Local Interest
5:08 am
Thu July 20, 2006

Judge Strikes Down Cohabitation Ban

Pender County Sheriff's office where plaintiff Debora Hobbs worked.

Burgaw, NC – Judge Benjamin Alford's ruling strikes down a 201-year-old ban on cohabitation in the state. Lawyers for both sides are expected to officially sign the ruling in the next few days.

North Carolina's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union brought the lawsuit on behalf of a former Pender county emergency dispatcher, Debora Hobbs, who quit her job in 2004 after sheriff Carson Smith demanded she either marry her boyfriend or stop living with him.

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Thursday Commentary
11:56 am
Wed July 19, 2006

No Substitutes, Please

Like Pepsi? R.C. Cola? Coke? Loyal to the Cheer Wine? We all have our brand loyalties, says commentator Nan Graham.

Wilmington, NC – Check out Nan's website at www.nangraham.com

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Local Interest
9:49 am
Wed July 19, 2006

Congressman McIntyre Pushes for Poverty Authority

Wilmington, NC – Congressman Mike McIntyre says he hopes legislation to help alleviate poverty in southern states will hit the House floor this fall.

The measure creates the Southeast Crescent Authority that helps boost economic development in the poorest southeastern states and their most distressed counties.

McIntyre says SECA is modeled after the Appalachian Regional Commission. And says the measure is gaining attention and momentum on Capitol Hill.

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Local Interest
9:46 am
Wed July 19, 2006

Children's Museum gets New Director

Wilmington Children's Museum

Wilmington, NC – New executive director Mark Kesling comes to the Children's Museum from a private school in Indianapolis, IN, where he was Technology Director. Kesling arrives in Wilmington next week and officially starts work in early August.

The museum's been hunting for a new director since last fall. The board's first hire, announced in February, was let go after four days.

Founded in 1997, the Children's Museum opened in its new location on Orange Street in late April.

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Local Interest
3:11 am
Wed July 19, 2006

Not Too Hot to Watch Soccer

Wilmington, NC – Players and fans from across the country brave this week's heat and humidity as Wilmington hosts the 2006 U.S. Amateur Soccer Association's Veterans Cup.


Sweaty fans guzzle water and slop on the SPF at Wilmington's Veterans Park and they're just sitting on the sidelines.


Nearly 2,000 players will battle the heat on the field this week, but most are keeping their spirits as high as the temperatures.

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Local Interest
12:00 am
Wed July 19, 2006

Film Incentive Fix Stalls in State House

Wilmington, NC – Just about a year ago, Governor Mike Easley signed a state budget that authorized North Carolina's first film incentive package. The deal gave productions a 15% tax rebate on dollars spent in North Carolina on goods, services and labor.


New Hanover County Democrat Senator Julia Boseman sponsored the legislation.

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Local Interest
7:22 am
Tue July 18, 2006

DeLair, Hearne Ready to Run for City Council

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington City Council hopeful Pat Delair has filed her candidacy for a special election that will take place on October 10th.


This marks the second time Pat Delair has signed on to run for a seat on the City Council.


Delair came in fourth last year in a three-seat Council race and was overlooked in last month's appointment of a replacement for Bill Saffo.

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Local Interest
7:16 am
Tue July 18, 2006

Hearing on Living Together Lawsuit

Burgaw, NC – Oral arguments were heard Monday in Pender County superior court in a lawsuit filed by the North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union.


Emergency dispatcher Deborah Hobbs was living with her boyfriend in 2004 when Sheriff Carson Smith advised her that this did not comply with a 200-year-old state law making it a criminal offense for unmarried couples to cohabitate.


The ACLU filed a case on Hobbs's behalf last year.

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Thursday Commentary
12:32 pm
Mon July 17, 2006

The Elizabeth Town Lich Gate

There's a church gate in Elizabeth Town that commentator Ede Baldridge says is worth the drive.

Wilmington, NC – Ede Baldridge writes about memorable people and places in the southeast.

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