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Archive for May, 2014

Former State Representative released from New Hanover Co. prison

Monday, May 26th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Former State Representative Thomas Wrigth is out of prison after more than six years behind bars, following fraud and obstruction of justice convictions.

The Wilmington Democrat was released from the New Hanover Correctional Center, which is a minimum-security prison, around 6:30 a.m. today. According to the AP, Wright will now serve nine months of post-release supervision.

In 2008, Wright was sentenced to up to eight years in prison after a probe into a complaint filed to the State Board of Elections revealed his mishandling of charity contributions and fraudulently obtaining a loan. The former Representative served in the state House for 15 years before being the first member expelled in more than a century.


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WPD: Woman crashed car into side of Wilmington house

Monday, May 26th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say a woman who was speeding lost control of her car, slamming into the side of a house this morning.

Police say it happened in the 100 block of Covil Avenue just before 11 a.m. They say witnesses told them they noticed the woman driving too fast before she took out a median sign near Market Street, then veering off the road and into the side of the home.

No one was inside the house at the time because police say it was undergoing renovations. The driver was cited for careless and reckless driving after one of her passengers was taken to the hospital for injuries.


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Students explore an outdoor classroom

Monday, May 26th, 2014

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Masonboro is not just an island. It’s now an outdoor classroom. It’s all a joint effort by masonboro.org and the North Carolina Coastal Reserve to teach kids about the marine ecosystem unique to our area, using a hands-on approach.

The groups launched the Island Explorer program as an opportunity for students to identify wildlife, take water samples, and even monitor the weather…free of cost. Organizers hope students gain a lasting appreciation for the island.

“We are hoping that by having these young kids over here, that that same message of appreciation will carry through with them,” said organizer Haywood Newkirk. “They will want to preserve the island and maintain responsible public access to it in the future.”

Masonboro,org is having a benefit to raise money for the island explorer program June 5 at Bradley Creek Marina. The goal is to raise enough money to offer this opportunity to all New Hanover County students.


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Battleship North Carolina gets huge donation

Monday, May 26th, 2014

While hundreds of visitors pay homage to veterans and service members on this Memorial Day, the U.S.S. Battleship North Carolina has announced a $3 million pledge from the State Employees' Credit Union.

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Tepid response to letter asking for support of UNCW chancellor

Monday, May 26th, 2014

The letter, addressed to UNC System President Thomas Ross, the UNC Board of Governors and the UNCW Board of Trustees, asked for those governing organizations to focus on the positive aspects from Miller's less than three years in the area.

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