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Archive for October, 2014

Frank’s Pizza to recover after boardwalk fire

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Frank’s Pizza owner Patrick Adair has seen his share of heartbreak during the past few months, losing his mother and then his business.

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Section of N.C. 179 to close in Brunswick County Monday

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

One area of Brunswick County is set to undergo construction and will experience subsequent road closures. Storm drain pipe will be installed along the section of N.C. 179 between Village Point Road and Hale Swamp Road.

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McCrory on UNC Scandal: “It’s academic fraud”

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Governor Pat McCrory was in town talking about the Chapel Hill scandal, along with a number of other high profile topics.

McCrory was attending a Coastal Resources Commission meeting to learn more about issues facing the Carolina coast.
When talked turned to the topic of scandal at UNC the governor wasn’t mincing words.

“It was a disturbing reminder that if you forget your priorities of education and forget any oversight of those giving the education then bad things happen,” said Governor McCrory, calling the scandal involving ghost classes aimed at boosting the GPA’s of UNC athletes, “academic fraud.”

According to a new report, nearly 20 years of academic fraud took place at UNC Chapel Hill. The Governor looking at the issue and directing his energy toward ensuring the UNC system stays free of fraud.

“Make sure that we do not have this culture existing anywhere else,” said the Governor, “and hold those accountable that encouraged this culture and didn’t change it.”

McCrory said he looked forward to working with UNC’s Chancellor and other UNC System schools to keep something like this from happening again.

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CB leaders revoke boardwalk extension proposal

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

It’s back to the drawing board for Carolina Beach leaders after they withdrew their proposal for the north end boardwalk extension.

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: The many hats of Jim Leutze

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Our Extraordinary Person of the Week has penned a new book with his perspective on where North Carolina once was and is now. His experience in the Tarheel State is vast and has him thinking we’re headed in the wrong direction and he knows his history. This week we introduce you to the many hats of Jim Leutze.

“I’m just as busy as I ever was,” Jim Leutze told Daniel Seamans over the long time educators patio table. Jim Leutze makes retirement look like a full time job.
“North Carolina is my adopted state,” Leutze said. “My children grew up here, they live here, grandchildren grew up here.”

Leutze graduated from Duke. He was a professor of history at UNC at Chapel Hill. But maybe best known for his tenure as former chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Matter of fact, it’s well documented that during his 13 years at UNCW, the school grew in both enrollment and prestige. In 2010 he had an unsuccessful run for NC Senate, but his passion for North Carolina has never faded.

“Here I spent 35 years in education and I don’t think North Carolinians know what’s going on in the state,” Leutze said. “I did a bad job, apparently. I didn’t ignite enough passion in people about public affairs and what’s going on.” His passion can be found his newly released book, ‘Entering North Carolina: Set clocks back 100 years’. Leutze said of the new book, “It’s a call to arms for people who don’t like the way the state is going.”

The cover alone speaks volumes(see video) and inside the book, his words paint a colorful picture of history headed to repeating itself. “This book is different, this is not intended to be a full history of Carolina,” Leutze said. “It’s more using history to explain what is going on today.”

And he is adamant that he’s not picking parties. “Let me make it clear,” says Leutze. “This is not intended to be partisan. I don’t care who is in power, where it is epublican, libertarian, democrat, a new party, or someone with a vision for the future and wants to see us going forward, not backward.”

One thing for sure is that Jim Leutze is passionate about the people of North Carolina and that’s ‘extraordinary’.

One last note, Jim Leutze will be joining the WWAY crew on election night for his expert analysis alongside political consultant/strategist Chad Adams and our own political expert and news director Kevin Wuzzardo.
Our special election night coverage begins at 10:55 on WWAY and is commercial free for 40 minutes.

If you would like to nominate someone who you think is extraordinary, email me at dseamans@wwaytv3.com
-Daniel

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