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Archive for July, 2013

Last sales tax holiday for North Carolina shoppers this weekend

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Attention shoppers. The sales tax holiday weekend is only a few days away, but this will be the last tax free weekend for the state.

The change comes as part of a major tax reform measure signed into law last week by Gov. Pat McCrory.

After more than 10 years the back-to-school sales tax holiday will be coming to an end, but don’t worry. You have one last chance to shop tax free.

“Tax free weekend is a big weekend for retail stores,” Joseph Phillips said.

Phillips is no stranger to the frenzy surrounding tax free weekend. He has worked as a sales associate at Plato’s Closet for more than two years.

“We have people coming in and out all day,” Phillips said. “Everybody is getting ready to go back to school, and they all want to look good for their first day.”

Shoppers say they are upset about the changes.

“I am not happy about it at all,” Lora McCachren said. “You can really get some good deals on tax free weekend, and that is when a lot of people go shopping for things.”

Shoppers like McCachren have been big fans of the tax free weekend since it launched in 2002.

She says after this year she may be heading south to South Carolina, which has the same tax holiday.

“We are really close,” McCachren said. “I am betting a lot of people will probably go down when they go outlet shopping.”

According to the NC Retail Merchants Association, the annual tax free event is the second most profitable weekend of the year behind Black Friday.

The NC Department of Revenue says the state lost $13.6 million in tax revenue during last year’s sales tax holiday.

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Suspect sought in attempted break-in

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Window broken at Taco Bell on 17th Street

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Ex-Camp Lejeune Marine sentenced for crash that killed sister in Maine

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013


AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A former Camp Lejeune Marine has been sentenced to four years in prison for a drunken-driving crash that killed his sister and her boyfriend in Maine.

23-year-old Travis Lawler was on leave from Camp Lejeune in June 2012 when the car he was driving went off the road in Belgrade and struck a tree.

20-year-old Kristin Lawler of Oakland died at the scene, and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Jackson Bolduc of Belgrade, died the next day.

The Kennebec Journal reports that Lawler wore his full Marine dress uniform to his sentencing Monday, even though he was discharged months ago, telling the judge it was all he has in his life.

He sobbed as he apologized and pleaded guilty to manslaughter, drunken driving and violating bail conditions.

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

Photo Courtesy: pressherald.com

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Riverwalk construction begins in Wilmington

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

The Riverwalk is under construction. The Coast Guard is investigating the front wall of the Riverwalk, a sinkhole that has formed, and rippling that has developed in the road on Water Street.

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Housing summit to be held

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Wilmington, Affordable Housing Coalition to sponsor event

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