Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:51:11 GMT
A dog that was rescued from euthanization two weeks was shot and killed Sunday afternoon by a Sheriff's Deputy after the dog attacked three people, including its owner and the officer. It wasn't the firstMore >>
A dog that was rescued from euthanization two weeks was shot and killed Sunday afternoon by a Sheriff's Deputy after the dog attacked three people, including its owner and the officer.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.
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:40 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:40:32 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Candidates running for seats in both chambers of Congress met in Wilmington on Tuesday night, just three weeks before primary election day in North Carolina. The Lower Cape FearMore >>
Lowering the national debt, preserving national security, and the role of government were some of the issues on the table as candidates for U.S. House and Senate met in front of a crowd Tuesday night in Wilmington.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:06 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:06:17 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Seventh Congressional GOP candidates David Rouzer and Woody White are trumpeting their fundraising efforts as their primary campaigns head toward the May 6 primary election. Rouzer,More >>
Seventh Congressional GOP candidates David Rouzer and Woody White are trumpeting their fundraising efforts as their primary campaigns head toward the May 6 primary election.More >>
Monday, April 14 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-04-14 20:43:05 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A legislative task force has made some recommendations to the entire General Assembly for overhauling teacher compensation in North Carolina. But several educators on the panel areMore >>
Members of a legislative task force on Monday made recommendations about raising pay for North Carolina's public school teachers. But, several educators on the panel are not happy about what was said.More >>
Monday, April 14 2014 8:20 AM EDT2014-04-14 12:20:06 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Taylor Griffin once worked with some of the most powerful people in Washington, DC. Now the former Bush and Helms staffer wants to go back to the nation's capitol, as a memberMore >>
Taylor Griffin has worked in the political world for years. Now he is making his first try at winning an elected office for himself, running as a candidate in the Third Congressional District and challenging Rep. Walter B. Jones. More >>
Saturday, April 12 2014 1:11 PM EDT2014-04-12 17:11:13 GMT
RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – A preliminary review from analysts at the N.C. General Assembly claims a film-industry sponsored report released last week incorrectly concluded that the state's film incentives createMore >>
A preliminary review from analysts at the N.C. General Assembly claims a film-industry sponsored report released last week incorrectly concluded that the state's film incentives create positive returns.More >>
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