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Archive for March, 2013

N.C. State ends Diamond Hawks win streak

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Brett Austin and Trea Turner had three hits apiece and combined for four runs and four runs batted in as #27 NC State topped host UNCW, 10-6, in college baseball action Wednesday at Brooks Field.

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Fennell steps down as the North Brunswick baseball coach

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

North Brunswick high school Athletic Director and varsity baseball coach Randy Fennell has stepped down as the Scorpions baseball coach.

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NC man accused of promising tickets for cash

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

MINT HILL, N.C. (AP) – A Mint Hill man is facing felony charges for allegedly promising tickets to the Duke-North Carolina basketball game, the Masters golf tournament and a concert to his coworkers for advance payment of nearly $3,500.

Authorities say 29-year-old Jason Eric Richardson is jailed in Lincoln County on six felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. Investigators say Richardson claimed to be raising money for the American Cancer Society.

Police said the incidents occurred between Jan. 1 and the beginning of March.

Richardson turned himself into police on Monday.

He was being held Tuesday on $30,000 bond. It’s not known if Richardson has an attorney.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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John Edwards’ daughter speaks on father’s affair

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) – The eldest daughter of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards says it was difficult to watch the experience her parents went through after he revealed that he’d had an affair.

Cate Edwards spoke in an interview scheduled to be aired on NBC’s Today show Friday morning and on “Rock Center with Brian Williams” that evening. She said her father told her of the affair and that she was devastated by the news, adding that it was hard to see them go through the ordeal. The 31-year-old attorney’s comments were reported on the Today website.

John Edwards’ campaign finance fraud case ended in a mistrial last May when jurors acquitted him on one of six charges but were unable to decide whether he misused money from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress while he ran for president.

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BUILDING HISTORY: A look back at downtown

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Wilmington Downtown Inc helps businesses build and grow in our city. They watch as the city develops and prospers in its historic setting.

John Hinnant President and CEO has a simple goal.

“Promote economic growth and development,” John Hinnant explains. “The historic structures and historic building have been a critical part to the success of our community.”

Downtown is a good mix of people and businesses tied together by beautiful architecture. But things haven’t always been like they are today.

Just like old class photo’s buildings change, often for the better.

John plays great game of what was it?

“This was 1970’s ,Front and Dock Street. It sat vacant until just a few years ago, a proposed restraint construction fell through city limits expanded their operation, as a result of the smoking ban they created the outdoor deck ,” Hinnant displays

City limits and the outdoor deck cleaned up a sore spot downtown.

One building is still very recognizable.

“This was the Diamond Feed store, many people will recognize the building with the lettering on it was renovated in the 90’s , and Gene Merritt bought it a few years back and re developed it into condos,” Hinnant said.

Market Street in the 70 wasn’t the show place it is now

“This is a great image from the downtown archives. I call it the lipstick on a pig shot . This was the DMV license office. Today its Slice of Life and Jimmy John’s two iconic structures downtown,” Hinnant shows.

With new store fronts and interiors they have a new life. Do you recognize this blast form the past?

“This is the intersection of Front and Grace Street and people say what downtown needs is a pedestrian mall, well we tried that in the 70’s,” said Hinnant.

The building still right here housing a coffee e shop along with retail.

How about this place?

“This is a calling card to our community, this is one of the most photographed buildings . This is the Riverboat Landing at Water and Market streets . People don’t realize how bad things were in the 1970’s.” Hinnant recalled.

Riverboat Landing is a showplace for downtown often recalling images of Charleston, right by the river.
John says we are a work in progress.

“Downtowns are never done, a story that every town tells is that we are never done,” said Hinnant.
One fun , function of Wilmington Downtown Inc is the Downtown Sundown concert series, they will be tuning up on Water Street in front of the Courthouse every week from May 24 to August 30.

If you know of a building with a story to tell, let me know at cphillips@ wwaytv3.com.

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