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State approves Cove Swamp, Hampstead boat ramp buys

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

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The effort to save the Cove Swamp in Columbus County has succeeded. Today the Council of State approved spending $650,000 toward buying the 441 acres. The land will be added to Lake Waccamaw State Park.

The state is buying the property from the Nature Conservancy. It’s an environmental group that bought the land to keep it from being clear cut by a developer. Private donations and the Town of Lake Waccamaw also helped pay for the purchase.

The Council of State also cleared the way for a public boat ramp in Hampstead. The $2.8 million will buy nearly seven acres of land on Lewis Road along the Intracoastal Waterway. It will be the first public boat ramp between Wrightsville Beach and Surf City. Pender County Commission Chair Jimmy Tate says there are still some issues that need to be worked out with the current owner and the state before the deal is finalized.

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The deals still need to be closed before the projects move forward.

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Federal regulators stepping up efforts in wake of bank failures such as Cooperative’s

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

By Wayne FaulknerWayne.Faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

Federal regulators admit they didn’t do enough to keep banks like Wilmington’s Cooperative from failing. Now they are atoning for their sins.And lenders and borrowers are feeling the effects of regulators’ new-found religion in a big way.

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Stopping sexual predators aim of Topsail High School forum

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

By Chelsea KellnerChelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

Hampstead parent Janelle Libretto wasn’t too worried about her daughter’s online safety – after all, her first grader was more interested in Disney films than Internet chat rooms.

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13 pounds of marijuana lands two in jail

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Wilmington | A Wilmington woman was in possession of more than 13 pounds of marijuana with a street value of more than $29,000 when she was arrested Dec. 30, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

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Race for New Hanover Co. Commission getting crowded

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

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There’s a new name in the race for New Hanover County Commissioner. Napier Fuller announced his candidacy today. The Republican commercial real estate broker plans to run on a platform of creating jobs, reforming government and preserving quality of life.

Two County Commission seats will be up for grabs in November. Bobby Greer has announced he won’t run again. Bill Caster will seek reelection to his seat.

Republicans Rick Catlin, an engineer, and Charles Dorman, a small business owner, have also announced plans to run for County Commission. On the Democratic side, attorney Deborah Butler and retired businessman Dale Smith have thrown their hats into the ring.

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Two County Commission seats will be up for grabs in November.

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