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Archive for July, 2009

Topping out ceremony for Brunswick Community Hospital

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

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Construction on the new Brunswick Community Hospital paused today for an age old tradition.

The topping out ceremony celebrates the placement of the last and highest beam, marking the end of the most dangerous phase of construction.

Before it was hoisted into place at the peak of the facility, hospital employees, physicians and friends signed the beam.

Hospital executives say the community has a lot to look forward to.

“For the community they can expect a brand new facility, state of the art. And also a lot more space for amenities of just having visitors able to be in their rooms with them, all rooms will be private rooms. Our parking will be easier, access to the facility will be much easier. So it will be a lot more convenient, a lot more accessible, a lot more space,” said President and CEO Denise Mihal.

Construction is expected to finished by the end of next year, and they should be ready to see patients by the summer of 2011.

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Construction on the new Brunswick Community Hospital paused today for an age old tradition.

The topping out ceremony celebrates the placement of the last and highest beam, marking the end of the most dangerous phase of construction.

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Annexation bill heads back to committee

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

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There is a bit of bad news for opponents of forced annexation.

A bill that would give North Carolinians the right to vote on whether they want to be annexed into the city limits has been sent back to Committee.

The bill passed the House Finance Committee last week, and was being heard on the House floor yesterday.

Local Representative Carolyn Justice says it doesn’t appear the House leadership wants the bill to come to a vote.

The House speaker cast the tie-breaking vote to send the bill back to committee.

It may be considered by the Appropriations Committee early next week, but lawmakers are working against the clock as the legislative session will likely wrap up in the next several weeks.

Representative Justice says if the bill doesn’t pass this session, these annexation reforms won’t be eligible for discussion again until 2011.

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There is a bit of bad news for opponents of forced annexation.

A bill that would give North Carolinians the right to vote on whether they want to be annexed into the city limits has been sent back to committee.

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New group formed to help owners of old houses

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

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There’s a new support network for people who own historic homes and buildings in our area. Thursday morning, the Historic Wilmington Foundation introduced the New Preservation Resource Network.

The group is made up of area professionals in a variety of industries. It will give companies and homeowners a way to get assistance for renovation and preservation projects.

The network will also help people turn historic buildings into something functional.

“As well as federal and state tax credit work, which is what our consultants provide, and if we can broaden the network, which I believe we will, to have realtors and financial officials and insurance people, then we can provide the entire umbrella of services that a historic property would need. That’s the goal,” said George W. Edwards, the director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation.

If you are interested in joining the network, or have a project that could benefit from its services, you can contact the Historic Wilmington Foundation at 762-2511.

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There’s a new support network for people who own historic homes and buildings in our area. Thursday morning, the Historic Wilmington Foundation introduced the New Preservation Resource Network.

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Police close Carolina Beach Road after fatal accident

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

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A fatal car accident on Carolina Beach road stopped traffic for a good part of the day.

Police said the accident took place around 11:45 when a blue Ford Taurus traveling south on 421 ran off the side of the road. The driver was traveling alone wearing his seatbelt, but he died at the scene.

Police closed Carolina Beach Road between Shipyard Boulevard and Greefield Street until 5:00 p.m.

Witnesses were shocked by what they saw. “After he broke the telephone pole, his car flipped upside down. I heard that cracking and popping from the telephone pole. The next thing was the red light was cracking and popping, sparks flying,” said al Miller.

Police are still investigating and would not release the driver’s name.

The accident also caused a power outage for the surrounding area. Progress Energy said more than 1,000 customers lost power including New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Power was restored to the hospital within an hour, but other customers were without power until around 4:30 Thursday afternoon.

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A fatal car accident on Carolina Beach road stopped traffic for a good part of the day.

Police said the accident took place around 11:45 when a blue Ford Taurus traveling south on 421 ran off the side of the road.

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To vote or not to vote on NHC sales tax referendum

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

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The city of Wilmington has said “no” to what some New Hanover County leaders call a “good deal.”

The county wants to put a quarter-cent sales tax referendum on the November ballot.

It would be the only county-wide item on the ballot. A county-wide vote would cost $180,000 to conduct, so county leaders asked the city of Wilmington to split the cost.

City leaders say that won’t work. It’s municipal election typically costs less than paying half the cost for a county-wide ballot.

It’s also the first run for a new election system that may be clouded by a county ballot option.

“We are saving $75,000 and doing away with the October election, and having a November without run-off, and just simplifying the process and having a November election,” said City Council member Margaret Hanes.

“I think they were afraid that a sales tax would negatively effect their chances to run for election, and it shouldn’t be about that, it should be about the citizens,” said Jason Thompson, the vice chairman of the NHC Commission.

The next opportunity for the county to put up the sales tax referendum will be their next election in 2010.

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New Hanover County wants to put a quarter-cent sales tax referendum on the November ballot.

It would be the only county-wide item on the ballot. A county-wide vote would cost $180,000 to conduct, so county leaders asked the city of Wilmington to split the cost. However, city officials aren’t buying it.

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