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Archive for September, 2013

Text first, talk second

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

The campaign is designed to educate people on how to communicate with loved ones in the case of a catastrophic emergency. During and after emergencies, SMS text messages go through faster than mobile phone calls.

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Deputies arrest two for kidnapping and assault

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC, (WWAY) — Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detectives have arrested two suspects in connection to an incident that occurred on September 14.

Lawrence Wayne Jester, 25, of Starbroad Knolls, Shallotte and Misty Fawn Kelly, 28, of Longwood Road, Ocean Isle Beach have each been charged with common law robbery, first degree kidnapping, felony conspiracy, and assault inflict serious injury.

Jester and Kelly were arrested at Kelly’s home on Longwood Road early this morning.

The two are charged with kidnapping an adult male, beating him up, and taking personal items including his clothing a wallet in the early morning hours in the Project Road area of Ash.

Both Jester and Kelly are currently being held in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond.


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Latest dispute over convention center hotel

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – They haven’t even broken ground yet, but there is a lot of debate over the new proposed convention center hotel.

The owner of the Hilton Wilmington Riverside has sent another letter to council members disputing the new convention center hotel.

“If it cost less to get in the deal, you are doing to be able to do business at lower prices which again puts the Hilton and others existing hotels at a disadvantage,” said Matthew Davis.

Davis is a Wilmington attorney who represents Sotherly Hotels, the parent company of the Hilton Hotel in downtown Wilmington.

In a letter sent to City Council, Hilton wants the council to take a step back in the sale of the proposed hotel.

“There is a substantial issue as to the evaluation of the property. They have it at $579,000 and we have it at $2.8 million,” said Davis.

Mayor Bill Saffo does not agree.

“I have looked at the information their attorney sent over here and what I have found absolutely appalling was that the appraiser used no sales, no comparable sales within the City of Wilmington,” said Saffo.

Saffo says it has taken years to find a credible developer to build the 186-room Embassy Suites and doesn’t understand why questions are being raised now.

“To wait almost literally to the day before our meetings to have this tells me all I need to know about the operation and that gentleman that owns that hotel,” said Saffo.

Saffo says the new hotel will bring more conventions and organizations to our community.

The public will have the chance to speak on the land sale at Tuesday’s city council meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Wilmington City Hall.


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Local woman gaining national attention fighting for Affordable Healthcare Act

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

While the politicians argue over Obamacare in Washington, millions of Americans wonder how they will get the insurance the plan says they must have. But one woman in New Hanover County is in a different situation.

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Sen. Kay Hagan holds hearing to show importance of newborn screenings

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (WWAY) — Senator Kay Hagan (D), a mother of three, says a new bipartisan bill holds a special place in her heart.

Hagan helped introduce it at a hearing in Washington, DC to celebrate the 50th anniversary of newborn screenings.

A mother, originally from Brunswick County knows firsthand just how important the celebration is.

“The nurse discovered shortly after his birth that there were just some things about his coloring, his behavior that was abnormal,” Joye Mullis, a newborn screening advocate, and mother said.

Abnormalities Joye Mullis might not have known about if not for that nurse, and newborn screenings.

Those tests discovered that Ethan, who was born in March 2009, had a critical congenital heart defect, and saved his life.

“He was rushed to Duke University Medical Center where he underwent open heart surgery at just three days old,” Mullis said.

And Ethan isn’t the only baby saved by newborn screenings.

According to the March of Dimes about 1 in every 300 infants has a condition that screenings can find.

That’s why Mullis spoke at the hearing in Washington, DC today about her son’s disease.

“It was detected purely from that screening at the hospital,” Mullis said.

Sen. Hagan says stories like Mullis’s inspired her and Senator Orrin Hatch (R) of Utah to introduce the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act.

“I can personally remember when my children were born, and when this test was done, and just I think every parent prays for their child to be healthy,” Hagan said.

Hagan says the bill improves programs designed to identify, diagnose, and treat medical conditions in newborns.

An effort Mullis is grateful for as she raises a now healthy son.

“He is a happy, healthy four-year-old little boy. And I just feel that every baby in this country deserves that same opportunity,” Mullis added.

Hagan says this bill will not only save lives but also money. She says early detection and treatment of newborn illnesses saves millions of dollars.


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