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Archive for August, 2009

Farmers raise chickens, pigs on land in Riegelwood

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

By Robby Nelms,StarNews Correspondent

When Marie Wallace and her husband, Tommy, decided to start raising chickens and pigs, they sought out information on how to raise them. “We just couldn’t take reading about factory farming,” Marie said.

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Activists try to build statewide support for health-care plan

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

By Vicky Eckenrode Vicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

North Carolinians are organizing a grassroots effort to build public support for President Obama’s health-care initiative.

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Tuesday’s high temperature ties record

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Wilmington | If you thought it was hot Tuesday, you were right.Tuesday’s high temperature of 97 degrees – recorded at 1:53 p.m. – tied the record high temperature, set on Aug. 11, 1999.The normal high for the date is 89 degrees.- Jim Ware

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Wilmington company wins ‘green’ grant for boat washing system

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

By Wayne Faulknerwayne.faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

Clean Marine Solutions LLC in Wilmington hopes to help marinas meet federal and state clean water standards with a product that it says nearly eliminates toxins generated by power-washing boats.

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Affordable housing gets financial boost

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009


The economy has put stress on affordable housing in Wilmington, but thanks to a multi-million dollar tax credit from the North Carolina Housing and Finance Agency, help is in sight.

Taylor Senior Homes and The Pointe make up two-thirds of Taylor Estates. Thanks to a $ 6.7 million tax credit, housing and economic opportunities, a Wilmington housing authority subsidiary, can now begin construction on the final stage, Taylor West, early next year.

Current residents say the nearly 50 families that will live in the new development will find a great community.

“When you walk outside and you see community areas where you can sit and talk with your friends, like the park benches and the gazebo, when you can walk out an there is grass on the ground and there are pretty flowers and nice trees, those things really help. You know you look forward to coming home everyday,” said Barbara Armstrong, a Taylor Estates resident.

With Taylor West, the Wilmington Housing Authority says it hopes to not only provide the available housing it desperately needs, but also improve the quality of life for it’s residents while becoming a part of the city’s growth.

“It’s really going to continue to enhance this neighborhood. The new police station has made a tremendous impact, so I just think this is another piece of the puzzle that goes towards redeveloping this area in general,” said Mike Krause, director of the WHA.

The tax credit will provide about $ 5 million in construction funds for the twelve building development.

The WHA and a city loan will provide any additional funding needed for the project.

Taylor West will have two, three, and four bedroom apartments and will house almost 250 people.

Leasing for the properties won’t begin until 2011.

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videoThe economy has put stress on affordable housing in Wilmington, but thanks to a multi-million dollar tax credit from the North Carolina Housing and Finance Agency, help is in sight.

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