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Archive for February, 2009

Details of the retirement packages offered to New Hanover County employees

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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New Hanover County Sheriff, Sid Causey, has voluntarily retired to help the county with a huge budget shortfall. Some people are wondering, who’s next?

Less than 20 percent of the 150 county employees eligible for early retirement have volunteered.

Here is the package the county is offering voluntary retirees:

Employees who have 30 plus years would get about three months pay.

Employees with more than 25 years but fewer than thirty, get about a month’s pay and a discount on their health insurance.

20 to 25 year employees get 20 days paid and the health insurance discount.

The county will not pay out accrued sick time, but will pay out for unused vacation time.

The deadline for county employees to voluntarily retire is Friday by 7:00 p.m.

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New Hanover County Sheriff, Sid Causey, has voluntarily retired to help the county with a huge budget shortfall. Some people are wondering, who’s next?

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One Tree Hill having positive economic returns locally

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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Across the country, a lot of people know about Wilmington because of the film industry here. One popular TV show filmed here is keeping our film industry booming and with positive economic returns.

From this live taping of One Tree Hill, it’s clear to see it takes a couple dozen people to bring this television show to life. The show employs more than one hundred, takes eight days to shoot an episode and most importantly, helps bring in millions of dollars to our local economy.

“The local crew that’s getting paid, it’s car rentals, it’s lumber purchases, it’s location, it’s fuel it’s food…it’s everywhere they are spending money in the local economy here in town,” said Film Commission Director Johnny Griffin.

People working behind the scenes like Johnny Griffin help keep Wilmington on the film industry’s radar. He’s responsible for recruiting major motion pictures and television shows like one tree hill to our area. “People look at it as a great show on television or a great movie that they go in and enjoy, but we look at as jobs we look at it as money coming into the local economy.”

The popular show has been filming right here in Wilmington for the past six years.

The show will sign on for one more season, making it the longest running show filmed here. That’s good news for fans and the local economy.

No word yet if all cast members will be signing on for season seven.

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videoAcross the country, a lot of people know about Wilmington because of the film industry here. One popular TV show filmed here is keeping our film industry booming and with positive economic returns.

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Three crimes, one suspect

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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What appears to be an incompetent crook kept deputies busy in New Hanover County early this morning. Investigators believe a vehicle fire and two attempted robberies are all connected.

The day started early for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department. By 4:00 am, deputies had already responded to an attempted ATM robbery, a fire, and a break in.

They now believe one person is responsible for all three.

Just before 2:00 am deputies responded to an alarm at Carolina First Bank on Market Street.

It appears as though someone jacked up the ATM machine and actually they attempted to steal the whole machine. No money was stolen from the ATM. Deputies have surveillance video showing a man driving a white Chevy van with a raised roof and maroon decals.

A little more than an hour later deputies responded to another call at Southeastern Tile.

“Apparently they received an intruder alarm at this facility. Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene and found the vehicle burning next to the building,” explained Deputy Fire Marshall David Heath.

The fire spread from the van to the business but was quickly extinguished. Deputies say it was the same van from Carolina First Bank.

“Whoever had the van at the ATM went to this other business, probably started the vehicle on fire to try to hide any evidence, fingerprints, or anything like that,” said NHC Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Ed McMahon

While crews worked on the fire, deputies received a third call. They responded to a breaking and entering alarm at Airmax Heating and Cooling in Oak Pointe Business Park about a mile away.

The glass door was shattered, but nothing was taken. Deputies believe the intruder was probably scared away from the business park by an alarm.

Same suspect in all three incidents? Quite possibly.

Deputies say they can only describe the suspect as male at this point. All of the incidents are still being investigated.

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videoWhat appears to be an incompetent crook kept deputies busy in New Hanover County early this morning. Investigators believe a vehicle fire and two attempted robberies are all connected.

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Legislators working to get 1898 riots in school curriculum

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Raleigh | New Hanover County legislators again are looking to get the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to develop a curriculum covering the 1898 Wilmington race riots.Bills have been filed in both the Senate and in the House.

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Despite utility authority’s problems, CEO gets big boost in salary

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

The CEO of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority will receive $18,000 worth of “incentive compensation” after receiving his annual performance evaluation Wednesday.

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