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Archive for December, 2012

Area resident builds speed limit sign in hopes of slowing down drivers

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

One New Hanover County resident is taking action to keep speeders from flying through his neighborhood.

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Fire dept. official warns of possible Southport scam

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Cpt. Todd Coring of the Southport Fire Department says he's gotten several emails recently from people asking where they can give their donations to the department for its ongoing fundraiser. However, the fire department is not doing any type of fundraiser right now.

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Wilmington couple inspires others to achieve New Year’s resolutions

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — David Silvia began 2011 unhappy with his direction in life, and he set what he thought was an impossible resolution: to reconnect with his one true love, his high school sweetheart, who he had not seen in 39 years.

“I asked God, ‘What have I done so horribly wrong to deserve to live the life I was living?,’ and today, I don’t know what I’ve done so incredibly right to deserve the life I’m living.”

“With a little good fortune, I’ll find out how she is. Safe, happy, and strong- that would have been good enough.”

But he found much more than that.

“I just happened to get on Facebook and I said, ‘Let’s try this.’ I just looked at the profile and I happened to glance over and at the top of her friends list was JoAnne. I pushed back from the computer screen and I said to the dog, ‘Wow! That’s her!'”

“I asked him a lot of questions and he made some trips down here and we got to know each other and we fell in love all over again.”

By the time this year rolled around, David Silvia had another resolution in mind.

“We were married December 1st,” said JoAnne Silvia.

And as 2012 comes to a close, the Silvias have made a resolution together.

“We’re starting a business together. It goes off January 1st.”

Silvia consulting, helping people set, believe, and achieve their goals.

“Don’t live a life of regrets. Be able to say, at the end of the day, ‘I’m glad I did,’ rather than, ‘I wish I had,'” said David Silvia.

“It’s never too late to be happy,” said JoAnne Silvia.

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Local sweepstakes owner weighs in on uncertain future

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Earlier in December, the State Supreme Court upheld a state law declaring the sweepstakes parlors as gambling operations, and therefore banning them from North Carolina.


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Gun control debate reaches Southport

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School has once again brought the topic of gun control to the forefront. But some local gun owners warn against knee-jerk reactions.

As the president and Congress are arguing the gun control debate, so are folks right here at home. Today, I spoke with gun owners who say more laws are not the answer.

“I am skeptical that the only answer is putting more guns in schools,” President Obama said in an interview today.

“Put law enforcement or armed security guards in these places where we want our children to be protected,” said gun owner Joseph Parent.

There does not seem to be much middle ground for the two sides in the gun control debate.

“Gun control is not the problem. Control the people,” said gun owner Richard Timberlake. The gun doesn’t kill anybody. The idiot behind it uses it to kill somebody.”

Ever since the shooting at Sandy Hook there have been increased talks in Washington for stricter firearms laws.

Gun owners at the Ant Hill shooting range in Southport say such laws would only hurt the good guys.

“If you want a gun, you’re going to get a gun,” said gun owner Joe Hill. “I spent many years in the police department. You’re going to get a gun, legal or not.”

They say for them, shooting is just a hobby.

“Some people enjoy yoga. Some people enjoy running. I enjoy coming out and meeting like-minded americans in a safe environment with good, safe, friendly competition,” said Parent.

A USA Today poll taken shortly after the Sandy Hook Massacre shows 58% of people now favor stricter gun laws, that is up from 43% the same time last year.

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