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Archive for May, 2013

Shallotte eatery hopes to see food fortune from film

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Movie crews from the feature film Tammy are packing up and heading to south Brunswick County, taking over one restaurant for the weekend.

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NC man gets prison time for tweeting Obama threats

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A North Carolina man is headed to prison for threatening President Barack Obama through Twitter during the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

A federal judge sentenced Donte Jamar Sims on Wednesday to six months after he pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly and willfully making a threat to take the life of the president.

Sims admitted using his Twitter account, @DestroyLeague_D, to post five threats in advance of Obama’s September arrival to speak in Charlotte, including “Plotting president Obama’s Murder,””Ima Assassinate president Obama this evening!” and “The Secret Service is gonna be defenseless once I aim the Assault Rifle at Barack’s Forehead.”

Authorities say the 22-year-old from Charlotte told them he was high on marijuana when he made the threats. He later wrote an apology to Obama.

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Loaded pistol seized from carry-on bag at ILM

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

A Carolina Beach man told airport police he put the gun in his bag and forgot it was there, an official said.

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NC Ports takes step toward wood pellet business

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New business could be burning its way into the Port of Wilmington. After months of negotiations the North Carolina Ports Authority and wood pellet company Enviva are inching closer to a partnership.

The NC Ports Board of Directors took an axe to the bargaining table and came away with two agreements that could chop into North Carolina unemployment.

“They relate to one another relative to a project that we have been talking about for a while for the development of a wood pellet export facility at the Port of Wilmington,” Ports Executive Director Jeff Miles said. “Enviva will make the investment, and the North Carolina Ports Authority will be the operator, and we hope we’ll be in operation by January the 15th.”

Under the terms of the agreement, work would be split between two the Port of Morehead City and another at the Port of Wilmington.

Environmentalist Michael Rice of Save the Cape says this is the kind of business the port needs to be successful.

“These are exactly the right kinds of things that the ports authority should be doing,” Rice said. “It serves regional agribusiness and is business that has been brought to them, so it seems to be quite a good fit.”

Enviva claims it would use the two facilities to produce and store low-value waste wood that would be shipped to Europe. But not all coastal advocates have the same kind of enthusiasm over the work the company does.

“This company is cutting down whole old-growth forests and chopping them up and sending them overseas to be burned in furnaces that create pollution,” NC Coastal Federation’s Mike Giles said. “Whether that pollution is worse than coal hasn’t been decided. We need to go slow and think about what we’re going to do.”

The lease agreement now moves to the Council of State for final approval.

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GE looks to leaders for incentives package

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Leaders in New Hanover County will have to consider spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to ensure an existing company stays local for a proposed expansion.

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