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The effects of homelessness in our area

Friday, July 17th, 2009

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A group has been living in a camp behind a Wilmington warehouse for about two months. Nigel Hanna said she ended up there after losing her job, and then her house.

Similar camps are found throughout the area, leaving code enforcement and the police to take action. “They’ll get set up, we’ll find out about them, and they’ll get reported to us,” said Steve Harrell of code enforcement. ”We do our compliance with them, the property owners take care of it and then we find another one gets set up someplace else.”

Wilmington Police Department’s Chief David Conklin said, “It is not illegal to be homeless, but it is the conduct that people get themselves involved with that we actually deal with.”

While some neighbors have called WWAY with concerns about the camps, others do not have a problem. “I’ve heard of them. They never bothered us, but I’ve heard of them,” said neighbor Aaron Moore.

Shelters are an alternative to living in the woods, but these homeless said they fill up quickly. Major Butch Mallard said the Salvation Army has seen a forty percent increase in the past year. “With the economy the way it is, it’s only going to get worse with unemployment and the foreclosures of houses.”

Mallard said they are adding more beds to meet the growing demand. “We have even the working families that are coming, with husband and wife both working – they can’t make ends meet.”

For those who have traded in a roof for a tarp over their heads, they said they just keep the hope that an opportunity will come their way.

Company officials with the warehouse where the camp was set up have been issued notices by code enforcement to have the property cleaned up by August 30th, or face fines. The company tells us they called the police Friday and had the area cleared out.

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videoHomelessness is a very real problem in this area. It affects everyone from the homeless, to concerned neighbors, to code enforcement officials, to those trying to lend a helping hand. We a look at what’s being done to combat the issue and some of their options.

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Editor’s Note – Search database of city leaders’ 36,000 ‘private’ e-mails

Friday, July 17th, 2009

By Robyn TomlinStarNews Executive Editor

Like most parents, my husband and I have a few key house rules.Rule No. 1: Don’t lie, cheat or steal. Rule No. 2: Treat others like you want to be treated. The most important one in my book, though, is Rule No. 3: Take responsibility for your actions.

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A look at the major names on the November election ballot

Friday, July 17th, 2009

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After last year’s presidential campaign there stands to be a lot less fan fare surrounding this election season. But important races will take place in all of our area counties.

In New Hanover County incumbent Bill Saffo will make his bid for re-election against challenger Paul Knight.

Eleven people will bid for three available seats on the City Council. Among those running are current council members Margaret Haynes, Jim Quinn, and Earl Sheridan, while Charlie Rivenbark will attempt to return to the council after several years off.

In Brunswick County, there won’t be a race in Bolivia or Ocean Isle Beach. All of the positions up for election in the two towns won’t be contested.

In Bladen County only two races will be contested. Three candidates will run for Bladenboro Town Commissioner First Ward, where there is only one seat available. Three candidates will run for two vacant spots as the East Arcadia Town Commissioner.

In Columbus County the Board of Elections will extend the filing period for Boardman Town Council for five more days. Only four people decided to run for the five available seats.

In Pender County the race for Topsail Beach Commissioner will be the most hotly contested. Six candidates will run for three open positions.

PENDER CANDIDATES

ATKINSON – MAYOR
Jack Turner 302 E MAIN STREET ATKINSON, NC 28421

BURGAW – MAYOR
Kenneth T. (Pete) Cowan 314 S. BICKETT ST. PO BOX 908 BURGAW, NC 28425
Elaine B. Tyson 609 S BICKETT ST BURGAW, NC 28425

ST HELENA – MAYOR
Robert M. Barnhill 115 NORTHWEST AVE BURGAW, NC 28425

WATHA – MAYOR
Marion Knowles Jr. 70 CAMP KIRKWOOD RD WILLARD, NC 28478

AKINSON – ALDERMAN – WARD III
Elaine Clark Stealer 200 S RAILROAD ST ATKINSON, NC 28421

BURGAW – COMMISSIONER
Howard N. Walker Jr. 703 N. WRIGHT ST PO BOX 654 BURGAW, NC 28425
Janet L. (Jan) Dawson 503 S. BENNETT ST BURGAW, NC 28425

BURGAW – COMMISSIONER – UNEXPIRED TERM
Louis (Sonny) Davis 307 N BICKETT ST BURGAW, NC 28425

ST HELENA – COUNCILMEN
Jimmy Davis 1814 US HWY 117S BURGAW, NC 28425
Jim Milam 403 EAST MAIN ST BURGAW, NC 28425
Neil Benton 275 NORTHWEST AVE BURGAW, NC 28425

SURF CITY – COUNCILMEN
Michael H. Curley 804 S. SHORE DR SURF CITY, NC 28445
Doug Medlin 9077 NINTH ST PO BOX 2071 SURF CITY, NC 28445
Martha (Marti) Quinn 35 SANDY LN SURF CITY, NC 28445

TOPSAIL BEACH – COMMISSIONER
Julian Bone 1504 CAROLINA BLVD PO BOX 3291 TOPSAIL BEACH, NC 28445
William Johnson 1521 OCEAN BLVD TOPSAIL BEACH, NC 28445
Ray Strader 2117 SHORELINE DR TOPSAIL BEACH, NC 28445
Ed Broadhurst 220 N ANDERSON BLVD TOPSAIL BEACH, NC 28445
Grier Fleischhauer 1806 OCEAN BLVD TOPSAIL BEACH, NC 28445
Bobby Humphrey 111 HUMPHREY AVE TOPSAIL BEACH, NC 28445

WATHA – COMMISSIONER
Joseph Craig 151 VAN EDEN ROAD WATHA, NC 28478
James F. Pierce 455 WATHA RD WATHA, NC 28478
Needham C. Hall 1059 CAMP KIRKWOOD ROAD WATHA, NC 28478
AMOS DAVID GARRISS JR. 50 ARTHUR GARRIS RD WATHA, NC 28478

BRUNSWICK CANDIDATES

BALD HEAD ISLAND (1 Mayor and 1 Councilman Seat)
Mayor Larry Lammert 21 Laughing Gull Trl Bald Head Island NC 28461
Mayor Andy Sayre PO Box 3301 Bald Head Island NC 28461
Councilman John L. Fisher PO Box 3365 Bald Head Island NC 28461

BELVILLE (1 Mayor and 2 Commissioner Seats)
Mayor Jack Batson 764 Brunswick Pl Leland NC 28451
Mayor Chuck Thurlow 1031 Marshside Way Leland NC 28451
Commissioner Mike Allen 728 Albemarle Pl Leland NC 28451
Commissioner Buddie Ennis 10252 Blackwell Rd Leland NC 28451
Commissioner Donna Schardien 883 Brunswick Pl Leland NC 28451

BOILING SPRING LAKES (1 Mayor and 2 Commissioners)
Mayor Marty Kesmodel 45 Graham Cir Boiling Spring Lakes NC 28461
Mayor Richard White 1981 Gastonia Rd Boiling Spring Lakes NC 28461
Commissioner Charlie Carroll 221 Darnell Rd Boiling Spring Lakes NC 28461
Commissioner Craig M. Caster 884 South Shore Dr Boiling Spring Lakes NC 28461
Commissioner David Giera 1130 Grace Rd Boiling Spring Lakes NC 28461
Commissioner Teddy Holloman 1880 Raeford Rd Boiling Spring Lakes NC 28461

BOLIVIA (1 Mayor and 4 Alderman Seats)
Mayor Dewey C. Smith 52 Wilson St Bolivia NC 28422
Alderman Wesley B. Compton PO Box 393 Bolivia NC 28422
Alderman Warren Knox 40 Green Lewis Rd Bolivia NC 28422
Alderman Ken Mercer 72 Wilson St Bolivia NC 28422 (910)
Alderman Ella Jane Wescott 89 Wilson St Bolivia NC 28422

CALABASH (3 Commissioner Seats)
Commissioner Simon Allen 1055 Pine Bur Cir Sunset Beach NC 28468
Commissioner Emily M. Distasio 495 Planters Pl Calabash NC 28467
Commissioner William (Bill) Dixon 1142 Charlotte Ave Calabash NC 28467
Commissioner Cecelia Herman 403 Deer Path Calabash NC 28467 (910) 575-8536
Commissioner Joseph (Jody) Nance Jr. 1083 River Rd Calabash NC 28467

CAROLINA SHORES (2 Commissioner Seats)
Commissioner Bob Breen 222 Pilothouse Pl Carolina Shores 28467
Commissioner G. G. (Gere) Dale 46 Calabash Dr Carolina Shores NC 28467
Commissioner Joyce Dunn 41 Gate 1 Carolina Shores NC 28467
Commissioner Walter B. Goodenough 905 Palmer Dr Carolina Shores NC 28467
Commissioner Dave Jones 12 Sage Ct Carolina Shores NC 28467
Commissioner Leon Paulikas 13 Carolina Shores Dr Carolina Shores 28467

CASWELL BEACH (2 Commissioner Seats)
Commissioner Toby J. Bronstein 105 Flowering Bridge Path Caswell Beach NC 28465
Commissioner Marti Hardy 740 Alyssum Ave Caswell Beach NC 28465
Commissioner George F. Kassler 436 Caswell Beach Rd Caswell Beach NC 28465

HOLDEN BEACH (1 Mayor and 5 Commissioner Seats)
Mayor Alan Holden 128 Ocean Blvd W Holden Beach NC 28462
Commissioner Don Glander 157 Highpoint St Holden Beach NC 28462
Commissioner Ken Kyser 119 Frigate Dr Holden Beach NC 28462
Commissioner Ray Lehr 150 Yacht Watch Dr Holden Beach NC 28462
Commissioner Sandy Miller 988 Ocean Blvd W Holden Beach NC 28462
Commissioner Peggy Schiavone 105 Schooner Dr Holden Beach NC 28462
Commissioner Sheila Young 193 Brunswick Ave W Holden Beach NC 28462

LELAND (1 Mayor and 2 Councilman Seats)
Mayor Bob Boynton 1026 Leesburg Dr Leland NC 28451
Mayor Frank M. Bullara 1302 Arbor Ridge Way Leland NC 28451
Mayor Walter B. Futch Jr. 9322 Sue Cir Leland NC 28451
Councilman Patricia Batleman 918 Spicebush Dr Winnabow NC 28451
Councilman Martha L. Currie 139 Woodford Rd Leland NC 28451
Councilman Wendell Graham 896 Ricefield Branch St Leland NC 28451
Councilman Mike Leggett 108 Loop Rd Leland NC 28451
Councilman Roy Lettieri 1102 Magenta Ct Leland NC 28451
Councilman Skip Wittkofsky 846 Village Rd Leland NC 28451

NAVASSA (1 Mayor and 2 Commissioner Seats)
Mayor Dorsey Jones Jr. 2314 Cedar Hill Rd Leland NC 28451
Mayor Eulis (Scrap) Willis PO Box 7109 Navassa NC 28451
Commissioner (Dist 1) Antonio (Tony) Burgess 315 Main St Leland NC 28451
Commissioner (Dist 1) Jerry Lee Merrick 114 N Navassa Rd Leland NC 28451
Commissioner (Dist 1) Tiffany L. Montgomery 313 Main St Leland NC 28451
Commissioner (Dist 1) Melvin Walker PO Box 7106 Leland NC28451

NORTHWEST (1 Mayor and 3 Councilman Seats)
Mayor Kim Brown PO Box 1535 Leland NC 28451
Mayor Wayne Bryant 4445 Northwest Rd Leland NC 28451
Mayor James A. Knox 4811 Vernon Rd Leland NC28451
Councilman Darlene Sanders Ballard 4751 Brown Trl Leland NC 28451
Councilman Chip Carroll 5014 Northwest Rd Riegelwood NC 28456
Councilman Foster McKoy 4672 Blue Banks Loop Rd Leland NC 28451

OAK ISLAND (1 Mayor and 2 Councilman Seats)
Mayor Johnie Vereen 119 NE 31st St Oak Island NC 28465
Mayor Betty Wallace 133 NE 37th St Oak Island NC 28465
Councilman Richard D. Fortner 113 Paula Cir Oak Island NC 28465
Councilman Bill Johnson 4816 Fish Factory Rd Southport NC 28461
Councilman Tom Johnson 108 NW 14th St Oak Island NC 28465
Councilman Jim Medlin 209 McGlamery St Oak Island NC 28465
Councilman Dara F. Royal 216 NE 47th St Oak Island NC 28465
Councilman Reece Simmons 142 NE 37th St Oak Island NC 28465
Councilman Bettie Thorne 2501 E Beach Dr Oak Island NC 28465

OCEAN ISLE BEACH (1 Mayor and 2 Commissioner Seats)
Mayor Debbie S. Smith 1 Craven St Ocean Isle Beach NC 28469
Commissioner C. D. Blythe 134 W 1st St Ocean Isle Beach NC 28469
Commissioner D. B. Grantham 37 Leland St Ocean Isle Beach NC 28469

SANDY CREEK (1 Mayor and 2 Council Member Seats)
Mayor Robert B. Cruse 139 Sandy Creek Dr Leland NC 28451
Council Member Ray D. Barnhardt 141 Dogwood Cir Leland NC 28451
Council Member Glenn Marshall 104 Joe Baldwin Dr Leland NC 28451
Council Member Patrick J. McDonagh 111 Sandy Creek Dr Leland NC 28451

SHALLOTTE (1 Mayor and 2 Alderman Seats)
Mayor Donald C. (Buddy) Kelly PO Box 512 Shallotte NC 28459
Mayor John Kinlaw 460 Laurel Valley Dr Shallotte NC 28470
Alderman James E. (Jimmy) Bellamy PO Box 3416 Shallotte NC 28459
Alderman Larry Harrelson 65 Fairway Dr Shallotte NC 28470
Alderman Michael Pease 21 Wendy Ln Shallotte NC 28470

SOUTHPORT (1 Mayor and 3 Alderman Seats)
Mayor Robert Howard 114 N Atlantic Ave Southport NC 28461
Mayor Sandy Spencer 410 W Brunswick St Southport NC 28461
Alderman (Ward 1) Dan Allen 112 E Owens St Southport NC 28461
Alderman (Ward 1) Todd Coring 318 Dry St Southport NC 28461
Alderman (Ward 1) Ken Karn 307 Park Avenue Ext Southport NC 28461
Alderman (Ward 1) Mary Ellen Watts Poole 217 Willis Dr Southport NC 28461
Alderman (Ward 2) Nelson E. Adams 303 W 10th St Southport NC 28461

ST JAMES (3 Councilman Seats)
Council Member Dennis Becker 3193 Wexford Way Southport NC 28461
Council Member Rebecca Dus 2829 Inverness Cir Southport NC 28461
Council Member William Franko 3678 Wingfoot Dr Southport NC 28461
Council Member Bob Morrow 2965 Trailwood Dr Southport NC 28461
Council Member J. Taylor Ryan 2608 Mariners Way SE Southport NC 28461
Council Member Gary E. Tagtmeyer 3481 Beaver Creek Dr Southport NC 28461

SUNSET BEACH (1 Mayor and 3 Councilman Seats)
Mayor Rich Cerrato 517 Twisted Oak Ln Sunset Beach NC 28468
Mayor Ronald Klein 952 Oyster Pointe Dr Sunset Beach NC 28468
Councilman Edward Apalinski 118 Crooked Gulley Cir Sunset Beach NC 28468
Councilman Lou DeVita 223 Crooked Gulley Cir Sunset Beach NC 28468
Councilman Karen Joseph 915 Sandpiper Dr Sunset Beach NC 28468
Councilman Carol Scott 1214 E Main St Sunset Beach NC 28468
Councilman Len Steiner 613 Kings Trl Sunset Beach NC 28468

VARNAMTOWN (1 Mayor and 2 Alderman Seats)
Mayor Judy L. Galloway 3240 Gal-Var Rd Supply 28462
Alderman Ada McDonald 500 Varnamtown Rd Supply NC 28462
Alderman Arthur Robbins 3350 Stone Chimney Rd Supply NC 28462
Alderman George Ennis Swain 210 Varnamtown Rd Supply NC 28462
Alderman Oneal (Knot) Varnam 89 Varnamtown Rd Supply NC 28462

BRUNSWICK REGIONAL WATER AND SEWER H2GO (3 Comm Seats)
Commissioner Carl Antos 1032 Cherrywood Ct Leland NC 28451
Commissioner Derrick Blanks 1525 Grandiflora Dr Leland NC 28451
Commissioner Bill Browning 1017 Heron Run Dr Leland NC 28451
Commissioner Perry Davis 10245 Mariners Cove Ct Leland NC 28451
Commissioner Jeff Gaskill 10095 N Olde Town Wynd Leland NC 28451
Commissioner Bobby Johnston 147 Fairview Rd Leland NC 28451

Southeast BRUNSWICK SANITARY DIST (3 Comm Seats)
Commissioner Donald Loosley 3874 Harmony Cir SE Southport NC 28461
Commissioner Fran Pagliaro 3847 Harmony Cir SE Southport NC 28461
Commissioner Robert R. Smith 3857 Winding Vine Way Southport NC 28461

Dosher Hospital BOARD OF TRUSTEES (2 Trustee Seats)
Trustee Debbie Barnes 425 W. West St Southport NC 28461
Trustee John Battaglia 6147 River Sound Cir Southport NC 28461
Trustee Gretchen Bodinsky 4487 Millwright Cir Southport NC 28461
Trustee Don Hughes 143 Oceangreens Ln Caswell Beach NC 28465
Trustee Bill Sizemore 1006 Newton Dr SE Southport NC 28461

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videoFriday was the deadline to file for November’s elections. Candidates had until noon to throw their hat in ring. Here is a look at some major races and the names you will see on the ballot.

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Candidate fields set for fall municipal elections

Friday, July 17th, 2009

By Patrick Gannon,Patrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

The names are in. The fields are set for municipal elections around Southeastern North Carolina, after the candidate filing period ended at noon Friday.

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$24.5 Million for Southeastern NC Beaches, Inlets, Intracoastal Waterway, and Wilmington Port

Friday, July 17th, 2009

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US Congressman Mike McIntyre announced today that $24,543,000 in federal funds have been secured for the Southeastern North Carolina beaches and inlets, the Intracoastal waterway, and the Wilmington Port.

Congressman McIntyre stated, “This is a great victory! Our coast is the lifeline for economic growth in our region. Federal support is critical to enhancing and protecting the economic and environmental treasure of our coast. These funds will allow the Corps of Engineers to make critical progress in all of these areas, and it is good to see our taxpayer dollars coming back home to provide jobs and enhance our citizens quality of life. As this bill moves through the legislative process, I will be working to secure even more funding for other coastal concerns.”

The following projects have been approved by the full U.S. House of Representatives for the 2010 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers budget:

$ 1,100,000 for Brunswick County Beaches

$1,500,000 for Carolina/Kure Beach

$400,000 for Topsail Beach

$368,000 for Surf City and North Topsail Beaches

$4,300,000 for the Intracoastal Waterway

$12,150,000 for the Wilmington Harbor Maintenance Dredging

$1,800,000 for Wilmington Harbor construction

$998,000 for Cape Fear River Locks and Dams

$2,300,000 for Masonboro Inlet.

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US Congressman Mike McIntyre announced today that $24,543,000 in federal funds have been secured for the Southeastern North Carolina beaches and inlets, the Intracoastal waterway, and the Wilmington Port.

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