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Archive for June, 2009

Have you been pronouncing Camp Lejeune correctly?

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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Pop quiz: What’s the name of the big Marine Corps base in Onslow County?

Camp Lejeune, right?

Apparently the last name of the 13th Commandant for whom the base is name is pronounced ‘luh-jurn’ and not ‘luh-june’.

Former Marine Patrick Brent is coming to the base Friday to give a class to local reporters on just how to say General John A. Lejeune’s name.

Brent, a friend of the Lejeune family in Louisiana, aays it is disrespectful to not pronounce the general’s name properly.

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Pop quiz: What’s the name of the big Marine Corps base in Onslow County? Camp Lejeune, right?

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Heat advisory: Weather Service says temps outside feel like 100 degrees

Friday, June 26th, 2009

People in Southeastern North Carolina should avoid strenuous outdoor activities and drink plenty of water this afternoon, the National Weather Service said in a weather statement issued at 12:32 p.m. Friday.The weather service said the combination of heat and humidity will create a heat index of about 100 degrees in the area.

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NC city to refund $2.6M in business license fees

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — North Carolina’s largest city says it will refund to building contractors some $2.6 million in improperly collected business license fees.

The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that the city’s action is designed to settle a lawsuit. The lawyer for Vision Ventures Construction contended that contractors paid the city as much as $10,000 a year, but should have paid only $10.

Attorney Jameson Wells says the refunds will affect about 2,100 companies.

A city attorney said Charlotte agreed that it overcharged certain contractors. Officials say state law limited contractor taxes to $10 a year, but the city applied the cap only to firms
that operated before the state handed some business regulation to local government.

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

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North Carolina’s largest city says it will refund to building contractors some $2.6 million in improperly collected business license fees.

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NO PORT discusses environmental impact, announces contest winner

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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Interested citizens filled the Southport Community Building. They listened intently to presentations about environmental impacts of the proposed international terminal that the state ports authority is planning for Southport. NO PORT Southport member, Susan Toth said, “We felt as though these would be ideal people to be talking to. A group that could present their areas of expertise and it would be an un-biased approach.”

Attendees asked questions of the panel, consisting of professionals from UNCW, the North Carolina Coastal Federation, and the US Geological Survey. “I’m a small business owner so I believe in capitalism and I’m interested in the trade-off’s between what the benefits might be for the state versus potentially the environmental impacts,” said Oak Island’s Dennis Maner.

NO PORT Southport recently challenged people to come up with the best alternate idea of what to build on the 600 acres of land where the port would be.

“This is a great opportunity. This is a site that should not be spoiled by a port,” said Frank Bausch. Frank took first prize and $500 for his idea of an energy park. “There would be five energy producers. One display of nuclear power, one of storage technology, one is a wind site, one is a tidal power. Two are solar – one concentrated power and one solar voltaic rays – and one fun thing- geothermal heat pumps.”

NO PORT Southport plans to present the winning entry to Governor Perdue. Bausch plans to present his idea at a renewable energy summit hosted by Congressman Mike McIntyre in July.

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videoThe group NO PORT Southport met Thursday night to discuss the environmental impacts of the proposed port in Brunswick County Folks who attended had the chance to hear from a panel of environmental professionals and find out the winner of a contest sponsored by the group.

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Diana Rohler, 60, Full Belly Project official, has died

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

By Ben SteelmanBen.Steelman@StarNewsOnline.com

Friends recalled Diana Rohler as a devoted volunteer Thursday, who shared much of the credit for the success of the Full Belly Project.

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