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Archive for December, 2011

Saffo says threat from Berger doesn’t overrule city’s rights

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With Christmas quickly approaching, many leaders in Raleigh are packing up and heading home to spend time with their family and friends. But, not everyone is full of the holiday spirit. North Carolina State Senate majority leader Phil Berger sent a letter to some city leaders, including Wilmington mayor Bill Saffo, that’s not so jolly.

“He would like us to drop the lawsuit and if we didn’t there could be some dire consequences for the cities in the state of North Carolina,” said Saffo.

Senator Berger sent out a letter Wednesday defending the recent victory over forced annexation by telling city leaders who are against the new law to back off. Saffo says regardless of what Berger says, the cities have the right to move forward with the lawsuits against the state.

“Nobody ever threatened the right of a citizen that took on the city in respect to an annexation lawsuit, ever,” said Saffo. “For them to turn around and threaten cities because the cities are using their constitutional rights I think it’s unfortunate.”

In the letter, Berger says the General Assembly has put much thought into the process of forced annexation and the cities should not waste the tax payers money by moving forward with legal action. Saffo says he thinks the general assembly was the one who wasted the citizens money by changing the law in the first place. He says threatening local leaders is not the way to go about getting what you want.

“I don’t think that’s good public policy,” said Saffo. “I think good public policy is working with the people. I hope he’ll try to understand where we’re coming from.”

Saffo says he does not know what the city of Wilmington will do about the lawsuit. He says the city council will talk to the other cities involved before making any type of decision on what to do next.

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Dewey Hill won’t seek reelection

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Another longtime member of the General Assembly is getting out of politics.

Rep. Dewey Hill, who represents Brunswick and Columbus Counties, will finish his tenth term next year, but will not run again. After spending 20 years in Raleigh, Hill says it’s time for someone else to bring some new ideas to the table.

During his tenure he sponsored or introduced 62 bills. Hill says he’s proud of what’s he’s accomplished while in office.

“I think as chair of the House Agriculture Committee for a number of years and vice chair of the Finance Committee, I think I’ve been able to accomplish right much for this district and this state,” Rep. Hill said. “So I think it’s time for dewey hill to move on to another industry right now.”

That other industry will be his grocery store chain and developing company, Hillcrest Corporation. Both are expanding, so Hill wants to focus his attention on that.

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Wilmington mayor defends suit over annexation law

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

A pending lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the new annexation statutes.

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Neighbors spring to action to save puppies from house fire

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Neighbors rallied together last night to try to save a Leland home. Although the house at the end of Jennifer Court suffered significant fire damage, neighbors were able to help contain the fire and even saved a few puppies.

“It’s just overwhelming to see something like that,” neighbor Bessie Hollis said.

While the osborne family was away at church Wednesday night their home caught fire. Neighbors say they heard an explosion then immediately reacted.

“Our main concern was we knew they had puppies in there and a momma dog, so my son-in-law and my daughter and the neighbor from up the street went running over there to get the puppies out,” neighbor Daulton Hollis said.

Although no people were in the house, neighbors got all seven Basset hound puppies, along with the mother, out safely.

Another neighbor says he jumped on the roof with a hose, trying to keep the flames at bay until firefighters arrived.

“Just in consideration to help someone, hoping that something could be salvaged,” neighbor John Gavin said. “I hate to see someone lose there home at this time of year and just hoping that someone, if I was in that position, that they would step up to the plate and try and help me out as much as possible.”

Although the home owners did not want to go on camera, they did seem very appreciative about how neighbors rallied in their absence.

“We were all trying to help,” neighbor Patricia Darby. “Even the neighbors across the street ran in and tried to make sure nobody was in there, because they have grandbabies, and like I said, I grabbed a fire extinguisher, but that was pretty much useless.”

The Brunswick County Fire Marshal does not yet know what caused the fire, but the investigation continues. All signs point to the fire starting in the back of the house, where it destroyed the Osbornes’ deck. Much of the damage inside the home is from smoke and water.

For those who live off Jennifer Court, they are just thankful no one, man or beast, was hurt.

The Cornerstone Baptist Church of Leland is helping the Osborne family.

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FIRST ON 3: Sen. Berger tells Mayor Saffo to back off fighting annexation law, or else

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — North Carolina State Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger is defending the recent grassroots victory over forced municipal annexation. Senator Berger has informed the mayors of several cities and the North Carolina League of Municipalities that should the cities continue to fight this new law in court, the General Assembly – which holds the sole Constitutional Authority over municipal boundaries – will simply create permanent municipal lines to stop these cities from imposing forced annexation.

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