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Archive for May, 2012

City leaders say petition against publicly-funded ballpark ‘a big mistake’

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Wilmington received a petition today with more than 4,000 signatures. If verified, it will force the city to either adopt an initiative blocking tax money for a ballpark or let voters decide. The move has city leaders fired up.

“The proponents of this, failed politicians that they were, are now going to force the city to spend money to approve this very ill-conceived petition,” Councilman Kevin O’Grady said.

Wilmington City Council members say they are concerned with the broad language in the petition against tax payer funding of a ballpark.

Regardless of their feelings, organizers submitted about the signatures Thursday that will throw a wrench in the ballpark process.

The group that headed up the effort says they just want what’s best for Wilmington and its residents.

“I think that we win in a big way,” organizer Joshua Fulton said. “Eighty-percent of the people in Wilmington don’t want their tax dollars to go up to fund this project, so we’re going to win.”

Members of council say the language of that petition not only affects the new ballpark but also affects other sports teams in the Port City.

“The Sharks and the Hammerheads are not paying the full rate (to rent city stadiums),” Mayor Bill Saffo said. “We subsidize some of those services. We’ll have to take a look at that if that petition is put on the ballot and is passed by the citizens of this community.”

The petition says no city monies shall be used to fund any multi-use sports stadiums for professional sports or other events. O’Grady thinks many of those people who signed the petition did not understand the implications of it.

“When you’re driven by ideology, which is what this is, you make mistakes, and they made a big mistake here; a mistake which, if the citizens buy it, will affect the future of this city,” O’Grady said.

The next step is for the Board of Elections to verify the signatures.

Mandalay Baseball, which would manage the ballpark, says it will wait on verification before deciding what to do.

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Edwards not guilty on 1 count, mistrial on other 5

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Associated Press

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the campaign fraud trial against ex-presidential candidate John Edwards.

Jurors on Thursday acquitted John Edwards of one of six counts involving him taking money from wealthy heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon. They told the judge they are deadlocked on the other five charges against him.

She declared a mistrial.

The ninth day of deliberations Thursday took a confusing turn after the judge mistakenly believed the jurors had reached a verdict on all six counts. She sent them back to deliberate some more.

In about an hour they came back and said they couldn’t reach a decision on the other charges. Edwards was accused of using money from wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress as he ran for president in 2008.

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

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CFCC students put lessons to test building house for auction

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A group of Cape Fear Community College students took its classroom knowledge to the field.

Carpentry and HVAC students teamed up to build a three-bedroom house from the ground up on the school’s North Campus. The students say they are proud of their accomplishment.

After a year and a half of hard work, students put the finishing touches on today.

“There was nothing here other than the cinder blocks,” student Donna Jordan said. “We ordered the lumber, cut the lumber, nailed the lumber.”

At just more han 1,000 square feet, the home has three bedrooms and two baths with an exterior of cedar planking built to withstand 130 mph winds. The project is designed to teach students about the fundamentals of building.

“The idea was to get a structure built that the students would get as much knowledge as they possibly could of the residential building process,” CFCC carpentry instructor David Cameron said.

Cameron says the project taught students about reading blueprints and estimating costs of materials.

Students say the project was a lot of work but in the end it was a lot of fun.

“It’s awesome,” Jordan said. “I’m gonna bring my friends by. You gotta go see it. I helped build that.”

The home will be auctioned off in the next few weeks. Proceeds will go back to the program to cover costs for a project next year.

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Man arrested in Wilmington for Myrtle Beach hatchet attack

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man is in jail in New Hanover County wanted for assaulting two people with a hatchet in Myrtle Beach.

Wilmington Police arrested Antonio Goncalves today on a fugitive warrant. WPDE in Myrtle Beach says he is wanted for attempted murder.

Police say about 4:15 a.m. yesterday, Goncalves showed up to a woman’s apartment and swung the hatchet at one of the victims, hitting him in the head. The victim’s roommate came over from across the street and police say Goncalves hit him in the chest. The victims ran back to their apartment to call police.

When officers got to the apartment, they say one of the victims had an open wound and was covered in blood. Both victims were both taken to the hospital.

Police say Goncalves is the ex-boyfriend of a woman who lived in the apartment.

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TV movie to begin filming in Wilmington

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

‘Somebody’s Child’ will air on GMC cable channel

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