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Archive for March, 2014

Army general could learn fate in sex case today

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

FORT BRAGG, NC (AP) — An Army general who admitted breaking military law during improper relationships with three subordinates should learn his punishment Thursday.

After both sides finished closing arguments, Judge Col. James Pohl adjourned the hearing until Thursday morning.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair faces a maximum of more than 20 years in prison and dismissal from the Army, but will likely wind up with a far less severe punishment.

The judge could dismiss Sinclair from the Army, which would likely wipe out his health care and retirement benefits. If the judge allows Sinclair to retire from the military instead, Sinclair’s commanding officer would decide whether to reduce Sinclair’s rank – which could also cost him dearly in benefits.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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UNCW students present “The Write Stuff”

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — STAGE Company presents a double feature, The Write Stuff, written completely by UNCW students. They’ll be performing YOLO and Birthday Witch tonight through Sunday at the Browncoat Pub & Theater in downtown Wilmington.

In YOLO, a marine bio major loses everything, but finds a strange fortune cookie with strange instructions…leading him to self discovery. Birthday Witch tells the story of a witch’s son throwing her a birthday dinner. But one problem: everyone attending wants to kill his mom…the most powerful witch in the world.

Elizabeth Bernardo sat down with Good Morning Carolina to explain more about STAGE Company and let everyone know where and when they can catch the productions. Check out her full interview now.


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Last call for storm debris in New Hanover County

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Residents in the unincorporated area of New Hanover County are asked to have all remaining winter storm debris ready for pickup by Friday, March 21, 2014 as collection crews are expected to begin their second and final pass this weekend.

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First Alert Weather: Welcome spring! Wish it would stay a while

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

A nice warm up through the end of the week, but some more cold weather expected.

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Parking rates on the rise in Wrightsville Beach

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — As you pack that beach chair, sunglasses, and sunscreen make sure you include enough coins for parking meters because rates at Wrightsville Beach are going up.

The hours will remain the same, but the cost of going to Wrightsville Beach will not thanks to the rising cost of beach nourishment.

“The amount we’ve been setting aside is really nothing compared to the cost of the project and I see this as a way to start generating funds,” said Wrightsville Beach Mayor Pro Tem Darryl Mills.

While you’re lying in the sand it’s going to cost you more to park on the pavement. The hourly rate is increasing to $2.50 per hour, a day pass will increase from $12 to $15, and a weekly pass will set you back $75.

“I guess in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t sound like a whole lot when you’re coming here for a few hours, but I’m sure there are people who are going to probably just go to other beaches,” said Robert Ray.

According to a Lanier Parking study the $.50 cent increase will generate an estimated $448,000, a portion of which can be used for beach nourishment.

“You have a fiduciary responsibility for this town over the long haul and that’s called our beach,” said one unidentified Wrightsville Beach resident. “Without the beach, no one is coming here!”

While many in attendance say they understand the move one local business owner says the board’s patience with the old pay rates expired faster than his parking meter.

“I can understand where they came from, but I just feel like this last year has been a struggle in Wrightsville Beach being a business owner and a resident with the bridge work that is going on, so there is the obvious thought that maybe this might add to the frustration,” said Ray.

The rate increase will become final on Tuesday during a special meeting that was needed to give the town attorney time to rewrite a final copy of the ordinance.


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