Local Interest
9:40 am
Mon January 22, 2007

River Road Meetings Set

Wilmington, NC – The time and place have been set for developers to meet with residents to go over plans to move a portion of River Road for a massive development.


New Hanover County Planning staff say the two mandatory meetings are scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30pm and Friday at 12:00pm, both meetings taking place at Winter Park Baptist Church in Wilmington.

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Local Interest
5:15 am
Mon January 22, 2007

Tabor City Troublemaker Back Behind Bars

Wilmington, NC – After working out a plea agreement last Wednesday morning, defendant Billie Jay "BJ" Wright ate lunch with his lawyer, State Senator RC Soles Jr., and then slipped away.

The 19-year-old Wright was facing 29 charges, ranging from driving with an open container to assault on a female.

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Local Interest
12:17 am
Mon January 22, 2007

Pender County Picks New County Manager

Wilmington, NC – Pender County has its new county manager. Lori Brill is currently Onslow County's assistant manager and public information officer.

Brill has worked for Onslow County for nearly seven years, and will slide south into the Pender County Manager's job next month.

Chairman of the Pender County Commissioners F.D. Rivenbark says he thinks Brill is capable of grappling with Pender County's rapid growth.

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Local Interest
12:13 am
Mon January 22, 2007

Carolina Beach Residents Bank Utility Credit

Carolina Beach's Boardwalk

Wilmington, NC – Some Carolina Beach residents can expect to see a credit on their utility bills.

Town officials say they were supposed to charge residents a $4.00 utility fee. But from August to December last year residents were charged an $8.00 fee.

The town calls the overcharge a clerical error and says the refund will show up as credit on future utility bills.

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Local Interest
10:57 am
Sun January 21, 2007

Wilmington's Changing Signal System

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington's Traffic Control Center comes equipped with banks of monitors and walls of maps. But it's not exactly the high-tech hub the nerve-center-esque name suggests. There are water stains along the ceiling tiles, and an old dot-matrix printer in one corner.

I'll use an analogy of how many people still use a DOS computer... Our computers were installed in 1995. At the time we still used DOS software to control signals.

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Local Interest
6:06 am
Sat January 20, 2007

NC Dems Apologize for Role in 1898 Riot

Rioters in front of the burning printing press of the city's only black newspaper.

Wilmington, NC – North Carolina Democratic officials say last year's report on the 1898 riot called their attention to the party's role in the violent overthrow of the city's integrated Republican government, leading to this weekend's apology.

The current Chairman of the North Carolina Democrats, Jerry Meek said before the vote that it's time his party made amends for its role in the only coup d'etat on U.S. soil.

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Local Interest
11:33 am
Thu January 18, 2007

Bald Head Culls Deer Population

Wilmington, NC – Contractors will continue to prowl the night woods of Bald Head Island through this weekend, searching for the final deer for this year's cull.

Bald Head Island started thinning its deer population five years ago, after studies found that the animals were overpopulated and damaging to the local environment.

Village Manager Calvin Peck said that although no one on the island is happy about the process, without natural predators, the cull is necessary to keep the island's ecosystem in balance.

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Local Interest
7:26 am
Thu January 18, 2007

Planting For The Future

Tree found on Wilmington's North 4th Street.

Wilmington, NC – Organizers of an annual tree giveaway are aiming to hand out 12,000 tree seedlings over the next couple of days.


TreeFest organizers will be giving local residents up to five free tree seedlings in Wilmington near the JC Penny's inside Independence Mall.


Trees being handed out Friday and Saturday include Bald Cypress, Crape Myrtle and Flowering Dogwood. TreeFest started ten years ago after hurricanes Bertha and Fran destroyed scores of area trees

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Local Interest
12:36 am
Thu January 18, 2007

Hugo Neu Opponents Plan For Next Legislative Session

Wilmington, NC – The grassroots organization leading the opposition to a proposed landfill and recycling facility in Brunswick County says one of its legislative priorities will be to extend the one-year moratorium on landfills.


The group Brunswick Citizens for a Safe Environment may have changed its name to Cape Fear Citizens for a Safe Environment, but it hasn't changed it's aim of halting plans for the proposed Sims-Hugo Neu recycling facility and landfill for Navassa.

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Local Interest
12:32 am
Thu January 18, 2007

Lawmakers Looking At Landfill Permits

Wilmington, NC – North Carolina lawmakers may take the power of permitting landfills away from local governments.


The state is halfway through a one-year moratorium on new landfill construction.


State Representative Carolyn Justice says as part of the ban, the Assembly's Environmental Review Commission is looking at how to change landfill permitting and regulation.


Justice is on the Commission and says the state has been slow to regulate small dumps in the past.

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