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Archive for July, 2012

ONLY ON 3: Moldovan journalists hope American dream will inspire homeland

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We often take for granted all the different organizations and help available here in our country. But today, we were reminded that not every country has a culture of giving.

Three journalists from the Republic of Moldova were in Wilmington today to learn more about how our community works. With a touch of southern hospitality and many volunteer hours, the group says they’re ready to take the mission back to Moldova.

“To have our Moldovan viewers hearing these ideas and having them implanted somewhere in their hearts and heads and doing this stuff back at home,” reporter Andrei Bolocan said.

The American dream is plastered through movies of success stories. But three Moldovan journalists visiting the United States say their vision of the land of the free is a little different.

“Back at home will will not be advocating so much,” Bolocan said, “but we will just say, ‘Here is what Americans do. If you just get the example and good practices and implement, it’s going to make you proud one day and make you happy.'”

The focus of the group’s documentary is volunteerism. The team from Moldova have visited several states and been shown many different non-profit organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels. They say what the have experienced in the US is much different from what they know at home.

“There are some myths about America. This is a myth that turned out to be true for me, and that’s a happy ending,” producer Anastila Condruc said.

The group hopes by showcasing the different organizations and those who give their time with little in return, their relatively new nation will work to be more generous like they have seen in America.

“I hope the people back home will have the same experience that I’ve had,” Condruc said. “They will say, ‘America is not only about movies and Hollywood. It’s about real people doing real things. And maybe this is their secret to why their society works so well.'”

The group says they have seen so much kindness and southern hospitality in North Carolina. They were also looking forward to seeing the Atlantic Ocean today in Wrightsville Beach.

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Moldovan filmmakers visit Wilmington

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Group is taping a documentary on American service clubs, charities and non-profits

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Bladen detectives look for owner of pot plants found in field

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An anonymous tip led detectives from the Bladen County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit to nearly 200 marijuana plants growing in a field.

They were in a grassy area near the Bladen-Robeson County line. Investigators say the plants had a street value of about $210,000.

If you have any information about the plants, you call the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.

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Airlie gets $7k old bill from CFPUA

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Billing issues continue with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. This time its a county-owned property facing significant back billing.

CFPUA recently hit Airlie Gardens with a nearly $7,000 bill. For Airlie Gardens Director Jim McDaniel, it’s tough pill to swallow.

“We received a notice that the bill for Airlie Gardens, that particular property where we have a lift station, had not been billed their sewer rates for about approximately four years, and the bill is almost $7,000,” McDaniel said.

Airlie’s bill is only a small part of what CFPUA has been and will be back billing countywide.

For McDaniel, the bill was a surprise for which the facility did not budget.

“We are a large company basically, and we have the ability to tighten our belts to do that as a county,” he said. “So you know, I’m sure it was a shock to others as well.”

McDaniel was especially surprised because the county and CFPUA went over the billing for Airlie years ago, because the utility charges Airlie for handling storm water, even though the gardens don’t give off storm water. In fact, Airlie takes in four million gallons of run-off each year.

The CFPUA says it is trying to deal with each of its customers involved in the back billing fairly.

“We have not had a conversation with them about storm water,” CFPUA Service Director Nancy Johnson said about Airlie. “That account was set up by the city to bill them, and so we have not have a conversation with them as the authority about that account. Certainly if they had questions or concerns we’d be glad to work with them.”

Regardless, McDaniel says Airlie plans to pay the full bill.

The park is just one of more than 400 customers impacted for a total back billed amount of about $380,000.

The CFPUA says the back billing has been going on the past 18 months because of human errors made setting up these accounts by the city, county and authority when it was formed in 2008.

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City arborist faces sex charges

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Capo released on bond from Mobile County jail

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