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Archive for October, 2009

Get your spook on with Halloween events across the Cape Fear region

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

From zombies on stage to a ghostly battleship, Halloween events in the Wilmington area offer a little something for everyone.

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Ax to head sends Pender County teen to hospital

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

A Pender County teenager was rushed to the hospital Monday night after he was allegedly hit in the head with an ax by another 18-year-old.

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Air draft permits up for discussion at two Titan Cement forums Tuesday night

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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The next step in the Titan Cement saga takes place Tuesday. Carolina Cement, a Titan subsidiary, hopes to open a cement plant in Castle Hayne, but the company has met some strong opposition from local residents.

Tuesday, the state will hold two public forums to discuss air draft permits, which will set air quality standards for the new facility.

The hearings are at the BB & T Auditorium on the North Campus of Cape Fear Community College. The first forum is from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. The second runs from 6:30 until 9:00 p.m.

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The next step in the Titan Cement saga takes place Tuesday. Carolina Cement, a Titan subsidiary, hopes to open a cement plant in Castle Hayne…

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Pender County residents push for more parks

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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The Pender County Commission is working with the community to build more parks. In addition to filling the gap in the lack of green space, residents say a park would provide a productive outlet for kids.

“When we open the paper, we see that there’s desperately a need. They don’t have nothing to do, and the main attraction in Burgaw for them is the courthouse, the jailhouse and the prison house,” said Johnny Stringfield.

According to the most recent statistics published by the state Department of Justice, for the second year in a row, overall crime in Pender County is up. The hope is that more parks would mean less crime.

Pastor Ben Artis said, “We see a lot of young children come and go. We see them come up, grow up, get teenagers and they’re off to jail. We feel if we had some kind of entertainment, some kind of recreation, to keep their minds occupied, to keep them doing something, then they wouldn’t get in so much trouble.”

Artis has offered up a portion of three acres of land he owns to the county for a basketball court. The planning board is looking at zoning to see if it is allowed, so that a solution might come sooner than the board’s 2010 timeline.

Still, county officials say, a new park is in Pender’s future; just how to get the funding and where the park will be are both still question marks.

The new park plan is set to be discussed at the Pender County Parks and Recreation’s next meeting on November 19th.

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videoThere is a push for more playgrounds and parks in Pender County. A group of residents voiced their concerns at a commissioner’s meeting Monday. They say a much needed recreational area will help stem a rising crime rate and lower health risks.

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Emergency sewer repairs result in lane shift, closure at South Seventh and Orange streets

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority crews are performing emergency sewer work along South Seventh and Orange streets.

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