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Archive for April, 2012

Commission candidates debate hot button issues at UNCW

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As November nears, candidates for elected office are trying to make their voices and viewpoints heard. A debate forum was held Wednesday night at UNCW that helped candidates in New Hanover County do just that.

You’ve probably noticed the signs popping up all over the cape fear area, a signal that campaigns are heating up.

From unemployment, to baseball, to the Titan Air Quality permit, three Democrats and six Republican candidates for the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners each answered a variety of questions on different topics.

“I cannot and will not support an industry that comes into our town and brings one part per billion of mercury and adds it to our water and or our air,” said Democrat candidate Robert Zapple when asked about Titan’s Air Quality Permit.

Beth Dawson, a Republican, is the only female candidate in the bunch.

“We have not had a woman county commissioner, elected in New Hanover County for eight years,” Dawson said.

Fellow Republican candidate Derrick Hickey currently serves on the county’s board of education and is also an orthopedic surgeon in Wilmington. He feels his medical background gives him a unique perspective on dealing with the board of health in making financial decisions.

“Ultimately it’s the elected officials’ responsibility to gather all the facts, ask the pertinent questions and ultimately make the decisions,” Hickey said.

Both Democrat and Republican candidates for the New Hanover County board of education also participated in the debate forum. Early voting for the 2012 primaries will start April 19th and will run through May 5th.

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Primary field finds common ground

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Forum features commissioner, school board hopefuls

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Teen sentenced to life in prison for robbery killing

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — A teenager has been sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of killing a Florence pawn shop employee during a robbery.

The Morning News of Florence reports jurors took just over two hours Wednesday to find 18-year-old Tavario Brunson guilty of murder.

Authorities say Brunson killed 33-year-old Stephen Deaver and wounded a second employee at Rick’s Pawn Shop in April 2011.

Prosecutors say Brunson swept jewelry and other items into a trash bag, but it was so full that it burst as he tried to get away.

Brunson confessed to police, saying he robbed the pawn shop because his family needed money. He said he shot Deaver because it looked like he might be reaching for something.

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

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Ericka Dunlap crowned 2012 Azalea Festival Queen

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington’s biggest and most colorful event of the year has officially begun. Azalea Festival is now in full swing.

The 65th annual event kicked off today with the coronation of Ericka Dunlap in downtown Wilmington.

The red carpet was rolled out and the journey to becoming azalea royalty started at the state port.

This is Dunlap’s first time in the Port City She was crowned Miss America in 2004.

“I just didn’t know what to expect exactly. I thought for sure there was a possibility that I would be treated like a queen, but they have really taken it to another level,” Dunlap said. They have really taken out the red carpet. I feel like more than a queen.”

Before being officially crowned, Dunlap, her court and celebrity guests got to relax on the Henrietta III before arriving at the riverfront.

As the boat pulled into port, people were lined up to get a glimpse of the queen and her court.

After the procession, Dunlap was finally crowned at Riverfront Park.

WWAY will cover the ribbon cutting for the Azalea Festival Garden Tour Friday, which will air at noon.

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Commissioner candidates debate ideas at forum

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Platforms similar for all candidates

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