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Archive for July, 2012

Shoppers, stores gear up for tax free weekend

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You’ll probably have to get in line at many of your favorite stores, as shoppers will be out and about for North Carolina’s Sales Tax Holiday this weekend.

Stores like Target say this weekend is one of their biggest of the year, and it could mean big savings for you.

“All hands on deck for us here during this busy weekend,” said Erica Rodgers, the Executive Team Leader at the Target store in Wilmington.

You might feel a bit better when you look at your sales receipt this weekend.

With the first day of school right around the corner, many parents will be out shopping for supplies, taking advantage of tax free weekend across the state.

“Tax free weekend is probably up there in our top three holidays as far as businesswise and how busy we’re going to be,” Rodgers said.

But not everything in stores is tax free. Taxed items include cosmetics, jewelry and e-readers among others. Meanwhile most items, like school supplies, computers and clothes are tax free up to certain price limits.

Click here for the full list of tax free items

“I’m going to be buying lots of the pretty dresses that I just saw, that my husband wouldn’t let me buy just now,” shopper Kim Bageant said. “And I’m going to buy lots of clothes for my little girl.”

The sales holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday morning and runs until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

The event is a positive for shoppers and businesses alike.

“Our sales forecast is definitely higher than it was last year, so by going off that, we do expect more guest traffic with that,” Rodgers said.

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New standards will change restaurant health scoring

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Health inspectors in North Carolina will soon have a new menu to grade restaurant cleanliness.

Lawmakers recently approved an overhaul of the 35-year-old guidelines, but some of the changes have many business owners upset.

Sanitation scores are prominently displayed in every restaurant, but with new changes taking place in September owners fear they could effect the bottom line.

Orlando Martinez is the manager of I Love New York Pizza in downtown Wilmington.

“Everybody can see we are clean in here,” he said.

But he has had problems with the way his restaurant has been graded in the past.

“I think it’s not fair what they did to us,” Martinez said. “Last year we got 101, and this year we got a 99.5.”

Those grades could once again change under the new sanitation rules.

Under the new rules, beef can now be ordered rare. A food protection manager must be on site at all times. Passing a food safety class can no longer boost sanitation ratings. Kitchen workers must wear gloves.

Some restaurant managers and owners, who did not want to go on camera, told us some of these changes could add significant costs and inconvenience.

“I work in the oven,” Martinez said. “All I do is make pizza. I don’t touch money. I don’t do nothing like that all I do is make pizza. It’s 500 degrees in that oven. How am I supposed to wear gloves!”

Martinez says the new rules are invasive. He says it’s a case of too many chefs spoiling the soup.

“They come and inspect our stuff,” he said, “but we know what we’re doing we’re doing.”

The new guidelines are based on federal standards. They go into effect in North Carolina September 1.

Of course, we’ll keep you posted on the high and low performers in Kitchen Cops.

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Army sergeant convicted of maltreatment sentenced

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — An Army sergeant found guilty of maltreatment and assault has been sentenced to 30 days in prison, demoted to specialist and forced to forfeit one month’s pay for his role in the alleged racial hazing and suicide of Pvt. Danny Chen.

A 10-member military jury sentenced Sgt. Adam Holcomb of Youngstown, Ohio, on Tuesday morning. The jury on Monday found him guilty of maltreatment of a subordinate and assault consummated by battery, but cleared him of the most serious charge – negligent homicide.

Military prosecutors said Holcomb and seven other soldiers charged in Chen’s death physically and emotionally abused the 19-year-old.

The defense argued Chen was an incompetent soldier who killed himself because his family disowned him.

The second of eight courts-martial in Chen’s death is scheduled for August 13.

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

7/31/2012 12:15:20 PM (GMT -4:00)

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CFCC board narrowing in on president

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The board of trustees met for about an hour and a half Tuesday in a closed session.

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MyReporter pulls back the curtain in Wilmington’s secret societies

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

There would have been many more a century ago.

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