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Archive for August, 2013

BREAKING: Robbery at the Scotchman located on Market Street.

Friday, August 30th, 2013

According to New Hanover County Dispatch, The Scotchman located on 4415 Market Street near South Kerr Ave. was robbed around 5:40 Friday morning.

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Hinnant bids farewell to Wilmington Downtown Inc.

Friday, August 30th, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Friday will be the last day on the job for Wilmington Downtown Incorporated’s leaders, John Hinnant.

Hinnant became the Executive Director of WDI in June of 2006 and says he has loved serving the city.

John Hinnant has been the leader of WDI for the past 6 years and says he will still be around to help downtown grow and thrive.

Hinnant announced his departure in June, but stayed on to see the completion of projects like the Downtown Sundown Concert Series.

Hinnant will now focus on his commercial real estate business. He says now is the right time to step aside, because he feels like the city is better of than it was when he first took office.

“I think we have positioned downtown to provide significant leadership to the region,” said Hinnant.

Wilmington Downtown Incorporated is a public private partnership, governed by a 35-member board. Their purpose is to promote economic growth and cultural activities and events in downtown Wilmington.

WDI began a nationwide search to replace Hinnant in June, but now word yet on who will be the organizations new leader.

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Police respond to shots fired off Old Eastwood Rd.

Friday, August 30th, 2013

 Police in Wilmington are responding to a shots fired call in the area of Old Eastwood Road. According to New Hanover County dispatch, a caller dialed 911 after an altercation left one man bloodied.

There are few details available about what actually happened at this time, but it could be stemming from a robbery in the area. The caller says a man tried to steal a gun out of her purse, and another man in the area shot at the robber with his own gun.

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EX-GOP congressional candidate Pantano gets NC vets job

Friday, August 30th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A former U.S. Marine lieutenant who twice ran as a Republican for Congress will serve as the new director of the N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs.

Ilario Pantano of Wilmington will start his new job Sept. 5. He will be paid an annual state salary of $90,000.

Pantano was charged with two counts of premeditated murder in 2004 after he shot two unarmed Iraqis and then hung a taunting sign near their bullet-riddled bodies. A Marine general later dropped the charges, ruling there was insufficient evidence to proceed to court martial. Pantano resigned in 2005.

Pantano campaigned unsuccessfully for North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District seat in 2010 and 2012. He was also vice chairman of Veterans for McCrory, a group affiliated with the campaign of now Gov. Pat McCrory.

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

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Manufacturer to expand operation in Lenoir County

Friday, August 30th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A company that makes products used for remodeling and new construction is expanding its operations in Lenoir County and says it plans to create 252 new jobs.

Associated Materials Inc. announced its plans Thursday, adding that it plans to invest more than $5 million over the next five years in Kinston.

The company is the parent of several North American manufacturing and distribution operations, including Alside Window Company, one of Kinston’s largest employers. Its products and services target both the remodeling and new construction markets in the continental United States and Canada, serving the needs of contractors, builders, remodelers and architects.

Associated Materials currently employs more than 540 people in North Carolina.

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

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