Local Interest
4:41 am
Mon April 2, 2007

Homesellers Seek Saint Joseph

Wilmington, NC – While the cooling real estate market has some local sellers biting their nails, others are turning to divine intervention to woo that 'sold' sign.

Divine intervention in this case comes in the form of a four-inch statue of Saint Joseph, patron saint of homesellers.

Local Christian stores say they've had trouble keeping his statue in stock over the last year. Especially since their national suppliers are often sold out as well.

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Monday Commentary
3:36 pm
Fri March 30, 2007

Group Trying to Brand Wilmington as Arts Destination

A committee of arts patrons is joining with the city of Wilmington to promote the Cape Fear region as an arts and cultural destination.

Wilmington, NC – Local arts patrons want to replace 'beach' with 'Bach' when potential tourists think of Wilmington. And not just Bach; they're also hoping to conjure up images of art galleries, theatre performances, museum exhibits and more.

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Local Interest
4:17 am
Fri March 30, 2007

Wright Calls Star-News Article "Ridiculous"

Wilmington, NC – State Representative Thomas Wright calls Friday's Star-News article quote, utterly ridiculous.


The article claims Wright's donor records fail to match election reports, with nearly $120,000 unaccounted for. The New Hanover County democrat says errors could have been made in the 15 years his campaign has filed reports, but says Friday's article is ammunition in an attack orchestrated by fellow democrats.

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Local Interest
12:13 am
Fri March 30, 2007

Group Trying to Brand Wilmington as Arts Destination

Bridge to Bridge hopes to market the arts throughout the Wilmington area

Wilmington, NC – Local arts patrons want to replace 'beach' with 'Bach' when potential tourists think of Wilmington. And not just Bach; they're also hoping to conjure up images of art galleries, theatre performances, museum exhibits and more.

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Local Interest
10:36 am
Thu March 29, 2007

Telephone Tax Refund

Wilmington, NC – The Federal Government is trying to refund a tax that's older than the IRS, if it can get taxpayers to sign up for the refund.

IRS officials say only about 2/3 of taxpayers have claimed the telephone tax refund on their filings this year, despite it being open to anyone who paid for long distance service in the past three years.

Federal courts invalidated the tax last year, which the government originally enacted in 1898 to fund the Spanish American War.

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Thursday Commentary
10:12 am
Thu March 29, 2007

special delivery

When she was growing up, Nan Graham's family had a very elaborate package delivery system to sidestep the postal service.

Commentator Nan Graham's family had a rather unique approach to delivering packages from point A to point B. All to sidestep the post office...

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Local Interest
10:09 am
Thu March 29, 2007

A Pair of Towers for Downtown Wilmington

Wilmington, NC – Designs for a pair of high rises planned for the Wilmington side of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge are making their way through Wilmington's planning department.


The Gateway project goes before the city's Technical Review Committee Thursday morning for its first review.


The waterfront buildings will rise like bookends, surrounding the bridge with a roughly 230-foot tall condominium/hotel on the south side of the bridge, and a 178-foot tall condo rising on the north side.

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Local Interest
10:01 am
Thu March 29, 2007

Congressman McIntyre Calls For Prayer

Wilmington, NC – On Capitol Hill Wednesday Congressman Mike McIntyre called for the nation to pray for the country and its leaders.

McIntyre and 40 other members of congress have formed the Congressional Prayer Caucus, asking people, synagogues and religious organizations to pray for the nation five minutes a week.

Congressional Prayer Caucus members from the North Carolina delegation include Robin Hayes, Heath Shuler and Virginia Fox.

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The Front Porch
8:34 am
Thu March 29, 2007

The Front Porch

Wilmington, NC – A conversation about the week's news with Star-News and WHQR reporters.

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Local Interest
2:50 am
Wed March 28, 2007

Hog Lagoon Technology Bill

Wilmington, NC – State Representative Carolyn Justice introduced legislation Tuesday helping hog farmers pay for new technology to replace their lagoons.


Researchers out of NC State have rolled out five alternatives to the lagoon, but those options come with a price tag of up to $300,000. Hog farmers have said that's too expensive. So the Pender County Republican has filed a bill offering a pool of money that she says farmers can apply for to help pay for the cost.

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