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Archive for May, 2012

Doctors report rise in kids eating detergent packs

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

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Butler leads “Caravan Against Hate”

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Wilmington, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Deb Butler, candidate for North Carolina Senate, will lead a cross-state caravan to Newton, NC for the “Love, Not Hate” protest against a recent sermon by Rev. Charles Worley in which he advocated placing homosexuals in death camps. Worley’s videotaped sermon has gone viral on YouTube and attracted nationwide media attention, creating a backlash of outrage from coast to coast.

“Rather than working on jobs like he promised back 2010, my opponent sponsored the Amendment that forced this hatred into the public square,” said Butler. “It’s a matter of priorities. We should be competing to bring more companies to North Carolina – not giving them reason to stay away. We’ve seen from national examples that states focused on dividing citizens and discriminating against their own have a harder time attracting top tier companies that bring good jobs with them. I think North Carolinians are more concerned about issues like job creation and preserving education, and that’s what I’ll focus on when I’m a state senator.”

A local group calling itself Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate has planned a peaceful protest from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 27 on the lawn of the Catawba County Justice Center in Newton, NC. Butler plans to speak at the event and is rallying citizens to participate in a convoy that will leave Wilmington on Saturday, May 26 with stops in Winston-Salem and Boone. Those wishing to participate in the “Carolina Caravan Against Hate” should contact the Butler campaign at 910.616.0399. The caravan will rendezvous at the following locations and times:

Saturday, May 26

· Wilmington
8:00 a.m. at the Best Buy parking lot at 309 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC

· Chapel Hill
11:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Falconbridge Shopping Center parking lot, 6118 Farmington Rd., Chapel Hill, NC (I-40 Exit 273 A/B)

· Winston-Salem
1:00 pm at IHOP, 1295 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC (I-40 Exit 192)

Sunday, May 27

· Boone
8:30 a.m. at the Boone Mall Parking Lot, 1180 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC

· Newton
10:30 am at Catawba County Justice Center Lawn, 100-A Southwest Boulevard, Newton, NC

A local attorney and real estate agent, Butler serves on the Board of Directors of the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors, the Board of Trustees of Historic Wilmington Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Cape Fear Green Building Alliance. She announced her candidacy for NC Senate in February.

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Wave Transit tries to keep Brunswick riders on board

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Wave Transit may back down on its original request to roughly double the dollars Brunswick County governments pay to support the shuttle.

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ONLY ON 3: Ballpark supporter, opponent face off tomorrow on ‘Good Morning Carolina’

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tomorrow on “Good Morning Carolina,” a debate you’ll see ONLY ON 3.

For the first time a supporter of a tax-payer funded ballpark and one of the organizers of a group against using tax money face off.

“Good Morning Carolina” anchor Ashley Jacobs moderates as Chuck Kuebler of Port City Baseball debates with Josh Fulton, who is against a publicly-funded stadium.

You can watch it live tomorrow at 6:45 a.m. on “Good Morning Carolina.”

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ONLY ON 3: City says taxpayers don’t need to worry about Convention Center costs

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With the City of Wilmington talking next year’s budget, we wanted to find out how much it would cost to run the Convention Center and where the money would come from.

“All of the money to fund the Convention Center comes from one of two sources: revenue generated by the center or room occupancy tax monies, which has nothing to do with property tax money whatsoever,” city spokeswoman Malissa Talbert said.

The Convention Center and its funding needs have worried taxpayers in the past, but the city says you have no need to fear. It estimates the total operating cost of the Convention Center to be around $7.3 million. That money is expected to come from more than $5 million of room occupancy tax, $15,000 of parking deck revenue, nearly $600,000 of event income and $1.5 million in concessions and catering.

The event income number increased over this year, because the city says the center is now more established. It expects that number to go up even more when a hotel arrives next door.

Despite all of that, the city says the Convention Center itself is not expected to be the real bread maker.

“What it’s designed to do, and what it is doing, is putting money into the coffers of the businesses of our community,” Talbert said. “That’s why it’s a public building: so it can benefit everyone in the community, not make money for the city per se.”

It cost around $7.6 million to run the Convention Center this year. The city says most of that was covered by an increased amount of room occupancy tax. The city has been saving up that tax since 2003.

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