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Archive for January, 2012

Brunswick County Commission meets

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It was business as usual for the most part at the Brunswick County Commission meeting Tuesday night. The agenda followed the standard budget and report items. Work continues extending water and sewer services. This meeting lacked the fireworks of a previous meeting when Commissioner Charles Warren was asked to leave and then was escorted out.

One item of interest is the dispute over the DSS attorney. Commission Chairman Bill Sue offers his advice. “That’s up to Mister Warren he was provided a list of over 25 attorneys with highlights for about 7 of them that had experience on a board and experience with DSS and apparently by his own words he has tried to contact all of those to get them to serve and nobody is willing to serve.”

Warren as Chairman of the Social Services board will continue to seek an attorney. And Charles Warren may face another challenge, a Southport man Dr. Joe Agovino says he will run for the Brunswick County Commission seat held by Warren.

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B.A.R.K.s reading program involves 4-legged volunteers

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

A nonprofit organization called Brunswick Area Responsible K-9 Owners is providing a new avenue for Bolivia Elementary students to overcome some anxiety when learning to read.

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Gov Perdue’s sales tax increase is not popular

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

(WWAY) — Governor Perdue says she is eying an increase in the state sales tax. “I am suggesting today and I am going to fight for today for our children’s future by doing a fraction of a penny for progress for schools and for children to invest in public schools, universities and colleges.”

This is not the first time this tax has been a political football. The state sales tax was increased to the 7.5 percent the governor wants from 2009 until the Republican led legislature let the additional tax expire this past July.

People we talked to are not in favor of the state sales tax increase.

Julia Knorr of Wilmington is not impressed with the tax plan. “That is very disconcerting to me because I just don’t feel like in my situation that I can afford that to happen to me. The lottery is supposed to help education and I don’t know if that’s even happening at all.”

Brunswick County Commission Chairman Bill Sue does not think the money will get to the schools. Governor Perdue when she was governor made the deciding vote to initiate the school lottery in North Carolina yet in her budget proposal to the house this past year she recommended reducing money going to the schools so the people of Brunswick County will have to be their own judge.”

The Governor says she will fight for her tax increase and she will have to, Republican Senate Leader Phil Berger says the Governor’s tax plan is dead on arrival.

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Pender County to apply for park improvement grant

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

If approved, state grant would require match in local funds

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City Council approves Market Street annexation

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council voted unanimously to pass the annexation of a residential project in the area of Market Street and Marsh Oaks Drive.

Flournoy Development wants to build up to 450 units in an apartment complex on 27 acres of land in the area. Project managers have proposed creating a concrete median on Market between Marsh Oaks Drive and Alexander Road, limiting the number of left turns.

Several residents spoke out against the plan, saying the development would snarl traffic and alter the atmosphere of the community.

Next, the council will review a site plan for the project.

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