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Archive for April, 2012

Protestors rally outside circus

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A lot of people enjoy the circus when it comes to town, but others outside the event do not find it as amusing.

A group of protestors rallied near the airport this afternoon as advocates of the animals at the circus. They say the animals involved in the circus this weekend are constantly abused and mistreated. They want people to know that cruelty is not entertainment.

“How else are you going to get a tiger to jump through a ring of fire? You’re not going to do it with a pat on the back. You’re going to do it with beatings, and it starts when they’re cubs, and it starts when the elephants are tiny,” protestor Lorraine Moe said. “They have a baby at the Cole Bros. Circus this year, and I just cringe to think what they’re doing to make him do the things he has to do.”

Two years into a government animal cruelty investigation, the Cole Bros. Circus surrendered its license, and turned over permit responsibilities to its trainers. The circus denies allegations of any animal cruelty.

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Health Notes – Dosher diabetes, eye health lecture

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

A free lecture on diabetes and eye health will be at 6 p.m. April 17.

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ONLY ON 3: Supporters to petition Wrightsville Beach for smoking ban

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Although a smoking ban in Wrightsville Beach was snuffed out a month ago, the fight is not over yet.

Supporters of the ban say they are sick of butts on the beach, so they found a loophole in town law to revive their cause.

The Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen voted 3-2 to deny a smoking ban at the beach, but the group in support of that ban says they’re not giving up, and they say they have a number of people on their side. Supporters of the ban found a section in the town’s charter that lets them petition the board to put the ban in place or put the issue up for a public referendum.

“We believe in what we’re doing,” said Aaron Richardet, who supports the ban. “We’ve got enough people that want this, and it takes the power away from the governing body of the board and puts it back into the town’s hands and lets the people, the voters decide if they truly want it or not.”

It’s the same process opponents to a tax-funded ballpark are using to petition the City of Wilmington. Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington are two of just 12 municipalities in the state with the petition provision. The anti-smoking group needs 211 signatures, that’s 35 percent of the voter turnout in last year’s town election, and they say they have more than they need.

“I think it’s like anything else, if you ask once and you don’t get it, you have to keep asking and you have to keep pushing,” Richardet said. “It’s like the old saying, ‘If it’s worth fighting for, it’s worth having.'”

The New Hanover County Board of Elections says the signatures on the petition have not yet been verified, but if the town does decide to move forward with the verification, that could take up to ten days. Then the Board of Aldermen have another 20 days to decide if they will put the ban into place or if they’ll leave it up to a vote of the public.

We tried to talk to the three aldermen who voted against the ban last month. None of them have return our calls.

The Board of Aldermen meeting starts at 6 p.m.

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Azalea Festival, ‘Bachelor’ Celebrity Ashley Spivey back in the Port City

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– One of the Azalea Festival’s celebrities is making a bit of a homecoming this week. Ashley Spivey, famous for her role on ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’, is a UNCW graduate.

“I’m so honored to be back here,” said Spivey. “I’m excited to be part of the festival.”

Spivey, who graduated from UNCW in 2008, was on the 15th season of ‘The Bachelor’. She says although the love scenes might be played up a little bit for the show, the sense of competition and her teary exit were very real.

“I was just very sad in the moment of getting rejected,” said Spivey. “It is not fun to get broken up with on TV, so that hurt. Those tears were very real.”

Spivey says she has been approached about possibly being on ‘The Bachelorette” but she’s not interested. The next bachelorette is the winner from Spivey’s season.

“Emily (Maynard) is the next bachelorette and I think she’s going to be amazing,” said Spivey. “Everything works out the way it’s suppose to.”

The new season of ‘The Bachelorette’ starts on Monday, May 15 right here on WWAY.

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Wilmington considers hiring Ripken team

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Ripken BPM Team would be project manager to study feasibility of building a stadium

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