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Archive for March, 2014

UPDATE: Restaurant owner says business closed because of legal dispute

Friday, March 28th, 2014

A local restaurant shuts down, and employees are upset with the way the closing was handled.

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Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative: Migrant Workers

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Friday night the downtown campus of Cape Fear Community College hosted a film screening and discussion about the exploitation of migrant workers in North Carolina. This was part of its “Not4$ale, the Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative” series.

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Britt’s Donuts season opening sweeter than ever

Friday, March 28th, 2014

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The rain couldn’t stop hundreds from lining the boardwalk for the iconic taste of a Britt’s donut.

Britt’s opened their doors for the 2014 season Friday, March 28th.

This is the 75th year for the legendary donut shop, that’s why local teacher and author felt it was the perfect time to publish a book commemorating the local landmark.

Norris is Britt’s self-proclaimed “biggest fan.”

“Everything i eat is judged by how good it is compared to a Britt’s Donut” Norris said.

He knows pretty much all there is to know about the legendary donut shop, he literally wrote the book on it.

Norris says, “It’s really a social and cultural focus point.”

He’s friends with the owners of the family business Bobby and Maxine Nivens

Norris said he always loved hearing them talk about the “old days.”

“The stories that came out of them were really worthy of a book.” Norris said, “They’re sweet in a really genuine way.”

and after 75 years of business on the Carolina Beach boardwalk There are surely plenty of stories to tell.

One section of the book even tells how Bobby and Maxine met.

Consistency is important to Britt’s.

They’ve offered the same menu since 1939.

Owner Bobby Nivens said, “Same thing, got the choice of glazed donuts or glazed donuts.”

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Four sent to the hospital after school bus crash

Friday, March 28th, 2014

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — One woman is recovering tonight after Highway Patrol says she rear-ended a school bus Friday morning.

Investigators say a woman driving a van on Highway 701 hit the bus when it stopped near Dogwood Lane in Whiteville.

Superintendent of Whiteville City Schools Dr. Thomas Hager says two Edgewood Elementary students were on the bus at the time of the wreck.

The students along with both drivers were taken to Columbus Regional for examination.

Dr. Hager says the bus driver and students were released, and the students were eager to get to class.

The driver of the van was air lifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for her injuries according to investigators.

Trooper Tubbs said as of Friday afternoon she has not been charged with anything, but he anticipates charges to be forthcoming.

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New brewery and tap room coming to Downtown Wilmington

Friday, March 28th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Do you like beer, and Venus flytraps? Well this new brewery may be just for you.

A new brewery called Flytrap Brewing is moving in to the Brooklyn Arts District of downtown Wilmington, with hopes of providing the Port City with a new choice in craft beers.

But that’s not all; the owner says he eventually would like to help conserve Wilmington’s native plant, the Venus flytrap.

“I wanted to create something that was community-oriented and had a neighborhood feel and I feel like the Venus Flytrap represented Wilmington in that way,” Owner Mike Barlas said.

The Venus Flytrap, which only grows native in Wilmington, has been in news a lot recently for all the wrong reasons.

Thousands of flytraps were stolen from Alderman Park last year, leaving the community to pick up the pieces. Barlas says he hopes his new brewery and tap room will help in the effort.

“The ultimate goal would be to financially support saving the habitat for the Venus Flytrap,” Barlas said.

But without any revenue coming in just yet, Barlas says that is hard to do. So for now, he says they are trying to raise awareness through their beers.

“I’ve got some hoppy Belgian and some malty beers, and a lot of different flavor profiles that I can achieve with those styles,” he explained.

He even named one beer in honor of the late “flytrap man.”

“Rehder’s Red is named after Stanley Rehder who was a local supporter of the Venus Flytrap and advocate for their habitat,” he said.

Barlas says he hopes to open his brewery by this summer, but he says it is way more than just a brewery.

“We’re sitting in the tap room which is going to be comprised of a pretty large bar with a lot of seats and some surrounding tables and some games and things. And then in the back there is going to be some brewing activity.”

Barlas says his goal, once the brewery is up and running is to distribute his beer throughout the community.

He says he is looking forward to changing the community in a positive way, while giving people of the Port City high quality, hand crafted ales.

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