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Archive for June, 2012

NC legislature moves to let cities protect trees

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina House Environment Committee has approved a bill that seeks to amend a much-debated billboard law from last session.

A law that gave billboard companies authority to cut more trees around their signs would be weakened under the proposal, with more control returned to local governments.

Committee members moved the proposal forward by way of a split voice vote, and the measure is expected to make it to the House floor next week. The new law would allow municipalities a 30-day review of proposed clear-cutting and a say in how vegetation is replanted.

Environmental groups say the proposal was surprising, but welcomed. Last year’s law permits companies to cut trees within 380 feet around billboards on state roads in rural areas, an increase from 250 feet.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Building history, Downtown Wilmington

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

We start a new franchise, Building history, Downtown Wilmington. Our Chris Phillips will showcase local homes and Businesses and share their stories with you.

We start with a retail center right here on Front Street.

The Cotton Exchange, the block long collection of shops and offices is comprised of eight buildings, they have quite a history.

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Reef Sweetwater Surf Fest won’t return in ’12

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Organizers Butler, Beach changing jobs, priorities

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BREAKING NEWS: Jury reaches verdict in Sandusky trial

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

BELLEFONTE, PA (WWAY) — The jury in Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse case have reached a verdict, multiple national media outlets are reporting. Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State, has just arrived at the courthouse.

The jury of seven women and five men had deliberated for about 20 hours over two days.

Stay with WWAY, wwaytv3.com and ABC News for details as they become available.

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Brunswick business closing after 68 years

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

SUPPLY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County business is closing its doors after nearly 70 years. Because of the economy and national retailers, J.M. Parker and Sons is going out of business.

The store first opened its doors on the corner of Hwy 211 and Hwy 17 in Supply back in 1944.

“I missed all the cartoons on TV. My dad brought me in here early in the morning. I worked on every Saturday,” owner Al Parker recalls. “I’ve done it all; sweep the floors, cleaned the johns out.”

Al Parker’s grandfather opened the store, and it’s been passed down through generations. Now, 68 years later, he’s closing the doors.

“People have a misconception of owning your own business,” Parker said. “It’s not all roses.”

J. M. Parker and Sons started as a general store, selling feed and seed and everything else, but the store evolved into more of a building supply company. Now they primarily sell lumber. The store’s business really boomed in the mid-50’s after Hurricane Hazel hit and devastated the area. Many customers have been buying there for decades.

“It’s just like they are part of the family and all that,” customer Don Clemmons said. “Everything is easy to get to. They are easy to work with and just good people.”

“Well, it’s convenient,” customer James Bryant said. “I live right up the street here, and the people.”

“They take care of all of our needs,” said customer Tom Johnson.

“It’s working with the people that makes it good,” Parker said. “We’ve been fortunate to have some really good customers, and I really hate to lose them.”

The store will close for good some time in October. The Parkers are selling the land to a developer who plans to build an Ace Hardware and a grocery store in its place. The Parkers will still manage the new hardware store, so they are sticking around.

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