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Archive for November, 2011

Wilmington cop hired as Rocky Mount chief

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington deputy police chief is leaving to become police chief in Rocky Mount. James Moore will start his new job in January.

“I am pleased to accept this appointment as police chief for the City of Rocky Mount,” Moore said in a statement. “I
look forward to working with the men and women of the Rocky Mount Police Department as we serve the Rocky Mount community.”

A native of the Wilmington area and a UNCW grad, Moore has been the Port City’s deputy chief for five years. He moved up through the ranks after starting his law enforcement career with WPD in 1988. He also served as the City of Wilmington’s interim Director of Human Resources for one year.

“This is great news for our deputy chief,” WPD spokeswoman Lucy Crockett said in an e-mail to media, “although his departure will be a loss for the Wilmington Police Department and the City of Wilmington.”

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Ceremony planned for playground in honor of Zahra

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

HICKORY, NC (AP) — Leaders in Hickory will break ground on a playground being built in memory of the disabled girl whose stepmother pleaded guilty to killing her.

The ceremony will be held at Kiwanis Park on Wednesday, which would have been Zahra’s 12th birthday. The playground is expected to open next year.

More than $170,000 has been raised for the project.

Zahra was reported missing in October 2010. Parts of the girl’s body were found weeks later. Elisa Baker was sentenced to 15 to 18 years in prison in September after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and other charges.

Zahra wore a prosthetic leg, a result of her fight with two bouts of cancer. She also had a hearing impairment.

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

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City approves bonuses and party for employees

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

WILMINGTON NC (WWAY) — The issue of bonuses for city employees was expected to be a hot button topic at tonight’s city council meeting, but with no public opposition, council passed the motion unanimously.

The Mayor says all of the money for the bonuses and the party for city employees came from payroll cuts and budget reductions over the past two years.

With it’s cut backs the city has saved the 1.2 million dollars to fund the bonuses and all departments are challenged to continue to save.

Here are the numbers: $1,000 for current full time employees, pro rated for current part time, $100 for other employees and $7,000 for a party

Mayor Saffo says, “It is time to to say thank you to city employees who have faced cuts”.

With the bonuses coming just in time for the holidays, council members hope the money makes for a Merry Christmas and flows back into the local economy.

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Six-month moratorium approved for Wilmington’s sign ordinance

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Among some big issues on tonight’s Wilmington city council agenda was the city’s sign ordinance for businesses.

The ordinance has been in effect since 2008, regulating how much window space a business can use for signage. It wasn’t until this August that enforcement started to pressure businesses to comply.

Tuesday night, council members voted unanimously to approve a six-month moratorium on enforcing the ordinance. Council leaders said they would first like to hear from the public before moving forward with a vote on the ordinance.

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City council says Althea Gibson tennis complex will not be privatized

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Also a focus on the city council agenda Tuesday night was the Althea Gibson tennis complex.
Council members made clear the resolution is not to privatize the complex but rather seek a public-private partnership with the Althea Gibson Foundation.

The goal is to bring large-scale tennis events to Wilmington. They voted in favor of allowing the city manager to pursue public input and contract negotiations. Tennis supporters were happy to hear the clarification.

Anna Martin, with the Greater Wilmington Tennis Association, said, “I think the big concern was the way it was originally presented made the tennis community feel that it was going to be a private entity.”

Martin said she is in support of hearing from the public on the resolution and hopes the city stays in good communication about the issue with the tennis association.

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