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Archive for March, 2013

Belk kicks off 125th birthday celebration

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Belk is celebrating its 125th birthday with 125 days of service… and then some.

During a breakfast party at Mayfaire this morning, the nation’s largest independent department store honored the big day by announcing a year-long initiative to give back to the community. The company will fix up two area schools and offer big promotions for customers, too.

“They can register to win through our webpage,” Belk Northern Division Chair Bill Roberts said. “Those prizes range in value from $500 to $6,500 over the next 125 days.”

Managers say more than 125 exclusive products will be available in stores all year long.

Belk’s official birthday is May 29.

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FIRST ON 3: Pender sheriff discusses deputy’s DWI charge

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After firing a deputy involved in an alleged drunk driving crash yesterday, Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith wants to make sure nothing like that happens again.

Sheriff Smith says William Paluck was charged on citation but not taken to a magistrate.

Smith says he did not see this coming, and he does not understand everything that happened yesterday.

“He made a huge mistake yesterday that will affect the rest of his life,” Smith said. “I feel blessed as sheriff that nobody was hurt.”

Sheriff Smith also said Paluck had not stopped by his duty station at Topsail Middle School like we were told.

He also says the Sheriff’s Office has reached out to the school. He says no one there saw any warning signs either.

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Profiles of Marines killed in Nevada training explosion

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The Associated Press

A mortar shell explosion Monday at an Army depot in Hawthorne, Nev., killed seven Marines and injured eight other servicemen. Here are profiles of victims identified by family members:


Marine Lance Cpl. Taylor, who worked with mortars and served tours in Afghanistan and Kuwait, had dreamed being in the Corps since watching the History Channel as a boy. He joined right after graduating from a high school in Marietta, Ohio, in 2010.

Taylor’s grandfather, Larry Stephens, said Taylor was engaged to be married, with a wedding planned for May.

His fiancee’s father called him an exceptional person.

“You don’t meet many young men like him today,” Keith Malone told The Marietta Times. “He was respectful to everyone, very humble, just happy, happy all the time.”

Taylor is also survived by three sisters and a brother.


Muchnick, who’d been in the Marines for about three years, had served in Afghanistan and was considering returning to college after his enlistment was up. He played high school lacrosse and football in Westport, Conn., and later played lacrosse at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he studied business.

In a biography on the university’s website, Muchnick said the one thing he would like to do before he died was “live,” and his most embarrassing moment was getting caught lip-synching in a school talent show.

“He was at the top of his game when this happened,” said his grandfather, Jerome Muchnick. “You can’t imagine losing a very handsome, 23-year-old grandson who was vital and loving.”


Pfc. Martino, who hailed from Dubois, Pa., and was preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan, aspired to be a Marine since boyhood.

“Since he was probably 8 years old he wanted to be a Marine,” said his mother, Karen Perry. “That’s all he wanted to do.”

Martino was a talkative former high school athlete and accomplished hunter who hoped to marry his fiancee later this year, Perry said.

His mother said she first heard a radio news report about the Monday accident, then three Marines arrived at her workplace to say her son was among the seven dead.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Former Kure Beach commissioner appointed to committee, drug charges dismissed

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A former Kure Beach commissioner who once faced drug charges is back in public service.

Barry Nelder is now an alternate member of the town’s Stormwater and Environmental Committee.

Court records show a judge dimissed Nelder’s possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges January 23, 2013.

Mayor Dean Lambeth says he feels Nelder deserves a second chance.

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Deputy resigns, accused of causing crash caught on video

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

An Onslow County deputy has resigned after brake checking a driver and causing a crash in South Carolina.

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