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Archive - Apr 11, 2012

Developers working on private financing for ballpark; taxpayer share unclear

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video Securing financing for a proposed baseball stadium will no longer fall on Wilmington's shoulders. Today, the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties announced the ballpark would be financed and constructed privately. Even so, it will still require an uncertain amount of taxpayer dollars. Full story...
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WWAY's Wednesday night sports - April 11 - National Signing Day

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video The Wednesday night sports segment featured some of the region’s high school seniors signing letters of intent to play collegiate sports on National Signing Day. We also checked out the UNCW baseball team on the road versus Charleston Southern. We even featured high school boys tennis action between New Hanover and Hoggard. Full story...
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Commission candidates debate hot button issues at UNCW

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video As November nears, candidates for elected office are trying to make their voices and viewpoints heard. A debate forum was held Wednesday night at UNCW that helped candidates in New Hanover County do just that. Three Democrats and six Republican candidates for the New Hanover County Commission each answered a variety of questions on different topics. Full story...
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Teen sentenced to life in prison for robbery killing

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A teenager has been sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of killing a Florence pawn shop employee during a robbery. Full story...
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Teen sentenced to life in prison for robbery killing

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A teenager has been sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of killing a Florence pawn shop employee during a robbery. Full story...
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Ericka Dunlap crowned 2012 Azalea Festival Queen

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video Wilmington’s biggest and most colorful event of the year has officially begun. Azalea Festival is now in full swing. Full story...
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Third-party group delivers ballot petition in NC

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A national group with a novel approach to nominating political candidates is poised to get access to the North Carolina ballot. Full story...
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2 Democratic governor candidates in Durham debate

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Two of the three high-profile candidates for the Democratic nomination for North Carolina governor are sitting down in front of TV cameras to talk about why they want to win next month's primary. Full story...
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Woman facing murder charge in Charlotte stabbing

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Authorities in Charlotte say a 48-year-old woman faces murder charges in the stabbing death of her ex-husband during what's described as a domestic argument. Full story...
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Reaction varies to ballpark financing plan

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video Today's announcement brings many unanswered questions and a lot of reaction. The anti-tax group Americans for Prosperity says Wilmington taxpayers should be sweating this financing issue, but one county in Pennsylvania with a Mandalay-run minor league team says Wilmington will be OK. Full story...
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Speculation abounds as Wilmington gets ready for 'Iron Man 3'

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video There's a lot of buzz in the entertainment world about "Iron Man." Robert Downey Jr. stars as the super hero in "The Avengers," which opens next month. Meanwhile, the Port City is getting ready for "Iron Man 3," one of the biggest motion pictures in North Carolina history, to start shooting this spring. Full story...
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Serial bank robber gets federal prison sentence

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A judge today sentenced Jonathan Lee Thompson, 52, to ten years and five months in prison followed by three years supervised release. Thompson must also pay more than $8,000 in restitution. Thompson was on supervised release after serving time for nine bank robberies when he robbed three Wilmington banks in 2009. Full story...
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With cold night ahead, flowers should be OK, summer plants in danger

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With frost in the forecast tonight and the Azalea Garden Tour around the corner, many gardeners may be worried. So we turned to an expert to find out what you can do and which plants need some extra love. Full story...
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VIDEO BLOG: Frost? Say it ain't so!!

First of all, my apologies to loyal readers of the blog! It's been way too long since I've been on here with an update.

Man boating off Wrightsville Beach dies

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A 54-year-old man died last night after the Coast Guard medevaced him from a boat off Wrightsville Beach. Full story...
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