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Archive for December, 2009

Pender County proposes $422,500 incentive grant for Coty plant sale

Monday, December 14th, 2009

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

The jobs lost by the planned closure of Coty Inc.’s production plant in Rocky Point could be recouped if New Jersey-based Medicia Holdings LLC completes a deal to acquire the plant.Dale Dvorak, Medicia’s chief executive officer, said a decision could be announced after the first of the year.

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Perdue pays a visit to Camp Lejeune

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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Governor Perdue emerged from her morning briefing eager to talk about the Marines, especially those who spend more and more time lately deploying to danger zones while civilians sleep soundly.

She said with so many preparing to leave as part of the surge in Afghanistan, North Carolinians should embrace the Marine families left behind.

Perdue also said the Jacksonville community needs some upgrades to accommodate 65,000 people; many moving here right now, as part of the Base Realignment Commission Program.

Last week, 8,000 troops from Camp Lejeune received their deployment orders to Afghanistan. The first 1,500 will leave before Christmas.

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Governor Bev Perdue paid a visit to Camp Lejeune Monday for a briefing on the upcoming deployment of Marines to Afghanistan. The governor talked about her personal connection to this base, and the needs of the men and women who will soon be shipping out.

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Pet owners upset in Pender County

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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Pender County is looking at ways to strengthen it’s dog ordinances. Nothing was decided Monday, but upset pet owners spoke out about their beloved dogs getting viciously attacked or killed by “dangerous” neighborhood dogs.

“We’re trying to get a better, stronger animal control ordinance for our county,” said Debora Hobbs.

Hobbs and her daughter Krystal went in front of the Board of Commissioners to try to make that happen. Their dogs were attacked by pit bulls on three occasions, causing nearly $2,000 worth of damage.

Others in the crowd had similar stories, like Christine Parker’s Pekinese, Cahsa. “This German Shepard came and snatched him and ran with him and shook him, and that was the end of my baby doll.”

The new ordinances, once they’re established, would likely affect dogs that leave their property and attack another dog or human. They also discussed whether those rules would be implemented after the first or second strike.

Pender County Health Director Jack Griffith says there’s no simple solution. “I don’t think you can legislate this, I think you have to try to make the dog owners responsible and I think one way to do that as I suggested is to increase the fines when they do have a dog off the property and make it worth-while for them to understand they need to keep control of their animal.”

Hobbs said she isn’t happy with the current status. “Dr. Griffith is white-washing the situation. He tries to make out like we’re trying to change the stories up or whatever but our situation is we had three attacks by the same pit-bill, and our third attack was over $1,200 worth of damage.”

Hobbs says the solution is simple. “Ideal solution would be to have a really, really organized animal control ordinance and have it where the first time something happens, we as the citizens that pay their salaries know what they’re going to do and how they’re going to do it and where we can feel a little more protected and not feel like it’s going to be a second, third, or fourth issue with these dogs.”

Commissioners decided the best solution as of now is to appoint a committee to come up with a way to make everyone happy.

Both Debora Hobbs and Dr. Griffith expressed interest in serving on the committee.

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videoPender County is looking at ways to strengthen it’s dog ordinances. Nothing was decided Monday, but upset pet owners spoke out about their beloved dogs getting viciously attacked or killed by “dangerous” neighborhood dogs.

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Wreck injures 1, delays traffic in Surf City

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Surf City | One person was injured Monday in an accident involving a tractor trailer and a pickup on southbound U.S. 17 during the afternoon rush hour causing traffic problems just south of the N.C. 210 turn for Surf City.

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Lines yet to be drawn in New Hanover County redistricting

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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After hours of discussion, and tweaking district boundaries, the school board has yet to draw the line.

In addition to mapping out new boundary lines, board members discussed how over-crowding, free and reduced lunches and busing issues play into the redistricting debate. The redistricting is a result of the county’s newest middle school, Holly Shelter.

A number of parents attended the meeting to express their concerns. They have mixed emotions about neighborhood school districts versus busing for socioeconomic equality and they know it’s going to take time for a final decision to be made.

“It’s going to take some compromise because I’d like to see a map where some of the economically disadvantaged children were distributed more evenly in the county than just being downtown,” said parent Wendy Browning.

School board members ended the meeting late Monday afternoon with four revised maps for the 8 school districts.

The board has until February 4th to reach a final decision. They are hoping to hold another public forum in January.

Parents said they would like to have some answers sooner than later.

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It is an issue that has had parents heated for months. Monday, the New Hanover County School Board met to further it’s discussion of middle school redistricting.

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