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Archive for March, 2012

Dozens march in protest of Trayvon Martin shooting

Friday, March 30th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tensions are rising nationwide because of the case of an unarmed black teenager shot to death by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida. Marches have been held throughout the country, and Wilmington is no different. Dozens of protesters gathered Thursday, marching from City Hall to Riverfront Park.

Though it wasn’t quite a “Million Hoodie March,”organized in cities like New York and L.A., those who marched in downtown Wilmington still made their voices heard.

“I think we need to stop this thing from going on,” said Jerome Whitley, a protester in the march. “We need justice.”

“I mean, he had skittles and tea in his pockets,” said Jeremy Mage, also at the rally. “He was just walking the streets.”

It’s been more than a month since Trayvon Martin’s tragic death, and new details from the investigation continue to surface. The teen’s alleged shooter, George Zimmerman, claims self defense but police surveillance video shows Zimmerman with no apparent injuries or signs of blood.

“We are at a crossroads in America, where we either decide we want law and order or we have vigilante justice,” said Ron Sheckelford, who spoke at the rally. “We cannot have vigilante justice in a country of laws.”

The reaction to Trayvon’s story has been anything but silent. His death has become a catalyst for social activism, calling for justice and peace for all races.

”We need something to happen to show us our children are safe, no matter what color they are,” said Roxanne Kirtright, who helped organize the rally.

Another rally is scheduled for this Saturday at 8th and Red Cross Streets in Wilmington.
Protesters plan to wear black hoodies that say “I am Trayvon” in memory of the teen. The rally starts at 5 p.m.

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Drug bust yields dozens of arrests

Friday, March 30th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Thursday morning’s Operation March Madness yielded dozens of arrests.

The operation was a result of agents who have worked numerous controlled substance violation cases in Brunswick County. Agents have made many undercover purchases of controlled substances.

The Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit as well as deputies from various other divisions split up into teams to arrest those suspects that have sold controlled substances during this campaign.

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Democratic candidates for governor talk Education in first debate

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The leading Democratic candidates for North Carolina governor did little to differentiate themselves on the public schools during a forum sponsored by local education administrators.

Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge and state Rep. Bill Faison spoke Thursday at the Raleigh Convention Center from the same stage for the first time using a debate-style format in their primary campaign. Gary Dunn of Matthews and Bruce Blackmon of Buies Creek also participated.

Faison, Etheridge and Dalton say they oppose tax credits or vouchers that would give parents tax dollars to send children to private schools. The three also criticized this year’s Republican-penned budget.

Three GOP candidates for governor followed with a similar forum. Missing was leading GOP candidate Pat McCrory, who had a scheduling conflict.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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ONLY ON 3: Winston-Salem looks to sell arenas, offers Wilmington advice on ballpark

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (WWAY) — As the City of Wilmington considers possibly using tax money to build a ballpark, another North Carolina city is looking to unload some tax-funded arenas.

“We own a large coliseum and a large football stadium/racetrack,” Winston-Salem City Manager Lee Garrity said. “Owned them for many years. They’re well used, but they lose money like almost every other facility in the country.”

Winston-Salem city leaders say the future of Joel Coliseum, home of Wake Forest basketball, and Bowman Gray Stadium, home of Winston-Salem State football, as well as stock car racing, is up in the air.

Joel Coliseum, built by city taxpayers in 1989 for $24 million, needs expensive renovations. Combined with Bowman Gray, the two arenas have an operating cost exceeding $850,000 a year.

City leaders say it might be time to cut costs and sell the facilities to the universities that use them.

“In terms of the coliseum, we probably could save in excess of $1.5 million a year by making this change,” Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines.

The Wake Forest athletic department would not tell us whether it is interested in Joel Coliseum, but Winston-Salem State says it is definitely interested in Bowman Gray.

“We were approached by them, and from a fiduciary standpoint, we are looking at it to see can we protect the community interest and still save money,” Joines said.

As Winston-Salem leaders ponder their decision, Wilmington City Council has a decision to make about an athletic complex of its own.

“You’ve just got to be careful,” Garrity said. “A downtown ballpark is a little different than a coliseum, but you just have to be very careful as you go through that analysis.”

Winston-Salem leaders say they enjoy a success story at their downtown ballpark, but also note that it was funded differently.

“I wanted to make sure that there were no taxpayer dollars that would go into it to have to subsidize it,” Joines said. “We structured it that way with a user tax on the tickets as well as well as using property taxes from the stadium itself to help pay any debt on that. Thus far it’s worked very well.”

Currently Wake Forest pays nearly $700,000 a year to rent Joel Coliseum for basketball. Winston-Salem State pays nearly $4,000 per home football game to rent Bowman Gray Stadium.

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Commissioners promote assistant manager

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Chris Coudriet will be the new county commissioner

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