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Archive for March, 2012

Surf City building memories one brick at a time

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — You can soon share your treasured memories of Surf City for everyone to see. The town is selling commemorative brick pavers.

You can chose what you want engraved on them, whether it’s something sentimental about the town, or personal, such as your wedding date, the birth of a child or a memorial to a loved one.

The bricks will be placed in the beds in front of the town’s Welcome Center. There’s room for about 1,800.

The sale started yesterday.

“We think it’s going to do very well,” Surf City Tourism Development Director Allan Libby said. “It’s gained some traction initially, and we’re very excited about it. It’s obviously not our idea, but we’ve chased around, and we think there may be two others in the entire cape fear region that have done this, so we’ll be unique up here, and we’re really kind of pumped over it.”

Until march 31, the bricks will be $50 a piece.

The town hopes to have 100 bricks ready to lay in the ground by Memorial Day.

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Grooms trial to begin Wednesday

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Thomas Grooms Jr. was charged in the deaths of father and son bicyclists nearly a year ago

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Berger’s traffic charges reduced; plans to appeal domestic order violation

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger got a break in court today.

Berger’s attorney, Sen. Thom Goolsby, says his client’s driving with license revoked citation was dismissed, and his speeding charge was reduced from 41 miles per hour to 34 in a 25 mile per hour zone. The charges stem from a January 5 traffic stop in Wilmington.

Meanwhile, Goolsby says he plans to appeal Berger’s January conviction for violating a domestic protection order.

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NC appeals court upholds smoking ban in bars

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld a state ban on smoking inside bars and restaurants.

The ruling filed Tuesday strikes down a lower court ruling in which a Pitt County judge agreed with the owners of four Greenville nightclubs that the state’s 2009 smoking ban violated the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution because private country clubs were exempted.

Appeals Judge Linda Stephens wrote that the wording of the state ban creates distinct categories of social clubs, providing clear guidance on where indoor smoking is prohibited. The judge said private golf, yachting or racquet clubs can be easily distinguished from bars and restaurants.

Since the three judge appeals panel was unanimous, it is unlikely the state Supreme Court will take up the case.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Seven girls face charges in alleged gang fight at school

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is preparing juvenile petitions against seven girls allegedly involved in a fight at a Wilmington middle school last week. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says investigators believe the fight Thursday at Williston Middle School was gang related.

Sgt. Brewer says all seven girls will be charged with simple assault. Three of the girls will face a charge of felony second-degree kidnapping.

Brewer says the juvenile petitions will be delivered to the girls’ parents. The children will then have to appear in court.

New Hanover County Schools issued a statement today about the incident reading:

“New Hanover County Schools is working with the Sheriff’s Office – Gang Task Force on this incident and the district continues to work to prevent gang-related activities from occurring in our schools. We can confirm that there was an incident at Williston where the Gang Task Force is involved. Appropriate discipline for the students involved has been administered. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) does not allow us to disclose the names of the alleged perpetrators or victims. Under FERPA, we also cannot discuss the type of discipline administered.

“The district takes this incident very seriously and we will not tolerate any type of gang behavior in the schools. Over the last year, NHCS has seen a significant reduction in the number of incidents such as this and we will continue to work to ensure the safety of all students.”

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