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Archive for October, 2011

Wilmington City Attorney leaving for Charlotte

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Attorney Carolyn Johnson will leave her job in the coming months to return to Charlotte.

“I have been offered an incredible opportunity to be Senior Deputy City Attorney,” Johnson told WWAY in a phone interview.

Johnson worked as Senior Assistant City Attorney in Charlotte from 2001 to 2007. She took the Wilmington job in 2009 when Tom Pollard retired.

Johnson says she is targeting the end of this year to mid-January to make the move depending on what she works out with the City of Wilmington. Johnson says she told each member of City Council of her decision after Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Johnson says Charlotte’s City Attorney is retiring, and his replacement is someone she worked closely with before.

“So we’re going to work together as a new team,” Johnson said.

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Work starts on downtown hotel

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Work is underway on a new hotel in downtown Wilmington. Local leaders helped break ground today for a Courtyard Marriott.

The hotel will be built at 2nd and Grace Streets. The six-story building will include 124 rooms, meeting space and a cafe/bistro.

The $14 million project is expected to be done by the end of next year.

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New Hanover officials question economic group aid

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

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Wilmington soldier injured in Iraq honored with Purple Heart

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s an honor bestowed on very few. US Army Sgt. Jason Thigpen received the Purple Heart during a special ceremony Wednesday for his service in Iraq.

“I wouldn’t change anything bad, good or indifferent. It’s because of my experiences, all-inclusive, that are why I’m at where I’m at today,” Sgt. Thigpen said.

While returning from a mission near Baghdad, Thigpen and his men were hit by an IED. Thigpen suffered brain trauma and injuries to his shoulders and back.

“I think the closest I can describe it so anyone can understand is just imagine being in a really bad car crash, but we didn’t lose any lives,” he said.

Now his fight is on the homefront. Thigpen is a senior at UNCW, and he has started up a local non-profit organization with a goal of helping his fellow student vets receive the education he says they deserve.

“There’s issues with changes in federal law, and currently the state hasn’t changed statutes in providing educational benefits to our veterans,” Thigpen said.

The father of two says it was the thought of his two girls that has kept him so strong.

“They’re why I made it home,” he said. “I don’t know what else to say with that. They’re why I made it home.”

For more information on Sergeant Thigpen’s non-profit organization for student vets, you can visit www.studentveteransadvocacygroup.org.

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Jeffrey MacDonald is incarcerated in New Hanover County jail

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

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