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Archive for April, 2013

MARKING HISTORY: Capt. John Winslow

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A military life if often filled with lots of tales and traavels, and John Winslow's was certainly that. The Civil War star was born in Wilmington in 1811, just a block off of now busy 3rd St.

His military career began at the ripe age of 16 when he enlisted in the Navy. A rise through the ranks didn't take long. By the time war broke our with Mexico, Winslow was a key player and was present for the fall of Veracruz. For his gallantry in action, he was allowed to take command of a schooner.

His real fame would come from his action in the Civil War. Even though Winslow was born in Wilmington, he was educated in the north and was a staunch abolitionist. When the Confederacy was formed, his allegiance lined with the Union. 

He had command of the U.S.S. Kearsarge, a powerful ship which set sail for European waters looking for Confederate raiders. They were looking for the C.S.S. Alabama, which had successfully raided 65 Union ships.

The Kearsarge and the Alabama would finally meet in a clash off the coast of France in the Battle of Cherbourg. After a barrage of shells, Captain Winslow and the armor-clad Kearsarge sunk the Alabama to the ocean floor. This earned Winslow the thanks of Congress, but may not have garnered a lot of cheers from his hometown. 

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ONLY ON 3: Office of Management and Budget ‘too busy’ to explain why it moved Brunswick Co. to Myrtle Beach MSA

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Federal Office of Management and Budget refuses to explain why it moved Brunswick County into the Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area.

After requesting an interview or answers to emailed questions on Wednesday, April 17, Ari Issacman Astles at the OMB emailed back today, “Thanks for your query. Due to scheduling constraints, we are unable to accommodate an interview.”

After requesting an interview Astles told us we would need to email in our questions and they would provide a statement. We did, but we got nothing back.

Many in Wilmington, New Hanover County and Brunswick County feel moving Brunswick into the Myrtle Beach MSA will hurt recruiting efforts.

Politicians from all those areas, including Congressman Mike McIntyre and Sentor Kay Hagan have either signed or approved resolutions asking OMB and the census not to make the move.

If you would like to try your hand at getting an answer, you can email Ari at Ari_I_Astles@omb.eop.gov.

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County serves Berger with evidence against him

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Amotion hearing to scheduled for May 20.

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Commissioners vote to censure Berger, start amotion process

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –- New Hanover County Commissioners voted to censure Commissioner Brian Berger Monday. The Board also voted 3-2 in favor of moving forward with an amotion to remove Berger from his post as commissioner.

Amotion means the county has the right to remove an officer that is part of a governing board of a corporation for significant reasons, according to the UNC School of Government.

Chairman Woody White says serving in public office is a privilege, not a right.

“When you take certain actions like he’s done over the last two plus years, that privilege is revocable, and he claims it’s a right he has. He has breached the public trust,” White said.

Not all the commissioners thought filing an amotion against Berger was in the best interest for the county.

Commissioner Jonathan Barfield thinks the decision to remove Berger should be up to the voters, who elected him to his seat.

“It’s also their responsibility to recall those folks if they choose to,” Barfield said.

Barfield voted against the amotion citing his concerns of a potentially lengthy process.

“If this young man decided to sue the county or proceed with a legal matter, this could drag on for months. Before you know it, you’ll be at 2014, when his election term is up,” Barfield said.

Others do not think time is a factor in this case.

“When considering things that are right and wrong, time isn’t an issue there,” White said. “The time it may take to pursue is inconsequential to that.”

Berger issued a statement Monday afternoon that read: “I contest the introduction of the resolution censuring me, New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger. I refute the misleading and false allegations contained in the document.”

Berger has until May 17 to notify the county clerk if he chooses to seek an attorney.

The amotion hearing is set for May 20.

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WEATHER: Nice – but for how long

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – High pressure moves in finally bringing some much nicer weather today with daytime high temperatures running close to 70F this afternoon. While we will start the day with some

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