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Archive for October, 2011

Pender Commerce Park to be cleaned under brownfield plan

Friday, October 7th, 2011

A vacant and contaminated property straddling Pender and New Hanover counties will be cleaned and redeveloped for future industrial use under the state’s Brownfields Program.

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ONLY ON 3: Council candidate Fulton originally leaves election money to Brian Berger

Friday, October 7th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — According to New Hanover County campaign finance reports, Wilmington City Council Candidate Josh Fulton originally designated his campaign funds to go to “Brian Berger for Commissioner” in the event of Fulton’s death.

Fulton made the designation when he first applied to run back in February. Then on July 8th, he changed the designation to the United Way. New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger was arrested in June on charges of domestic violence. Those charges were eventually dropped.

Both Berger and Fulton have been affiliated with the Libertarian Party in the past. They both now say they are Republicans.

Fulton wouldn’t go on camera to discuss why he chose Berger, but did email us this statement:

“In February, I designated Brian Berger’s campaign as the beneficiary of any campaign funds I might have in the event of my death. At that time, like the more than 30,000 people who voted for him, I thought Brian was going to be a voice for limited government and fiscal responsibility. As a result of his personal and political actions, I thought it was best to disassociate myself with him. I wish Brian well and hope he can be a voice for fiscally responsible, limited government on the county commission.”

Other candidates beneficiaries:
Neil Anderson – Return to Contributors
Napier Fuller – New Hanover County Republican Party
Margaret Haynes – Domestic Violence Shelter
Matthew Hinson – Didn’t receive more than $1,000 in contributions
Frank Meares – Return to Contributors
Ricky Meeks – Didn’t receive more than $1,000 in contributions
Laura Padgett – Making Waves Foundation, Cape Fear Public Transportation Auth.
Ron Sparks – Not Listed
Justin LaNasa – Not Listed
Bill Saffo – Not Listed

HERE’S A LINK TO SEE ALL NEW HANOVER COUNTY CANDIDATES ELECTION FILINGS: http://laserfiche.nhcgov.com/weblink8/browse.aspx?startid=1407583&dbid=0

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Leland Council directs police chief to ask SBI for investigation

Friday, October 7th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The special meeting held by the Leland Town Council Thursday night was brief, leaving many questions unanswered.

The room was packed with Leland residents who were all looking for the same thing: answers. But it seems they will have to keep waiting. After a quick opening, the Leland Town Council retreated to a closed session with no explanation of what they would be discussing or why Mayor Walter Futch was not in attendance.

After about 35 minutes, Police Chief Tim Jayne was called into the closed session meeting. Then the council returned back to their seats as the crowd waiting for a decision.

“We have looked into what is required of the town to request an investigation by the SBI of any alleged criminal activity by the Leland Police Department and improper release of personnel information,” Leland Mayor Pro Tem Brenda Bozeman said. “We have determined that a request for such an investigation must be made by the Chief Jayne, and Chief Jayne is sending that request in writing. And that request will be sent to the SBI in the morning.”

And as quickly as it had begun, the meeting was over leaving citizens with just as many answers as they had come with. Leland Town Attorney John Wessell said that leaders could not talk about the situation because it was classified under personnel issues.

We caught up with Wessell after the meeting and asked about a statute that said personnel information could be released to the public to maintain confidence. He said under the statute, some information could be released.

“With the concurrence of the council it is a possibility under the statue, yes,” Wessell said.

We also tried to talk to Chief Jayne after the meeting, but were blocked by other officers who rushed him to a car.

We spoke with Mayor Walter Futch by phone after the meeting. He said he had no comment about why he was not in attendance.

We also asked Wessell from a legal standpoint where our sources could go from here and he said he did not have a clue.

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StarNews Weekly News Quiz – Oct. 7 (Battleship edition)

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Test your knowledge of the news of the past week in the StarNews weekly news quiz.

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NC manufacturer assistance effort marks 1 year

Friday, October 7th, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A partnership designed to boost North Carolina’s manufacturing economy is taking stock of its first year and tallying up successes.

E3: North Carolina will host a meeting in Charlotte Friday to look back on the first year of the initiative, which brings together state, local and federal agencies to help manufacturers across North Carolina.

One of the successes the group is touting is the identification of cost savings worth more than $1 million to manufacturers. The savings come from 61 assessments done at 15 manufacturers, which found room for improvement in areas like energy use and worker safety.

The program, based at North Carolina State University, aims to launch 14 projects across the state each year through 2013.

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

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