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Archive for June, 2012

El Paso moves forward with $50M minor league ballpark

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the debate continues over whether to build a minor league baseball stadium in Wilmington, other cities tackle similar decisions. El Paso, TX, is the latest to decide to make the investment.

According to the El Paso Times, El Paso City Council voted today to spend $50 million on a downtown ballpark that would help bring a team from the AAA Pacific Coast League to the west Texas border town.

According to the newspaper, the 7,000-9,000-seat stadium would be financed with a two-cent increase in the city’s hotel occupancy tax. Voters will vote on the tax hike in November. The Hotel Motel Association opposes the increase.

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Officials look to dredge up funds for the coast

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Beach, inlet projects have lost funding

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Daughtry’s life is one full of stories

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — He’s the former owner of Daughtry’s Old Books downtown, and Dick Daughtry has quite the story of his own, from serving in World War II to running marathons at age 91.

In his literary life, Daughtry has been surrounded by pages of stories. At one time, there were 35,000 books on the shelves of his former store at 22 North Front Street.

Daughtry says he owes his professional success to the film industry.

“Whenever they would have an order, they would come to see me, and I would help them pick out the books, and that particular thing is what carried me through the ’90s,” Daughtry said.

But it’s the pages of his own story that are quite colorful.

At age 21, he enlisted as a radio mechanic in Patton’s 3rd Army in World War II. The time in war that is still raw in his mind is what he saw at a concentration camp in Buchenwald.

“We saw the ovens, and there were three ovens on this side and three on this side, and they did not finish the cremation on some of them,” Daughtry said. “They left in a hurry, so when we opened the doors, you could see their remains.”

It was an experience Daughtry said took him years to talk about. But his three years in service were also marked by high times. He was able to serve alongside US ace Gabby Gabreski, who shot down many enemy aircraft.

“I learned the code, the international code, ditty dum dum ditty, and I still know that code,” Daughtry said. “It’s like riding a bicycle, you never forget it.”

It’s that story that brings Daughtry to where he is today. At age 91 he is happy and still deeply in love with his wife Lucy.

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Children’s mentors make big difference

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

For a child, a one-hour weekly commitment may be all it takes to impact their lives forever.

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Turtle hatchlings vulnerable when hurricanes hit

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

What happens to sea turtles during hurricanes?

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