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Archive for July, 2009

County commissioners rethinking support of sales tax referendum

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

By Chris MazzoliniChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

At least some New Hanover County commissioners are re-thinking whether they want to pursue a quarter-cent sales tax referendum in November.

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Swim advisories remain at 3 sites

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Wrightsville Beach | The state Division of Environmental Health has lifted an advisory against swimming at one area of Banks Channel in Wrightsville Beach that was closed Tuesday because of high bacteria levels.

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Redistricting New Hanover County middle schools

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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New Hanover County School Board members once again have redistricting on the mind.

Tuesday night, the board heard a presentation about redistricting the county’s middle school students for the 2010-2011 school year.

Holly Shelter Middle School is being built in the northern part of the county, and about 2,400 students will have to be moved around.

Two options are currently on the table, but the Board asked the Redistricting Committee to come up with another, that better spreads out students on free and reduced lunch.

“Any time you redistrict you have to have a plan as to neighborhood schools or not so my concept has always been I’m a strong supporter of neighborhood schools and I’m hoping that’s what the board has done this time,” said Don Hayes of the NHC School Board.

Hayes says when they when through the redistricting process for elementary schools earlier this year, they learned parents overwhelmingly want their kids to go to school near home.

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New Hanover County School Board members once again have redistricting on the mind. Holly Shelter Middle School is being built in the northern part of the county, and about 2,400 students will have to be moved around.

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Leatherback turtle makes rare stop at Carolina Beach

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

By Chelsea KellnerChelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

Around one o’clock Wednesday morning, an endangered leatherback sea turtle about half the size of a Volkswagen Beetle dragged itself ashore on Carolina Beach to lay its eggs in the sand.

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Gunfire from boat hits home at St. James

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Residents in the gated town of St. James might have had their feeling of security shaken over the weekend after gunfire struck a waterfront home.

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