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Archive for April, 2012

Republicans vie for board seats

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Brunswick County commissioner races draw opponents

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New Hanove News & Notes – Cruisin for Kids; benefit auction and show; Wine, Women, Shoes

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Wilmington’s Residential Adolescent Achievement Place is hosting a Cruisin for Kids fundraiser.

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Judge in Edwards case recuses herself from hearing

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – The judge overseeing John Edwards’ criminal trial has recused herself from considering whether to quash a subpoena issued to a former speech writer for the two-time presidential candidate.

The Democrat’s lawyers are seeking an extensive list of financial records and other documents from Wendy Button, a 2008 campaign staffer expected to testify for the prosecution.

U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles said Wednesday that her husband is a former law partner of one of the lawyers representing Button. Another judge will hold a hearing Friday in Greensboro to determine whether Button must comply with the subpoena.

Eagles will still oversee the trial. Opening statements are scheduled for Monday.

Edwards has pleaded not guilty to campaign finance violations related to money used to hide his mistress during his 2008 campaign.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Buyer calls off hospital purchase

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Offer is withdrawn, but negotiations will continue, officials say

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Wilmington mom turns motherly hobby into national business

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Layoffs is not a word you want to hear. But when that happened to one New Hanover County mom, she turned a hobby into a small business. Now she ships her custom baby products to stores across the nation.

In 2008, Robin Riggs was pregnant with her first child. While shopping, she couldn’t find any blankets or bibs she liked.

“I found a lot of pastels and very babyish looking items, and I wanted something that was a little more of a reflection of my style for her,” Riggs said.

A trip to a fabric store solved that problem. So she set out to make her own items, despite having little experience.

“It was definitely reinventing the wheel,” she said. “I didn’t know what I was doing. I just got the sewing machine out, and it was kinda trial and error.”

Riggs planned to go back to work after having her daughter, but her company was laying off employees, and Riggs’s marketing job was on the chopping block. To help earn money, she made more bibs, burp cloths and blankets to sell online.

“I was very busy at home with the baby doing everything myself, and did that for about a year before I really couldn’t keep up with it any more with a toddler at home,” Riggs said.

That’s when she decided to jump headfirst into the world of baby boutiques. She started Ella Jean, which is named after her daughter. She found a factory to work with and went to a trade show in New York. Within a couple of days, 20 stores from across the nation bought her products. Her business has expanded since then, and so has her family.

“It’s exciting,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to creating even more things. I’ve got a couple of things in the works right now.”

Ella Jean products are mostly in independent baby boutiques, but Riggs just got a contract to test her items in a large national chain. Locally, her products are at Peanut Butter and Jelly. You can also buy them online.

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