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Archive for August, 2013

Police say Gastonia man dismembered murder victim

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have charged a Gastonia man with first-degree murder after the say he beat another man to death and dismembered him with a hacksaw.

According to investigators, 33-year-old Brian Scott Hord was charged Wednesday morning. Police said he used a hammer to beat Richard Lee Gentry to death on Tuesday and then dismembered the body with a hacksaw in an attempt to hide the body.

Arrest warrants say Hord and Gentry lived together in the same apartment, and that the 68-year-old Gentry was confined to a wheelchair and had only one leg.

Hord made his first court appearance on Wednesday. He is being held without bond in the Gaston County jail. It’s not known if he has an attorney.

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BUILDING HISTORY: A. David building

Thursday, August 29th, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Some buildings are old and some modern, this one is a little of each.

The A. David building downtown is certainly historic; it has undergone quite a few changes in 100 years to become the place it is now.

“That is what drew us to the space. we wanted to try to reclaim a historic building and create a modern use for it.” Said Clark Hipp, one of the owners.

Clark Hipp was ready for the job, he runs a modern architecture business and is experienced in the materials and planning needed to bring a building from one century into another.

There were some surprises, good ones.

‘When we purchased the building the last major renovation had been in the 70’s. through investigation we found the original tin ceilings a lot of exposed systems and duct work and we realty tried to bring a modern view to a historic place.” Hipp said.

That’s what it is a building with solid historic heart but modern amenities. it would do its builder proud.

“This is called the A. David building after the founder and builder of the building Abraham David, he began business in 1896 and built this building in 1908 to put his business in.” Cark told us.

One distinction of the building is the bright stained glass on the lower level, it adds a lot of color even on a rainy day.

“Downstairs we have the A. David executive suites it’s a group of offices that have shared amenities, there are various companies. Our reception area utilizes reclaimed wood from an old tobacco barn for the floor and some of the walls have river wood from the Cape Fear River. Again, trying to bring the history back into the building.” Clark revealed.

At 228 Front Street, the A David building is a great example of bringing a building from the past into the future and giving the city the best of both worlds.

If you know a building with a great story to tell, please let me know at cphillips@WWAYTV3.com

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Students celebrate the 50th Anniversary of “I Have a Dream”

Thursday, August 29th, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wednesday the nation marked the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream,” speech.

People from around our area found ways to honor King’s dream, including an event at Innes Park in downtown Wilmington.

As people across the country celebrated the day when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and recited those iconic words, “I Have a Dream.”

Wednesday students in the Port City joined the celebration.

“Most people think that it helped civil rights and helped pass that law, and I think it helped civil rights too, so yeah,” said Luke Lamporte, St. Mark Catholic School 6th Grade Student.

Luke was just one of the many students in our area that played a part of making Dr. King’s, “I Have a Dream” speech real on Wednesday.

“A lot of people are thinking about their freedom today and I am also thinking about our freedom ,” said Campbell Idol, St. Mark Catholic School 6th Grade Student.

The 6th grade students from St. Mark were not alone. Patrick Peoples is a senior at New Hanover High School and joined in on the 50th Anniversary celebration.

“To be able to have an integrated education at the most basic level is really a big deal for me,” said Peoples.

Several hundred people gathered at Innes Park and used this anniversary of King’s monumental speech to talk about how the general assembly influences our communities.

“This will be in our history text books and I hope that my children will be able to read it and laugh at how ridiculous some of these restrictive measures sound,” said Peoples.

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Nes & Notes – Picnic cruise; car show; wine and beer walk; Picnic with Purpose

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The Masonboro Channel Picnic Cruise has been rescheduled for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.

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Wilmington rally rails against legislative changes

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Among the issues addressed were abortion, voting rights, criminal justice and public education

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