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Families still feeling effects of Agent Orange

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Vietnam Veterans of America chapter to hold a town-hall meeting to address questions regarding Agent Orange

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Funding for 4th of July fireworks still tough sell for Wilmington

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington’s 4th of July fireworks mean big crowds and big business downtown, but the city is again struggling to find funds to cover the cost.

The show brings an estimated 40,000 people downtown each year.

The city budgets $30,000 for the firework show, but much of that cost is intended to be covered by a big name business.

Unlike last year, this year’s strategy was to get local businesses involved and contribute, but downtown business owner Mark Scharaga and several others say they were not asked to chip in.

“No, we have been asked at all,” Scharaga said.

But what if they had?

“If I had the advertising budget of a larger business, I think it’s definitely one of those things that you should be involved in,” he said.

The city plans to use the $10,000 it planned to spend this year along with $10,000 from next year’s budget to make up for this year’s lack of funding.

Options for next year include having a smaller fireworks show or possibly not one at all.

“I think it would be insane if they don’t have it,” Scharaga said. “It’s a tradition to have it. I mean, they it every year since I’ve been here.”

Aiden Kenny, who works downtown, said, “If we have a smaller show next year, we won’t have as many coming back and that could really impact local businesses.”

Fortunately, this year’s 4th of July fireworks show is expected to be just as spectacular as ever.

City Council will finalize their fireworks funding at their meeting which starts at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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Wilmington struggles to fund fireworks show

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More than 40,000 people come downtown each year to enjoy the independence day fireworks.
The city budgets 30-thousand dollars for the yearly event with costs intended to be covered by a big name business.
Unlike last year, this year’s strategy was to get local businesses involved and contribute.
Although for downtown business owner Mark Scharaga and several others say they were not asked to chip in.
He said,”No, we have been asked at all.”
We replied “But, what if you had?”
Scharaga replied “If I had the advertising budget of a larger business, I think it’s definitely one of those things that you should be involved in.”
The city plans to use the 10,000 it planned to spend this year along with 10,000 dollars in next year’s budget to make up for this year’s lack of funding.
Some options for next year include having a smaller fireworks show or possibly not one at all.
Scharaga expressed “I think it would be insane if they don’t have it. You know? I mean, it’s a tradition to have it. I mean, they’ve had it every year since I’ve been here.”
One downtown worker told us a smaller show would likely translate to fewer people.
For this year though, the Independence Day fireworks are planned to be as big as ever.

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Police seek help finding missing Wilmington boy

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

TreyQuan Corbett was last seen Saturday morning at his home at 607 S. 12th St.

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NEW DETAILS: Ammonia leak at Smithfield plant forces evacuations, sends 8 to hospital

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Emergency crews in Bladen County are responding to reports of an ammonia leak at the Smithfield Packing Plant.

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