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Archive for August, 2012

I, 40 – Red lights merely a suggestion in Wilmington

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

I learned that seven is the maximum number of cars permitted through a light that has turned yellow.

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Donn Ansell dies at 69

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Former WAAV radio “Talk of the Town” host Donn Ansell has died at the age of 69.

Ansell grew up in New Jersey and was hired on as a temp at CBS. He went on to work on network shows from “Captain Kangaroo” to “60 Minutes.”

Ansell came to Wilmington as a radio announcer. He is well known from his time on “Talk of the Town” on WAAV. Ansell bought the station and ran it from 1988 until 1997. He was also an actor, director and managing director for the Thalian Association. He was also hosted the public affairs talk show “By-Line Wilmington” on WILM TV.

Longtime radio host Rhonda Bellamy remembers her good friend fondly.

“As many people know, Donn was my mentor, not only in the broadcast realm but in theater; two passions that we both shared,” Bellamy said. “He was like a member of the family to me, and I tell people often that there is no Rhonda Bellamy without a Donn Ansell. He gave me my start in radio and supported me throughout the many things I’ve done in radio and theater, so he will be terribly missed.”

Bellamy visited Ansell just last night in hospice..

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Here Now – Explorer/photographer looking for help funding next expedition

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step (and a column may start with a cliché).

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NC pension fund generates positive annual return

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

RALEIGH. N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s pension fund for public employees netted positive returns for the previous fiscal year as fixed income investments outpaced stocks, particularly international shares.

State Treasurer Janet Cowell announced Friday the overall North Carolina Retirement Systems generated a 2.2 percent return for the year ending June 30 despite a 1.2 percent decline in the final three months of the fiscal year.

Cowell said the fund was paced by a nearly 12 percent return in its bond portfolio last year even while its global stock portfolio saw a 6 percent loss. Real estate and private equity components also yielded positive returns.

The retirement system’s assets were $74.5 billion as of June 30. More than 850,000 teachers, state employees, law enforcement officers and others get retirement benefits and savings through the system.

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

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Waste Industries finds demand for new recycling option

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

A shortage of recycling bins was almost unthinkable when Waste Industries and the county agreed to roll out a program for pickups at individual homes countywide.

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