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Archive for October, 2009

NC and SC canine units take part in fall trials

Friday, October 30th, 2009

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Police departments from North and South Carolina are meeting in Carolina Beach for the canine unit fall trails.

Canine teams participated in certification and competition drills. It is all aimed at making sure they are ready when they hit the streets. Jason Cummings of Kure Beach said, “This is something that we do to certify our dogs to show that there is a standard for which the dogs are required to perform on the street and be proficient.”

The trials will run until Saturday and they are open to the public.

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Police departments from North and South Carolina are meeting in Carolina Beach for the canine unit fall trails.

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South Kerr Avenue open again after repairs

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Wilmington | South Kerr Avenue between Cinema Drive and Market Street has reopened after being closed for more than 24 hours for repairs, officials said.All lanes of South Kerr were closed Thursday after a sewer system cave-in, according to a news release from the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.

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Pender County Board of Health looks to put a ban on smoking

Friday, October 30th, 2009

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Folks in Pender County could soon be breathing a little easier if the Board of Health gets its way. The board has asked the county commission to consider a smoking ban on all county-owned property.

Already smoking is not allowed in county offices and within 50 feet of the health department and Department of Social Services. County health director Jack Griffith said it is part of a state-wide push to get people to quit smoking.

“It’s a bad habit frankly that causes lots of diseases, and I’m an epidemiologist, and I can tell you that you don’t want to smoke if you can help it,” said Griffith

The proposed ban would include everything from county parks to county-owned vehicles.

Griffith said the county attorney and manager are working with the Board of Health to come up with a plan he thinks would have a fair chance to pass the county commission.

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Folks in Pender County could soon be breathing a little easier if the Board of Health gets its way. The board has asked the county commission to consider a smoking ban on all county-owned property.

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Wreck near Rocky Point kills one, closes U.S. 117

Friday, October 30th, 2009

A mid-afternoon wreck Friday on U.S. 117 near Rocky Point in Pender County killed one person and blocked traffic in both directions, according to a State Highway Patrol trooper.

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Candidates for mayor of Burgaw discuss issues as race heats up

Friday, October 30th, 2009

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Pete Cowan is running for a second full term as Burgaw mayor. “We have a number of goals we have set. We have a strategic plan, and I am working to finish that plan and complete the plan,” he said.

Elaine Tyson is challenging Cowan. As a member of the town’s planning board and Board of Adjustments, she said Burgaw needs a change. “I want to help the people to be informed of the issues surrounding their town; the issues they’re concerned about,” she said.

Tyson believes the biggest issue facing the town is the plan to build a 14-mile sewer line between Burgaw and Wallace. Cowan said that will more than double Burgaw’s sewage treatment capacity. Both candidates also agree the aging sewer lines in the town must be replaced.

Cowan said the biggest issue for Burgaw is managing growth followed by creating jobs. “We’ve created a number of jobs, but we need to create more. With the growth comes a need for more jobs.”

He said those jobs will come from attracting businesses. Tyson said the town must be able to meet the additional needs. But change and progress present challenges.

“I think we always want to maintain the small town charm of Burgaw, and not destroy that. At the same time encourage growth,” Tyson said. β€œIt’s just a balancing act.”

Balancing the small town feel and history with the future is of particular interest to Cowan. “The quality of life and the charm of our town is of utmost importance, along with public safety.”

Cowan has seen the historic depot renovated during his time in office. But that project is one Tyson said folks in Burgaw need to know more about. She said, “People really don’t understand all the ins and outs of the depot, and that’s a big issue for them.”

Don’t forget early voting ends Saturday at your county Board of Elections office. Election Day is Tuesday. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

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videoElection Day is almost upon us, and the race for mayor is heating up in Burgaw. WWAY political reporter Kevin Wuzzardo introduces us to the incumbent and his challenger.

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