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Battle lines are drawn as City Council approves annexation

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

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Council chambers were packed with residents in red who oppose the forced annexation of Monkey Junction. All but one council member voted to move forward with the annexation process. Council member, Kristi Tomey, voted against it. “It is not going to solve the sales tax revenue distribution which is truly the problem which is why the city has to go out and do annexations.”

It was not until after the council’s vote that the public could speak up. There was a mix of opinions, including support of annexing about 1,000 acres and 4,000 residents. “Are my neighbors aware than 85 percent of retail sales are made in the city? The city only retains 20 percent of that tax. The county gets 80 percent,” said annexation supporter, Owen Wexler.

Those who are against it didn’t hesitate to speak up, either.

Russ Hauptman said, “All of these problems will not be solved by annexation. You annex, there’s still problems.”

“The current economic circumstance the country finds itself in, this is hardly the time to add to anybody’s tax burden,” added Joan Frenson.

But the process is now moving forward; the battle lines have been drawn.

Tuesday night’s vote established the date for a public information session in March and public hearing in April. A final annexation vote in scheduled for May.

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videoTuesday night City Council approved starting the annexation process, but not without some opposition.

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Burn planned for Halyburton Park

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

If you see or smell smoke at Halyburton Park Thursday, there’s probably no need to fret.Weather forecasts appear favorable, so the N.C. Forest Service and Wilmington Fire Department plan to burn about 13 acres of the 58-acre park to help maintain its long-leaf pine ecosystem.

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NC school drops laptop requirement, cites economy

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

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GREENSBORO — One North Carolina university is dropping its requirement that all students have a laptop computer because there isn’t enough financial aid to pay for them.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Wednesday that dropping the laptop requirement at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is the result of a slumping economy and university budget cuts. The school had required laptop computers for all students since 2005.

An official said the university could save $700,000 a year by dropping laptops. Some departments like the business school still will require laptops and the school will offer discounts to help students.

Last year, the university upgraded its campus wireless service to give students and faculty better service.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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One North Carolina university is dropping its requirement that all students have a laptop computer because there isn’t enough financial aid to pay for them.

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UNC Charlotte athlete dies in basketball game

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — A track and field athlete at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has died during a basketball game.

The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday that sophomore Steven Archer suffered cardiac arrest Monday night. Details weren’t available.

The university said Archer competed in the long jump and his top distance of 7.01 meters placed him ninth on the school’s top-10 list.

Charlotte track and field coach Bob Olesen said in a statement that Archer loved the sport and worked hard at it.

Memorials and funeral arrangements weren’t complete.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A track and field athlete at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has died during a basketball game.

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In the Kitchen with Ken: Spinach Cornbread

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

While people at the Brunswick Stew Cook Off liked my stew, they loved my spinach cornbread, so I thought I would share that recipe with you this week.

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