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Archive for June, 2009

Dirty buses, other concerns lead to changes at Wave

Monday, June 29th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

In recent months, Wave staff had expressed concerns to PTM about the management of the bus system, including the cleanliness of bus interiors, use of cell phones by drivers and handling of cash bus fares, among others.

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Oak Island settles with builder over records law claim

Monday, June 29th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Oak Island has reached a settlement agreement with a local builder who sued town officials, claiming they violated the public records law.

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Five arrests made in local waters

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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Numbers are in from this past weekend’s Operation Dry Water, a crackdown on boating and drinking.

The state Wildlife Resources Commission and other agencies stepped up patrols, targeting people driving boats while under the influence.

Five people were arrested in New Hanover and Pender counties and a total of forty-three state wide.

Officers also nabbed three drunk drivers, who became intoxicated while on the water, and tried to leave the dock by car.

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Numbers are in from this past weekend’s Operation Dry Water, a crackdown on boating and drinking.

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Snag and drag efforts aim at clearing Black River

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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A major waterway that snakes through Sampson, Bladen and Pender counties has had a makeover, as crews have been working hard to clear out debris that’s piled up over the years in the Black River.

Crews have been using a technique called snag and drag, helping them unclog parts of the Black River.

“It’s very hard work, it can be demanding and it can be very dangerous,” said project engineer Greg Thompson.

Thompson has been leading crews in the Black River’s most recent snag and drag project for the past four weeks. The mission is to clear nine miles of the river of overgrown trees and debris that has made it a nightmare for boaters to travel.

The contractor is literally hooking up a wire, to snag and drag the debris from out of the river, to clear the path from fisherman to go through.

Making the river passable for boaters is just part of the project since blockage has produced major drainage problems and flooding in Pender County.

“Parts of the river have that debris has been stuck up and cause more flooding on the river banks and we will remove that so no more flooding will happen in that area,” said project manager Paul Parker.

A minor snag and drag of the Black River came after Hurricane Fran hit in 1996.

This time around, Pender County Officials want the job done right while preserving it’s historical importance to the region.

There are parts of the river that have been deemed untouchable, anything serving as natural habitat for area wildlife.

The river snag and drag project costs $95,000. It was paid for by a grant from the Department of Water Resources.

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A major waterway that snakes through Sampson, Bladen and Pender counties has had a makeover, as crews have been working hard to clear out debris that’s piled up over the years in the Black River.

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Associated poll

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Pender inmates may soon have ample space to pray

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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Inmates at Pender Correctional Facility may soon have a new place to worship.

About a year ago, we visited the prison’s worship space and were told, by prisoners and the chaplain, the space is just not big enough to accommodate all who want to pray.

On Monday, Chaplain James Spirtosanto told us about three-quarters of the funds they need have been collected.

Spirtosanto estimates the total cost for the project will be $350,000. He added that the prison only needs about eighty percent of that to start construction.

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About a year ago, we visited the Pender Correctional Facility’s worship space and were told, by prisoners and the chaplain, the space is just not big enough to accommodate all who want to pray.

On Monday, Chaplain James Spirtosanto told us about three-quarters of the funds they need have been collected.

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