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Archive for March, 2012

Brunswick News & Notes – Family tennis day; literacy volunteer workshop; community center events; museum family day

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Brunswick County Tennis Association will hold a family tennis play day for all ages and ability levels 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 31.

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Tax-supported stadium opponents to start petition

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Group will go door to door beginning Saturday

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Sheriffs office roundup results in dozens of arrests

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Fire on board delays Diligence departure

Thursday, March 29th, 2012


WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — An electrical fire on a Coast Guard cutter in Wilmington, N.C., Thursday, is delaying its departure for a multi-mission patrol to the Caribbean.

While preparing to leave at approximately 9 a.m., the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence’s general emergency alarm began to sound, alerting the crew to a fire in the engine room. The crew quickly responded and upon investigation, the crew found an electrical fire on one of the ship’s generators.

“It is disappointing and professionally frustrating when after months of hard work maintaining our cutter and conducting, training something like a fire prevents us from achieving full operational potential,” said Cmdr. Douglas Goodwin, the commanding officer aboard the Diligence. “Fortunately, no one was injured, and the crew’s response prevented damage from spreading. The crew will continue to work hard to restore our aging cutter to fully mission capable status as soon as possible in order to provide critical persistent presence in the maritime domain.”

During the ship’s last tour, the crew had to return three weeks early due to a casualty to a another generator.

“The Coast Guard’s existing fleet is reaching a point where some vessels are no longer capable of reliably or effectively performing operations resulting in unexpected casualties and lost patrol days as evident today with the cutter Diligence,” said Ensign Andrew Price, the public affairs officer aboard the Diligence.

The 49-year-old Diligence and the other medium endurance cutters are slated for replacement by a new class of cutters. The new Offshore Patrol Cutter will operate more than 50 miles from land, carrying out the Coast Guard’s maritime security and safety activities in support of national interests.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A last-minute change in plans for the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence this morning. It was scheduled to leave on a new mission, but a problem on board will keep the ship in port.

“It’s always tough when they go,” Diane Sharp said as she waited to see her son, a Diligence crewmember, set sail. “Their deployments on the boat are shorter, so we don’t have to be tormented for too long.”

Sharp and other family and friends were ready to say goodbye to the Diligence and its crew Thursday morning, but that all changed within minutes.

A generator on board malfunctioned delaying a counter drug deployment to the Caribbean.

Cmdr. Douglas Goodwin calls his crew’s response outstanding.

“They were able to press forward, minimize the damage and isolate it to just the generator,” he said.

So those dreaded goodbyes will be put on hold while the crew tries to figure out just what caused the generator to catch fire.

“So we’re delayed,” Cmdr. Goodwin said. “I don’t know how long we’re delayed for, but we hope to be getting out to sea soon.”

Once at sea the Diligence will head to the Caribbean as planned before continuing to Florida for more training. The Diligence crew deploy for roughly two months before returning to Wilmington.

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FIRST ON 3: Coudriet named New Hanover Co. Manager; Replaces Shell

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Today, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners named new county manager, selecting experienced Assistant County Manager Chris Coudriet to succeed Bruce Shell.

Coudriet brings to the position almost twenty years of public administration experience, with more than a decade as a county manager in North Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from East Carolina University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Coudriet and his wife, Leigh, have two children: Montgomery, daughter age 10, and Silas, a son age 8.

Coudriet has served as Assistant County Manager since he was hired in 2008, and oversees the following departments: Development Services, Engineering, Environmental Management, Fire Services, Health, Pretrial Release, Planning & Inspections, Social Services, Veteran Services, and Youth Empowerment Services.

Coudriet will become County Manager on June 30 with a salary of $155,000. He succeeds Bruce Shell, who in January announced his retirement effective June 30. Shell has been with the county for almost 25 years.

The county manager is the chief executive of New Hanover County, overseeing the operations of North Carolina’s second smallest county. New Hanover County’s government operates on a $262 million budget, serving more than 202,000 residents.

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