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Wilmington center eyes new funds for mental health care

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

Money restored from the state could help local health officials open up more detoxification beds for people recovering from substance abuse.

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Oak Island annexes some land north of N.C. 211, Midway Road

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Oak Island expanded again Tuesday with the voluntary annexation of several parcels north of the N.C. 211 and Midway Road corridor.

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Group looks to strengthen standards for demolishing Wilmington’s historic buildings

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

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The future of historic Wilmington was the topic of discussion at a downtown meeting Tuesday night. The Historic Wilmington Foundation and Wilmington Downtown, Inc. asked for the public’s ideas and support.

They are trying to strengthen standards for demolishing historic buildings and offer incentives to property owners to save the old structures. They hope to take the ideas to City Council.

“Over one third of downtown property is either vacant or a surface parking lot,” said Wilmington Downtown, Inc.’s John Hinnant. “Downtown needs to be a dense mix of buildings and we hope to encourage and provide an incentive for the development of those lots.”

One idea discussed at the meeting is to prohibit property owners from destroying a historic building until the owner has come up with future plans for the property.

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The future of historic Wilmington was the topic of discussion at a downtown meeting Tuesday night. The Historic Wilmington Foundation and Wilmington Downtown, Inc. asked for the public’s ideas and support.

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Oak Island candidate forums won’t be shown on government TV channel

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

The Oak Island Town Council voted Tuesday not to televise upcoming candidate forums on its government channel.

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Belville candidates discuss drainage issues and tax increases

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

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Belville voters had the chance to meet the candidates Tuesday night. Residents heard from the hopefuls for mayoral and commission.

Questions ranged from improving infrastructure to improving drainage problems in residential areas, as well as plans to increase taxes to develop a downtown area.

Voters are looking for a candidate who will listen and represent public opinion. “They’re very concerned that they don’t have a voice at the town hall meetings. They’re heard but its brief and dismissed. That’s how they feel. They feel dismissed. And we would like that changed,” said Belville resident Donna Gilstrap.

The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce hosted the event at Belville Middle School.

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Belville voters had the chance to meet the candidates Tuesday night. Residents heard from the hopefuls for mayoral and commission.

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