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Archive for December, 2011

Sandusky released on bail after sex abuse charges

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

By MARK SCOLFORO and GENARO C. ARMAS
Associated Press

BELLEFONTE, PA (AP) — Ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is out of jail after posting bail a day after being hit with new child sex abuse charges.

Sandusky left a Pennsylvania county jail Thursday in a grey sedan after securing his release with $200,000 in real estate holdings and a $50,000 certified check provided by his wife.

Under the terms of his release, Sandusky will be subject to electronic monitoring.

Sandusky was jailed Wednesday on 12 new charges of child sex abuse after a grand jury report released details of testimony from two new alleged victims. In all, Sandusky faces more than 50 charges and is accused of molesting 10 different boys.

He maintains his innocence.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Heiress to former Airlie owner leaves gift to gardens

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -– Just in time for Christmas, Airlie Gardens has received a gift from the estate of a woman who’s family once owned Airline.

Jane Pope Akers Ridgway, granddaughter of Sarah and Pembroke Jones of Wilmington, died October 6. Estate executors announced this week a bequest in Ridgway’s will of $75,000 left to Airlie Gardens, the site of her grandparents’ mansion and garden paradise.

Airlie Gardens Director Jim McDaniel says the money will go toward a historic restoration project to interpret the Jones period.

“I think she would be happy to know her money is going to help restore the historic parts of the gardens,” McDaniel said.

McDaniel says the $200,000 project will be behind the Jones family’s old mansion, which is now a private home on Spring Garden Drive. The fundraising effort has already received donations from the Kenan family and the Bellamy Foundation.

Sarah and Pembroke Jones, along with family friend Henry Walters, were a fixture of the Wilmington landscape from 1884 until the early 1940s. The Joneses’ mansion and 155-acre backyard masterpiece at Airlie Gardens entertained everyone from the local elite to Governors and US Presidents.

“Jane Ridgway was the last descendant of Pembroke Jones to experience and treasure years of memories of people and places in Wilmington, and to care deeply for Airlie,” said Susan Taylor Block, Airlie historian and author of “Airlie: The Garden of Wilmington.”

In a letter Ridgway once sent Block, she wrote: “We all adored Airlie as did everyone who ever visited there. It was a happy, magical place and a great joy to my Grandmother, who was its creator… Airlie was all my beautiful childhood dreams wrapped up in one word which my grandmother spelled out beautifully.”

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Fedora reportedly accepts UNC football job; trustees meet

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s board of trustees have met to discuss “a personnel matter” after Southern Mississippi coach Larry Fedora accepted an offer to become the Tar Heels’ next football coach.

Trustees met for about an hour in closed session Thursday morning. The board is scheduled to take action when it meets again Friday.

Any deal to hire Fedora would be subject to approval by the trustees, meaning North Carolina couldn’t hold a news conference to introduce him until Friday at the earliest. In addition, the board of governors for the 16-campus UNC system must approve certain provisions of a deal when it meets Thursday afternoon.

The Tar Heels were looking for a permanent replacement for Butch Davis, who was fired amid an NCAA investigation within the program.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Emergency sewer repairs on 23rd Street

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Traffic is flowing in both directions.

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Morning fire damages longshoreman’s home

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

An early morning house fire Thursday damaged a two-story brick home at 1019 S. Fifth Ave.

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