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Archive for May, 2009

Wilmington holds line on property tax, but fees could increase

Monday, May 18th, 2009

The city of Wilmington is holding the line on property taxes in the coming fiscal year, but it is considering new or increased fees for a variety of services.

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Georgia-Pacific employees to wait on hearing about layoffs

Monday, May 18th, 2009

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Employees at the Georgia-Pacific plant in Whiteville will have a few days to wait before learning if layoffs at the plant will affect them.

A spokesperson told WWAY that they are monitoring market conditions to determine how long they will be able to keep the plant running.

Within the next five to ten days, 95 employees will be notified as to whether the plant will remain open. Eighty from Plywood Production and 15 from the sawmill could temporarily be laid off.

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Employees at the Georgia-Pacific plant in Whiteville will have a few days to wait before learning if layoffs at the plant will affect them.

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Higher gas prices have drivers shopping around

Monday, May 18th, 2009

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AAA says more drivers and higher fuel standards are responsible for the increase in summer gas prices, but don’t expect the cost to come close to last year’s record high.

“It seems like every holiday, gas prices just start sky rocketing,” said Mack Walker.

With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, it’s no different this year.

Across the country, the cost of gas is up 25 cents per gallon since May first; the national average has hit $2.31.

In North Carolina and Wilmington the average is a little lower at $2.27.

AAA Carolinas says the price increase is a matter of more cars on the road. “A lot of it is just the demand, and then we’ll tend to see right after memorial weekend the prices will drop a little bit.”

A 25-cent increase per gallon at the pump means it will cost you about $3.75 more each time you fill up a 15-gallon tank.

While drivers say it hasn’t affected their daily routine, it has meant they’ve cut back on their travel.

“Vacation wise, you know we used to go from here to Florida, that’s not been the case lately,” said Jackie Calvery.

Still with gas prices expected to top out around $2.50 per gallon this summer, AAA expects more drivers to hit the highways.

With prices up and the economy already struggling, people are more willing to shop around for cheap gas prices.

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videoAAA says more drivers and higher fuel standards are responsible for the increase in summer gas prices, but don’t expect the cost to come close to last year’s record high.

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Cruise ship docks in Wilmington

Monday, May 18th, 2009

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A visiting ship has cruised its way into the Port City and it’s bringing a welcome boost to the local economy.

American Cruise Line’s American Glory docked on Water Street in downtown Wilmington on Monday.

The ship’s journey started in Charleston, and is cruising up the Intracoastal Waterway to Baltimore.

“It’s really great having the cruise ship here; it’s going to bring more money and more people into the area,” said Doug Buffkin.

Forty passengers got off the boat and spent the day touring Wilmington. According to a recent study, each cruise ship passenger spends an average of $123 each time the ship makes a stop.

During the month of May, three cruise line ships will grace the Wilmington waterfront. The cruise line will make eight trips to Wilmington this year.

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A visiting ship has cruised its way into the Port City and it’s bringing a welcome boost to the local economy.

American Cruise Line’s American Glory docked on Water Street in downtown Wilmington on Monday.

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County Commission approves Ed McMahon for sheriff

Monday, May 18th, 2009

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New Hanover County officially has a successor for Sheriff Sid Causey. Monday, the County Commission approved Chief Deputy Ed McMahon for the job. He will replace Causey, who took early retirement and steps down June 31st.

McMahon said he will spend the next few weeks working hard to get ready for his new job. “I have some changes I want to make, but I’m going to wait until, probably, the beginning of July,” he said. “We’ll kind of talk about some of those things, but I just want to keep serving the citizens as the best that we can.”

Commissioners will discuss how much they will pay McMahon at their June 22nd meeting. McMahon said he is not worried about the money.

It is a big week for McMahon. Saturday, he will walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding.

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New Hanover County officially has a successor for Sheriff Sid Causey. Monday, the County Commission approved Chief Deputy Ed McMahon for the job. He will replace Causey, who took early retirement and steps down June 31st.

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