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Archive for June, 2012

O’Grady: Ballpark lease ‘not acceptable,’ just a starting point

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the StarNews first reported, the first draft of a ballpark lease agreement has some Wilmington City Council members scoffing at the deal. But some city leaders say this is simply the first step in formal negotiations.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the proposed agreement is section 1.(d) that states if the facility is not finished and ready for use by March 2014, the city is required to pay Mandalay/Braves $50,000 per day until it’s complete.

“It’s not acceptable,” Wilmington City Councilman Kevin O’Grady said, “and all I can say is it’s going to be a starting point.”

O’Grady said the offer from Mandalay Baseball Properties and the Atlanta Braves is not sufficient, the language of the lease is not sufficient and, as far as he’s concerned, the whole thing is negotiable.

While the council’s job is to come to an agreement, taxpayers will still have the final say in November.

“I think there is a division in the community on it, which is one of the reasons we decided to go to the referendum, because it wasn’t strong enough one way or the other,” O’Grady said.

At Tuesday night’s council meeting, Mandalay decided private-funding is no longer an option. That means the city will have to find the funds.

“I think there is benefit that comes out of it that justifies some increase, but right now the gap between what is being offered by baseball and what the city would have to pay is so great that we really can’t span that,” O’Grady said.

We spoke with Mandalay President of Baseball Development Rich Neumann by phone. He was not willing to comment and told us he feels it would be inappropriate to comment at all throughout the negotiation process.

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Bid on guitars signed by James Brown and Whitney Houston, help families in need

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An update to a story earlier this week. You can still help a local non-profit step up to help sick children and their families.

Dare to Care for Children is auctioning guitars signed by music legends James Brown and Whitney Houston with proceeds helping those in need, and you can bid right now.

The auction ends June 26. All the money raised goes to Dare to Care for Children and its work to help families in need.

Click here to check out and bid on the James Brown autographed guitar

Click here to check out and bid on the Whitney Houston autographed guitar

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Three with local ties vying for Miss North Carolina

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

The 75th annual Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant is June 23.

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Four teens, 20-year-old charged in connection with delivery driver’s murder

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Five people, including four teens, are charged in connection with the murder of a Chinese restaurant delivery driver in Wilmington.

Zhen Bo Liu, 60, was found dead in a car near 13th and Queen Streets June 14. He was on duty when he was killed.

Wilmington Police say Cornell Dwayne Haugabook, 18, and a 15-year-old boy, who police will not identify because he is a juvenile, are charged with murder and armed robbery.

Manije Daneek Johnson, 16, Rasheed Ramone Thompson, 16, and Marvin Lee White, 18, are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with the crime.

Police say they do not know if the crimes were gang related.

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CFPUA fined for 6-month sewer spill new Kerr Ave.

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

The spill in April totaled more than 350,000 gallons near South Kerr Avenue

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