Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Twelve donations have been made to the effort to bring a minor league baseball stadium to downtown Wilmington, according to third quarter financial reports made available Tuesday at the New Hanover County Board of Elections.
The donations are mostly from those who would benefit directly from the city of Wilmington buying land and building a stadium in the downtown area to house an Atlanta Braves' minor league team.
The Wilmington Family Entertainment and Baseball Coalition has raised nearly $113,000, short of the original goal of $150,000. Chamber President Connie Majure-Rhett said Tuesday that the group had raised what was necessary for a strong campaign and doesn't need to reach that original goal.
"Our volunteers are donating their time, which is certainly a value," she said. "But you don't report that on a campaign disclosure form."
The coalition wants voters in the city to approve a $37 million bond referendum to pay for land acquisition and construction of the stadium. The referendum would require a 2.5 cent tax increase for property owners.
More than half of the donations to the coalition, $65,551, have paid for the services of a Raleigh-based public relations firm, Capstrat. That money includes media buys and direct mailers.
Mandalay Baseball, one of two private businesses working with the city of Wilmington to bring the team and stadium to the Port City, has contributed less money to the effort than originally pledged. Meeting minutes from a Wilmington Chamber of Commerce meeting earlier this year indicated Rich Neumann with Mandalay Baseball pitched donating $50,000 to the "Vote Yes" effort. However, the report shows Mandalay has contributed $12,500 to the committee. The company still has time to make up the rest of its original pledge.
The Atlanta Braves also contributed $12,500. The team would move its single-A affiliate from Lynchburg to Wilmington, should voters pass the referendum on November 6th.
Both companies that own land for the proposed site of the stadium contributed as much as, or more than, the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay. Local developer Chuck Shoninger's company USA Investco put up $12,500, while Sawmill Point Investors LLC shelled out $25,000. This week, the Sawmill group came to an agreement with the city of Wilmington over land that would be used to house the stadium.
A fifth company that would potentially gain from the passing of the bond referendum is LS3P Associates LTD of Charleston, SC. The company that's the likely candidate to design the stadium gave $10,000 to the coalition's campaign account.
The five donors that would directly benefit from a new stadium in Wilmington make up less than half of the campaign contributors but roughly 64% of the money raised.
Click here to read about the campaign efforts of the "Vote No Stadium Tax" committee.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-09-02 11:48:52 GMT
Retiring Seventh District Congressman Mike McIntyre was inducted into The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor bestowed in the state of North Carolina. McIntyre received a certificateMore >>
Rep. Mike McIntyre has received the highest honor given by the state of North Carolina, induction into the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine. More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:30:47 GMT
Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover) and Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover) are spearheading an effort to get Gov. Pat McCrory to call a special session of the General Assembly to deal solely with economic developmentMore >>
Local lawmakers' request for a special session is being met with some opposition tonight. Reps. Ted Davis & Susi Hamilton of New Hanover County believe a session focused solely on economic development is needed. But one conservative group is opposing the need for lawmakers to meet again to increase the JDIG program.More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:37:34 GMT
Republican leaders in the General Assembly say they have reached a compromise deal on implementing new coal ash regulations, and forcing Duke Energy to close all 33 of its coal ash ponds across North Carolina. AccordingMore >>
House and senate lawmakers in the NC General Assembly passed a bill mandating cleanup of all Duke Energy coal ash ponds by the year 2029. The action follows a massive spill of coal ash into the Dan River in February from a company site in Eden. You can click on a link inside this story to see the specifics of the bill, which is now headed to the Governor's desk.More >>
Monday, August 18 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-08-19 01:51:31 GMT
The Film and Entertainment Grant Fund proposal will go back in front of state lawmakers tomorrow and Wednesday, after House and Senate conferees made slight changes to the proposal already approved inMore >>
It appears lawmakers are moving forward with a grant fund that will replace the current Film Incentive Tax Credit that has been in place to lure film and television productions to North Carolina.More >>
Monday, August 18 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-08-18 21:30:44 GMT
Governor Pat McCrory is appointing Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin as the new Chief Justice of North Carolina's Supreme Court. Judge Martin will replace the current Chief Justice, Sarah Parker, whoMore >>
Governor Pat McCrory's decision to elevate Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin to be the new Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court is being met with criticism from Judge Ola Lewis of Brunswick County, who is opposing Martin for the seat in the November General Election.More >>
1 Julian Price Place
Charlotte, NC 28208