Feb 15 2011

Ocean Views of The Hi-Sea on Topsail Island

The Hi-Sea Direct Ocean Front on Topsail Island in Surf City Deck Photo
The Hi-Sea Direct Ocean Front on Topsail Island in Surf City Deck Photo

The Hi-Sea continues to be one of the most sought after cottages on Topsail Island in Surf City, North Carolina. The home has a tremendous rental history and provides guests with a cozy home away from home.  

 


Feb 15 2011

The Hi-Sea on Topsail Island in Surf City (Ocean Front)

The Hi-Sea on Topsail Island in Surf City, North Carolina, has direct ocean access. The three bedroom, two bath, cottage was fully renovated prior to the 2009 rental season. Enjoy relaxing ocean breezes and walks on the beach. The home is pet friendly.


Oct 20 2014

TWC News: 20000 Attend Havelock Chili Festival

HAVELOCK, N.C. — The 33rd Annual Havelock Chili Festival had contestants competing for the title of Best Chili.

The two-day event, sponsored by the Havelock Chamber of Commerce, continued on Saturday, and the Havelock-Cherry Point Rotary Club said their red chili is one of a kind.

“It’s got a mix of everybody in the club,” said Havelock-Cherry Point Rotary Club President Ken Buday. “We all contribute to the big pot, and it’s a very unique blend that nobody else has out here.”

And there was a lot riding on that big pot of chili.

“The winner of the Havelock Chili Festival goes on to represent the entire state of North Carolina at the world championships,” said Havelock Chamber of Commerce Director Stephanie Duncan. “The winner of ours will be at the 2015 world championships.”

But Rotary Club members were contending for another title: the People’s Choice Award.

“We have won that several times throughout the years,” said Buday. “We didn’t get it last year. Our goal is to get it this year, and I think we’re definitely going to get it.”

But aside from the competition, the festival was about raising money for the community. The funds raised from the festival were divided among five recipients.

This year’s beneficiaries were the Easter Seals Craven-Cherry Point Child Development Center, Cherry Point Young Marines, Annunciation Catholic School, Early College EAST and the Girl Scouts.

The two-day festival attracted about 20,000 people, and the Havelock Chamber of Commerce typically donates about $11,000 generated from the festival to the chosen organizations.

“We’re glad to be out here helping them out,” said Buday. “Every time they buy a cup of chili, it goes to help a good cause.”

Article source: http://centralnc.twcnews.com/content/news/coastal/713026/20-000-attend-havelock-chili-festival/


Oct 20 2014

NC A&T Student Killed in Shooting

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A North Carolina AT freshman was shot to death Sunday at an off-campus party.

Dorian Edwards, 19, was shot in the Sebastian Courtyard apartment complex at about 12:45 a.m. Greensboro police said it happened after a fight broke out.

“There was a disturbance that occurred during a party, at a large-scale party with alcohol involved, and all the pieces that go with that college life,” Greensboro police capt. Michael Richey said.

Neighbor Victoria Ojimadu said she stepped outside and saw the commotion.

“I was scared,” she said. “I saw a guy that everybody was trying to hold back, and apparently he broke free and went upstairs. Next thing I knew, I heard a gun shot.”

Greensboro police said Edwards was shot in the breezeway. He was taken to the hospital, where he died. It’s the fourth shooting near AT’s campus in 2014.

Mervyn Halley, who lives across the street, said he is more concerned about safety.

“I would like to see a little more AT security,” Halley said, “More GPD security around here just to make it safe for regular residents and students.”

But Richey said there’s no need to worry.

“At this point, there’s not a concern specifically about safety because the [events] that have happened have all been isolated,” Richey said. “They’re not joined with each other, they’re not connected.”

Richey also said officers try to control parties before they happen by monitoring social media.

A university spokeswoman said the Aggie community is saddened by the news.

Investigators visited the apartment complex to search the area for leads, but no arrests have been made.

Article source: http://centralnc.twcnews.com/content/news/713033/nc-a-t-student-killed-in-shooting/


Oct 20 2014

Hearing Scheduled on Proposed Homeowners Insurance Rate Hike



RALEIGH — North Carolina’s insurance commissioner is holding a hearing Monday on a request from companies that want to increase homeowner insurance prices by an average of more than 25 percent in January.

However for some communities on the coast and in the Triangle the increase could top more than 30 percent.

The NC Rate Bureau will argue on behalf of the insurance companies and the department of insurance will argue on behalf of the public for and against the increase.

Under the proposal:

• The majority of beach communities face a 35 percent increase
• Wake and Durham counties would see a 32 percent hike.
• Alamance, Forsyth and Guilford counties could see a 14 percent hike
• Mecklenburg County would see a 23 percent increase

It is an issue that’s been stirring up heated debate since the beginning of the year and many city and town leaders have already voiced their opposition to the proposed rate hike.

“Retirees on permanent income that are accustomed to paying $1,000 or $2,000 a year insurance are now paying $10,000 or $15,000 and they’re moving out because they cannot pay it,” said Holden Beach mayor Alan Holden.

Last year, homeowners in North Carolina saw an average 7 percent increase but companies said they needed more due to damage and claims projections.

State insurance commissioner Wayne Goodwin will serve as the hearing officer and determine what, if any, rate adjustments are warranted.

Article source: http://triadnc.twcnews.com/content/news/713039/hearing-scheduled-on-proposed-homeowners-insurance-rate-hike/


Oct 20 2014

Mecklenburg County Commissioners to Vote on Tobacco Restrictions



RALEIGH — Mecklenburg County Commissioners are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a proposal to expand smoking and tobacco restrictions.

If the proposal is approved, smoking would be banned in all Mecklenburg County or town buildings and vehicles starting March 1.

Tobacco use would also be prohibited on all county park properties—including greenways.

The amended rules would still allow smoking and tobacco on county golf courses.

Article source: http://centralnc.twcnews.com/content/news/triad/713030/mecklenburg-county-commissioners-to-vote-on-tobacco-restrictions/


Oct 20 2014

Famous Sculptor Offers Talent to Whoever Buys His Home



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One of the most famous monumental sculptors in the country is selling his home in Cornelius, N.C.—and it comes with a special gift.

Jon Hair is offering to build a life-size portrait sculpture of the person who buys his home for free.

Hair has made more than 80 sculptures in the past 14 years, including monumental works like 35-foot-tall “Olympic Strength,” the largest sculpture in Colorado.

His work can also be seen on college campuses. The Demon Deacon at Wake Forest and the newest football statues at UNC-Charlotte are a few of his works.

“The question is not, ‘How did I do it?’” said Jon Hair, “‘But why did I do it? Am I crazy?'”

Hair plans to build his own museum to showcase more than 40 of his sculptures. First, he needs to sell his house.

“If you want a portrait sculptor by a famous artist, all you need to do is buy my house,” Hair said.

His offer is an expensive gift, since his portrait sculptures usually run about $25,000.

“I’ve sculpted Dick van Dyke. I’ve sculpted Jim Carey,” Hair said. “I’ve sculpted Ted Turner for the Emmy’s Hall of Fame plaza.”

“I would really like to do the Largest [Equestrian] Bronze in the United States,” Hair said.

Hair said he’s ready to leave his waterfront home on Lake Norman to dedicate time to his museum.

Article source: http://triadnc.twcnews.com/content/news/charlotte/713038/famous-sculptor-offers-talent-to-whoever-buys-his-home/


Oct 20 2014

Police Investigate 2 Wilmington Shootings

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Wilmington police are investigating two shootings that occurred less than an hour apart Saturday.

The first happened at about 4:30 a.m. on Castle Street. Police said shots were fired at a business and bricks were thrown through the window.

About 20 minutes later, police said there was another shooting at a home on South 11th Street.

Police haven’t said how or if the shootings are connected.

Article source: http://charlotte.twcnews.com/content/news/coastal/713024/police-investigate-2-wilmington-shootings/


Oct 20 2014

Capital Tonight Oct. 17: Bow Tie Caucus

On Capital Tonight: The Bow Tie Caucus convenes to wrap up another busy week in North Carolina politics. Jenifer Daniels and Scott Huffmon join Loretta Boniti.

Article source: http://charlotte.twcnews.com/content/politics/713022/capital-tonight-oct--17--bow-tie-caucus/


Oct 20 2014

NC A&T Student Killed in Shooting

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A North Carolina AT freshman was shot to death Sunday at an off-campus party.

Dorian Edwards, 19, was shot in the Sebastian Courtyard apartment complex at about 12:45 a.m. Greensboro police said it happened after a fight broke out.

“There was a disturbance that occurred during a party, at a large-scale party with alcohol involved, and all the pieces that go with that college life,” Greensboro police capt. Michael Richey said.

Neighbor Victoria Ojimadu said she stepped outside and saw the commotion.

“I was scared,” she said. “I saw a guy that everybody was trying to hold back, and apparently he broke free and went upstairs. Next thing I knew, I heard a gun shot.”

Greensboro police said Edwards was shot in the breezeway. He was taken to the hospital, where he died. It’s the fourth shooting near AT’s campus in 2014.

Mervyn Halley, who lives across the street, said he is more concerned about safety.

“I would like to see a little more AT security,” Halley said, “More GPD security around here just to make it safe for regular residents and students.”

But Richey said there’s no need to worry.

“At this point, there’s not a concern specifically about safety because the [events] that have happened have all been isolated,” Richey said. “They’re not joined with each other, they’re not connected.”

Richey also said officers try to control parties before they happen by monitoring social media.

A university spokeswoman said the Aggie community is saddened by the news.

Investigators visited the apartment complex to search the area for leads, but no arrests have been made.

Article source: http://charlotte.twcnews.com/content/news/triad/713033/nc-a-t-student-killed-in-shooting/


Oct 19 2014

First US Ebola Patient Remembered at Salisbury Memorial Service

SALISBURY, N.C. — Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., died Oct. 8. His family in Rowan County gathered Saturday to remember him.

“Everybody loved Eric,” his nephew, Joseph Weeks, said at the service.

Weeks said they were more like brothers raised by the same person. By all accounts at the memorial, Duncan was a caring father of four with dreams of coming to america.

“He was such a compassionate young man, respectful young man,” said Bishop Arthur Kulah.

That’s why his family said they aren’t surprised by reports that Duncan tried to help save a sick, pregnant woman in Liberia who later died of Ebola.

“I would like him to be remembered as that kind of person as compared to the person that, you know, brought this disease to America because he didn’t know he was sick,” Weeks said.

Even after Duncan arrived in Dallas and started showing symptoms, he didn’t think it was Ebola, according to family.

“I was the one here in North Carolina thinking that he might want to get checked,” Weeks said.

When Duncan did get checked, he was discharged from the hospital for days before coming back and being tested for the virus. Hospital administrators have admitted they made mistakes with his care.

“We want to know what kind of treatment he received, didn’t receive, what happened, what went wrong,” Weeks said.

And while they wait for those answers—and closure—they’re asking for continued help in West Africa, where the virus continues to rage.

“A lot of people are dying, and it’s spreading, on the plane on the cars, and all of that, coming. So we must find a solution, a cure for ebola,” evangelist Alexander Freeman said.

Two nurses who treated Duncan contracted the Ebola virus. One is being treated in Maryland and the other in Atlanta.

Article source: http://centralnc.twcnews.com/content/news/713013/first-u-s--ebola-patient-remembered-at-salisbury-memorial-service/


Oct 19 2014

Family of 16-Year-Old Killed by Fayetteville Police Wants Justice



FAYETTEVILLE — The family of a Fayetteville 16-year-old who was killed in an officer-involved shooting last year wants justice.

Shaqur McNair was shot and killed by officer Christopher Hunt Oct. 13, 2013. Hunt was responding to a domestic dispute at the family’s home. After a series of altercations, Hunt said McNair confronted him and showed a gun. At that point, Hunt said, he shot McNair.

“Shaqur said ‘Mama, he shot me. He shot me for no reason.’ Those were his last words.” Alfricka Bennett, McNair’s mother, said.

Police said a gun was found on the scene, but witnesses said McNair was unarmed.

“I want justice for my son, I want to see this officer pay for what he did to him. Not just for mine but for all of those that have lost a loved one through police brutality.”

McNair’s family hopes to raise awareness and share stories similar to McNair’s at various events.

“It’s not just Shaqur. It’s other people’s children,” said Myra Bennett, McNair’s grandmother. “I am not going to sit here and name names because it’s not about that. It’s about the justice.”

“I’m his voice and I won’t let them think they are going to get away with it,” Alfricka Bennett said.

Hunt was placed on administrative leave after the shooting but hasn’t been charged. The district attorney’s office declined to comment on the case.

Article source: http://triadnc.twcnews.com/content/news/713008/family-of-16-year-old-killed-by-fayetteville-police-wants-justice/