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Archive for January, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Authorities have man in custody, scene not yet cleared

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Officers with the Wilmington Police Department took a man into custody nearly three hours after attempting to serve him with warrants.

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Coalition forms in wake of ruling on sweepstakes cafes

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The Coalition for Electronic Sweepstakes represents concerned software providers, employees and sweepstakes owners, according to a news release.

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Azalea Festival Tagline contest winner announced

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The tagline, Southern Charm in Full Bloom, was chosen from a large number of submissions and won by a narrow margin despite hundreds of votes cast.

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Azalea Festival names winner of Facebook tagline contest

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Azalea Festival has a new way to describe the annual event that’s become a staple of Wilmington culture: Southern Charm in Full Bloom.

The Azalea Festival chose the new tagline as part of a contest on Facebook to get input from the community and add what it calls a personal touch to the celebration. The contest let the festival learn what the spring tradition means to the people of Wilmington.

Wilmington resident Janey Roth submitted the tagline “Southern Charm in Full Bloom.” The festival says it won over other finalists in a narrow margin of the hundreds of votes cast. The tagline will be featured in 2013 North Carolina Azalea Festival materials.

“We are continually looking for ways to expand the visibility of the North Carolina Azalea Festival throughout the region and beyond, and this year we take special pride in having a tagline that not only represents the festival perfectly, but that comes from a member of the community sharing what the festival means to them personally,” Azalea Festival President Donna Cameron said in a news release. “We feel truly honored by the overwhelming response from the community, and it was a special opportunity to learn what the festival means to so many local residents.”

As the contest winner, Roth will receive an Azalea Festival Prize Package valued at $450, including two VIP tickets to festival concerts, two Celebrity Reception tickets to sit at the Queen’s table and entry into the Azalea Festival Parade in a car provided by the festival.

The Azalea Festival runs April 10-14.

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This week’s Marking History focuses on a local man who became something extraordinary. You could say it was by design.

Robert Taylor was born in Wilmington in the 1800s and ended up becoming a pioneer in the field of architecture. His life is a story of firsts.

First off, he was born in Wilmington in 1868. He attended Williston School and the Gregory Normal Institute and was urged by his father to have lofty goals. You could say he succeeded, because he went on to attend the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study architecture. He excelled in his time there, and became well connected, establishing relationships with giants such as Booker T. Washington.

In 1892, after excelling at school, he became the first black graduate of MIT, and by some accounts, the first professionally-educated black architect in the country.

His relationship with Washington brought him to the famed Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, where he would not only teach courses in architecture, but also design and oversee the construction of 45 buildings on campus. After 40 years associated with the university, he returned to Wilmington where he retired to a neighborhood on McRae Street and finishing his life right where it started.

Wilmington’s Robert Taylor Homes bore his name until they were replaced in 2005. In Chicago, a massive public housing development is also named after Taylor.

If you have a historical marker you’d like to see showcased, or you have a piece of history you’d like to learn more about, shoot Tim an e-mail at tbuckley@wwaytv3.com, or find Tim on Facebook at Meteorologist Tim Buckley.

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