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Archive for July, 2012

Ogden Park to open with limited access today

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Ogden Park will remain closed Tuesday morning until officials have an opportunity to evaluate the area.

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Charlotte leaders approve purchase of possible film studio

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (WSOC) — Charlotte City Council members voted in favor of buying the $13 million vacant Eastland Mall Monday night, with proposals to build a film studio.

Ed Garber, Eastside Political Action Committee representative, was confident city council would buy it.

He’s led the push to get it sold because right now the mall has seven different owners.

He believes that once the city buys it, it will be easier to sell to a single developer.

“I think the people in east Charlotte have been dealing with the issue long enough that city council knows that what a problem it is for the community and how it’s bringing the community down,” said Garber.

The money to buy it will likely come from a 2008 bond referendum allowing as much as $16 million dollars for redevelopment here.

“Something has to be done with it and people who say, well, you know, we’re not gonna spend tax money on it they’re really kidding themselves because then, the situation is not going to get fixed,” said Garber.

The Eastside Political Action Committee said turning the mall into a studio would bring jobs and benefit the city economically.

One of the biggest challenges for any developer looking to buy the property is negotiating with seven different owners of the mall.

Supporters said the studio would help improve that area of the city.

“What you hear all the time about east Charlotte, not being vocal or not caring, you can hear the energy now. It’s alive. And we love it. We love Charlotte. I just can’t wait to see what great things this project brings,” said Garber.

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Ogden Park partially reopened after fire

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The morning after a wildfire threatened Ogden Park, New Hanover County has partially reopened the facility.

The county says the Market Street entrance remains closed, which means no access to he ball fields. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic is being allowed from Gordon/Eaton Rd. with access to the playground and dog park unaffected.

There will be no thru traffic allowed until the park has completely reopened.

Firefighters believe a lightning strike around 4 p.m. yesterday sparked the fire that led to the park being evacuated.

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Charlotte mall stores closed longer than expected

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Some stores in a Charlotte mall will remain closed longer than expected after flooding damage last week.

A number of stores at SouthPark Mall will remain closed as workers try to make sure the most heavily damaged parts of the building are safe following the roof collapse during a storm Friday.

Mall officials had hoped to reopen Tuesday.

It’s unclear when the stores will open. The Charlotte Observer reported that as many as 90 of the mall’s 160 stores and kiosks would remain closed.

The mall’s department stores and the shops along the perimeter of the complex are open.

The heavy rain caused a roof failure in two locations. There were no injuries.

Most affected stores appeared to be in the center of the mall.

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

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Funeral scheduled for slain Lumberton officer

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

LUMBERTON, NC (AP) — A funeral will be held for the Lumberton police officer who was shot and killed when he tried to serve a warrant on a man.

The funeral for Master Police Officer Jeremiah Montgomery Goodson Jr. will be held Tuesday at Lumberton High School. He will be buried at Gardens of Faith Cemetery.

The 33-year-old Goodson was off-duty when he shot and killed July 17 while trying to serve a warrant on 27-year-old Marques Brown of Whiteville.

Brown is charged with first-degree murder.

Goodson is survived by his wife Lametria, who is due to have the couple’s second child. A memorial fund has been established for his family at State Employees Credit Union.

Goodson had been employed with the Lumberton Police Department since June 2006.

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

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