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Archive for December, 2009

Brunswick County starts hunt for new EMS chief as Thompson retires with honors

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Whoever takes Randy Thompson’s job has some big shoes to fill. The outgoing Brunswick County director of emergency services received the state’s highest honor this week at a surprise ceremony marking his retirement.

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Back Then – Departing railroad leaves buildings to city in 1959

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

By Scott NunnScott.Nunn@StarNewsOnline.com

As it prepared to leave Wilmington for its new headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla., the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad announced it was donating its general office buildings to the city of Wilmington.

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Wilmington eyes land for shooting range

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

As the city of Wilmington pursues a land purchase in Pender County for a police firing range, the question has come up: Couldn’t the city and New Hanover County share the county’s range off of U.S. 421?

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Busy beavers are no match for dam removal team

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

Busy beavers have dammed up Pender County’s creeks and waterways. The product of their hard work – a tightly woven mass of tree limbs and vegetation bonded by mud – acts to slow the flow of water downstream.

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NC city to consider domestic partner benefits

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Leaders in North Carolina’s largest city will consider extending medical and leave benefits to the same-sex partners of its employees.

WCNC-TV reported that new Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx said city council will examine its nondiscrimination policy and adding benefits for the domestic partners of city employees could be considered.

A 2004 study estimated the cost of extending benefits to domestic partners of city employees at up to $300,000 a year. Mecklenburg County last week became the seventh local government
in North Carolina to extend the benefits of married, heterosexual couples to same-sex couples. The state’s most populous county follows Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, Greensboro and Durham and Orange counties in approving the benefits.

Information from: WCNC-TV

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Leaders in North Carolina’s largest city will consider extending medical and leave benefits to the same-sex partners of its employees.

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