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Archive for January, 2014

Hammerheads bring back Troy Cole

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Wilmington Hammerheads FC have officially announced that defender Troy Cole will be returning to Wilmington for the 2014 USL PRO regular season. Cole debuted with the Hammerheads in 2012 and will return to the squad for the upcoming season after playing with VSI Tampa Bay FC last year.

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Silver Alert issued for missing Whiteville woman

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The NC Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman, Brooklyn Simone Baldwin.

Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Brooklyn Simone Baldwin, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Anyone with information about Brooklyn Simone Baldwin should call Sgt. Worley at the Whiteville Police Department at (910) 642-5111.

Gender: Female DOB: 02/19/1995 Age: 18 Race: Black Height: 5′ 9″ Weight: 170 pounds

Hair Color: Black Hair Length: Medium Eye Color: Brown

Clothing Description: Blue Jeans, Sweatshirt

Reporting Law Enforcement Agency: Whiteville Police Department

Location of Incident: 200 Jordan Lane Apt 201 Whiteville NC

Location Last Seen: 200 Jordan Lane Apt 201 Whiteville NC

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ONLY ON 3: Homeowners, leaders sound off against insurance rate change plan

Friday, January 24th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Homeowners and leaders sounded off today about the insurance industry’s request to raise homeowners rates again across North Carolina.

Calabash, like other coastal communities, could see homeowners insurance rates increase by 35 percent later this year if insurers get their way.

For a community made up of mostly seniors, Mayor Mary Knight says living is simply becoming unaffordable, especially with many residents already fighting the rise of medical costs.

“With the rising cost of medication, physician care and the small necessities of life; for a 35 percent increase to come along, virtually overnight is just not something we can accept,” Knight told a public comment session today in Raleigh.

Carolina Shores Mayor Walt Goodenough echoes the same message and thinks this could have a ripple effect.

“I am betting a lot of them, if a rate like this goes through, will start dropping their homeowners policies, which will create another problem,” Goodenough said.

One Carteret County realtor says increases will also affect North Carolina’s tourism industry.

“As my costs go up, I’ve got to raise the rent,” Mark Mansfield said. “I mean, it really erodes away at the middle class.”

To ensure beachfront properties do not erode away, leaders say it costs thousands of dollars more to build these homes up to code.

“We are making it better for them to have to not pay out claims, but they’re still charging us more money,” Mansfield said.

“I have no idea what they are looking to do,” Goodenough said. “The standards are getting out of hand.”

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin also thinks this is getting out of hand and has vowed to fight the rate changes. If the NC Rate Bureau, which represents insurers, and the Department of Insurance cannot reach an agreement, a public hearing will be held.

While many people in our area would see their rates go up 35 percent, others in parts of Wilmington, Leland, Burgaw and other communities would see a nearly three-percent drop under the plan.

Insurers say they need the average 25-percent statewide hike because of higher claims recently from tornadoes and storms.

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Wolfe won’t seek reelection to New Hanover Co. Commission

Friday, January 24th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Tom Wolfe says he will not seek election to a full four-year term this fall.

Wolfe was appointed last year to fill the unexpired term of Rick Catlin after Catlin won a seat in the NC House of Representatives.

Wolfe cited personal reasons for his decision not to run.

“To commit to another full four years to serve the county and its citizens is not a commitment I felt I could make at this time,” Wolfe said in a statement. “I have really enjoyed my tenure to date and will continue to put every ounce of effort I can into my full time job as County Commissioner.”

Filing for elections opens Feb. 10 and runs through Feb. 28.

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Wrapping pipes in thermal tape to prevent them from bursting

Friday, January 24th, 2014

At least one housing complex in the Wilmington area is doing what it can to ensure pipes don't freeze…again…as temperatures drop.

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