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Archive for September, 2009

City breaks ground on Althea Gibson Tennis Center

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

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There is good news for Wilmington tennis players; new courts are on the way.

The city broke ground on a new tennis center at Empie Park on Wednesday. Named in honor of a Wilmington native who became the first African American to win Wimbledon, the French Open, and the US Open, the Althea Gibson Tennis Center will bring ten new lighted tennis courts, two basketball courts, a walking trail, and a fifteen hundred square foot clubhouse to the park.

“This is something that I’ve got to thank the citizens of the community, they went to the polls in May of 2006, and voted overwhelmingly for these parks bonds. And if it wasn’t for the citizens of the community who came forward, and said, we want more parks, this wouldn’t have happened,” said Mayor Saffo.

The $1.5 million project is being funded with proceeds from the parks bond initiative passed by voters.

The new facility will help accommodate the four thousand tennis players in Wilmington and enable the park to host tennis tournaments.

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There is good news for Wilmington tennis players; new courts are on the way.

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Coast Guard hearing about parasailing deaths begins

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

A multi-day hearing that could lead to the first regulation of the country’s parasailing industry is under way in the New Hanover County Courthouse.The Coast Guard is looking into whether the death of two parasailers in Ocean Isle Beach last month should warrant the additional oversight.

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More New Hanover County departments merging to save money

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

New Hanover County | More New Hanover County departments are merging together in an effort to improve customer service.The planning and inspections department are merging immediately, according a news release sent Wednesday by County Manager Bruce Shell.Planning Director Chris O’Keefe will lead the new department.

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UPDATE – Former South Brunswick High custodian convicted of sex charges dies in jail

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

By Ana RibeiroAna.Ribeiro@StarNewsOnline.com

A former South Brunswick High School custodian who was convicted of multiple sex offenses against a student died in the Brunswick County jail Tuesday night.

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CFCC’s JobsNOW program still looking for workers

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

By Chelsea KellnerChelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

A new program to help get people back to work faster is still accepting applications before it kicks off next Monday at Cape Fear Community College.Created by N.C. governor Beverly Perdue and supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the JobsNOW project offers short-term training of workers for eligible jobs.

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