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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This former Wilmington mayor and business veteran believes in his city. Harper Peterson is part of this week’s Building History.

“Wilmington is one of the oldest cities in the United States,” Harper Peterson explained. “ It’s got a great history dating back to the 1600s. “

Harper and his wife fell in love with Wilmington and saw a lot of potential here.

“We’ve lived downtown for over 30 years, our businesses Island Passage, Water Street Restaurant, City Market, Jacoby Warehouse , and Blue Post. We’re downtowners.” Harper summarized.

Urban renewal cost a lot of cities their foundation, Harper respects those who saved Wilmington from the wrecking ball.

“Back in the late 60s early 70s banks were giving you money to tear buildings down and redevelop. There were a few like Thomas Wright Jr and others who had the foresight to buy those buildings up and turn them back to people who wanted to come in and redevelop.” Peterson said.

Wilmington with its old buildings, cobblestones and horse carriages takes you back to another era. The building housing Mixto has a history in that era .

“This is s special building for us, it’s the oldest commercial building downtown., 1835. “ Peterson said.

Like all downtown buildings, this one has changed with history.

“A peanut warehouse , it was a slave warehouse before the war . Post war it became part of the maritime commerce up and down the river.” Peterson told us.

This building didn’t start out on Water Street, it started on the water.

“The river front was behind us and they kept extending the river front out, ballast stones support the building we’re in right now . This is an extension back in the late 20th century” Peterson said with pride.
Harper Peterson is a partner or principal in several businesses and he believes Wilmington’s history is the key to its business future.

If you know of a building with a good story to tell, please let me know at CPHILLIPS@WWAYTV3.COM

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‘Sopranos’ star James Gandolfini dead at 51

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

James Gandolfini, the actor who most famously portrayed Tony Soprano on the series “The Sopranos,” has died in Italy at age 51, according to his managers and HBO, which broadcast “The Sopranos.”

“It is with immense sorrow that we report our client James Gandolfini passed away today while on holiday in Rome, Italy,” said his managers, Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders. “Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving.”

HBO said in a prepared statement, “We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family. He was special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect. He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us.”

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Feud threatens future of Nakina Fire and Rescue

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Current and former volunteers of Nakina Volunteer Fire and Rescue have been feuding with each other for months about what's best for the department.

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What’s next for the film industry in Brunswick Co.

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

More film productions could soon be coming to the area, according to Wilmington Regional Film Director Johnny Griffin.

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Historic home moved by barge

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The Palmgren- O’Quinn house traveled up the Intracoastal Waterway , from Harbor Island by barge Wednesday afternoon.

The barge carried the 120 ton home to an empty lot on Pelican Drive, where the house will sit for the night.

Thursday morning, the home will be transported from Pelican Drive to West Salisbury Street, to Historic Square. There, it will become home to the North Carolina Coastal Federation.

The the two-story structure was built in 1946, on South Channel Drive. Former Wrightsville Beach Robert O’Quinn lived in the home, but put it up for sale in 2012. According to the North Carolina Coastal Federation, it worked with the O’Quinn’s, the new home owners, and Wrightsville Beach to secure the donation of the house, saving it from demolition.

The Coastal Federation said the only practical way to move the home was by a 90 foot by 50 foot barge. The journey was approximately four miles long and took about forty-five minutes. According to the captain, the barge traveled between five and eight miles an hour.

Ted Wilgis, of the Coastal Federation said Coastal Federation member’s donations and fundraising paid for the $1.2 million price tag of the project. He says that sum includes the $500,000- $600,000 value of the donated home, as well as moving and renovation costs. Wilgis expects the home to be open to the public by Christmas.

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