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Archive for April, 2009

New Hanover County plans to ask for higher sales tax

Monday, April 20th, 2009

With money tight and no desire to raise property taxes, the New Hanover County commissioners plan to ask the voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax in November.

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New Hanover County chooses Ed McMahon as new sheriff

Monday, April 20th, 2009

An executive committee of the New Hanover County Democratic Party chose Ed McMahon on Monday to replace retiring New Hanover County Sheriff Sid Causey, who leaves office July 1.

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League of Women Voters hosts breakfast

Monday, April 20th, 2009

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Local residents had the chance to talk to their state and national representatives at a breakfast on the campus of UNCW on Monday.

This is the third year the League of Women Voters have sponsored the event.

Hundreds of people came out to ask their congressmen and women questions.

Hot topics included film incentives, local beach conditions, and alternative energy research.

Organizers said the meeting is true democracy at work. “People feel that their representatives are off somewhere in Raleigh or Washington and we want them to understand that this is part of democracy, that you have the right to speak to your representative and they are accessible,” said Audrey Albrech, a member of the League of Women Voters.

The issues the League of Women Voters were most interested in were ensuring fair elections and monitoring campaign funds.

People seemed especially interested to ask questions about the state of our local economy.

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Local residents had the chance to talk to their state and national representatives at a breakfast on the campus of UNCW on Monday.

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New Hanover set to choose new sheriff

Monday, April 20th, 2009

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We’ll find out for sure Tuesday night just who will be the next sheriff of New Hanover County.

Two men are vying for the job. Both Chief Deputy Ed McMahon and David Smithey have extensive experience in the sheriff’s department, but one is heavily favored.

“I am so excited about the opportunity to serve the community, I love the people, I love this area, and I love the sheriff’s department,” said McMahon.

Smithey owns a dive shop in Carolina Beach. Before retiring three years ago, he served more than twenty years with the sheriff’s department and left with the rank of major. “It would do me proud to be part of that, and it would do me proud to be a part of the best in the nation and the state as far as law enforcement goes.”

McMahon has spent the past year-and-a-half as Sheriff Sid Causey’s right hand man. He’s Causey’s choice to fill the job and has already taken over some responsibilities by sitting in at county commissioner meetings.

Both candidates say the role as sheriff seems to have its good and bad days like any job, but the reward for them is serving a community they both feel especially close to.

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We’ll find out for sure Tuesday night just who will be the next sheriff of New Hanover County.

Two men are vying for the job. Both Chief Deputy Ed McMahon and David Smithey have extensive experience in the sheriff’s department, but one is heavily favored.

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Associated poll

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UPDATE: Man slashes woman at Greenfield Lake Park

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Officer Scott Holzberger said when police arrived in the area of the paddle boat concession at the lake they found a woman sitting on a picnic table and bleeding from cuts.

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