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Archive for October, 2012

Company plans development if baseball vote passes

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The same company that owns one of the two possible locations for a riverfront baseball stadium has made it known that it's interested in nearby property as well. Representatives

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Dalton wants NC board to investigate flights

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Walter Dalton’s gubernatorial campaign has asked North Carolina election officials to investigate whether Pat McCrory’s campaign reported unlawful payments for a flight for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to attend McCrory events in September.

Dalton formally complained Wednesday to the State Board of Elections, as attorney Jerry Meek questioned if almost $2,500 of contributions from a Fayetteville couple for the flight are actually illegal corporate donations. Meek also says there’s nothing in McCrory’s latest campaign finance report about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who attended McCrory events, too.

McCrory campaign spokesman Brian Nick calls the complaint frivolous and the campaign activities were handled according to state law. Nick said the Republican Governors Association was responsible for Walker’s flight.

The board’s executive director says the complaint will be considered after the election.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Transportation group discusses spending $3.5M

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Adding staff a priority

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Fair’s Pre-School Day draws record crowd

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There was a big but small turnout at the Cape Fear Fair & Expo this morning. A record 1,300 youngsters came out for Pre-School Day to see live music and enjoy their favorite rides.

Fair manager Skip Watson says Pre-School Day is for the younger kids who want to come to the fair, but don’t want to go at night and be with the older crowd.

“We found that the pre-schoolers and the little, smaller kids don’t have an opportunity when the big kids are out here, so we found out that for like $6 mom, dad and the kids can come,” Watkins said. “It’s an opportunity for our little friends to experience the fair without the big people crowd.”

Don’t forget, the fair will be open an extra day because of last weekend’s rainouts. The fair now runs through Sunday.

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This Halloween, why not visit a local haunt that people say is haunted.

Orton’s Pool Room has its own place in national history; one that was almost lost until new owners saved the day.

“One of the fun things we love about this place is the history, and that’s what I wanted to do with it is to bring it back to life so we wouldn’t lose the history,” Orton’s co-owner Wes Taylor said. “It is the oldest continusly operating pool hall in in the United States established in 1888.”

And not just Orton’s. The entire building is, or was part of downtown Wilmington’s history.

“The building was built in the 1800s, when it was the Orton Hotel,” Taylor said. “In 1949 it burned down, and the only thing that survived was the laundry, the pool hall and the barber shop, which was all in the basement.”

You can’t talk about Orton’s and not mention its night in pool history. Already a legend, pool great Willie Mosconi was on tour, when he stopped at Orton’s in Wilmington.

“It was November 13, 1953,” Taylor said. “Willie made 365 in a row, which was then the world record. Willie Mosconie still holds that record at 588. “Of course he is deceased.”

The spirits flow, of course, at Orton’s, but it is a spirit of another type that customers talk about. Taylor recounts one new employee, who wasn’t afaid of ghosts.

“He says, ‘If there is a ghost in this room, make yourself known to me right now,'” Taylor recalled. “A slap instantaneously when he said that like somebody slapped the bar. We all jumped. The kid never came down. He went right out the door never to be seen again.”

Orton’s may be the oldest pool room in America, but it is trying some new things, like an art lounge and adding more live music.

If you know of and old building with a great story, let Chris know with an e-mail to cphillips@wwaytv3.com.

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