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Archive for March, 2009

Pender postpones planning board appointment

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Rocky Point | A planning board seat remains vacant after the Pender County Board of Commissioners failed to appoint any of the six applicants to the seat at Monday’s meeting held at Trask High School.

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Brunswick employees no longer allowed to take cars home

Monday, March 16th, 2009

About 50 county employees who were accustomed to driving a county-owned vehicle to and from work will no longer be able to do so under a new policy partly aimed at cutting costs in Brunswick County.

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More celebrities coming out to the 2009 Azalea Festival

Monday, March 16th, 2009

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Another big Azalea Festival announcement came Monday.

The Azalea Festival Committee announced celebrities who will make an appearance this year. They include Nicholas Braun, who has appeared on several television shows and starred in two Disney original movies, and Joe Gallison, best known for his role as Doctor Neil Curtis on Days of our Lives.

Gallison lives in Wilmington and was there for Monday’s announcement. He said after years of enjoying the festival, he’s excited to be a part of it. “We saw Tony Bennett, we’ve seen Natalie Cole and some of the shows. My wife always goes to the garden parties; she always looks forward to that. We love being in Wilmington. We’ve been here for 12 years and anything I can do to promote Wilmington and let other people know how great is it, I’m happy to do,” he said.

This year’s Azalea Festival is April 1st through the 5th.

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Another big Azalea Festival announcement came Monday. They include Nicholas Braun and Joe Gallison.

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New Hanover County to announce layoffs Tuesday

Monday, March 16th, 2009

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The axe will fall tomorrow for more than two dozen New Hanover County employees. The layoffs are part of the county’s effort to make up the 2008-2009-budget deficit.

County Manager Bruce Shell said layoffs were the last resort, but tomorrow the county will layoff twenty-seven employees to make up the remaining portion of a $12 million budget deficit.

“When you’re the leader, you just have to make the tough decisions and look somebody in the eye,” said New Hanover County Commissioner Jason Thompson.

Tuesday New Hanover county department heads will do just that. Twenty-seven county employees whose salaries total more than $1.5 million will be laid off to make up the remaining budget deficit.

“These are very very draconian steps that we’re having to take and the commissioners needed to be aware of it before I rolled it out,” said Shell.

The county has already frozen forty-five positions, cut travel expenses and won’t replace forty-two employees who opted for early retirement.

That still wasn’t enough to make up the entire budget deficit.

For county employees it could be a long night. They won’t be notified exactly who will be laid off until Tuesday.

Shell declined to comment on details, but said the county will respond to the tough times ahead. “It’ll be a tough struggle, but we’ve got a tremendous organization with a lot of professionals and they’ll step up and rise to the occasion.”

The 114 vacant positions that won’t be filled account for about ten percent of the county’s normal work force of over one thousand employees.

Commissioner Jason Thompson said he’s seen the layoffs coming for some time. “That’s the way of the world today, it’s not just governments every private business is having to cut back and lay off and reorganize, and I expected the county would have to do the same thing.”

Shell will meet with the department heads Tuesday morning to discuss how the county will proceed. Affected employees will receive six weeks of severance pay.

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videoThe axe will fall tomorrow for more than two dozen New Hanover County employees. The layoffs are part of the county’s effort to make up the 2008-2009-budget deficit.

County Manager Bruce Shell said layoffs were the last resort, but tomorrow the county will layoff twenty-seven employees to make up the remaining portion of a $12 million budget deficit.

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Update: Driver in hospital after car fishtails on MLK Parkway

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Slick roads likely played a role in an accident that required rescue crews to use the Jaws of Life to extricate a woman from her black Jaguar after the car slid off Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway just before noon Monday.

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