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Archive for April, 2013

EXPLORE WITH GEORGE: Hops of Spring Beer Festival

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Saturday’s weather should be just about perfect for the third annual hops of spring beer festival out at surf city.

12 craft beer makers from right here in North Carolina will be offering up samples.

WWAY’s George Elliott found out more today from event organizers.

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Regal Cinemas will now show ‘Iron Man 3’ after reaching deal with Disney

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Tony Stark fans in the Port City, have no fear – it looks like Iron Man 3 will be soaring into Mayfaire Mayfaire Stadium 16 after all following a deal reached between Disney and Regal Entertainment Group.

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Pender school holds mock DWI crash ahead of prom night

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Students in Pender County got a close look at the dangers of drinking and driving Thursday. A staged car crash was set up in the middle of Trask High School's football stadium.

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After WWAY story, stop sign up at ‘dangerous’ intersection

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — People no longer need to worry about slamming on the brakes around the intersection near a new park behind Walmart in Leland. The change came after WWAY investigated the problem.

Two days after we covered a story at what the town manager called a “dangerous intersection,” a stop sign is now up.

The intersection of Westgate Drive and Oceangate Drive had no traffic signs, until someone put a stop sign up Thursday.

It has neighbors feeling safer. They say there has not been traffic signs for more than six months, and when you are new to the area you would not know to yield.

Margaret Barnes says traffic has picked up in the area with new housing and the park being built. She says people cut through the area and speed through the intersection.

“We’ve seen some almost accidents but if we weren’t looking carefully I’m sure that we could have had an accident,” Barnes said.

Tuesday Leland Town Manager David Hollis said it the responsibility of Nathan Sanders, the developer of Westgate, to put up street signs. Sanders has not returned our calls and e-mail.

It still is unclear who put up the stop sign.

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Movie theaters hope for deal to keep ‘Iron Man 3’ on screens

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — “Iron Man 3” made its Hollywood debut last night. But there are serious questions about how many big screens in Wilmington will show the film when it opens next week.

“Iron Man 3” is expected to be one of this year’s biggest movies with many of the scenes filmed right here in Wilmington, but now we’re learning it may have hit a snag for Wilmington audiences.

“I was surprised,” said Thomas Gilbert of Fan Boy Comics, who has been helping organize a viewing party at Regal Mayfaire. “I was disappointed that people might not be able to see the movie and we might not be able to do these events.”

According to the LA Times, Walt Disney Studios and several movie theatre chains across the country, including Regal Entertainment Group, are fighting over how to split revenue from ticket sales for “Iron Man 3.” This would affect theatres like Regal Mayfaire.

“We’re disappointed that it might not happen, but we’re hoping, and we’re still thinking that it’s going too, and we’re going to continue like it will,” Gilbert said.

Shane Gilroy works at Carmike Cinema in Wilmington. Carmike will have 12 theaters dedicated to the “Iron Man 3” premiere and is looking forward to the big day.

“It’s kind of exciting to be able to watch a movie and see scenes from the area that you know, like there’s the hospital or there’s downtown, and to be able to see that kind of thing,” Gilroy said.

Regal Mayfaire is also scheduled to host an invitation-only screening of “Iron Man 3” Sunday night, including state leaders and other dignitaries.

A Regal Entertainment Group spokesman tells WWAY he hopes an agreement between Disney and the theaters can be worked out soon, perhaps as early as tonight.

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