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County, city hear presentation on economic develop strategy

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video Last August New Hanover County leaders hired an economic consultant to help the county move in a positive direction. After hearing the consultant's presentation today, Commission Chair Woody White says the $100,000 price tag was money well spent. Full story...
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Wilmington leaders satisfied with city's response to ice storm

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video"We don't fix outages," Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said. "We implemented our hurricane plan that we do every year, that we have every year. We do the exact same thing every year. I mean I don't know what you want us to do. Cut trees down and fix power lines?" Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: With almost half of New Hanover Co. without power; city, county, police mute

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We've learned from a source close to the situation that the Wilmington Police Department had no special plan in place today to handle power outages or dark traffic lights. We're told in fact that no officers got any special instructions or scheduling updates from Chief Ralph Evangelous or his management team on how to handle traffic or neighborhoods with no power. Full story...
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Wilmington officials OK Convention Center hotel

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videoWilmington City Council members quickly and unanimously approved a hotel for the convention center in downtown Wilmington Tuesday night. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Saffo says he has no plans to run for Congress

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videoWilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says he does not have plans to run for the Congressional seat open after Rep. Mike McIntyre announced he will retire at the end of his ninth term. Full story...
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Council votes to overhaul funding for civic development partners

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video Wilmington City Council members say that economic development is key for the future of the city and now they want to make sure they’re doing all they can to get the most bang for the taxpayers buck. Full story...
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Ticket for parking in Wilmington mayor's spot thrown out

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videoA Wilmington man who was ticketed for parking in Mayor Bill Saffo's parking space at City Hall will not have to pay a $20 fine after all. Full story...
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Saffo, 3 council members sworn in

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video The Wilmington City Council meeting had a bit of a different feel Tuesday night as elected city officials took their oath of office. Full story...
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City: Second Love Grove access won't come quick or cheap

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videoWilmington leaders have been looking for a second way in and out of the Love Grove community for decades. A June train derailment that cut the neighborhood off proved the need again. Full story...
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City Council approves $3.9 million for downtown park

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videoDowntown Wilmington could have a very different appearance in the not-so-distant future after City Council approved a $3.9 million purchase of 6.3 acres on the downtown riverfront. Full story...
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Council salaries will go up with city workers' wages

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video Soon, the Wilmington City Council and the Mayor will get raises when city workers do. On Tuesday night, the council approved the new policy. Full story...
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Former Councilman Sparks calls out city for finding money for projects but not Love Grove

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The city has turned down a request for funding the new access, saying it doesn't have the money. But Sparks says the city has had absolutely no problem this past week finding $4 million to buy new downtown property, giving themselves raises, and lighting the Kenan Fountain for $50,000. Full story...
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City of Wilmington will spend $50,000 or more to light Kenan Fountain

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videoThe Wilmington City Council directed staff members Monday to hire Musco Lighting of Iowa to change the lighting around the Kenan Memorial Fountain. The company will charge between $50,000 and $60,000 to upgrade the lighting. Full story...
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Wilmington City Council wants a raise when city employees get their increases

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The resolution, sponsored by council members Margaret Haynes and Laura Padgett, Would direct the city manager to apply any future across the board cost of living pay adjustments for general employees to the pay of the mayor and city council. video Full story...
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Despite most write-in votes for mayor, Meeks says, 'You don't mess with Saffos'

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video Although Wilmington's mayoral race was uncontested, there was more than 500 write-in votes. Among those man about town Ricky Meeks led the way with 73. Full story...
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