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Archive for May, 2009

Brunswick schools administrator ready for a rest

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

After 35 years in education, Brunswick County Schools’ head of human resources is retiring on July 1.

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Hurricane Hunter makes offseason trip to ILM

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

This year the hurricane center is unveiling a new tool, which will include Google maps, to help emergency officials and residents gauge the potential storm surge from an approaching hurricane.

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Brunswick County to have helicopter of their own

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

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The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will soon have a new addition to its force, a helicopter. In order to add an aviation program, the department is leaving another.

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram issued a 60-day notice, stating that his department is withdrawing from SABLE, the multi-agency law enforcement chopper.

The SABLE helicopter is currently a joint law enforcement effort between Wilmington, Leland, Pender and Brunswick counties.

According to the letter issued by Ingram, addressed to the heads of those agencies, Brunswick County has ‘the opportunity to acquire its own aircraft’.

Sheriff Ingram declined immediate comment today saying he’s waiting for the details to be finalized.

Sources said Brunswick County will have an 0H-58 helicopter, a military helicopter made by a company called Bell.

The SABLE program is also made up of two military helicopters that were donated.

New Hanover County is the only other agency in our area to have its own helicopter. That chopper was paid for with confiscated drug money.

Each of the participating agencies in SABLE pay for a certain amount of flying hours.

Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne, would not go on camera today, but said over the phone, he wasn’t sure if those shared costs would increase now that Brunswick County is leaving the SABLE program.

According to Chief Jayne, the City of Wilmington spearheads the SABLE helicopter finances, and he hasn’t been notified of any changes to fees.

Right now, Leland pays between six and seven thousand dollars a year for the use of SABLE.

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The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will soon have a new addition to its force, a helicopter. In order to add an aviation program, the department is leaving another.

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Brunswick County church struck by lightning, catches fire

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

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A Brunswick County church caught fire this morning, after its steeple was struck by lightning. The steeple ended up in the church’s parking lot.

Fire crews responded to St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church on Highway 17 near 87 and had the flames under control within a half hour. The church’s steeple and its entrance way were damaged, but the back of the church and its altar was okay.

“You know, when you first come up here you’re like this is going to be real bad, we got lucky to get it knocked down,” said Bolivia Fire Chief Brad Babson.

St. Mary pastor Harris Wallace said, “We’re going to take the procedures to move forward, encourage the congregation, and we’re just going to know that everything is going to work out for our good.”

No one was inside the church at the time of the fire, and no one was hurt.

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A Brunswick County church caught fire this morning, after its steeple was struck by lightning. Fire crews responded to St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church on Highway 17 near 87 and had the flames under control within a half hour.

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First convention center booking tour given

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

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The new convention center is a step closer to booking it’s first event. The first organization interested in utilizing the convention center checked it out Thursday morning.

Today members of the North Carolina Motor Coach Association paid a visit to Wilmington.

“We come out and take a look at your city, see what you have to offer, and right now, you’re offering a lot,” said Wilnette Morgan of the NC Motor Coach Assoc.

Jim Harris added, “Beautiful views, and it’s certainly going to be an attraction to the area.”

Wilnette Morgan and Jim Harris are members of the North Carolina Motor Coach Association. They’re part of the first group considering booking an event in the near future.

They said, having a destination like Wilmington within driving distance of major North Carolina cities, is a definite plus. “With the economy right now, people are looking for places in their own backyards, and being North Carolina Motor Coach, this is our back yard,” said Harris.

Their organization hosts bus trips across the state. According to Morgan and Harris, Wilmington offers the best of two worlds.

“Well you have beaches here, you have Thalian Hall, you have a beautiful hotel here, and you have the riverfront,” Harris explained.

It’s groups like the North Carolina Motor Coach Association that tourism director Kim Hufham is trying to reach out to. “People like scenic as we’ve said many times in marketing the new convention center, anybody can have a nice building, but not everyone can have that nice river at that building.”

They want the convention center to act as a catalyst to help identify Wilmington as a drive-to destination.

“The location of our convention center is vital to our marketing efforts in bringing people in for that,” Hufham.

Since it’s still early in the game, city officials haven’t put a price tag on booking an event at the convention center; they’re just focused on marketing our area to large businesses and organizations.

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The new convention center is a step closer to booking it’s first event. The first organization interested in utilizing the convention center checked it out Thursday morning.

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