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Archive for November, 2013

School board member reluctant to explain Chinese “joke”

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

School board members in New Hanover County had plenty of questions about a proposed expansion of the immersion program at Forest Hills Elementary Tuesday night, but one board member did not want to answer any of our questions.

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Victim escapes as armed robber shoots and misses

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An armed robbery in Wilmington ended in a shooting Tuesday night. But, police said the victim wasn’t hit.

Lt. Blanton with the Wilmington Police Department said a 22-year-old man was leaving a convenience store around 9:45 p.m. when the robber came up behind him near 12th and Greenfield Streets and hit him in the back of the head with a handgun. He then demanded money. When the victim refused, the suspect cocked his gun. The victim quickly complied throwing $30 in cash at the robber. As the victim ran away, the suspect fired a shot that hit the ground.

Blanton said the suspect, who is described as a black man with dreadlocks and a red flannel shirt drove away in a silver vehicle.

At this time, there is no one in custody.

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Wilmington council okays $3.9M to buy land for downtown park

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

City council in Wilmington approved spending nearly $4 million on land near the riverfront for a future park. The sale price for the 6.6 acres of property is $550,000 per acre, bought from Riverfront Holdings, the same development company the city talked with about buying property for a proposed baseball stadium.

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City Council approves $3.9-million for downtown park

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Downtown Wilmington could have a very different appearance in the not so distant future after city council approved a $3.9-million dollar purchase of 6.3 acres on the downtown riverfront.

“It’s a historic moment the city has been looking for parkland along our riverfront for many years,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.

After years of searching the Wilmington City Council has found a home for a planned park along the north end of the historic downtown riverfront.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says the plan is laid out in the vision 2020 plan.

“We’d like to keep it more passive in nature and probably include some type of amphitheater type of facility where you can have concerts down there if you’d like,” said Saffo. “We’re also going to look at different types of programs and that’s something we’ll be evaluating and taking a look at.”

At least one taxpayer isn’t happy with the council’s newest purchase.

Paige Freeman says the city swung and missed when they tried to buy the property to build a taxpayer funded ballpark, and needs to accept that they struck out with voters.

“I think it’s a misuse of taxpayer dollars,” said Paige Freeman. “I think a venture of this type should be done by the private sector that can more soundly develop it with no cost or liability to the taxpayer.”

“I don’t think it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars,” said Saffo. “I think the citizens are going to be the biggest benefactors of that because they’re going to enjoy it.”

Saffo says that council will take recommendations from Wilmington residents at upcoming meetings as they try to decide their vision for the park property.

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Wilmington council okays $3.9M for park land; approves COLA increase in pay

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

City council in Wilmington approved spending nearly $4 million on land near the riverfront for a future park. The sale price for the 6.6 acres of property is $550,000 per acre, bought from Riverfront Holdings, the same development company the city talked with about buying property for a proposed baseball stadium.

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