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Archive for May, 2009

Reel fun at the Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman Fishing Tournament

Friday, May 15th, 2009

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It has become a tradition at Kure Beach. The 11th Annual Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman Fishing Tournament got underway early Friday morning.

About 300 people attended this year’s event. It is open to anyone with a disability to come and join a free day of fishing, friends, food, and fun.

Tournament participant Dustin Templeton said, “I think it’s a good opportunity for the disabled kids.”

“Today’s been going super-duper. People are coming in from as far as Fayetteville, Whiteville, and Jacksonville,” said tournament director Dawson Frueler.

Participants were provided with fishing equipment, and t-shirts. Tacey Mintz with the Wilmington Wave Group won the tournament, with a black drum she caught.

Organizers said the event would not be possible without generous donations from the community.

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It has become a tradition at Kure Beach. The 11th Annual Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman Fishing Tournament got underway early Friday morning.

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Brunswick County developers’ mid-priced housing comes with environmental difference

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Robin Hackney’s interest in housing construction combined with a commitment to living green motivated her to create a green housing subdivision.

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Early retirement packages for city workers reaches deadline

Friday, May 15th, 2009

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Last month, the city offered a tempting incentive package to one-hundred workers for early retirement. The potential savings to the city, depending on how many people choose to retire early, could recoup a million dollars. More than 30 city workers have sprung for the deal.

How does this sound? Five months salary paid up front, cashing in your vacation time, up 25% of your sick leave – in return for early retirement. Pretty good, huh?

An incentive, Assistant Wilmington Fire Chief Ronald Jordan said he just could not pass up. He will be retiring after 37 years as a fireman; a duty that will be hard to shake for early retirement. “It just gets in your blood and it’s just what I have always enjoyed doing, never thought about doing anything different,” he said.

Among all incentives the city is offering for early retirement, Jordan said at the age of 57, it is the one that will focus on his health. For the next seven years, he will receive health insurance at no cost. “If the insurance deal wasn’t there, I probably wouldn’t be leaving,” Jordan said.

If it was not for health, people like Officer Larry Zettelmaier probably would not be retiring either. He will be turning in his Wilmington Police Department badge after 7 years on the force. “They made the offer out and I said, ‘Larry, it’s time to enjoy life’. I can do it financially; my health is great so it’s a good time for me to do it.”

The retirement incentive is just one strategy the city said will help balance the budget for the next fiscal year. But it is at the risk of losing experienced personnel from the police and fire departments, and other city sectors. With the city also under a hiring freeze, people like Jordan and Zettelmaier, who have years of experience, will not be replaced.

Wilmington spokesperson Malissa Talbert said, “That’s more than thirty employees that just have a wealth of experience and years of service to the city and we really hate to see them go. So it’s really with mixed emotions we approach the deadline.”

The city spokesperson said the retirement packages were a way to help avoid the potential of layoffs. The last day of work for both men is June 30th.

Chief Jordan and Officer Zettelmaier both said they will find something to stay busy.

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videoHere in Wilmington, city workers have reached the deadline to take advantage of early retirement packages. They were offered to help the city make up a $6.5 million shortfall.

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Maritime Museum at Southport may make move to Fort Johnston

Friday, May 15th, 2009

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The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport could have a new home next year. Thursday night, the Southport Board of Alderman voted unanimously to support Fort Johnston as the new home for the museum.

In the midst of budget cuts, the state cut the $60,000 a year they had been paying for the maritime museum’s rent. If Southport could not find a new home for it, the museum would have had to close after Labor Day.

Museum supporters said a move to Fort Johnston makes perfect sense. “It is right on the water, it is part of history, and so much of Southport is maritime history,” said Walt Madsen. “Fort Johnston is maritime history, so it just seems natural.”

The move is not official just yet. State law requires 10 days public notice before the sale or lease of public property.

The alderman could vote on a final agreement for the museums new home on June 11th.

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The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport could have a new home next year. Thursday night, the Southport Board of Alderman voted unanimously to support Fort Johnston as the new home for the museum.

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FBI to patrol: Turn over info on Easley air travel

Friday, May 15th, 2009

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RALEIGH — The FBI has ordered the state Highway Patrol to produce all records involving private air travel former Gov. Mike Easley and his family.

The FBI issued a subpoena to the patrol Friday as part of a grand jury investigation. The subpoena says the grand jury will meet next Wednesday and Thursday in Raleigh.

The subpoena seeks information about the private travels of Easley, his wife Mary Easley, and their son Michael Easley Jr. on privately owned, noncommercial aircraft.

It also requests documents involving payments made for such travel.

The subpoena also seeks information on communications with the Easleys about those private flights, public inquiries of the flights and the patrol’s policies on the retention of records
related to the Easleys’ flights.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The FBI has ordered the state Highway Patrol to produce all records involving private air travel former Gov. Mike Easley and his family.

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