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Archive for June, 2013

ONLY ON 3: Failing downtown bulkhead means 2014 riverfront closure

Friday, June 21st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s one of the best known and most visited sites in historic downtown Wilmington. But some recent events have left engineers with a sinking feeling when it comes to the bulkhead under the Riverwalk.

We first reported last month the Coast Guard says the bulkhead is unstable. Now WWAY has learned the situation may be worse than originally thought.

The Wilmington Riverwalk is a draw for tourist and locals alike, many of whom enjoy a stroll and other highlights.

“I like that it’s old, and I like being right on the water right here,” Wilmington resident Zach Isidro said. “It’s calm and relaxing. It’s just a good view out here on the water where you can see the Battleship.”

But Coast Guard engineers have discovered that the bulkhead under the Riverwalk is failing and in desperate need of repair.

“In 2014, when this gets underway, we’re talking a closure of the block that is in front of the federal courthouse there,” city spokesman Dylan Lee said. “We’re going to redo it, and there is going to be new water and sewer going in, new street surface, new curbing, new sidewalks. That’s not to mention all of the work that’s underneath the coast guard property with the bulkhead.”

Though some see the 2014 closure of Riverfront Park as a bump in the road, or in this case a whole in the ground, many community leaders say that in the long term it’s worth it.

“In the end it’s going to be a great thing,” Wilmington Downtown Inc.’s John Hinnant said. “The park is going to be remodeled, and it’s going to be beautiful. It’s going to be gorgeous. I think it’s going to become a real source of community pride for everyone.”

Lee said, “For the future development we’re going to have better infrastructure underneath. That needs to happen to modernize our downtown and stay true to surface of the historic character.”

The Coast Guard will close parts of the Riverwalk during the third week of July so that it can survey the extent of the damaged bulkhead. That means the Downtown Sundown concert will be cancelled that week.

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Food Network won’t renew Paula Deen’s contract

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – The Food Network says it will not renew the contract of celebrity chef Paula Deen, days after it was revealed she admitted using racial slurs in the past.

The network said in a news release Friday afternoon that it would not renew Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of the month.

Deen has built an empire from her television shows, cookbooks and product endorsements. The Food Network began airing “Paula’s Home Cooking” in 2002 and added “Paula’s Best Dishes” in 2008.

Deen admitted while being questioned as part of a lawsuit that she had used racial slurs in the past. The network’s announcement came just hours after she posted a video online apologizing for her past mistakes.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Leland teen missing since leaving work Friday

Friday, June 21st, 2013

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Detectives in Brunswick County need helping find a teen who disappeared after leaving work earlier this week.

Imani Monique Ritcherson, 16, is a black female, 5’10”, 200 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen work at Food Lion at 1725 Reed Road in around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Det. Justin Stadler with Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 253-2777.

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Reported shootings at a high, police chief calls in extra patrols

Friday, June 21st, 2013

The number of reported shots fired in the Wilmington area is at a high for 2013. In an effort to combat the recent spike in gun violence, Chief Ralph Evangelous is calling in off-duty officers to patrol the streets.

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AT&T to host Wilmington job fair to fill 400 posts

Friday, June 21st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Just days after the the job market in our area took a hit with the announcement of 600 layoffs when DAK Americas closes its Navassa plant this fall, another business is looking to hire.

AT&T is looking for qualified candidates to be technicians. The telecommunications giant is holding a job fair at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The company is filling more than 400 jobs across the state to keep up with demand for its products and services.

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