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Archive for October, 2011

FIRST ON 3: “An Evening with One Tree Hill” planned at UNCW

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — “One Tree Hill” will soon be history, but before the cast wraps up its ninth and final season in Wilmington, they will spend some time with their loyal fans in a special Q&A session.

The event “An Evening with One Tree Hill” will feature all the regular cast members from the current season and show creator Mark Schwann, according to OTH co-producer Steve Goldfried. It’s scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at Beckwith Recital Hall at UNCW’s Cultural Arts Building.

Goldfried says tickets will be very limited for the small venue. He says there will be about 100 tickets available to the general public for $50 each. About 75 tickets for UNCW students in the arts disciplines will be available for $10, Goldfried said. He said tickets should go on sale later this week.

Cast members scheduled to appear are James Lafferty, Bethany Joy Galeotti, Sophia Bush, Austin Nichols, Robert Buckley, Shantel VanSanten, Paul Johansson, Jackson Brundage, Lisa Goldstein, Lee Norris, Antwon Tanner, Stephen Colletti and Tyler Hilton.

“One Tree Hill,” the longest running TV series in Wilmington history, is scheduled to wrap shooting in mid-November.

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Carolina Beach councilwoman responds to SBI investigtion

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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Brunswick River harbored huge Mothball Fleet,’ MyReporter finds

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Parked along the Brunswick River, the fleet was described in the press as “the second largest ship graveyard in the world.”

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Former crewman hopes to bring Coast Guard Cutter Midgett to Wilmington

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If a Wilmington man gets his way, you could be climbing aboard a new ship in the Cape Fear River in the future.

The Coast Guard Cutter Midgett is still in service, but a former crew member hopes that when the ship is decommissioned it will make its permanent home in the Port City.

When you walk along downtown Wilmington’s Riverwalk you get to enjoy the sights of the Battleship North Carolina and the Coast Guard Cutter Dilligence. There a chance that another ship could join them in the river: the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett.

“We’re in the exploratory phase,” Thomas Michael, Jr., said. “So far we have (Sen.) Richard Burr’s office looking into acquisition measures, but what we need to do in the meantime is coordinate the efforts between state officials, county and city officials. It’s going to take a lot of work. Much more than I can do certainly.”

Michael served aboard the Cutter Midgett. The middle school teacher says the name of the ship has deep roots in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The Midgett family is famous for a number of rescues they made off of Cape Hatteras, and Michael says bringing the ship back to North Carolina would be a great way to honor them.

Michael says his hope for this ship is to be much more than a maritime museum.

“We are looking for it to be a beehive of activity, much as the way the Cutter Taney has been in the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, and there is a lot of activity there, and if we could bring something like that to Wilmington we’re going to bring some money.”

Michael believes that the marina north of the PPD building would be a great future home for the Cutter Midgett. Although it may be costly at first, he believes it will eventually pay off.

“Projects like this can be motivated and seen through completion by strictly economic considerations,” Michael said.

The Midgett still has two years left of service, so it would be some time before the ship could make its way to our waters.

The effort to bring the Midgett to Wilmington would not involve the Battleship North Carolina. Capt. Terry Bragg, executive director of the Battleship, did tell us that he wishes luck to the project.

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Years have brought little change to waterside seafood market

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Once a small fishing village, Surf City has drastically changed over the years thanks to the housing and business boom.

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