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Archive for December, 2011

Outgoing Carolina Beach Council discuss contracts, reflect on term

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach is one week away from swearing-in its new council but the current council remains busy. Tuesday night town council met for a special meeting to discuss the approval of a new parking contract and a management contract involving two town owned motels. The parking contract passed unanimously while the details of the motel contract were discussed but not finalized. These two items possibly being the last ones the outgoing council will have a say on.

“I’ve had a good time and I’ve enjoyed serving my town,” said Carolina Beach Mayor Joel Macon. “I’ve been on council for 12 years and mayor for the last four and it has been an awarding experience.”

Mayor Macon is not the only one who is on his way out. Councilwoman Pat Efird and Councilman Dan Wilcox are the other two who are coming to the end of their term.

“I thank the citizens for letting me serve them for four years,” Councilman Wilcox said. “I can look back and know that I did everything I could do. I worked very hard and the town’s interest was always in my heart and I have no regrets for the accomplishments I have made.”

While Wilcox and Macon are proud of their work on council, their upcoming departure and Efird’s departure comes in the midst of an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation, regarding property that was purchased by the town. Wilcox and Macon did not say much on the pending investigation but did show confidence Tuesday night that the allegations would be found untruthful.

“The complaint is bogus. I can tell you right now there is nothing to be found,” Wilcox said.

“We’ll let the SBI do what they do which is an investigation,” said Macon. “It’s pretty simple, they do an investigation and if there is any wrongdoing found then they handle it.”

Councilwoman Pat Efird was in attendance Tuesday night as well but we were unable to grab her after the meeting for comment.

The new council will be sworn in December 13.

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New Hanover teachers face new evaluation process

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Superintendent says system will raise bar for the awarding of tenure

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Brunswick County school employees to receive bonus

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The holiday season just got a little bit merrier for employees of the Brunswick County school system. The board of education voted Tuesday to give all eligible employees a one-time bonus.

All employees who are eligible for retirement and health benefits who were employed with the county before September 1st of this year will receive a $1,000 bonus. Permanent part-time employees will get $500, and eligible employees who started after September 1st will see $250 added to their paychecks. The bonuses will go out on the December 20th payroll.

The money comes from the school system’s reserve account, which has seen an increase in revenue due to sales tax refunds, fines, and federal reimbursements.

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Developers hope Wilmington will annex property

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Public hearing to be held Jan. 3 on proposed apartment complex

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Bonuses coming to Brunswick school employees

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Board approves using fund balance money for one-time checks

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