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Archive for January, 2012

ONLY ON 3: Wilmington woman recalls attending King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech

Monday, January 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — August 28, 1963, was a day that changed our nation and our world forever. That was the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shared his dreams with hundreds of thousands of people on the National Mall, including a Wilmington woman.

“It was, seemed like, millions of people there from every race, creed and color, and it was peaceful, very peaceful,” Maggie Johnson said, remember Dr. King’s “I Had a Dream Speech.”

A Wilmington native, Johnson was a witness to history. In August 1963 she was working as a nurse in Washington, DC, and went with a group of friends to see a man she admired.

“He was such a lovely man, and he was for truth and for freedom and for people,” Johnson said. “Some of the things he talked about back there then, he could see it now.”

MLK’s talk of peace and harmony inspired her. Born in 1930, Johnson grew up in the Civil Rights era.

“Eeverybody was nice to you. You had some that didn’t and some that did, but that’s in every, every community,” Johnson said.

Johnson said while she believes the world has certainly made progress since Dr. King’s speech, she still thinks there is much progress to be made.

“Prayer changes things, and we need to be more loving and kind and understanding and helping, caring and sharing,” she said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

It’s a message that still resonate nearly half a century later.

Dr. King was scheduled to be right here in wilmington the week after his assassination.

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Year after work done, Empie subcontractors still waiting to be paid

Monday, January 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Empie Park’s Althea Gibson Tennis Center in Wilmington has been up and running for more than a year, but subcontractors who worked on the city park have still not been paid.

The 33-acre park’s tennis complex opened up for business back in 2010, and subcontractors who helped complete it say they are owed tens of thousands of dollars. The city says its hands are tied.

Bill Eschert of Superior Mill Work installed the countertops and cabinets in the bathrooms and snack bar area. Out of the $15,000 he was promised, Eschert says he has only received about $2,000. He says he is one of about 25 subcontractors who have yet to be paid.

We tried contacting the city about the issue, but have not been called back. The city told the StarNews it has no control over the issue, because its contract for the park is with general contractor Cape Fear Paving.

Eschert says the city should have contacted its bonding company.

“That costs a lot of money to buy those bonds to guarantee payment for everybody,” Eschert said. “In this case, we realize the city’s contract with the contractor, but the contractor has declared bankruptcy and is not paying anybody, so we just don’t understand why the city won’t help us by calling the bond and getting everyone paid.”

Eschert says many of the subcontractors have tried contacting the bond company, but nothing has been done.

We contacted Cape Fear Paving about the issue. The company had no comment on it.

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Obama campaign registers voters at MLK Day Parade

Monday, January 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — While Republican presidential candidates get ready to debate tonight in Myrtle Beach, President Obama’s campaign used this MLK Day to register voters.

Volunteers for Obama for America took today’s MLK Day Parade in Wilmington as an opportunity to reach a lot of folks and get them signed up to vote. Although they are rooting for the president to stay in office, volunteer Carter Jewell said it does not matter what party you belong to. She just wants people to be informed and aware of the upcoming election.

“Martin Luther King was all about empowerment of people, empowerment of your voice, finding your voice in your community, so we are out here today not only to register people and to get them to vote, but also just to empower them and to make them aware that they can make a difference,” Jewell said. “Their voice is important, and it does need to be heard in November.”

Jewell said she’s hopeful about President Obama’s campaign and that the American people are seeing what she says is a great president in action.

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Locals headed to GOP debate still undecided

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Some locals going to Myrtle Beach’s GOP presidential debate remain undecided.

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Southport woman sews for designers on TV

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Sam Hughes appeared Jan. 10 on the season premiere of Lifetime’s new series “24 Hour Catwalk.”

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