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City Clerk: Petition organizers should have asked for help

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video All the work to get a petition signed against a taxpayer funded ballpark may have been for naught.Tuesday night Wilmington City Council said McCoy and Josh Fulton's petition was invalid because they did not have a required affidavit along with questions about some of the signatures. Full story...
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StarNews profiles ballpark petition organizers Sunday

After collecting enough signatures to get their argument on November's ballot, Ben McCoy and Joshua Fulton are recognizable names when it comes to the hot debate over bringing a ball park to Wilmington. StarNews reporter Shelby Sebens gets to know them better and talks with "Good Morning Carolina" anchor Ashley Jacobs about an upcoming article.

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FIRST ON 3: Wilmington City Manager hugely exaggerating baseball stadium petition ballot cost

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Tuesday night, members of the Wilmington City Council will talk baseball once again. One item on the agenda is how much it will cost to put Ben McCoy and Josh Fulton's anti-tax based baseball stadium petition on the general election ballot. Full story...
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Anti-ballpark petition has other teams worried

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video At closer look, the petition against a taxpayer-funded ballpark is raising some eyebrows. City leaders say the petition, could affect established area teams, and those teams are worried, too. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Organizers respond to criticism of ballpark petition language

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The battle over plans for a ballpark in Wilmington continue to heat up. Yesterday, a group against using tax money to build a stadium in the Port City submitted a petition with about 4,000 signatures. If the Board of Elections verifies enough of the signatures, the City Council would have to accept the language of the petition as an ordinance or put it up for a public vote. Full story...
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Groups differ on ballpark funding plan

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video While there's a lot of support from the business community for a taxpayer-funded baseball stadium in Wilmington, it is not unanimous support. The Privately Funded Baseball Alliance, started by a local business owner, announced its arrival on the steps of City Hall today. In attendance were other established groups who are for and against a publicly-funded ballpark. Full story...
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Wilmington men organize citizen ordinance, petition to stop tax funded ballpark

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video The proposed ballpark has gotten its fair share of attention lately. Two Wilmington men are trying to stop it from going any further and taking the issue into the hands of the people. They have started a petition to hopefully change how the city can pay for the ballpark. Full story...
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Ex-girlfriend Blaylock, Commission chair, ardent supporter react to Berger's arrest

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Brian Berger's now multiple arrests, consistent tardiness and flip-flopping on issues has not helped his cause. We spoke to a few folks, including ex-girlfriend Heather Blaylock to get their reaction to Berger's dramatic day. Full story...
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Ardent Berger supporter Ben McCoy leaves rant on StarNews website

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"But it can't be just me who thinks that all of this is so far out of proportion it's unbelievable. Sending black SUVs to his home to escort him in handcuffs? I've never seen anything like this in my life." Full story...
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Berger supporter Ben McCoy weighs in

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I have been contacted multiple times concerning the arrest of Commissioner Berger, and let me just say this: Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Berger supporter Ben McCoy does a guest "Rant"

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videoYou know him as Wilm Watcher in the comments posted on this site. Local blogger, radio host and supporter of New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger RANTS about Berger's unemployment, the leak of his records and the hiring of top attorney Joe Cheshire. Full story...
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Berger admits he's not aware of commissioner meeting rules

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New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger told the Star News today that he didn't know not saying anything during a vote would be considered a 'yea' vote. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Ben McCoy whining on behalf of Brian Berger

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Several initial reports stated that the vote was unanimously in favor of the expenditure; however, upon close examination, it was noticed that the call for "all those opposed" by Chairman Barfield was apparently never made, and therefore the lone dissenting vote of Brian Berger, was never heard. Full story...
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