Wilmington HotelsWilmington AdvertiseWilmington AttractionsWilmington BeachesWilmington Business DirectoryWilmingtonWilmingtonWilmington GolfWilmington JobsWilmington NewsWilmington DiningWilmington Weather
     

 

 

Wilmington, NC News

  Free Wilmington Travel Guide!

Archive for July, 2009

Federal stimulus money helps add to WPD staff

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Video

Body

There was some good news Tuesday for the Wilmington Police Department. The WPD is getting 2 million dollars in federal stimulus money to hire more officers.

Chief Ralph Evangelous and Mayor Bill Saffo held a joint news conference Tuesday at City Hall. With the grant money, Wilmington PD will be hiring 13 additional officers. This will put the department at full staff for the first time since last summer.

“These positions will replace the positions that we lost due to the economic downturn during this last budget cycle,” said Chief Evangelous. “It will also allow us to replace some positions that we have for long term military status.”

Chief Evangelous said his department did not layoff anyone during the economic crunch; several officers were simply not replaced.

WPD should be back at full staff sometime early next year.

With today’s announcement, the City of Wilmington has received five million dollars worth of stimulus money from the federal government.

Story image

wpd300.jpg

Story summary

There was some good news Tuesday for the Wilmington Police Department. The WPD is getting 2 million dollars in federal stimulus money to hire more officers.

Chief Ralph Evangelous and Mayor Bill Saffo held a joint news conference Tuesday at City Hall.

Story summary image

wpd150.jpg

Associated poll

More: continued here

Boseman’s bill to stop Titan denied again

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Video

Body

The latest attempt to stall the development of a new cement plant in Castle Hayne failed in Raleigh Tuesday.

Despite support from dozens of local residents, the Senate Commerce Committee refused to re-examine a bill for a Titan moratorium.

Senator Julia Boseman tried to reintroduce a bill for the moratorium with some revisions, but the Senate committee would not accept the legislation that would have frozen consideration of state permits until September of next year. Senator Boseman called the fight David versus Goliath.

“The majority of the people in our district are opposed to it and realize how harmful it could be to the environment and to people’s health and they still choose to ignore it and go with big business and high paid lobbyists. It was really a disgusting site,” said Boseman.

Boseman added groups like Coastal Federation will now seek a court injunction to delay the project.

Titan was actually lured here. State and local officials offered the company about $4.5 million in incentives to open a cement plant and stone quarry on the Cape Fear River.

Titan general manager Bob Odom said Boseman’s bill would have had a negative impact on the area, and that now is the time to “open doors to responsible economic development, not close them.”

Story image

titan300.jpg

Story summary

The latest attempt to stall the development of a new cement plant in Castle Hayne failed in Raleigh Tuesday.

Despite support from dozens of local residents, the Senate Commerce Committee refused to re-examine a bill for a Titan moratorium.

Story summary image

titan150.jpg

Associated poll

More: continued here

State funds now available for flood victims

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Video

Body

State funds are now available for victims of this area’s flooding three weeks ago.

Small businesses, homeowners, and renters may be eligible for low interest loans to pay for flood damage caused by a severe storm on July 6th. Loan officers from the Small Business Administration are at UNCW until Friday to help people see if they qualify.

“It gives individuals who’ve suffered damages the opportunity to replace the things that have been damaged whether its been destroyed or things that need repair,” said Jimmy Murray of the US Small Business Administration. “This is a good way of doing it and you know this is a low interest loan so the terms are affordable based on your ability to pay it back.”

Loan officers will be set up at UNCW’s Leutze Hall in Room 107 until the end of the week. If you can’t make it, the filing deadline is September 22nd.

Disaster loans apply to victims in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties.

Story image

flood300.jpg

Story summary

State funds are now available for victims of this area’s flooding three weeks ago.

Small businesses, homeowners, and renters may be eligible for low interest loans to pay for flood damage caused by a severe storm on July 6th.

Story summary image

flood150.jpg

Associated poll

More: continued here

Beach Bag Bandits get nabbed, property recovered

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Video

Body

Thanks to one of our viewers, Wrightsville Beach detectives have nabbed the Beach Bag Bandits we told you about Monday.

Monday night, a tip led detectives to arrest 23-year-old Joshua Barnts and 20-year-old Brandon Cordell of Wilmington.

Authorities said they recovered the missing bags, and thousands of dollars of stolen property in a dumpster off College Road, and at the suspects’ residence.

Story image

bandit300.jpg

Story summary

Thanks to one of our viewers, Wrightsville Beach detectives have nabbed the Beach Bag Bandits we told you about Monday.

Monday night, a tip led detectives to arrest 23-year-old Joshua Barnts and 20-year-old Brandon Cordell of Wilmington.

Story summary image

bandit150.jpg

Associated poll

More: continued here

Parents at Echo Farms and Rivers Edge upset over redistricting options

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Video

Body

As New Hanover County plans to redistrict its middle schools, some parents are unhappy about plans for their kids. Parents in the Echo Farms and Rivers Edge communities are upset that their kids are tentatively scheduled to be moved from Myrtle Grove to Williston Middle School.

John Hirchak and other parents will meet Tuesday night to discuss their battle against the school board. County middle schools must be redistricted for the 2010-2011 school year, because a new school is being built in the northern part of the county.

The plans are still in the early stages and the board is considering a few options, but Hirchak and others demand that a new map be drawn that doesn’t move their kids from the closest, to one of the furthest middle schools from their neighborhood.

“They have asked over and over again from Echo Farms and Rivers Edge to give, give, give and we just want our children to be in our neighborhood schools,” Hirchak said.

The parents will hold their meeting at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Echo Farms Club House.

Story image

echofarms300.jpg

Story summary

As New Hanover County plans to redistrict its middle schools, some parents are unhappy about plans for their kids. Parents in the Echo Farms and Rivers Edge communities…

Story summary image

echofarms150.jpg

Associated poll

More: continued here

 

Archives

News provided by WWAY NewsChannel 3 and the StarNewsOnline

|Home| |Events| |Attractions| |Accommodations| |Restaurants| |Golf| |Beaches| |Jobs| |Getting Here| |Climate| |Directory| |News| |Advertise| |Contact Us|

 
 
  Welcome to Wilmington, North Carolina