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Archive for November, 2009

Woman charged in connection with fatal motorcycle accident

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Supply | A 51-year-old woman has been charged with a misdemeanor in connection with a wreck last week that killed a motorcycle rider.

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Eighteen DWIs issued at Wilmington weekend checkpoint

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Wilmington | Five law enforcement agencies worked a traffic checkpoint at the intersection of 15th and Market streets in Wilmington on Friday night.Police charged 18 people with DWI, and also found numerous other violations, according to a statement from Lucy Crockett, spokeswoman for the Wilmington Police Department.

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Pender County seeks to bridge gap for boat ramp

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

Pender County Commissioner David Williams vowed Monday to find a way to buy land on the Intracoastal Waterway in Hampstead for a public access boat ramp even though a recent state grant likely won’t be enough.

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Holden Beach may be too sandy

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

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Holden Beach town officials have an interesting conundrum. Some parts of the beach have too much sand.

In order to comply with town and state regulations, homes on the beach front are supposed to have walkways that extend completely over vegetation on the sand dunes and onto the beach, to keep people from walking on the dunes.

Sand was dumped on the beach in a renourishment project a few years back. Now some of the walkways are too short to cover the dunes.

“We have hauled in sand, we have dredged in sand, we planted beach grass to build the dunes up and now we’re going to have to extend our steps and our walkways to get over this additional sand that we’ve enjoyed,” said Mayor Alan Holden. “We’re going to have to change our regulations to accommodate our homeowners.”

Mayor Alan Holden said it is not fair to make homeowners pay thousands of dollars to extend their walkways in a tight economy.

Elected officials are now trying to figure out what to do next.

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Holden Beach town officials have an interesting conundrum. Some parts of the beach have too much sand.

In order to comply with town and state regulations, homes on the beach front are supposed to have walkways…

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NHC School Board, AT&T plan construction of cell tower behind elementary school

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

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The New Hanover County School Board and AT&T plan to build a cell phone tower behind Murrayville Elementary School. The tower would fall right in Brooke Baker’s back yard.

“My main concern is the health affects that the cell phone tower is going to have over a long period of time on our family, as well as our neighbors, and the children that go to the school behind us at Murrayville Elementary School,” said Baker.

Baker said it has only been a week since she found out about the plans, even though the school board has been considering the idea for more than a year. Once Baker found out she told Murrayville parents.

PTA vice president Angela Paterson said she is also worried about the health of the students. She does not understand why parents weren’t notified earlier.

“They send home fliers whenever they put out ant killer, but they can’t notify us that they’re going to put a radio active tower up,” asked Paterson.

New Hanover County School’s spokesperson Valita Quattlebaum said she understands parents’ concerns, but county schools don’t send home notices when making changes to the buildings.

“That’s how this is viewed, as just a modification to our property,” said Quattlebaum.

Before AT&T can build the tower, New Hanover County commissioners must approve a special use permit. To qualify, the tower must be inline with the rest of the community.

Residents said a cell phone tower just will not connect with their neighborhood. “It’s not in harmony with the existing structures around here. You don’t see any other 90 foot towers around here,” added Baker.

Opponents of the cell phone tower said there are studies showing the negative health affects cell-phones can cause, which they plan to present Monday night.

Qualttlebaum said the school has not performed any independent studies into the dangers of cell phone towers. But as long as the tower meets federal regulations, county commissioners cannot deny the permit for environmental factors.

Health risks would fall under the environmental factors.

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videoPlans to build a cell phone tower near a local elementary school have parents hung up with health concerns. Monday, Murrayville Elementary School parents and neighbors are calling on county commissioners to stop AT&T from building the tower.

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