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Archive for January, 2012

Berger votes against helping people who can’t afford CFPUA bills; Money was donated

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Commission voted 4-1 this morning to help people in the community without water.

Commissioner Rick Catlin explained that the county has already raised $10,000 privately toward the more than $150,000 needed to help waterless residents. Catlin says the county should continue to utilize all the resources it has to promote more contributions from private donors.

“It’s a public health concern,” Catlin said. “Not having water, you can’t wash your hands. We have flu season coming up. You got kids going to school dirty. Those are just basic public health needs. We’re the United States of America; we’re not Haiti. You look at what happened after the Haiti earthquake or after Katrina. What’s the first thing we do? We bring people water, because we recognize that that’s a basic human need.”

Brian Berger was the only commissioner who voted against the program. He says the rates should be adjusted rather than the bills paid by donations.

He says he voted against a proposal in April while he sat on the CFPUA Board that would have raised rates to increase revenue 13.1%. But then, according to CFPUA Board minutes from the same meeting, voted minutes later to change water tier rates as well as to raise rates per each tier change.

Catlin says he does not understand why anyone would oppose donating to a good cause.

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Carolina Beach Road break-in leads to arrest

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

A man broke into Etc. Party Rentals on Carolina Beach Road on Sunday morning.

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McIntyre bids farewell to fellow Blue Dog Giffords

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A year after being shot during an assassination attempt, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is resigning her office to focus on her recovery.

Giffords was shot in the head last January as she met with constituents outside a supermarket in her Arizona district. Six people were killed and twelve more wounded.

Like Giffords, Rep. Mike McIntyre is a Blue Dog Democrat. Today he said he will miss his friend and colleague.

“We’ve had great respect and admiration for her and her recovery,” McIntyre said during a visit to Whiteville. “My goodness, she has been through so much. She’s a walking miracle quite honestly. We just wish her the best, and we are grateful for the service she’s given, and we completely understand her situation and god speed to Gabby. We’ll miss her.”

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New Hanover County manager to retire June 30

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Bruce Shell has served as the county’s chief administrator since 2005.

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Shell retiring as New Hanover Co. Manager

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Bruce Shell is retiring from his job as New Hanover County Manager. Shell made the announcement Monday afternoon during a New Hanover County Commission meeting. His last day will be June 30.

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