Wilmington, NC – The North Carolina Coastal Federation received $400,000 to build an oyster shell, loading pier in Onslow County.
The pier will allow the Department of Marine Fisheries to load piles of oyster shells onto barges to make reefs out of the oyster shells. Coastal Federation Biologist Ted Wilgis says it's getting more difficult to find places along the coast to store and transport oyster shells.
Whiteville, NC – Last Thursday, the lead headline in the News Reporter read: Columbus County Commission Has No Rules. Flip below the fold and you'd find Commissioners Closed Session 'No Doubt' Illegal."
Whiteville, NC – From the closed meetings of County Commission subcommittees to thousands of pages of water rate adjustments, reporter Nicole Cartrette has spent the last ten months uncovering what some in Columbus County might prefer to have left alone.
Hear more from Cartrette about her work and ongoing politics in the county.
Wilmington, NC – There was a small sewage spill in Wilmington Monday near Hewlett's Creek. The city says a clog in an 8-inch pipe sent some 2,500 gallons of sewage into the road at Pine Grove Drive near Holly Tree Road, with a small amount believed to have trickled into the creek. The city says the pipe is not part of the troubled Northeast Interceptor.
Wilmington, NC – New Hanover County commissioners voted to strengthen a revision to a county ordinance making it illegal to leave a tethered dog and walk away.
Nearly every commissioner had a dog story of their own. And when it came time to vote, commissioner Bobby Greer shared his story about a family dog that would dig holes under the backyard fence and pondered what he could have done to protect that dog if he couldn't have leashed it up in the backyard.
Wilmington, NC – A tidal wave of information about Wilmington's sewer repair plans, and a new list of short-term fixes, sent state legislators back to Raleigh saying they feel reassured with local actions.
Wilmington and New Hanover officials called for the meeting after reading in the Star-News that their legislative delegation was discussing the pace of sewer repairs and possible state actions. On their side, legislators say they've been getting an earful from concerned constituents.
Wilmington, NC – North Topsail Police Chief Daniel Salese has been arrested.
The North Carolina Attorney General's Office says the State Buerau of Investigation arrested Salese Thursday on one count of misdemeanor larceny and one county of misdemeanor obstruction of justice.
In a released statement, the Attorney General's office says the Onslow County District Attorney's Office requested an investigation into the possible theft of $200 of town funds, and the arrest is the result of that investigation.