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Archive for August, 2012

Kids Exchange puts new spin on consignment

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sunday morning the National Guard Armory on Carolina Beach road in Wilmington opened its doors not for soldiers, but for sales.

Kids Exchange, a bi-annual consignment event, held a half off sale on all of their merchandise.

The concept behind Kids Exchange is simple. Sellers bring in gently used items and earn two-thirds of the sticker price with the other one-third going to charity.

Most of the merchandise is between fifty and ninety percent off of it’s original retail value.

“My kids get really excited,” said Christina Bollinger, a shopper who took advantage of the deals. “They get especially excited when you find a really good deal like on school clothes, school uniforms, Halloween costumes, and toys that you normally couldn’t afford.

Sunday August 19th was the final day of the half off sale. All of the clothing left over won’t be going to waste. At the discretion of the original owner left over clothing will be boxed up and sent to needy children in Romania and Haiti.

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Business owner would have closed shop if forced to remove flags

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

A Carolina Beach business owner feels so strongly about his patriotism that he was prepared to close up shop for it.

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Area reaps benefits of robust season for hotel taxes

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Room-occupancy taxes increased in New Hanover County by more than 27 percent in June compared to the same period in 2011.

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UPDATE: Mill puppies adopted; still more dogs that need homes

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UPDATE: R.A.C.E. is no longer accepting applications for the mill puppies. Once the applicants are verified, all the pups will soon have homes. However, there are still plenty of dogs and cats who need loving homes. For a look at R.A.C.E.’s animals, visit: http://www.raceshelter.org.

Because there are no laws against dog-breeding operations in North Carolina, some refer to our state as puppy mill central. But a two-county sting in southeastern North Carolina has been busted, and the owners pleaded guilty. The animals are now being cared for by rescue groups around the area. One of those groups helping to foster the mill puppies held an adoption Saturday.

“It’s just so sad that someone could do that to any animal. The conditions that those puppies were in; those folks were just bad people,” said Tina Hughes, who is looking to adopt. “I hope they get what they deserve.”

Hughes is looking to add another four-legged friend to her family. She stopped by Rescue Animals Community Effort’s adoption Saturday at Aunt Kerry’s Pet Stop in Wilmington to check out Scrappy, one of the females used to breed puppies for the busted Brunswick County mill.

Scrappy and Milo are the only two mill dogs ready to be taken home. The others are still too young and need some more time in their foster homes.

R.A.C.E. President Cheri McLain has some advice for people looking to adopt dogs from a mill: “If you’re getting an older puppy mill dog, you need to be patient and treat them like a puppy and give them time to learn how to be a dog like a dog is supposed to live.”

“That’s all they need is love and some attention,” Hughes said. “We have lots of that to give, so we are just really excited, and we’re just so grateful that there are just such wonderful people like this who do so much good for animals that are in this situation.”

The situation in Brunswick County was bad, 158 dogs in a trailer with no power. The rescued pups had to be groomed, treated for fleas and checked for medical and dental issues.

McLain says suspicious activity is often easy to spot.

“If they want to meet you somewhere to give you the dog, if they are not willing to show you papers or screen you and screen your application, then it’s probably a puppy mill,” McLain warned. “And if you’re buying it offline, it’s probably a puppy mill.”

The Brunswick County mill primarily bred Poodles, Pomeranians, Schnauzers, Malti-poos, Lhasa Apsos and Shih Tzu mixes.

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3 Occupy Charlotte protesters found not guilty

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Three Occupy Charlotte protesters have been found not guilty, eight months after officers arrested them while dismantling their camp outside old City Hall.

The Charlotte Observer reports a Mecklenburg County judge acquitted the trio of the misdemeanor charge of resisting, obstructing or delaying officers.

Activists say they’re unsure how the verdict could affect their plans for the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police spokesman Robert Fey says the verdict won’t change how police respond to similar situations. He notes another judge recently found an Occupy protester guilty of the same charge.

The three were arrested Jan. 30, after police cut their tent away around them.

Their lawyer argued there were no sleeping materials or personal belongings in the tent, so they were in compliance with the city’s new anti-camping ordinance.

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

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