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Archive for August, 2011

Thompson: Storm debris not county’s problem

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s been three days since Hurricane Irene, but debris still litters many New Hanover County yards. County leaders are waiting to see if FEMA will pick up the bill for the clean-up, but for now, one commissioner says it’s not the county’s responsibility and he doesn’t wanna pay for it.

Large piles of debris are a common sight in New Hanover County since Irene passed over the weekend, and as the county decides how they’re going to pay for the clean-up many concerned citizens are taking their complaints to the web.

Their e-mails all seem to say the same thing: New Hanover County residents want anything left behind by irene gone and quick.

New Hanover County Commissioner Jason Thompson says the answer is simple: you get what you pay for.

“Most of them are saying, ‘The city’s picking up debris. Why don’t you do it in the county?’ Well, it’s very simple. They city charges and budgets for this service, because yardside clean-up is part of their core responsibility. The county does not, because it’s not what we do on a daily basis. We tried to address this, and we heard loud and clear from the community: ‘Stay out of our yards. We’ll contract our own trash clean up.’ And now all of a sudden that it costs them, they don’t wanna do it.”

Thompson says he does not think Irene caused enough damage in the county for New Hanover to get FEMA funding. He says that means individuals must pick up the bill.

Thompson says the county could pay nearly $500,000 for the clean-up, but he thinks it’s a waste.

“Well, the county could decide to spend the money and do it, but the citizens would ultimately have to pay for that,” Thompson said. “And we’ve had a commission that doesn’t have the will, in my opinion, they like to spend money and provide serves, but they don’t like to pay for it. Well, at some point, we have to pay for what we provide.”

For now, Thompson says the citizens of New Hanover County are getting just what they pay for with their taxes. Nothing more, nothing less.

Yesterday the county told resident they could call their trash hauler to make arrangements for debris pick up, or they may choose from one of four private companies accepting yard debris at a fee. One of those companies was Diversified Biomass, which is owned by Thompson.

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House GOP leaders press NC gay marriage amendment

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Republican leaders in the North Carolina House say it’s time for lawmakers to let the people decide whether to place a gay marriage ban in the state constitution.

House Majority Leader Paul Stam and Speaker Pro Tempore Dale Folwell led a news conference Tuesday explaining reasons why the General Assembly should place a constitutional question on the ballot in November 2012. The Legislature returns to consider amendments in a session that resumes in two weeks.

State law already defines marriage as between a man and a woman, but Stam says the amendment would protect the law from legal challenges.

Alex Miller with the gay rights group Equality North Carolina says it’s shameful for lawmakers to put a question on the ballot that would damage the rights of a few people.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Back Then – 1861: Union puts spies in the skies

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Military preparations were deepening as the nation girded at the first hints of a long, brutal conflict.

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Traffic back to normal on Wooster after car hits house

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

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Update – Brian Berger taken to hospital by ambulance after woman calls 911

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

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