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Archive for June, 2009

Man robbed of several thousand dollars at 10th Street home

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

A man was robbed by three men armed with a gun and Taser around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday near the 200 block of North 10th Street.

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Man charged with motor vehicle theft

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Police charged a man with motor vehicle theft around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 800 block of South Kerr Avenue.

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Film incentives bill passes Senate

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

By Joe JohnsonStarNews Correspondent

The movie industry got a step closer to better tax treatment in North Carolina as the state Senate approved a bill to increase tax credits to 25 percent.

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Sunset Beach residents discover costly water bill issues

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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Cape Fear is not the only utility authority having billing problems. Eighteen Brunswick Utility customers in Sunset Beach are drowning in this months water bills.

Jim Thomas was shocked when he received a water bill for more than $2,200. That is a total usage of more than 700,000 gallons of water. Thomas is now questioning how the utility authority checks his monthly water use.

“I don’t believe we’ve ever had anybody come by and physically read the meter. They have a radio frequency thing that transmits so they can do a drive by reading and apparently that system is prone to some mistakes,” Thomas said.

A spokesperson for the utility authority told us they found a glitch with transmitters installed within the last year. When they sent out updated bills the error made the bills much higher than they should have been.

The authority said they will not charge any of the affected customers late fees, or shut off their water until the matter is resolved.

They expect to have the corrected bills completed by Thursday.

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Cape Fear is not the only utility authority having billing problems. Eighteen Brunswick Utility customers in Sunset Beach are drowning in this months water bills.

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Martin Marietta mining expansion approved by Pender board

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

K.J. WilliamsCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

A proposed expansion to an existing marine limestone mining operation in Pender County could bring activities to within 800 feet of land protected by the N.C. Coastal Land Trust.

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