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Archive for January, 2012

WHA, Sparks trial delayed

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Another delay in the trial involving the Wilmington Housing Authority and a former City Council member.

There was supposed to be a hearing this morning separate from the negligence trial involving Ronald Sparks, but attorneys from both sides asked the judge for more time to discuss issues with their clients.

Court will resume tomorrow morning.

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Flights between Port City, Windy City grounded; future up in the air

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Just six months after arriving at Wilmington International Airport, American Airlines is pulling out.

What went wrong? A few weeks ago hope soared that American Airlines filing for bankruptcy in November would not affect travelers at Wilmington International Airport.

But Tuesday night, airport leaders got the phone call.

“The bottom line is that the yield, which is the revenue they earn over expenses at each airport, our yield is not enough to sustain the service long term,” ILM Airport Authority Director Jon Rosborough said.

Simply put, American is not making enough money at ILM even though its non-stop flights to Chicago-O’Hare are, on average, 85-percent full.

News of losing the new airline does not sit well with some passengers.

“I’m very disappointed,” traveler Ken Brunson said. “I think the more airline accessibility we have the better. Competition is great.”

American Airlines will leave ILM April 2, but airport leaders say that may not be the last we see of American, or at the very least, non-stop flights to Chicago.

“They really liked the way our community served them and they’re sorry they can’t continue to serve it now, but they said, ‘Come back and talk to us once we get restructured,’ and I think that’s a very positive side,” Rosborough said.

Those talks could lead to American returning one day. How soon that may happen is up in the air.

In the meantime, because the Chicago route was so popular, Rosborough is going to approach US Airways and Delta to see if they are interested in it.

“I will keep going back to the other air carriers and say, ‘Look, we’ve had a good market going into chicago. The yield has been good, but when you compare it to expenses, American couldn’t make it under this yield, but I think you can,’ so we’re going to go back and sell that to the other carriers,” he said.

Rosborough says American Airlines is honoring all tickets. If you booked a flight on American that is scheduled to leave Wilmington after April 2, call the airline to get it sorted out.

Despite American’s issues, one small business at ILM seems to be doing well. In fact, upgrades are underway.

Tailwinds Restaurant first came to Wilmington International in 2005. Now the time has come for a few changes.

Monday night, crews started repainting the restaurant, adding new digital menu boards and new cooking equipment that will help speed up service speed.

The business has also expanded to five other small airports across the nation.

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Southbound River Road reopened, but crews still working

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

The southbound lane of River Road remains closed as utility crews continue to work.

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ONLY ON 3: ‘Teen Mom 2’ giving Brunswick County lawyer taste of limelight

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Few would argue Brunswick County’s Jenelle Evans has made headlines for all the wrong reasons as the star of MTV’s “Teen Mom 2.” While the 20-year-old can’t seem to stay out of trouble, Evans’s issues and the show are a boon of sorts for her attorney.

As the second season of “Teen Mom 2” chronicles Evans’s continued legal troubles, the MTV show also introduces a new members of the cast: attorney Dustin Sullivan. When the court appointed Sullivan to the teen mom last year, he said he had no idea who Evans was.

“I was tipped off to who Jenelle was when MTV called me and said, ‘Hey we found out you’re going to be representing Jenelle,'” Sullivan said.

Sullivan says after that phone call, he quickly learned of his new client’s notoriety.

The cameras in the courtroom were not the only thing Sullivan had to adjust to. Soon, media outlets from across the world began contacting him for comment on charges evans began to rack up. He says he did not really understand why people were concerned with charges he considers minor and initiated by people he says only wanted in on the fame.

“If it were a more serious crime, I think it would be deserving, but you have to understand that most of these charges are self-initiated charges,” Sullivan said.

Through new episodes of “Teen Mom 2” viewers can get more insight on the stories they saw last year in the news and the new addition of Sullivan to the cast.

Meanwhile, the show is making Sullivan something of a celebrity, too. He says he has not been asked for an autography yet, but he is excited to be on the show. He says he is working hard and hopes his passion for his job comes across to viewers.

“I’m really just doing my job as far as providing her legal defense,” Sullivan said. “I enjoy doing what I do and I’m hoping that it’s portrayed that way but Jenelle would be no different than any other client that came in.”

Evans was arrested twice in the last week. Sullivan says the charges are connected to a ex-roommate’s boyfriend. No word yet if this newest drama will make it to the next season of “Teen Mom 2.”

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Nonprofits can sign up for Conscience Fair

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

We’re now taking signups for the 2012 StarNews Conscience Fair.

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