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Archive for March, 2009

Minivan runs red light, hits WAVE bus

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

A minivan running a red light collided with a city bus on College Road just before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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Navassa resident hires attorney to fight group home

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

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We have an update on a story we have been following out of Navassa. Residents there are up in arms about town officials allowing a developer to build a group home for troubled teens.

Residents claim they never had a say in the decision, but town officials have said they went above and beyond their requirements by posting notifications in the paper and signs around town.

Now, a man who lives adjacent to the property where the home would be located has hired Attorney Amanda Davis to represent him.

“Their instincts tell them that something wasn’t right because they know that they didn’t know about it and they didn’t have any chance to say how they felt about it or to even know the truth about what happened,” said Davis. “So they’ve hired me to verify the proceedings and qualify them to make sure everything was done correctly.”

Davis said if she finds proceedings were done incorrectly, she will file a lawsuit against the town.

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Navassa residents are up in arms about town officials allowing a developer to build a group home for troubled teens. A man who lives adjacent to the property where the home would be located has hired an attorney to represent him.

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City Council to discuss new parking lot and Wrightsville Beach fire boat

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

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There could soon be more parking in downtown Wilmington.

Tuesday night the City Council will discuss a recommendation to use $750,000 from the city’s parking fund to buy land for a parking lot. The land is on Second Street next to the Hannah Block Center.

The council will also take up an agreement with Wrightsville Beach for a new fire boat dock along the Intracoastal Waterway.

The $60,000, 200-foot pier would be built near the Wrightsville Beach Public Works Department. Fire officials said the pier would cut response times to fires near the Intracoastal.

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Tuesday night the City Council will discuss a recommendation to use $750,000 from the city’s parking fund to buy land for a parking lot. The council will also take up an agreement with Wrightsville Beach for a new fire boat dock along the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Titan moratorium discussed at senate hearing Tuesday

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

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For the second time in three years, state legislators could make a law to slow or even stop the development of a controversial project in our area.

It was standing room only at a state senate committee hearing in Raleigh Tuesday.

Most of the audience was from a busload of New Hanover County residents opposed to Titan America’s plan to build a cement plant in Castle Hayne.

“We hope they’re gonna pass this moratorium. We think it’s absolutely necessary to get all the economic and health impacts evaluated,” said Joel Bourne.

Senator Julia Boseman filed a bill last week calling for a moratorium on cement plant permitting and construction until September 1, 2010, thus giving time for a legislative commission to study the issue.

“We need to look at this project as a whole: the effects of the mercury emissions, the effect it could have on thousands of kids that go to school within a few-mile radius, the effect it will have on fishery,” Boseman said.

But Titan reported they have done and will do everything state and federal regulators ask of them, including a pledge to adhere to the most stringent pollution standards possible, even as the environmental protection agency is expected to lower the amount of mercury a plant can emit.

“I feel very comfortable that we will not be putting the community at risk, because at the end of the day, 160 of my people and their families will be living right there,” said Marino Papzoglou, Titan’s business development director.

However, Boseman and members of Stop Titan said jobs should not come at the cost of the environment, quality of life and other industries and economic development in our area.

They have precedent on their side when it comes to a moratorium. A 2006 landfill moratorium coupled with public opposition eventually forced Hugo Neu to scrap its plans for a scrap heap in the Brunswick county town of Navassa.

But the head of Titan Subsidiary Carolinas Cement says moratorium or not, his company will push on.

Members of the senate agriculture/environment/natural resources committee today asked for more hearings on Senator Boseman’s moratorium bill. There is no word on if, or when, more hearings or a vote on the bill may be held.

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videoFor the second time in three years, state legislators could make a law to slow or even stop the development of a controversial project in our area.

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Break-in suspects arrested after man follows them from home

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Three men were arrested Monday night and charged in a Wilmington break-in after the victim chased the men from his home, according to a news release from Lucy Crockett, spokeswoman for the Wilmington Police Department.

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