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Archive for January, 2012

Brunswick County DSS board wants to rehire former lawyer

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Two weeks ago, commissioners rejected a proposal to rehire the same attorney.

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Moores Creek battle observance to include citizenship ceremony

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

The 236th anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge will be marked Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26.

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McComas: Project Road Runner speeding along

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — We’re starting to get more details about a plan to bring a new industry to southeastern North Carolina.

State Rep. Danny McComas (R-19th District) says the so-called Project Road Runner is good for the community, the region and the state. He says it would be located at the Columbus/Brunswick County line, right across the road from where Project Soccer was supposed to go.

McComas said the project, which is rumored to be a Caterpillar factory, is moving quickly and should get a formal announcement in a week or two.

It does have competition from South Carolina and Georgia.

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Three Wrightsville officers under investigation

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

The names of the officers or the exact nature of the investigation were not released

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Wilmington ballpark plan could mean tax hike

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After talking about it for years, it looks like Wilmington City Council may be taking huge steps toward two projects. The city held a news conference this afternoon to discuss the details.

The Convention Center has been opened for more than a year. It now looks like it will soon get a hotel. But that’s not the only big news released today.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo announced the city will consider an agreement with Harmony Hospitality to build a full-service 194-room Sheraton, Embassy Suites or comparable hotel. Last spring, the city approved the proposal from Harmony Hospitality to build a Convention Center hotel. This next step, though, outlines the specifics of the proposal..

The mayor’s other announcement was about baseball. City Council will consider negotiating with Mandalay Baseball Properties and the atlanta braves to explore a public/private partnership. That could mean an increase in taxes.

“It might be a tax increase to pay for it,” Saffo said. “I’m not gonna sugarcoat this thing, but of course we’d have to have a public forum, public input to see where the public stand on this, because the public might be very much against it, but we’ve had a lot of people that have indicated they’d be very supportive of it, but it does come with a cost.”

The city is also going to reach out to surrounding counties.

We spoke with New Hanover County Commission Chair Ted Davis about a possible partnership with the city. He says he would not agree to using any property taxes to fund the stadium.

City Council will vote on these projects at their meeting next week.

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