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Archive for March, 2012

Top-seeded Tarheels advance in NCAA tournament

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — John Henson had a great seat on the
North Carolina sideline to watch his teammates advance in the NCAA
tournament. The question is how long the Tar Heels will have to win
without him, not to mention if his sore left wrist will heal enough
to make him a factor in March at all.

Tyler Zeller had 17 points and 15 rebounds to help North
Carolina beat Vermont 77-58 on Friday in its NCAA tournament opener
despite playing without its shot-blocking and rebound-snatching
starter.

The top-seeded Tar Heels didn’t turn in a rousing performance,
but they had a danger-free afternoon and advanced to play Creighton
on Sunday in the third round of the Midwest Regional. They also
bought Henson another two days to recover.

Against the 16th-seeded Catamounts (24-12), that meant another
strong performance from freshman James Michael McAdoo starting in
Henson’s place. McAdoo shook off a poor shooting start and finished
with a season-high 17 points to give Zeller some help in the paint,
including a one-handed tip slam off a missed 3-pointer from Reggie
Bullock that sent the home-state crowd wearing plenty of light blue
into a roar.

McAdoo also had consecutive three-point plays during the run
that broke the game open after halftime.

While McAdoo’s surge helped the Tar Heels improve to 30-1 in
NCAA tournament games played in their home state, they know that
the question of Henson’s return is becoming more urgent with each
game. The 6-foot-10 junior – who averages 14 points, 10 rebounds
and three blocks – was hurt during when he fell to the floor while
being fouled during last week’s Atlantic Coast Conference
tournament and missed the last two games in Atlanta.

North Carolina led by 12 at halftime before blowing the game
open. After McAdoo’s three-point plays, fellow rookie P.J. Hairston
followed with a 3-pointer, then Barnes added a three-point play
that pushed North Carolina’s lead to 60-37 with 8:12 left.

Sandro Carissimo had 11 points for the Catamounts, who beat
Lamar in one of Wednesday’s First Four games. They arrived in
Greensboro late Thursday afternoon and had little time to get
acclimated to their surroundings before getting the unenviable
challenge of facing a high seed playing about an hour from its own
campus.

The Catamounts shot 40 percent and missed 15 of 18 3-point
tries. Perhaps no Vermont player struggled more than leading scorer
Four McGlynn, who came in averaging about 12 points off the bench.

The freshman had 18 points against Lamar, but finished with just
six against the Tar Heels on 2-for-13 shooting. He also missed all
six of his shots from beyond the arc.

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

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Company linked to proposed baseball stadium on delinquent property tax list

Friday, March 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The owners of property where a proposed baseball stadium may go have struck out in their taxes.

Riverfront Holding’s II LLC is listed as owing New Hanover County more than $43,000. Chuck Schoninger, an agent for the company has recently pitched his idea for a north downtown development, which includes a baseball stadium.

WWAY tried to reach out to Schoninger for a comment, but he did not return our call.

More than $5.2 million is owed to the county this year on 4,600 delinquent properties. Taxes for 2011 became delinquent on January 6, 2012. Property owners who failed to make payment by that date are now liable for the amount due, plus interest and an additional $2.50 to cover the cost of advertising. Under North Carolina General Statute, counties are required to advertise delinquent taxes each year.

The county’s tax department released the list Friday evening.

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Major upset as Lehigh tops Duke in second round of NCAA tourney

Friday, March 16th, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — C.J. McCollum scored 30 points and
Lehigh upset Duke 75-70 on Friday night in the second round of the
NCAA tournament.

Lehigh became the sixth No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2 and the
first since Norfolk State pulled off the trick earlier in the day.

Duke dropped its first tournament game for only the second time
in the past 16 years, and this one occurred just 55 miles from its
campus.

The Blue Devils had no answer for McCollum, a speedy guard who’s
a two-time Patriot League player of the year and the nation’s
fifth-leading scorer.

It didn’t help that the Blue Devils hit just 6 of 26 shots from
3-point range.

Lehigh (27-7) led most of the game, drawing support from North
Carolina fans who borrowed brown signs from Mountain Hawks
supporters that read “Go Lehigh” to root against their rivals.

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Wilmington leaders tour Durham ballpark

Friday, March 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington leaders are doing their homework when it comes to building a ballpark downtown.

Today, City Council members and other local leaders toured the home of the Durham Bulls. The class AAA ballpark holds about 10,000 fans and brings in about 7,000 on an average night. Fifty percent of ticket purchases come from residents of neighboring counties.

The proposed Wilmington team would be a class A club.

Debate continues on how to pay for a ballpark here. Today, city leaders learned the Durham Bulls Athletic Park is city-owned, bought by taxpayer dollars.

Durham leaders say the ballpark has revitalized their downtown.

Durham officials say since the park was built in 1994, downtown is booming with business.

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New Hanover’s improved fire district ratings mean savings for residents

Friday, March 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -– New Hanover County Fire Rescue’s hard work has paid off with an improved fire rating. The news isn’t just beneficial for the department. It also helps residents in the unincorporated areas of the county.

If you live within the New Hanover County Fire District, you may be eligible for a discount on your insurance on July 1 thanks to the improved fire district ratings. Residents say they are excited about the savings. They think it will be good for the area’s growth.

“That will bring a lot of interested movers to the area,” Susan Ludlum said. “It will entice them to come and purchase a home here due to the lower insurance rates, and it’s really great for consumers who already live in the area.”

Most areas in the northern and southern portions of the county got a 4 rating, which means the department is better suited to respond to fires. New Hanover County Fire officials say consolidating departments was essential in making this new rating possible.

“This is one of the fundamental things that we argued up front that we would be able to do to provide an opportunity for folks who own property to save money on their fire insurance,” Fire Chief Donnie Hall said.

Residents say besides the discount on insurance rates, they are comforted to know the departments are working hard to keep the community safe.

“It is a comfort to know that fire people are on their toes and do care about the families that live in this area,” Ludlum said.

The discounts will vary depending on your insurance provider. Residents must ask their insurance company to implement the change after the new rating officially goes into effect July 1.

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