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Archive for September, 2012

Perdue expected to appoint Davis to McComas seat

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

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Campaigns ‘for’ and ‘against’ ballpark get underway

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Wilmington voters, the ball’s in your court.

Voting ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on a bond referendum in November will determine whether professional baseball will find a home in the Port City.

Even though the City of Wilmington has reached an agreement with the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties, voters must pass a bond referendum before financing a stadium can come to pass. During a news conference, supporters of the referendum kicked off their ‘Vote Yes’ campaign.

“We’ve got to be effective in communicating the message that this is really more than baseball,” said Terry Spencer, Vote Yes Campaign Manager. “This is about making Wilmington a better place to live, work and play. It’s about economic development, it’s a source of civic pride.”

Frank Wren, the general manager of the Atlanta Braves, called Wilmington a dynamic city that’s a perfect fit for the Braves’ franchise.

“It’s an opportunity for the Atlanta Braves, the City of Wilmington and Mandalay Baseball to come together at this time and build a ballpark this is one of those fleeting moments,” Wren said. “If it doesn’t happen now, it likely won’t happen.”

But as this campaign fires up, so does the opposition. The “Vote No Stadium Tax” group is swinging back with its own campagin. It considers the stadium a waste of taxpayer’s money. It will hold its own news conference on Thursday.

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The cost of new leadership in New Hanover County

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

The management team in New Hanover County has grown in the last three months, and the newly expanded department needed some new furnishings.

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How “lucky” are NC’s counties in the lotto?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

With several recent big wins in Brunswick County some people are buying tickets in the county, hoping to find a lucky spot. But, what stores in the county could be considered the luckiest?

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Historic Wilmington house temporarily saved from demolition

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — A historic house along Front Street may have been given a temporary reprieve from the wrecking ball, but the future is still uncertain for the condemned classic.

“Mark has done some good things in preservation, but he certainly hasn’t done good things with 226 S. Front Street,” said George Edwards of Historic Wilmington Foundation.

Mark Evans, the owner of 226 S. Front St. appeared in front of the Wilmington City Council Tuesday night to ask for a six-month extension to save the home.

Evans faced some initial skepticism from city council member Kevin O’Grady that a six-month extension would provide a positive result.

“I don’t see why the city should go on the hook for this land owner who has neglected this property for five or six years,” said Kevin O’Grady. “Why would we help him by doing his demolition for him?”

The city council did help Evans by granting him the six-month extension in an effort to save the historic home.

To help try and sell the house North Carolina Preservation has listed the home for sale on their statewide database. The current asking price for the home is $397,000.

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