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Archive for June, 2014

Petition works to memorialize Snow’s Cut Bridge in honor of Sgt. TJ Butler

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

petition to memorialize the Snow's Cut Bridge after fallen hero and Hampstead native, Sgt. TJ Butler is currently gaining signatures.

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AMBER Alert issued for missing NC child

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

An AMBER Alert has been issued for a missing 2-year-old child out of Grifton, NC.

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UPDATE: Police Chief speaks out regarding officer standoff

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Officers with “Negotiator” on the back of their vests were seen earlier in the day at the scene and a Wilmington Police Mobile Command Post was set up in one of the parking lots at the Reserve.

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An “Uber” trendy way to get around

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington is in the second batch of cities in the state selected for the ride sharing application after Charlotte and Raleigh.

Users simply open the app, request a pick up and the nearest available Uber driver gets a notification. The app tells you who is coming to get you and what kind of car they’ll be driving. All payment can be made through the app, so there’s no need for cash.

Uber drivers use their personal car and work whenever they want. Wilmington Uber driver Jonathan Ward owns a printing company and uses Uber to make some extra money. He says it’s a safer, more convenient transportation option.

“I would get in any Uber driver’s vehicle personally, and that says a lot, ’cause I wouldn’t just jump in anyone’s car,” Ward said.

The drivers go through a criminal and sex offender background check before they can become an Uber partner.

Ward thinks once the word gets out about Uber, many folks will choose it over other transportation services like taxi’s.

Manager of the local cab company Katt’s Taxi Tracie Chrisante says, “The taxi industry has to step up.”

She says there will always be competition, but the taxi industry is going to have to step up it’s game.
“Cabs should be clean, drivers should be nice,” Chrisante said.

Because ride-sharing apps are fairly new, legislation regulating the services have yet to catch up. States are slowly but surly clarifying how these services handle insurance policies.

Folks that have used Uber in other cities rave about their service. Kendra Bullington has used Uber many times. She says, “It’s more personable than a taxi and honestly more reliable. I’ve never had a bad experience with Uber.”

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Wilmington soccer fans happy despite USA loss

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — World Cup Fever grabbed a lot people in downtown Wilmington this afternoon.

The US team could not come up with a win, but it did enough to advance. They also got a lot of people to miss work or take an extended lunch.

From new fans to Hammerheads to the long-time soccer fans and even four-legged fans, more than 100 supporters cheered on the USA along with the Wilmington Hammerheads at the Husk in downtown Wilmington, though not everyone wanted to admit it. There were some fans there that couldn’t be interviewed, because they didn’t want their bosses to know where they were.

Hammerheads coach David Irving seemed to agree with everyone watching that this year’s World Cup is much different than previous ones.

“I think the US had more fans down in Brazil than anyone,” Irving said. “Look at all of the bars across town. They are full, and the support is unreal.”

A long-time fan, Brad Boose, says people just get it now.

“Oh, the fan base is great,” he said. “I think a lot of it has to do with social media. People understand what is going on now.”

Hammerheads forward Brian Ackley agrees.

“I think everyone is more aware of what is going on and what to cheer for,” Ackley said.

They said it has become about patriotism

“Everyone comes here to cheer for the USA,” Boose said.

Boose says that may be one of the reasons the fans went wild, even after the US lost to Germany 1-0.

“Yeah, it was through the roof,” he said. “It was all about advancing. That was the main goal to advance to the group of 16, which we did.”

Irving says he hopes some of these national team fans will become local soccer fans. If so, you can catch the Hammerheads’ next game Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Legion Stadium.

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