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Archive for October, 2013

Bridge players unite to benefit hospice

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Bridge players are passionate about their game. Why is this so?

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Candidate profile: Kevin O’Grady

Monday, October 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Four years ago Kevin O’Grady ran for City Council promising to clean up the downtown Wilmington’s nightlife. He says after helping do that, he’s refocused his attention on downtown.

“One of the things I’d like to achieve is a substantial green space on the river; one that we can really use not only for a public space on the river, but also to use for events,” O’Grady said. “I think we saw it last year with the azalea festival when it brought 15,000 in over two nights, and they had to stand in a parking lot.”

O’Grady and his fellow council members tried to deliver a multi-use facility to Wilmington in the form of a baseball stadium, but after 70 percent of voters shot down the proposal last fall, it was back to the drawing board.

“That was an opportunity that came to us, and when an opportunity comes, that’s when you have to strike. There may be better times for it in the future,” O’Grady said.

With the future in mind O’Grady says he sees opportunity all around Wilmington, but only if there is a philosophical shift.

“We’re going to have to go up, and we’re poised for it,” he said. “I would love to see some high-rise buildings come downtown, because it produces an enormous amount of tax for a small amount of property, and that helps keep the rates on all of our single-family homes lower.”

O’Grady says ideas like this are what he is passionate about and the reason he is asking for your vote.

“I think I have a lot still to offer the city,” O’Grady said. “I believe you don’t hide your talents, and I’ve got a lot of talent. I’m ready to use that talent, and I’m proud and I’m really honored that people let me do it for the last four years, and I’d be very honored if I could do it for another four.”

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

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Local business briefs – NC ABC to offer training for servers

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The training program is called Responsible Alcohol Seller/Service Program

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Ride operator appears in court on NC fair injuries

Monday, October 28th, 2013

MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A ride operator facing criminal charges over injuries at the North Carolina State Fair has made his first court appearance.

Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow of Quitman, GA, faces three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury.

Wake County District Court Judge Keith Gregory declined to lower Tutterrow’s $225,000 bond. The 46-year-old defendant was returned to jail in handcuffs.

The “Vortex” jolted into motion Thursday evening as people were exiting, dropping riders from heights of up to 30 feet. Wake Sheriff Donnie Harrison says the ride had been intentionally tampered with to bypass critical safety devices.

Three people remained hospitalized on Monday, including a 14-year-old child.

Records show Tutterrow has twice been arrested for drug charges, including a 2002 felony charge of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

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

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Owner of alleged puppy mill charged with animal cruelty

Monday, October 28th, 2013

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County woman is out of jail on an unsecured bond after deputies charged her with animal cruelty today nearly three weeks after seizing dozens of animals from her home.

Marilyn Medina faces 13 counts of cruelty to animals.

On Oct. 9 deputies and animal welfare groups raided Medina’s home on NC 11 in Willard. They took more than 100 animals from the property, including dogs, chickens, cows and a goat, according to the Humane Society.

Medina agreed to surrender the animals, which were taken to shelters in Wake and Guilford counties.

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