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Archive for October, 2011

Wrightsville Beach boutique featured on Good Morning America

Friday, October 14th, 2011

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A local store was featured on GMA this week and has been blown away by the response. Hallelu in Wrightsville Beach was featured on Tori Johnson’s “Deals and Steals” segment on Good Morning America on Wednesday and Thursday driving customers from around the county to the store’s website.

Shoppers get 50% off their entire purchase if they include the code from show. The store has seen customers they may have never reached before. Store owner Catherine Yearwood says that people started shopping as soon as they could.

“We were so fortunate to be featured on Tori Johnson’s ‘Deals and Steals’ and it aired at 8 am in the morning and the moment that it hit, it increased our traffic 4,000%,” said Yearwood.

She says since the feature, the store has sold thousands of dollars of clothing, shoes, and jewelry. The online sale is available to customers until midnight on Friday.


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New Hanover done with Irene clean-up

Friday, October 14th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s been nearly two months, but New Hanover County is finally done cleaning up from Hurricane Irene.

Crews picked up more than 28,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris from the unincorporated parts of the county. The county is back to normal debris management procedures.

If there are any questions, visit the Department of Environmental Management website at www.nhcgov.com or call (910) 798-4400.

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Ghost Ship sets sail tonight

Friday, October 14th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One of our area’s more popular Halloween attractions gets started tonight.

The Battleship North Carolina will turn green and become the Ghost Ship. It’s your chance to wander the passages below deck with all of the lights turned off.

The Ghost Ship is open from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday for the next three weekends.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from the zombies at the door each night starting at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the Battleship NC’s website.

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Food trucks face zoning issues in Wilmington

Friday, October 14th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The future of food service may be in food trucks, but the City of Wilmington may be slowing that down. Trucks have been dealing with multiple city zoning issues that make their business even more difficult.

Poor Piggy’s BBQ is just one food truck in Wilmington dealing with zoning issues. Owners hope that the city will be a little more cooperative in the future so they can more consistently sell their product.

“Every day we have people wanting to know why we can’t stay here,” Poor Piggy’s BBQ owner Ed Coulbourn. “They don’t understand, and they want us to find a location and be there for them, because they don’t like having to figure out where we are every week.”

Coulbourn says he was the first legitimate food truck to serve in Wilmington. Since his arrival he has been limited by city zoning. One issue is that he can only spend one week every 45 days inside city limits. He says he is working with the city to try and figure out the best solution for both sides.

“I think with the city it’s more of an issue of figuring out how to place us,” Coulbourn said. “I think that what we’re trying to get to is that if a person has permission from a property owner and it’s private property that a food truck can set up for business there as often as they would like.”

Currently zoning issues with food trucks not only include the temporary use permit but also a limitation called peddler on wheels. Under that a food truck may set up on private property where it has permission, but only for a certain amount of time. Coulbourn says that can be anywhere up to two hours, which does not work with his truck, because of the time it takes to slow cook barbecue.

“We’re not out here to hurt anyone,” Coulbourn said. “We’re just here to try and provide for our families in a tough economy, and this is a way that’s been proven that works to do that.”

Poor Piggy’s customers Friday afternoon tended to agree with the owner.

“I think it’s a new form of food offering to people. It just increases our options here in wilmington. I really do think the zoning needs to be changed right away,” Tom Morris said while visiting the truck on Military Cutoff Road.

We contacted the City of Wilmington’s Zoning Department about the issue, but have not heard back.

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UNCW named among top MBA institutions by Princeton Review

Friday, October 14th, 2011

UNCW’s Cameron School of Business has been recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the best “294 Business Schools” for the sixth time.

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