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Archive for February, 2012

Wilmington City Council votes to spend money on baseball negotiations

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — While City Council considered a wide range of topics, one stands out.

Wilmington is one step closer to a new ball park. City council members voted Tuesday night to spend more than 120-thousand dollars to begin negotiations and find out exactly what it will take to play ball in Wilmington.

Some people thought the revelation of a possible property tax increase could affect the council’s vote.

Councilman Charlie Rivenbark disagrees.

“It doesn’t affect mine, in order to have a revenue neutral tax rate with the shrink of property values there would have to be some sort of a tax increase and what we’re having our staff do now is and what we approved the money for tonight for is to go into negotiations and find out what that number would be.”

The city voted unanimously to peruse baseball negations and fund the exploration for this year.

The Mayor congratulated Wilmington’s Arson Task Force for receiving the 2011 investigative team of the year award.

Police Chief Ralph Evangelous presented a display on Shot Spotter an acoustic technology that actually hears and identifies the location of gun shots.

A Wilmington organization asked for an amendment to restrict the area where hotels can be built in the city. Charlie Rivenbark explains.

“WDI, Dave Spetrino and John Hinnant, they brought that forward knowing that it wasn’t going to gain a lot of traction but it did create some conversation and there are parts of it that I agree with but you can’t restrict hotels just to the Central Business District, it just wouldn’t work.”
Hotel restriction failed as all council members thought it was not in the interest of the city.
But baseball is up to bat and Tuesday night’s vote should get the city to the next step in scouting a team and stadium.

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Wanted: Oldest Burgaw graduate

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Organizers of a Burgaw High School Alumni Reunion are looking for the school’s oldest living graduate to be guest of honor.

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NC Teachers’ Union releases spending estimates

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The country’s largest teacher union is out
with annual public school spending estimates that say North
Carolina’s ranking improved slightly since last year.

The North Carolina affiliate of the National Education
Association said Tuesday the state’s No. 42 ranking for per pupil
expenditures this school year doesn’t hide that spending fell a
little compared to the year before – when the NEA report ranked
North Carolina 45th among 50 states and the District of Columbia
for similar expenditures.

State budget critics have used low rankings as proof education
suffers under Republican rule of the Legislature.

North Carolina Association of Educators President Sheri
Strickland says the data show schools are hurting. Terry Stoops
with the conservative John Locke Foundation wrote the figures
dismiss allegations by some that North Carolina ranks 49th.

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

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Police chief details gunfire location system

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

ShotSpotter uses a series of acoustic sensors to triangulate the location of gunfire with near-pinpoint accuracy.

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Charlotte woman charged with murder after stabbing fight

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities have charged a Charlotte-area
woman with murder following a fight with another woman.

The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that
22-year-old Dakota Lynn Castner is being held without bond in the
Cabarrus County jail on a murder charge. Deputies arrested Costner
around 3 a.m. Tuesday in a wooded area near the crime scene.

It wasn’t immediately known whether Castner had an attorney.

The victim was identified as 19-year-old Kadi Ann Paden of

Sheriff Brad Riley said Castner and the victim got into a fight
Monday night. Riley said Castner pulled out a knife and stabbed the
victim in the neck outside a mobile home near Concord. The victim
ran into the backyard of her home and died at the scene.

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