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Archive for October, 2011

Salvation Army band plays free concert on Sunday

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The Salvation Army Community Brass Band, directed by retired Salvation Army Lt. Colonel Peter Hofman, will present a free concert at 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at the historic Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church, 409 S. Fifth Ave.

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Wrightsville Beach pondering a skate park

Friday, October 14th, 2011

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY)– A group of skateboarders on Wrightsville Beach have been pushing the town for a skate park for quite some time. They are now one step closer as the Board of Aldermen decided Thursday night to allow them to work out details and further questions with the town staff.

Although that vote did not give the final okay to the park it did have many people fired up at the Wrightsville Beach Town Hall.

“We’re a boarding community. From surfers, stand up paddle boarders, to skaters,” said Michael Carter, a Wrightsville Beach resident.

“I do not want to see Wrightsville Beach use its green space,” said resident Martha Chaffins.

Over a hundred people packed the town hall with the majority of them coming to speak about the proposed skate park.

The public park, which would be privately funded, sparked a good bit of debate.

“Skateboarding is really big. A lot of my friends do it,” said resident Fisher Hardee. “A lot of kids on the island do it and I feel like it would be very useful to them and useful to the future community.”

“An unsupervised park is extremely dangerous because children will do what children do,” said Chaffins.

There are many liabilities that need to be addressed such as supervision, safety, and insurance questions. The Aldermen voted 3 to 2 to take a better look at those questions and leave a final vote for a new board.

If passed there would be a lengthy construction phase only if or when over $200,000 is privately raised.

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Colin Firth, Emily Blunt in area to begin filming of ‘Arthur Newman’

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Colin Firth, dressed in rolled up khakis and a plaid shirt and with a small orange tent in the background, strolled down the beach Thursday afternoon near the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, waded into the surf and tossed his top into the water, revealing a short-sleeve, white T-shirt.

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Brunswick County bus driver suspended after turning bus around, failing to notify officials

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

BRUNSWICK COUNTY (WWAY) — It’s yet another incident with a school bus in Brunswick County. This time, a bus driver is suspended after turning the bus around and not returning students home until 6 p.m.

“For twenty minutes, the Brunswick County school system had no idea where this school bus was or where it was going,” said Leigh Ann Collins, a mother of a student on the bus.

The mother of a student at South Brunswick Middle School says she’s just the latest in a string of parents to have issues with school district bus drivers. She says last Thursday her son was on his way home, when he sent her a text message saying the bus had turned around but didn’t know why.

Collins tried to contact someone from the school district but had no luck.

“During an emergency situation with the bus when no one knows where its going, there’s almost no one to get a hold of to find out what’s happening,” said Collins.

Her son lets her know that the bus driver has driven them back to campus, but says the driver then allowed an irate parent to come on the bus and pick up her child.

“Next time the person he lets on the bus may not be a parent,” said Collins. “Next time that parent may be so upset that they don’t just scream and cuss.”

According to the spokeswoman for Brunswick County Schools, the bus driver was suspended for three and half days with pay, in which time he received additional training. Collins says that’s not good enough. She says what’s most upsetting is that the school district is putting employee protocol before the safety of kids.

“If he worked anywhere else and made mistakes like he has made, he would be fired,” said Collins.

The spokeswoman also says the bus driver was wrong in not notifying school officials that he had turned the bus around.

Last month a student from the same school was cut on his eyelid with nail clippers, and a week before that a child was put on the wrong bus.

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Candidate profile: Neil Anderson

Thursday, October 13th, 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 Neil Anderson, who says he’s interested in growth and the economy.

Anderson was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill and later went on to grad school, earning his MBA. After living in several large cities like Atlanta and Charlotte, Anderson and his family made it to Wilmington.

“We’ve been here almost 11 years,” said Anderson. “Both of our two youngest children were born here.”

Anderson is a business owner. His company, Rising Tide Sales, is contracted by a large furniture manufacturer to oversee and manage the eastern market in North Carolina. Anderson says he wants to improve the city, ensuring a better future for his kids and others.

“I did not go back to my home town, and my kids may not want to be anywhere near me when they’re out of college. But if they want to, whether its when they’re married, after college, in their 30’s, single, I want them to have that option to come back here,” Anderson said.

He says the economy and jobs are his main concerns. Anderson says if elected he knows it will take the city and the county working together to make the Cape Fear’s economy strong.

“I think we’re going to have to collaborate to bring in new business; help the ones we have, I think we forget about them.”

Come Election Day, Anderson hopes voters will see how important city government is and how powerful their vote can be.

“(If) you get a direct mail piece, read it, and look at it! I know you get a bunch of junk mail, I get it too,” Anderson said. “This is something that impacts your life everyday; the minute you wake up in the morning and brush your teeth. The minute you go out and take your garbage out to the street; you’re interacting with city government!”

In the coming weeks WWAY will introduce you to the other Wilmington City Council candidates.

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