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Archive for December, 2012

McIntyre confident of fiscal cliff deal after Christmas

Friday, December 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hours after House Speaker John Boehner’s so-called “Plan B” to solve the fiscal cliff fell apart last night, Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) says he’s confident a deal will be reached soon. McIntyre spoke to WWAY by phone this morning shortly after arriving home in North Carolina after the House recessed for Christmas.

“Several of my colleagues and I had written to the speaker urging him to include a long-term deficit reduction plan that we could work together on,” McIntyre said. “Obviously the Plan B was not the way to go. He could not even get the support of the members of his own party for that, so clearly it was not bi-partisan.”

Boehner admitted he pulled his plan last night before the House could vote on it because it lacked enough votes to pass.

Despite the struggle to get a deal done before a combination of tax increases and spending cuts go into effect in the new year, McIntyre is optimistic.

“We all, of course, were disappointed that the president and the speaker did not come to terms, but I think now the realization is… we’re in a situation where I think there will be serious discussions in terms of how we can come to grips with the fact that we need to make this a fair, comprehensive plan that needs bipartisan support, and we can get it done,” McIntyre said.

The Congressman, though, is worried about Republican pushes to cut spending on entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. He says those programs are money Americans have earned and should be protected and are not regular government spending. Other than that, he says all government programs must be scrutinized for savings.

In the meantime, the negotiations continue. The president wanted tax hikes on incomes higher than $250,000, but has pushed that threshold up to $400,000. McIntyre says he expects the president will go higher, but not to the $1 million income level Boehner has signaled he’s willing to accept.

” It’ll probably end up somewhere in between. But much more drama to be played out, but I think that you’ll see some folks coming to terms finally a couple of days after Christmas, and we can get this thing done and make sure that it’s done the right way with bi-partisan support.”

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Marking History: US Colored Troops in Wilmington National Cemetery

Friday, December 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Our area is rich in Civil War history, but there’s a part of that history that isn’t so widely known.

Fred Johnson has something great to stare at here Market Street in Wilmington. Outside the Wilmington National Cemetery stands a plaque honoring the US Colored Troops buried here. It’s a fact not known by many here in Wilmington.

“We have children, grandchildren and others that don’t know that this will be a teaching experience for them,” Johnson said. “They too can remember and have something to look back on.”

There are about 500 Colored Troops who fought for the Union Army, died here and are buried here. You can see the USCT marking on their graves. But they weren’t recognized until Johnson fought for their cause. He lobbied the state Historical Marker Program to consider this piece of history, and in 2011 the new marker was unveiled.

“I was so happy,” Johnson said. “It was a joyful time for me to have been present to hear the announcement. I came home, and I couldn’t wait to get home to start making phone calls.”

Thanks to Johnson and his committee and their years of hard work, now one part of history won’t go unnoticed. That’s something everybody can be proud of.

The United States Colored Troops accounted for about one tenth of the Union Army during the Civil War, although they were commanded by white officers.

If you know of a historical marker or piece of history you’d like to see showcased, shoot Tim Buckley an e-mail at tbuckley@wwaytv3.com.

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Bald Head Island Conservancy to cull up to 50 deer

Friday, December 21st, 2012

With the recommendation from the BHI Conservancy, the Village of Bald Head Island has applied to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) for a per­mit to cull up to 50 deer during the month of Jan., 2013.

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New Bojangles’ set to open in Wilm. next week

Friday, December 21st, 2012

It's Bo Time! Well, almost — another Bojangles' is set to open its 11th restaurant in the Port City, according to a spokesperson on behalf of the fast food chain.

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Offer accepted for old Coty plant property

Friday, December 21st, 2012

The Coty Plant, which went on the auction block in November, has accepted a firm offer and received a deposit, an official for the auction group handling the sale confirmed Friday.

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