Wilmington, NC – Blakely's eulogy was punctuated several times by laughter, as friends shared stories, played music, and remembered a man described as a "centrifugal force" in the film community.
More than 200 mourners attended Sunday's memorial service at Screen Gems Studios, which followed a fundraiser at the Bella Festa nightclub the night before. Among his many hats, Blakely did booking and promotion for the Bella Festa and worked with the Cucalorus film festival.
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.
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.
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.
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.