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Archive for March, 2013

Kids of all ages attend the Battleship Easter Egg Hunt Carnival

Friday, March 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Easter may not be until Sunday, but that didn’t stop a lot of people from heading to the Easter Egg Hunt Carnival at the Battleship Memorial today. People came from near and far to be there.

Lots of games, petting zoos, sack races and pony rides to be found at the day full of fun. Boat rides, funnel cakes and bounce houses were all a part of the carnival and several different egg hunts for kids of all ages.

The event also offered a slower paced egg hunt for kids with special needs or children who need a slower environment.

Program Director Danielle Wallace says they found a way for kids to hunt all day if they want to.

“Well, today is our 6th annual Easter egg hunt and we’ve actually expanded it to be more like a carnival. That’s why we call it the Easter Egg Hunt Carnival now, so there are hunts going on continuously,” Wallace said.

Wallace says last year more than 1,600 people attended and this year was no disappointment either.

Easter festivities on the Riverfront don’t stop there. Wilmington Water Tours is hosting a Doggie Eater Bonnet Parade on Saturday. It gets started at 11:00 a.m. on the Riverwalk.

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Explore with George: Spring Weather Outlook

Friday, March 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — April is three days away, so why is it so chilly? Will spring ever officially arrive? When will it warm up?

WWAY’s George Elliott has some answers in his spring weather outlook in Explore with George.

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Restaurant owners egg-cited about business from Easter crowds

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Easter weekend is here, and there may not be anybody who's happier about it than business owners at the beach.

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Guilford Co. commissioner takes issue with Lawing hire

Friday, March 29th, 2013

GREENSBORO, NC (WWAY) – He was the Brunswick County manager for the better part of a decade and he’s leaving on good terms, but Marty Lawing’s journey to Guilford County is becoming a rocky one.

After a six to three vote to approve Marty Lawing as the new Guilford County Manager at least one member of the board of commissioners is claiming race was a factor in his hiring.
“It’s obvious that it was not a fair process,” said Commissioner Carolyn Q. Coleman. “I’m not going to call anyone a racist but I had questions about it. To determine who the top three candidates would be we voted on the basis of points, but when we got to tabulating those points an African American candidate had the most points.”

The three African-American members of the Guilford County Board of commissioners all voted against the hiring of Lawing, but at least one says it wasn’t due to his qualifications.

“I was one of the three that voted against hiring Marty and my vote didn’t have anything to do with Marty,” said Commissioner Ray Trapp. “Since the process began when we first got the list of candidates and all of their qualifications Marty was number two in my book. Marty stayed number two in my book up until the vote. My vote wasn’t necessarily against Marty as much as it was for another candidate that I thought fit Guilford County better.”

Trapp says that despite the rocky start to Lawing’s tenure that he does have what it takes to successfully balance the budget shortfall that has plagued Guilford County.

“The goal is to move Guilford County forward and to keep Guilford County running smooth operations and I think with Marty we will definitely get that,” said Trapp.

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Boat registration fees could increase

Friday, March 29th, 2013

A new state bill could triple the cost for some people to register their boat.

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