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Archive for January, 2012

Moms shop and swap for like-new clothes

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Kids all over the Cape Fear now have some new clothes after the first ever Wilmington ‘peace. love. swap.’ event this weekend.

‘Peace. love. swap.’ was born in California. It’s an organization all about swapping children’s clothes, toys and other necessities as well as maternity clothes. Wilmington mom of one Samantha DeFere decided to bring the idea to the Port City.

To participate, you bring a bag of items you no longer use or need and five bucks; then you get to shop and swap for like-new things.

“The importance of doing it is that it keeps clothes out of landfills,” DeFere said. “It’s really important to be able to come, bring your clothes, swap them out instead of throwing them away; swap them out for things that are new to you.”

DeFere plans to host another swap soon. For more information, visit http://peaceloveswap.com.

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Man who accused Soles arrested

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

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NC agency approves rate hike for Duke Energy

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Duke Energy has won approval from a state agency for a rate increase for its North Carolina customers.

The North Carolina Utilities Commission announced the 7.2 percent rate increase approval on Friday. The Charlotte-based utility said a typical bill for a residential customer will increase by about $7 per month based on 1,000 kilowatt-hours.

Duke Energy says it needs the additional revenue for construction projects and to meet environmental laws. The new electric rates will go into effect in early February. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said in a statement issued Friday night that his office intends to review the commission’s decision and look at available options.

On Wednesday, the South Carolina Public Service Commission accepted the utility’s request for a 6 percent increase in overall rates.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Dressmaker gave old gowns new life. Which belle dress is best?

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Recycled mid-century ball gowns are helping four of this year’s Azalea belles "go green."

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BBQ masters cook up meat with a mission

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Whether you like it smoky, sweet, saucy or savory, there’s no denying barbecue is a southern favorite.

The best barbecuers around fired up their grills and smokers and busted out secret recipes to compete in the inaugural Step Up for Soldiers Backyard BBQ Cook-Off Saturday.

Twenty-five teams stepped up to the plate to help raise money for the organization that exists to help wounded and disabled veterans. Grill master Ken Badoian says he’s happy to compete but is even more excited about the mission behind the meat.

“I think it’s really important to support the guys serving now,” competitor Ken Badoian said. “We came home from Vietnam, and we weren’t as welcomed. These guys now really deserve the credit.”

Badoian was part of the Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church team.

Tune in to WWAY NewsChannel 3 Sunday night at 11 to find out which team cooked up the victory.

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