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Archive for February, 2012

Wing Fling heads back to the beach

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The 16th annual Wing Fling will be back in Carolina Beach this spring. The event moved to Pleasure Island last year after problems getting a liquor license in Wilmington.

This year’s Wing Fling is March 24 at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. General admission tickets are $15. VIP tickets are $20. Admission includes wing tasting from area restaurants and live music.

Proceeds benefit Wilmington’s Residential Adolescent Achievement Place (WRAAP) and the National Education Foundation Scholarship Fund.

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NC offshore energy panel: Drilling prospects iffy

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A science panel advising Gov. Bev Perdue on offshore energy development says oil and gas drilling is unlikely in waters within North Carolina’s authority, but the coast has some of the best East Coast locations for wind power.

Perdue’s office on Wednesday released the report submitted to her office more than four months ago.

The report said much more exploration is needed to determine if significant offshore oil or natural gas deposits are accessible, but if there is it will be in federally-controlled waters. For geological and business reasons, waters off other East Coast states appear more promising.

The report says without congressional changes, North Carolina would not see any royalties from future drilling.

The panel urged lawmakers to promote offshore wind power with appropriate laws and regulations.

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

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Edwards campaign owes taxpayers but still spending

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Federal elections officials say John Edwards owes taxpayers $2.1 million in public matching funds improperly received after the former North Carolina senator dropped his 2008 run for the White House, yet disclosure reports show his failed campaign is still spending.

Edwards’s hopes for the Democratic nomination imploded in a sex scandal four years ago. Reports filed last week show his 2008 campaign spent $836,712 in 2011 on airfare, hotels, phones and other expenses.

Attempts to contact Edwards or his campaign were unsuccessful. People listed as receiving some of the $266,000 in campaign payroll declined to talk.

Edwards got nearly $13 million in federal funds in 2008, most of it after he quit the race amid reports of his extramarital affair. He has pleaded not guilty to pending criminal charges.

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

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Dunlap to reign, McCreery to rock at Azalea Festival

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In two months we’ll be decked out in our spring finest for the 65th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival. This afternoon we found out who will rock and reign at Wilmington’s biggest event.

This year’s queen is familiar to the royal treatment. Miss America 2004 Ericka Dunlap will don the crown for Azalea Festival events April 11-15.

Those events include the Friday night, April 13, concert at Trask Coliseum headlined by American Idol winner and North Carolina’s own Scotty McCreery. Tickets for the concert go on sale tonight on the festival’s website and tomorrow at the festival office at 5725 Oleander Drive, Suite B7. The Wednesday concert will be announced at a later date.

Other festival celebrities include Miss North Carolina 2011 Hailey Best, former UNCW student and “The Bachelor” contestant Ashley Spivey, Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston (USMC, Ret.), former NASA astronaut Col. Jerry Ross (USAF, Ret.) and Sgt. First Class Hugh Conlon IV of the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Caterpillar met recently with local elected officials, school leaders as site pick nears

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County could be a step closer to getting a big, new employer.

Sources say Illinois-based Caterpillar has ruled out its home state to relocate a Japanese factory and 1,400 jobs, but that our area is still on the list.

School officials in New Hanover County say Caterpillar talked to them and Brunswick County educators recently to discuss their schools. Why here? In an e-mail to Peoria County, IL, Caterpillar reportedly said it wants to move the factory closer to its facility in Cary and wants better port access.

We’ve seen it before: A major corporation considering Brunswick County for a plant, meaning hundreds, even thousands of jobs. Continental Tire ended up blowing out to South Carolina, but that was then and this is now. And now, sources say Caterpillar could dig in Brunswick County in the future.

Those sources also say that state legislators from our area met with the company just last week to discuss the idea.

Another source says Savannah, GA, and Charleston, SC, are in the running, and that a decision is expected in the near future, maybe as soon as next week.

Caterpillar is known for manufacturing construction and mining equipment. Earlier this week the company told Peoria, IL, that community is out of the running for the plant because of concerns with the state’s labor markets and port access.

A spokeswoman for Peoria County told WWAY the county could not release the e-mail from the company, though a Peoria newspaper reported much of its details.

A Caterpillar spokesman told us he could not comment on the situation. He did say the location of the plant will be announced by April 1.

If the plant does come to southeastern North Carolina, it’s a decision that could reshape the economics of the Cape Fear region.

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