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Archive for December, 2012

Downtown shops report successful Christmas

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The holidays are winding down, but local businesses are still hoping to get some revenue from holiday shoppers, but many say they’ve already had a Merry Christmas.

Shops like clothing boutique Aqua Fedora say this year was a good season for holiday shoppers. The store sold a lot of jewelry this year and even used a “25 Days of Christmas” sale special to attract customers.

Boutique employee Jordan Allen says the nicer weather between Thanksgiving and Christmas also played a part in boosting sales.

“I think the warm weather made it a lot easier for people to come outside and shop downtown versus going to the mall, because it was so nice outside, so everyone was in T-shirts just coming in, hanging out,” Allen said.

Hunter Ford owns Momentum Surf and Skate downtown. He says unlike many retailers, he usually does most of his business in the spring, but he says he felt the impact from local shoppers this holiday season.

“When a lot of other people ran to the big box stores, a lot of our downtown local customers came in and saw us and were really happy that we were open and we were able to accommodate the things that they were looking for this Christmas,” Ford said.

And local impact seems to be a trend this season.

“A lot of the customers are coming in and asking for what’s locally made? What’s made in wilmington? Who made this? And being able to share that story of who made the items they’re buying as Christmas gifts,” Michael Ussery at Edge of Urge said.

Each business we spoke with said it did as well as if not better than their previous years’ sales.

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NHRMC restricting visitors 12 and under to control the spread of flu virus

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

New Hanover Regional Medical Center announced Wednesday that it will restrict visitors ages 12 and under to help prevent the spread of the flu starting Dec. 27, according to a news release.

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Wilmington groups mark start of Kwanzaa

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — To honor the first night of Kwanzaa, Life Changing Ministries and the Burnett-Eaton Museum are celebrating the holidays’ seven principles: umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), ujima (collective work and responsibility), ujamma (cooperative economics), nia (purpose), kuumba (creativity), imani (faith).

The celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. at 216 Marstellar Street in Wilmington.

Families and communities will come together to evaluate their achievement, contribution and plan goals for the year ahead.

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Police release more information on Columbus killings

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Columbus County authorities have released more information on two unrelated Christmas deaths

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Holiday murder investigations continue in Columbus County

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Investigators did not have time to rest this holiday in Columbus County. There were two murders near Tabor City over the holiday: one Christmas Eve, and another one Christmas day.

Just after 1 a.m. Monday, deputies found 46-year-old Rebecca Ann Buffkin, dead in her home. Buffkin’s boyfriend, Beamon Fowler, 60, call 911, and when deputies arrived he said he killed Buffkin.

One neighbor, who knew the pair well, says while the news is troubling, it is not surprising.

“I know he drank a lot, and she didn’t really like that when he went up there,” Hilary Britt said. “I think that probably triggered him to do it. I mean, I don’t think he remembers it.”

Fowler is being held in the columbus county jail without bond.

Investigators are also still looking for the killers of Gilberto Antonio Segovia. He was found shot to death outside of his home near Tabor City early Christmas morning.

Anyone with information in either case is asked to call the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.

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