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Archive for January, 2012

Groups come together to rebrand downtown Wilmington

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Downtown Wilmington has a lot of supporters but sometimes groups seem to be moving in different directions. Tuesday night a group representing all aspects of downtown life and commerce came together to see how they could make a good thing better by branding.

Jim Bitto of the Downtown Business Association is one of the organizers. “I strongly believe that branding is one of the most effective marketing processes that we know. Everyone tries to market through a branding process and what we want to do is come up with a common branding effort where we could have all of the businesses tie together though some kind of a theme where they could use that theme in their advertising.”

Marcia Freilke has a business downtown and she is very happy with the effort. “I think everybody is moving in the right direction, we all have the same long term goals to make downtown an experience that everybody in the community whether you live and work in downtown or you are in the outskirts of the county you want to come down here and you want to stay down here. It is very destination oriented you want to be here and bring your family here.”

People attending the meeting believe the process can help more than just businesses. George Edwards is the Executive Director of the Wilmington Historic Foundation. “ I think it’s going to promote the city and promote the assets that we all realize are here and from the foundations perspective you can’t do enough to talk about the great historic districts that we have that are really part of downtown, there are six districts. I thought he energy tonight was spectacular. People had good ideas, creative slogans. I hope that we are going to see a real spin off from this and more people are going to come a support the community.”

The next step is to review the input from tonight s meeting and make recommendations.

In case you were wondering downtown is now defined as the area along the riverfront from bridge to bridge and east to Fifth Avenue.

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Teachers start 4-H Club at Trask

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Stacey Samuel, social studies teacher at Trask Middle School, knew she wanted to help her students learn leadership skills.

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Titan project would cost millions in health care, report says

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Study says plant could affect respiratory issues

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Study finds Titan project detrimental to health, could cause premature deaths

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Debate over the proposed Titan Cement Plant in Castle Hayne has been going on for years and Tuesday night, Cape Fear residents got a chance to listen to possible health impacts from the plant, which include respiratory diseases and premature death. The independent consulting firm, ICF International performed the study and the results were discussed during a public meeting.

“You’re going to see more people having respiratory problems, more people getting sick and more people going to the hospital,” said Geoff Gisler, a spokesman for ICF’s study. “These are going to be real people that are really hurt from the emissions from this facility.”

“These are real lives,” said Kelly Stryker, who lives in Wilmington. “These are children and adults and the health and the millions of dollars that this community is going to have to bare. Many parents like myself are especially concerned if titan builds there facility, what are the impacts going to be, to not just the community that lives around the cement plant but specifically to the kids that are in the schools.”

The study used modeling software to analyze the projected health impacts from Titan during the five month period from May to September, when Ozone levels are at their highest. Gisler says the study predicts a dramatic increase in healthcare costs from Titan’s emissions.

“The cost can either be spent by the company, really making a genuine effort to reduce their emissions or they’re going to be born by the public who is going to pay for it in their hospital bills or when they go to see their doctor,” said Gisler.

“Our concerns are real,” said Stryker. “The physicians concerns are real and parents like my self have a right to be concerned and here are the numbers to show why we’re concerned.”

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New Hanover Co. Animal Control Manager appeals termination

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Animal Control Manager Jean McNeil appealed her termination during a Health Board meeting Tuesday night.

McNeil was fired after being put on administrative leave at the end of last month. She claims being placed on leave was retaliation from her boss Health Director David Rice, after she raised concerns about employees not receiving emergency pay during Hurricane Irene.

She gave her appeal after the executive committee went into closed session to talk about the personnel matter. She says the committee has three business days to make a decision.

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