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Archive for December, 2011

Donors rush to charities ahead of New Year’s tax deadline

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a great time of year to give and to receive. Charities are being flooded with donations right now, but those good deeds don’t only help those in need.

This week is historically one of the biggest weeks for generosity as people donate money and used items to charities.

“Clothing to household items, you name it, we’re getting it,” Goodwill Foundation spokeswoman Becky Lytle said.

Chris Gulley donated to Goodwill this week.

“It seemed like a good thing to do,” Gulley said. “The economy is still poor, and to give it to people who can actually use it and benefit more than me.”

The generosity doesn’t just benefit others. It can also pay off come tax season.

“It’s the last opportunity for people to make a donation and to be able to claim on their taxes for this year,” Lytle said.

If you’re bringing in a big bag of items to donate and want to claim it on your taxes, be sure to make an itemized list and determine each item’s value. Lytle says Goodwill’s website is a great place to figure out the value of your donated items.

“If they’ll go to the retail page, there is a price list of the prices we charge for the items that they’ve donated, and they can use that to help estimate the value of their items,” Lytle said.

Other charities, like the United Way, only take monetary donations, but also say this time of year sees a huge influx of gifts.

“We see the majority of those gifts come in between November, usually between Thanksgiving and the end of the year,” said Melissa Reabold of the United Way of the Cape Fear Area.

Not only is this time of year a great opportunity to donate, but also a great time of need.

“This day and age, we need all the help we can get, and that will help maybe a little bit, but it all helps,” Gulley said.

There are several websites that will help you figure out the value of your donated items. To find them simply Google “donation value.”

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Turnover continues in Leland police ranks

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

New manager promises to release more info about department in two months

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Downtown Wilmington advocate dies

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

John Bullock, 80, was key to historic preservation, economic development

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ONLY ON 3: Commission Warren files report, ‘threatened’ by viral video

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Even through the holidays the ongoing saga involving a Brunswick County Commissioner continues. This week Commissioner Charles Warren filed a report with the Sheriff’s Office.

The incident report Warren filed yesterday says the commissioner felt threatened. In the report he says the attack came in the form of a YouTube video in his e-mail.

A video comparing Warren to late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il started making the rounds online last week.

In it you see grieving crowds apparently saddened by what the video calls the future removal of their “dear DSS leader Charles Warren.” It’s a mocking comparison to Kim, who North Koreans called “the dear leader.”

The video apparently made its way to Warren’s e-mail inbox.

In a report filed with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, Warren says he received the video last week, which he found threatening.

The video emerged after Warren was ejected from a Brunswick County Commission meeting for being disruptive. It’s the same thing he claimed when ejecting a reporter and board member from a county DSS Board meeting days earlier.

But the North Korean video is not the only one poking fun at Commissioner Warren. We also found another video with Warren has been posted on YouTube by the same user: Brunswick 1764. In this video you see Warren edited to look like he’s dancing.

The clips used for this video are of Warren being escorted from the commission meeting.

Back to the commissioner’s complaint, the Sheriff’s Office says investigators are looking into Warren’s claims.

We tried to contact Commissioner Warren to ask about this recent complaint, but we have not heard back from him.

We also reached out through YouTube to the person who posted the videos. So far no response from that person, either.

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Brunswick County commissioner files police report

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Warren claims he felt threatened by a video posted to YouTube.

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