s a way to save money and cut down on waste,” event organizer Bethany Rogers said. “They end up in the landfill if they’re thrown away, so it’s more pollution. We’re cutting down on cost, we’re cutting down on waste and it is a way to build community, too.”

Tidal creek has been collecting costumes, getting ready for tomorrow night. The swap runs from 5-7 p.m. at the Tidal Creek Community Center above the store off Oleander Drive.

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