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Archive for January, 2012

CFCC honors history as newest campus building reaches milestone

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A piece of the past is slowly taking shape in downtown Wilmington. Today, Cape Fear Community College held a topping out ceremony for the new Union Station building. But the building wasn’t the only center of attention.

Piece by piece, a glimpse of the past is slowly taking form on the campus of Cape Fear Community College.

“Well, it’s wonderful, beautiful isn’t it? And I’m sure it will educate a lot of students,” Ollie Caines said.

The 92-year-old Caines worked for the Atlantic Coast Line for 41 years. He, along with many other retired railroad workers, were the special guests at the Union Station steel topping out ceremony. This new building pays homage to the history of the railroad in downtown Wilmington, in particular, the old Union Station Depot.

“That old Union Station building, every time you show a picture of that old building, that’s been gone now since the early ’70s, people have such a fond remembrance of it,” CFCC President Eric McKeithan said. “We said we’re going to be building our union station building, we’re going to be building our building in the same exact location, so why not take your inspiration for the architecture from that building and the name?”

A special part of the ceremony was when all the retired railroad workers got to sign the last beam that’s going on top of the building. One by one, they left their mark on the beam. Some even wrote the years they worked for the railroad.

“That’s going to be good,” retired Atlantic Coast Line worker Dave Smith said. “One-hundred years from now when they tear it down they’ll see my name there.”

After a brief speech, the beam was slowly lifted into the air and put in place. It was a significant moment for those who were there, as a piece of the past joined a part of the future.

“This college, we’ve got a lot to thank the college for doing all these things and actually keeping the history in front of us,” Smith said.

The new Union Station building will be a one-stop center for students featuring financial aid and business offices, a job placement center and counseling services. It will also feature historical markers and a small museum. It’s expected to open in the summer of 2013.

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CFPUA responds to sewer spill

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — CFPUA Operations crews have responded to and stopped a waste water spill in the Barnards Creek area of Wilmington adjacent to River Road. It was first suspected that a spill had occurred when at 1 a.m. volumes at the Southside Waste Water Treatment Plant showed low volume from the areas supporting pump stations.

Crews immediately responded and began scouring the area for the spill site. The spill was located at approximately 10am and measures immediately taken to eliminate flow through this section of waste water line. Within a very short period of time after the spill was identified and stopped, crews successfully began pumping and hauling the redirected waste water from the nearby pump station. CFPUA Environment and Safety Department also responded and has been in contact with the appropriate local and state agencies; Public Information made contact with area stakeholders to alert them of the incident.

Crews are still on the scene isolating the area and preparing for the repair process. Traffic in this area is asked to be aware of construction equipment and trucks entering back onto River Road from the repair site. The cause and total spill volume have not yet been determined; crews are working on that at this time. Once all information has been gathered, an update will be provided via email and posted on the Notifications page of our website at www.cfpua.org.

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Forest by the Sea built on Civil War site

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Forest by the Sea was built where the famous Christmas Battle took place

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Senator Berger challenges Gov. Perdue to debate over tax increase

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) on Tuesday challenged Gov. Bev Perdue to a public debate over her plan to raise taxes by more than $750 million.

“I strongly believe Gov. Perdue’s proposal to raise taxes on struggling North Carolina citizens and businesses will kill jobs and halt economic recovery,” Berger said. “This has been the most hotly-contested policy battle of the past two years, and I think North Carolinians would benefit greatly from an open and frank debate between leaders of the legislative and executive branches of government.”

The governor’s office has consistently exaggerated cuts to public education in the bipartisan state budget, which spent nearly the same amount on education as the budget Gov. Perdue proposed last year. Meanwhile, Gov. Perdue vetoed education reforms in the General Assembly’s budget that will boost graduation rates and produce better results in public classrooms.

If Gov. Perdue agrees to a debate, Berger’s staff will work with the governor’s staff to determine the schedule, format and other details.

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Pender board divided on new county manager

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Michael "Mickey" Duvall of Franklin will start work in Pender County on Feb. 13.

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