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Archive for October, 2013

Local business briefs – Walsh named CEO of AAIPharma-Cambridge Major Laboratories

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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Body of apparent overdose victim found in woods

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

The body was found Tuesday afternoon in a patch of woods at 13th and Marstellar streets

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Locally filmed ‘Dempsey Sisters’ to air Saturday

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

The inspirational film follows three sisters who decide to reunite the family singing group

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Candidate profile: Earl Sheridan

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — He’s been on the Wilmington City Council for eight years. Now Earl Sheridan says he wants your support for four more years, so he can continue to make a difference in his hometown.

You may have seen him strolling down Chancellor’s Walk on his way to teach political science at UNCW or working in City Hall as Wilmington’s Mayor Pro-Tem.

Now Sheridan says he needs your vote to continue improving the Port City.

“I’ve been active in the community. I love Wilmington,” Sheridan said. “I want to make it a… It’s already a great place. I want to make it an even better place.”

Sheridan says over the past eight years he has worked hard to end youth violence in Wilmington. It’s a struggle that with the recent influx in crime has reignited his efforts. He and council already voted to fund a gang investigative unit for WPD, but Sheridan says it takes more than suppression to end the violence.

“I also think council supports non-profits and social service agencies that work in our city, because it’s not just a suppression issue. It’s an issue of prevention as well,” he said.

With eyes on the future, Sheridan says his focus should he be re-elected is on affordable housing and economic development.

“I’m interested in working on affordable housing and things of that nature, and I think there are just more things I want to accomplish as far as providing maybe some economic development, helping to provide jobs and opportunities for people,” Sheridan said.

But after voters overwhelmingly turned down the ballpark last year Sheridan has other ideas for bringing in those opportunities.

“I think the way you do that, you have amenities in the city that draw people,” Sheridan said. “You have good bike paths and sidewalks and parks and things of that nature. You have the arts. You have things that companies want will want to come.”

Early voting is underway and runs through Saturday. Election Day is Nov. 5.

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Candidate profile: Skip Watkins

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Skip Watkins has become a familiar face in Wilmington helping run the Cape Fear Fair & Expo. Now he wants to serve the community in a different role: City Council.

Watkins is no stranger to the Port City. He has lived in Wilmington for more than 30 years and says his experience as a financial advisor has prepared him to run for a seat on City Council.

“Although everything is not about numbers, what really pushed me over the edge was the head long run towards a baseball stadium,” Watkins said.

Watkins says he wants to be the voice for every taxpayer and wants the city to avoid bad debt choices like the push for a stadium last year.

“There was a qualitative aspect, I respect that, but the quantitative, the numbers just weren’t there and it made me realize that I wanted to bring my fiscal guidance to city council,” Watkins said.

Watkins says another issue that concerns him is the alarming increase in crime.

“Yes, it is true that our crime rate has improved over the last eight or 10 years, but we are still well above national and state averages,” he said.

He says council needs to give police the resources they need to prevent and investigate crime.

“I will support many programs in the community, but we need to take care of the necessities first, so my goal when we get into office is to prioritize what needs to be done, but we must address the necessities first,” Watkins said.

Watkins says his run for city council is more than just policy. He says Wilmington won’t improve until everyone works together.

“Anything that happens in Wilmington or the county affects each other,” Watkins said.
It also affects Pender and Brunswick, so anything that happens in any government, muncipal or county government affects the region.”

Early voting is underway and runs through Saturday. Election Day is Nov. 5.

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