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Archive for March, 2012

LivingSocial comes to Port City

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Who doesn’t love saving money? A new social retail site is going live Thursday in the Port City to help you do just that. LivingSocial helps you explore things like new restaurants and fun adventures all at a discounted price.

“I get all the emails from Raleigh and always see the deals and wish they had it in Wilmington,” says Devyn Schumacher, who moved to Wilmington from California.

The site is live in more than 600 markets and has more than 60-million viewers, according to its website. The best part, it’s free and pretty easy to join. You just choose your city, type in your email and once you verify, you’re all set. New daily-deals will be sent to your account everyday, including deep discounts from yoga classes to restaurants and all-things beauty.

“Manicures, pedicures, all the good stuff,” says Lindsey Adams, who lives in Wilmington and is excited to join LivingSocial. “The pampering is what I am most excited for.”

LivingSocial spokeswoman, Jody Gavin says there’s a lot the company considers before entering a new market. In a statement she says: “We have consumers call, email and reach out via social media with suggestions on new markets we should enter. We also look at the types of businesses in a market. We want to be sure we’re providing our members a nice mix of offers.”

If you would rather have mobile access to the daily deals, there’s also an app for that.
It’s just another way for folks to discover what the port city has to offer.

“I think it will make me see a lot of new things in Wilmington,” Schumacher says. “The deals that they have on there are a lot of times half off at least so I think it will be a good way for people to explore new adventures.”

“I’m hoping that I’ll find new shops that I’ll go to,” Adams says. “I’m always looking for new local businesses to go to.”

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Wilmington Academy adds to staff

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Two former Teachers of the Year take positions

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NC student accused of tainting teacher’s drink

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

BEAR CREEK, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have filed a felony charge against a student at a Chatham County high school after surveillance video showed him tampering with a teacher’s drink.

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that 16-year-old Charles Ronald Hart Aschenauer of Gulf is charged with felonious distribution of certain prohibited foods.

Staff Sgt. Michael A. Szpunar said he reviewed surveillance video footage and saw Aschenauer first spitting into the bottle last Friday at Chatham Central High School, then adding the lubricant oil about 20 minutes later. The teacher became ill after drinking from the bottle on Monday.

Chatham County Schools spokeswoman Beth McCullough said Aschenauer has been disciplined by the school, but she didn’t elaborate.

Aschenauer is free on an unsecured bond. It wasn’t known if Aschenauer had an attorney.

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

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NC AG Cooper appealing Duke Energy rate increase

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is appealing the decision that approved a 7 percent rate increase for Duke Energy.

Cooper filed the appeal on Wednesday. He said the decision by the N.C. Utilities Commission during what he called tough economic times is wrong for the state’s consumers and businesses.

Rates for residential customers will increase by about $7 per month based on 1,000-kilowatt hours.

A statement from Cooper’s office said the appeal focuses on whether it should be allowed to raise customers’ rates in order to make a 10.5 percent shareholder profit. The statement also said the commission’s decision to grant the increase in January wasn’t supported by the evidence.

A Duke Energy spokeswoman said the utility was disappointed with the appeal and expects the order will be upheld.

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

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3 NC Republicans vie for chance to oust Rep. McIntyre

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Republicans see North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District as a prime opportunity to extend their party’s majority in the U.S. House by unseating veteran lawmaker Mike McIntyre, among the most conservative Democrats in Washington.

McIntyre has represented a district in the state’s southeastern corner for 15 years. District voters backed Republicans John McCain for president in 2008 and George W. Bush in 2004.

But the state’s Republican-controlled legislature last year cut out heavily Democratic precincts in central Wilmington and in McIntyre’s hometown of Lumberton, making the conservative-leaning district potentially even more advantageous for the GOP.

Now three Republicans – state Sen. David Rouzer, author and ex-Marine Ilario Pantano and perennial candidate Randy Crow – will square off in the May 8 primary for the right to challenge McIntyre, who is running unopposed.

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

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