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Archive for February, 2012

RJ Reynolds’ art collection on sale for 3 days

Friday, February 10th, 2012

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) — R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s 7,000-piece collection of artwork, pottery, books, antiques and collectibles from its offices all over the world is going on sale.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that the collection goes on sale Friday through Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

Items range from small ceramics for $10 to $20 to large items such as grandfather clocks for $3,000. Reynolds acquired the pieces over more than 100 years and donated the collection to the arts council, which will use the proceeds for grants and programs.

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

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NC artist accused of stealing his own paintings

Friday, February 10th, 2012

APEX, NC (AP) — A North Carolina man accused of stealing paintings from a restaurant is certainly familiar with the works of art at issue; he’s the one who painted them.

Keith Adams of Angier says his paintings were displayed at an Apex restaurant called Bistro 155 which closed last month.

The artist says he went to retrieve his paintings, fearing they would be stolen. Adams worked as a Cary police officer and U.S. Marshal before being diagnosed with cancer three years ago. He told Apex police he had taken the art.

The police then charged him with breaking and entering and larceny.

Capt. Christopher Myhand says police had earlier told Adams to get a lawyer to help retrieve his art.

Adams is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 22.

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

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US Forest Service schedules burn on NC mountain

Friday, February 10th, 2012

PISGAH FOREST, NC (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service plans to begin a 1,200-acre prescribed burn in the Bearpen Mountain area in of the Pisgah Ranger District in the Pisgah National Forest.

The service says the burn will begin Friday and will take two to three days to complete. The burn will reduce woody debris, which will help prevent wildfires while also improving wildlife habitat.

Area trails and roads are closed during a prescribed burn.

The southern end of the burn will be U.S. Highway 276 at the intersection of Avery Creek Road, extending to the intersection of Coontree Loop Trail and the highway. The northern portion of the burn is Coontree Gap. The burn area will be contained by Avery Creek, Highway 276, and Coontree Loop and Bennett Gap trails.

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

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Police Department investigation continues in Wrightsville Beach

Friday, February 10th, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The Town of Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen held a town meeting Thursday night looking for some answers on a police department investigation. The board also discussed the future of Crystal Pier. But answers were hard to come by.

The town has three of its police officers on administrative leave, and the investigation is ongoing

Mayor David Cignotti says he cannot comment on the investigation.” Currently the chief of police has been working with the town manager and our town attorney, so we will release information as soon as we can.”

Police Chief House believes the investigation is nearing a conclusion and also says there is no comment until then.

There was interest in what the town will do about the damaged Crystal Pier, but that too will have to wait.
Mayor Cignotti explains. “That will be a public hearing that has been postponed so we will probably discuss that at the April twelfth meeting.”

The Mayor said another issue; a smoking ban on the beach will be heard at a March public meeting.
While many issues were down streamed, the board of aldermen announced a surf contest and beach cleanup in March and surfers healing autism event in April.

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Police Department investigation continues in Wrightsville Beah

Friday, February 10th, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The Town of Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen held a town meeting tonight looking for some answers on a police department investigation. The board also discussed the future of Crystal Pier.
But answers were hard to come by.

The town has three of its police officers on administrative leave, and the investigation is ongoing

Mayor David Cignotti says he cannot comment on the investigation.” Currently the chief of police has been working with the town manager and our town attorney, so we will release information as soon as we can.”

Police Chief House believes the investigation is nearing a conclusion and also says there is no comment until then.

There was interest in what the town will do about the damaged Crystal Pier, but that too will have to wait.
Mayor Cignotti explains. “That will be a public hearing that has been postponed so we will probably discuss that at the April twelfth meeting.”

The Mayor said another issue; a smoking ban on the beach will be heard at a March public meeting.
While many issues were down streamed tonight, the board of aldermen announced a surf contest and beach cleanup in March and surfers healing autism event in April.

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