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Archive for July, 2012

Firefighters save six pets from burning house

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Firefighters contained a morning house fire to one bedroom limiting the damage inside. But it’s what else the firefighters saved that have the residents thankful.

When crews responded to the fire at a home on Westchester Road Tuesday morning, they’re main priority, as always, was to put out the flames and contain the damage, but their search of the home found some victims in need of special help.

“Another crew searched the house for anybody inside and found the animals — three cats and three dogs inside, which were retrieved from the house,” WFD Capt. William Camp said.

After bringing the pets out, firefighters gave two of the cats oxygen with the help of special breathing masks for animals.

The family was pleased to discover all their furry friends made it out safely.

“I was actually really glad,” said Caitlin Hilk the girlfriend of one of the people who lives in the house. “I was worried when I was told that the house caught on fire, that they weren’t going to get all the animals, but they did”

Even though the home suffered $80,000 worth of damage, according to the fire department, the spirits of the family who lives in the house and their friends were high knowing the toll could have been much worse.

“Everything is good,” Hilk said. “The house not so much, but the animals and everybody else is safe.”

In all firefighters saved two Chihuahuas, a Yorkshire Terrier, kitten and two adult cats from the burning home.

Investigators say it looks like the fire started with an electrical short.

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ONLY ON 3: Developer says he can build ballpark for less

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tonight Wilmington City Council will discuss a bond referendum of up to $42 million to build a ballpark. But one developer says he can build it for much less.

“I think it could be done for a lot less,” Chuck Schoninger said. “I mean without a doubt.”

Schoninger owns land along the Wilmington riverfront near PPD. It’s property he has been pitching to build a ballpark on for years.

He believes that if the stadium doesn’t include all the bells and whistles, like state of the art locker rooms and extra seating, the price could be dramatically reduced.

“We feel like for a 3,500 hard seat stadium, you’re somewhere what we call bricks and sticks in the $20 to $25 million range,” Schoninger said.

He predicts with the extra costs, it could be completed for about $30 million.

In the end, Schoninger believes the city will make the best decision on how much to spend on the ballpark.

“I think they absolutely feel like it could be done for a lot less, and I think that’s really what the conversation about where they’re trying to drive that final number is part of that conversation,” he said.

Tonight City Council will start discussing the bond referendum and deciding when to hold the public hearings. That meeting starts at 6:30.

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Coming Soon: ”Fifty Shades of Gray” movie

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — You knew this was coming. A movie will be made of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

The producers of “The Social Network” will adapt the book that women all over the world are reading.

They haven’t cast the lead roles of the rich businessman and the college student he has an S-and-M relationship with.

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Griffin touts local film boom

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Annual trip aims to lure more productions

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Brunswick County leaders question move to Myrtle Beach planning group

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Myrtle Beach is getting ready to expand into North Carolina… sort of. The city’s Metropolitan Planning Organization is moving its boundary north into Brunswick County.

Some leaders fear that could mean the county’s transportation needs will not be a priority.

Myrtle Beach’s MPO is moving at least into Shallotte. The big question is, how far into the county will they go?

“I believe as a North Carolinian we have our own identity, and that being said, I like to be able to have individuals to make those decisions living here versus living in another state,” Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke said.

The Grand Strand’s MPO, which prioritizes regional transportation needs, has options to stretch as far as Southport. The move would give federal dollars for part of Brunswick County to the Myrtle Beach MPO for transportation planning. It would handle projects from sidewalks to interstates in southwestern Brunswick County.

“I think people feel that they are being forced into a situation that is out of their control,” Waccamaw Regional Council of Government Planning Director Mark Hoeweler said. “We certainly don’t want to give that impression. We’re bound by what the federal law is and what the census results are.’

The Grand Strand MPO will now meet individually with Brunswick County leaders to see if their town wants to be a part of the transition. They say they will not leap frog a town if somewhere further north wants to be part of the move.

Many Brunswick County leaders say they don’t want anything to do with the MPO. Others are undecided.

“My constituents and my mayors are very confused, and I think information and answering there questions is the best thing to do,” Rep. Frank Iler (R-17th District) said.

The Wilmington MPO is also considering a move south into Brunswick County.

Leaders say a decision on the Grand Strand extension must be made by August 31.

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