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Archive for April, 2012

Downtown businesses have mixed feelings on economic impact of proposed ballpark

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Building a baseball stadium in Wilmington could have a huge impact on the Cape Fear area, especially for businesses close by.

The Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties will be in the Port City tomorrow morning to make an announcement about the proposed ballpark, and we’ve been hearing they will discuss the economic impact to downtown Wilmington.

Business owners we spoke with say a baseball stadium would definitely help the downtown economy, but only certain businesses would benefit.

“I think all the businesses downtown will definitely get a boost in customers and even regulars that will start coming in,” said Stephen Price, a manager at Hell’s Kitchen.

He says a baseball stadium close by would bring in way more customers.

“Being a kind of sports bar and pub, we’ll definitely see a lot of the people that like baseball come in here,” Price says.

However, all businesses may not be so lucky.

“A minimum affect,” said Isaac Lazar, owner of Isaac’s Men’s Store on Front Street. “We don’t expect too much affect from them.”

Though Lazar and Price agree that a ballpark would help downtown as a whole, Price feels his store would not see a huge increase in sales.

“The people that come to watch baseball, they don’t come to buy clothes,” he said. “They are going to come and have a good time, watch the game, buy drinks, walk around and have a good time.”

The Wilmington Convention Center, which has been open a little over a year, could be an indicator of how a stadium could affect the downtown economy. Lazar and Price have mixed feelings about its impact.

“Yea, our sales are up since that place opened up,” Lazar said. “We’ve seen some significant, positive impact.”

“It really just depends on what they’ll have at the Convention Center, if we’ll see anything out of it,” Price said.

The news conference with the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball will be held Wesnesday at 10 a.m. on the lawn of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.

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NC races set slates for jobs with economic impact

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina voters face lots of choices in primary elections for statewide Council of State offices.

Next month’s elections include the Republican race for Secretary of State between Kenn Gardner, Mike Beitler, A.J. Daoud and Ed Goodwin. The Republicans seeking to become state auditor are Rudy Wright, Joseph Hank DeBragga, Greg Dority, Debra Goldman and Fern Shubert.

Former Labor Commissioner John Brooks, Ty Richardson and Marlowe Foster are Democrats who want to challenge incumbent Republican Cherie Berry.

Treasurer Janet Cowell faces a primary challenge from Ron Elmer. Frank Roche and Steve Royal meet on the Republican side.

State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler faces a Republican challenge from Bill McManus. Democrats Scott Bryant and Walter Smith meet.

Republicans Mike Causey, James McCall and Richard Morgan are running for insurance commissioner.

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

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Carolina Beach looks for vehicle storage

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

The Carolina Beach Town Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance to allow towed vehicles to be stored in storage yards in the town’s business district as proposed by one of its council members.

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NC lawmakers would have say over Dix in proposal

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Some North Carolina legislators believe the General Assembly should have some say on the future of 300 acres where a state mental hospital sits.

A legislative oversight committee voted Tuesday to recommend to colleagues a bill that would prevent the sale, lease or donation of land on the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus in Raleigh unless the Legislature gives prior approval. State health officials want to close in August a forensic unit at Dix with 30 beds, meaning there will no longer be patients there.

Gov. Beverly Perdue is among those who want to turn the land into an urban park. Other say proceeds from any sold land should benefit public mental health treatment.

The full Legislature could consider the bill when it reconvenes in May.

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

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Wilmington law enforcement leaders push for screening

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Wilmington’s top cops have joined forces with a local theater to bring a documentary with an anti-bullying message to the Port City.

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