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Archive for January, 2012

ONLY ON 3: Wilmington business closed in honor of Robert E. Lee’s birthday

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Many businesses and schools were closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday. Today at least one Wilmington business was closed in remembrance of another American leader.

Neighbors noticed Woodbury & Co. Commercial and Personal Insurance off Military Cutoff was closed today in honor of the birthday of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The controversial move has people on both sides of the argument speaking out.

“I think they shouldn’t shut down for Robert. E. Lee’s birthday, because it’s not a holiday, and they’re missing out on their money and their business,” Christopher McDougal of Wilmington said.

Jack Stanfield of Wilmington said, “If the business owner feels he needs to close for respect to what our nation has stood for, then he should have the right to do it himself.”

Many small business owners we spoke with said they were open on both MLK Day and Robert E. Lee’s birthday, because they say they could not afford to close.

We were unable to reach anyone at Woodbury & Co. to see why they chose to take Lee’s birthday off.

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ONLY ON 3: Wilmington supporters hit road to support Ron Paul

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A group of Wilmington residents are taking a unique approach to hitting the campaign trail. Martin Goter and John Gray are leaders of a local group literally going the extra mile supporting Republican candidate Ron Paul in his race for the White House.

“I don’t know if you’ve noticed, you probably have, the campaign’s been going pretty well,” Paul said during a recent campaign event.

If you read between the lines, the GOP candidate and Congressman from Texas may be referring to the overwhelming support he is receiving from grassroots efforts. One of those groups, Wilmington Liberty, is a big part of those efforts. Members have been traveling with paul helping to spread his message of liberty.

“My thought process was I’ll drive up to New Hampshire, help out there for a week, do what I can up there for Ron Paul for a week, rent a U-Haul trailer, pull it behind my Jeep and drive all those signs to South Carolina,” said Goter, who started Wilmington Liberty.

And that’s exactly what he and other members of the group did.

Monday, Goter was outside of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center waving those signs he got from the Granite State. Meanwhile Gray and others were outside a Newt Gingrich event trying to sway undecided voters.

“People are starting to pay attention, and it’s exciting,” Gray said. “A lot of us feel like it’s less of a campaign and more of a revolution.”

As these Wilmingtonians attempt to spread their message nationally, they also have a plan of attack for right here in the Port City.

“We’re doing quite a bit of activism,” Goter said. “We will get out there. We’ll do sign waves. Every one of my group members talks to everybody they can about the message of liberty when they get a chance.”

Members of Wilmington Liberty are so passionate that they take old, uncollected signs off the roadside and repaint them. They say it’s the least they can do for the candidate they have made a special connection with.

“My experience at Myrtle Beach was that of seeing a rock star,” Norman Smith said of Paul. “He’s 76 years old, but he has so much energy. His aura was bright. His words rang true like the Liberty Bell, and I was so inspired.”

As they pack up here in Wilmington and head back to the Palmetto State, they begin to conjure up a plan for the future.

“After the primaries down here I’m actually trying to coordinate to get all the signs that I brought from New Hampshire and send them to Florida as well,” Goter said.

Wilmington Liberty has nearly 250 members.

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FIRST ON 3: Thompson to Berger: Put up or shut up

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As we told you yesterday, New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger sent another scathing e-mail this week to fellow county leaders. Now some his colleagues are firing back.

Berger’s latest e-mail comes nearly a month after he was not re-appointed to several community boards.

We caught up with Berger and Commissioner Jason Thompson today to ask when this battle will finally end.

Commissioners met this afternoon for an agenda briefing. Afterward, Commissioner Thompson said Berger’s e-mails to his fellow commissioners are just silly. He says there is no reason for Berger keep asking the same thing over and over again, referring to Berger’s consistent allegations that his removal from boards was illegal.

“I think just publicly we need to have a big meeting and air it all out, and if you can prove something, prove it, and if you can’t, then shut up about it,” Thompson said.

Thompson says he does not think the conflict between Berger and the rest of the board will end until Berger finally resigns.

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Ex-Animal Control director appeals firing

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Jean McNeil, who was manager of the agency for 12 years, was fired last week

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DOT leader’s demotion surprises local officials

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Pope will serve as an assistant division engineer, the job he held previously.

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