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Archive for July, 2012

City, Braves/Mandalay yet to reach agreement; talks not dead

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

City moving forward with public hearing for bond referendum

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Review critical of NC ALE chief won’t be quashed

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood will continue distributing a report critical of the state Alcohol Law Enforcement Division chief that details what it called attempts to thwart her investigation.

A lawyer for Wood’s office responded Thursday to a cease-and-desist letter signed by attorneys representing ALE Director John Ledford and given to Wood on Wednesday before she talked to lawmakers about last month’s review.

One attorney for Ledford says the review crossed the line by accusing him and other officials of interfering with the probe. But auditor’s lawyer Tim Hoegemeyer said the report was completed in accordance with state law and the people investigated weren’t identified by name.

The audit determined Ledford and his lieutenant used a government car and public funds to commute weekly from the mountains to Raleigh.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Car wash at Snipes benefits FoodCorps

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Car wash will be July 21

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FIRST ON 3: City didn’t reach deal with Mandalay/Braves this week

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Negotiations on a proposed baseball stadium have concluded for this week. City officials were meeting with representatives from Mandalay/Atlanta Braves, but have not yet finalized a deal. Negotiations are expected to be wrapped up in time for City Council to take action at their Aug. 7 City Council meeting.

The special meeting scheduled for July 24 will still be held as it is needed for City Council to set a public hearing date on Aug. 7 in order to issue bonds for the project and put the issue on the November ballot, if Council decides to move forward once negotiations are finalized. If Council does decide to move forward, City Council has indicated that the referendum amount would be less than $42 million, but that was the highest dollar amount cited in the feasibility study and therefore identified as the maximum amount that could be on the ballot.

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National drought a double-edged sword for NC farmers

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The drought across much of the country is threatening to drive up the price of a lot of the food we eat.

Here in the Cape Fear it’s a double-edged sword for corn farmers.Demand is high for their product, but the heat is taking a toll on the crop as well. North Carolina farmers that specialize in corn say they’re only expecting half of their normal crop.

“The temperature has been so hot that it killed the pollen, therefore the ears didn’t get pollinate, so the amount of grains on an ear may be a half an ear, or sometimes none,” farmer Dave Howard said.

Howard, 88, has lived on a farm his whole life. In his 50 plus years in Burgaw he’s seen the highs and the lows of the corn business.

Howard says in 2010 his 200 acres of corn produced more than 10,000 bushels of corn. Last year that number fell to 1,200.

“This year I would guess that he might make 50 bushels to the acre at the most,” Howard said.

Produce stores say because of the lack of supply, the demand for corn and prices are on the rise.

“Traditionally, about this time of the year, we should be buying corn anywhere from $8 to $10 a bushel. That’s a wholesale price on a case of corn,” Carolina Farmin’ General Manager Ben Long said. “With the drought its unfortunately impacted to where we’ve been able to get down to $13 to $14.”

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension says the drought in the heartland is not necessarily a good thing for Tar Heel State farmers. Many farmers in North Carolina specialize in livestock, and have to feed them with now higher-priced corn.

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