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Archive for October, 2013

Beemer Bavarian fest

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A local car dealership put the Bavarian in BMW. The Schaeffer Bavarian fest took full advantage of the brands German heritage and used the event to celebrate. Schaeffer was awarded a 2013 Center of Excellence Award.

With German food, fun and games the crowd enjoyed the event. The car dealer started this festival a few years ago to say thanks to their customers.

“The first year that we did it the turn out wasn’t what we hoped, last year was good and this year we were surprised.” Said General Manager Turner Schaeffer.

While recorded German tunes played for the crowd, the band was contemporary . Schaeffer explained all the German bands were booked this year.


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WECT INVESTIGATES: Legal fees in Kure Beach total $240,000

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

According to documents we've obtained, to date, the town has racked up more than $240,000 in legal fees involving a lawsuit over its Ocean Front Park.

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North Carolina AG files lawsuit over robocalls

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has filed a lawsuit against an alarm system company that he says made illegal robocalls to numbers listed on the Do Not Call Registry.

Cooper filed the lawsuit Wednesday against ISI Alarms NC, Inc. and owner William Jason Waller of Iredell County. The lawsuit seeks civil penalties for illegal robocalls the company made to North Carolina consumers.

More than 1,000 North Carolina consumers contacted the Consumer Protection Division after receiving misleading robocalls. Many consumers who reported getting calls had listed their phone numbers on the registry.

ISI Alarms is no longer operating but Cooper wants to make sure it pays for violating telemarketing laws.

The lawsuit comes 10 years after the Do Not Call Registry was launched to protect consumers from unwanted telemarketing calls.

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City Council candidates square off in WWAY, WHQR forum

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — WWAY’s political editor Kevin Wuzzardo and WHQR’s Kate O’Reilly grilled five of the six city Wilmington City Council candidates so you have the best possible tools to cast your vote when you head to the polls.

“We’re doing a good job,” said Kevin O’Grady. “We’re getting the work done. We’re advancing the city.”

It was a debate of old school politics versus new school politics.

“I think I could bring a fresh new voice to council,” said Derek Bickel. “As a father of young children I think I’m in an authentic position to represent those hopes, needs, and concerns of families raising children”

A wide range of ideas bantered about by candidates hoping to represent the Port City.

“There’s a lot to love about Wilmington,” said Earl Sheridan. “I think it’s a beautiful city. I think it’s a nice, beautiful city to live in.”

But that hasn’t been the case of late. After a rash of gang violence the topic on everyone’s mind was safety, though not all agreed on how to mend the situation.

“The city council took a first step to it a week or two ago when they did the gang investigative task force getting those over hires,” said Bickel. “We obviously need to fill those positions that are lost.”

“We’ve got to stop the mentality that brings the young people to that point,” said Skip Watkins. “You know there are a lot of single family homes. We can’t put a daddy in a house but maybe we can put a coach in the field or a tutor.”

However there was one thing all candidates could agree on.

“Vote for me because I’m not a politician,” said Bickel.

“I’d like a chance to do it again for another four years,” said Sheridan.

“I don’t think I’m done yet,” said O’Grady. “I think I’ve still got some more on the inside that will come out.”

“If people are satisfied with the way council is running don’t vote for me,” said Watkins. “If they want a change please vote for me. Either way go vote!”

Charlie Rivenbark was the only candidate that was unable to attend Wednesday night’s forum because he had a medical emergency.


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BUILDING HISTORY: Hughes Brothers Tires

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A business started in the 20’s and a landmark built in the 30’s, it is still run by a man who loves to keep people rolling.

”Been in the tire business for about 41 years.” John Allen says.

John is the owner now, but his name isn’t Hughes.

”The Hughes brothers founded this business in 1921. It’s the oldest existing tire dealership in North Carolina.” Allen says proudly.

The trademark for this tire dealer on Market is the prominent cover in front of the business. It’s hard to miss.

”The reason it’s so high is, back in 1935 when this building was finished there was no height limit on trailers. So they wanted anything that came down highway 17 to be able to pull in.” Allen explained.

The tire business has changed since the Hughes brothers started the business in the 1920’s.

”Lot simpler than it is now, probably a hand full of sizes. Now we have over 4 thousand sizes of passenger and light truck tires to choose from.” Allen told us.

The business has changed but you don’t have to look far to see signs of the past. John has continued a good business and he is quick to share the credit.

”The main thing is we have a lot of employees that have been here a long time. I have been here 33 years and I have a couple of people that have been here longer than I have.” Allen said.

The Hughes Brothers knew what they were doing in business, John is pretty good too.

”I’ve been here since 1980 and when you come in to something good you don’t change the name on it.” Allen summarized.

If you know a building with a good story to tell, please let me know at cphillips@wwaytv3.com


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