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Archive for November, 2009

Old law enforcement center gets new life

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

By Si CantwellSi.Cantwell@StarNewsOnline.com

Not too long ago, the red brick complex at 20 N. Fourth St. was bustling with sheriff’s deputies, 911 dispatchers and other law enforcement and emergency officials. Upstairs, inmates slept on mats in overcrowded cells.

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Going Green with rain barrels and compost bins

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

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There is yet another way to go green right in your own backyard. The New Hanover County Soil and Water Conservation Office is holding a compost bin and rain barrel sale.

Rain barrels cut down on water usage to help save the environment and save money. They are placed underneath your gutter and collect rain water that can be used again to wash your car or water your yard.

“This is one of the easiest ways you can get involved. These are easily installed and just a way for you to help promote natural resource protection in our area, as well as saving some money for your pocketbook,” said Jennifer Alford of NC Soil and Water Conservation.

The sale will be held the second Thursday of each month at the Conservation Office at the New Hanover County Government Center.

The rain barrels go for $95 and the composting bins cost $70.

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There is yet another way to go green right in your own backyard. The New Hanover County Soil and Water Conservation Office is holding a compost bin and rain barrel sale.

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Website helps businesses exchange biomass materials

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

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The biofuel industry is a young one, but it is getting a boost online. NCBiomassTrader.org provides a marketplace for buyers and sellers of materials that can be reused instead of being thrown away.

Eco-Collection Systems in Wilmington is a business that converts used frying oil into a format ready to use to make bio diesel. It is one of the first companies to take advantage of this website and has already seen some success.

“Well we’ve had several people across the state who have contacted us and would like to purchase our product. We’ve also put our listing in as far as our need or want to buy the used oil from the restaurants,” said Cameron Calhoun of Eco-Collection Systems.

Tuesday morning, Calhoun received an e-mail from a potential customer outside of Atlanta who is looking to buy; a buyer who would not know of his services otherwise.

“It makes the information available in an easy format so that people who are purchasing large amounts of frying oil can find people like me who have it for sale,” added Calhoun.

Like the industry itself, Eco-Collection Systems is quite young. In the first year of production, the company has already sold thirteen tanker loads of oil to the bio diesel industry, and plan on growing quickly from here.

“I’ll also be happy as that website grows, as the network continues to build. Again, we’re doing business with people that we weren’t doing business with a month ago when we look to be saying that in the years to come with this website,” Calhoun said.

The website has plenty of reusable materials available including wood chips, saw dust, as well as used cooking oil. To learn more about the program or to donate used oil, visit NCBiomassTrader.org.

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videoA new website is helping businesses exchange materials that may otherwise become waste. NCBiomassTrader.org is already having an impact locally.

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Parents, toddlers come out for preschool day at Cape Fear Fair and Expo

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

By Cece NunnCece.Nunn@StarNewsOnline.com

It was a morning at the fair that parents of little children love – preschool day, when admission is $6 for unlimited rides, costumed characters and even a drink and a snack.

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County commissioners approve permit for cell tower on school property

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

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County commissioners approved a special use permit for a 90-foot cell tower on Murrayville Elementary property. Parents and nearby residents were upset and frustrated with the decision.

Parents said they only found out about the school board’s decision to lease the property to AT&T five days ago from neighboring property owners. Some property owners got letters in the mail, only a little before that.

Concerned homeowner Kim Harrell said, “Nobody is going to want to buy my house that we’ve maintained for 24 years, very nicely, with a big cell tower in the background. When you take a picture of the house, you’re going to see a big cell tower. I mean, there’s just no getting around it.”

It is not just declining property values, but also health concerns that are at the heart of the argument against a cell phone tower on school property.

“There are studies out there to go both ways and because of that, I’d rather err on the side of caution for the safety of my child,” said Murrayville Elementary PTA vice president Angela Peterson.

County commissioners heard from representatives for the American Tower Corporation, as well as the opposing sides. Federal law limits municipalities from evaluating health concerns when approving or denying permits, since there is no concrete evidence linking health problems to cell towers.

In the end, only Commissioner Greer voted against the permit, saying he would not want it in his neighborhood.

The Murrayville PTA and property owners are still hopeful that there is some sort of recourse against the county commission’s decision.

The money from the lease of the land for the tower will go back to the New Hanover County School Board.

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videoIt was a disappointing night for a group of New Hanover County parents and property owners. Despite some residents efforts to fight it, county commissioners approved a special use permit for a cell phone tower on Murrayville Elementary School property.

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