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Archive for April, 2012

Titan opponents release statement after suit settlement

Friday, April 6th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Dr. David Hill and Kayne Darrell released the following statements today through their attorney after settling a slander suit with Titan earlier this week.

DR. DAVID HILL:

I made certain statements about Titan America and its proposed Carolinas Cement plant before the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. On further reflection, I could have been more careful in the words I chose to voice my opposition to the plant. I made the statements out of concern as a citizen of this community and as a physician and father.

I remain opposed to a cement plant being built in our community, but I understand that Carolinas Cement received its air permit and must comply with all state and federal regulations. Those regulations should help in reducing the adverse health effects, as intended by the Environmental Protection Agency.

KAYNE DARRELL:

I made certain statements about Titan America and its Carolinas Cement plant before the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. As a concerned member of this community, I recognize that many may trust my statements as statements of fact. I made the statements out of concern as a citizen of this community and as someone who lives near the proposed cement plant.

I remain opposed to a cement plant being built in our community, but I understand that Carolinas Cement received its air permit, and must comply with all state and federal regulations, including limitations on emissions. It is my hope that those regulations should help in reducing the adverse health effects. Since my statements, it is my understanding that Titan’s subsidiary has been dismissed with prejudice from a price-fixing class action lawsuit, and in any event, I understand that the lawsuit contained just allegations, as I stated, and that they were not proven. I also mentioned court ordered mine closures of one of Titan’s subsidiaries. Since those statements were made, I understand the Army Corp of Engineers had issued new permits for mining in the Lake Belt, and all of the mines there, including Titan’s, are operational. To the extent that any of my comments left anyone with the impression that Titan had, in fact, engaged in price fixing or was in fact involved in corruption, that impression would be erroneous. My comments were never intended to convey that impression.

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CENSUS: Brunswick Co. growth slowing

Friday, April 6th, 2012

BRUNSWICK CO., NC (GREATER WILMINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL) — Brunswick County’s growth is showing signs of slowing, according to new population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

New population estimates clocked the county’s growth between April 2010 and July 2011 at 2.5 percent, making Brunswick County the 93rd fastest growing county in the nation — that’s down from 65th in 2009.

The county’s spot in the list of 100 fastest growing counties in the nation has continued to slide since 2006 when it was the 14th fastest growing county in the nation. In 2007, it was the 17th fastest and in 2008 it was ranked No. 28.

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With one week to go, organizers excited about impact of Azalea Garden Tour

Friday, April 6th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This time next week, we’ll be in the middle of the 65th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival. And of course, a big part of that is the Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Garden Tour.

The tour starts a week from today, and organizers are already excited about the revenue these flowers will rake in. In addition to being a nice way to spend an afternoon, the garden tour is a great way to raise money for the community.

Through the years the gardens have helped raise more than a million bucks.

“Last year we gave back $83,000 back into the community for beautification of schools, churches whomever might apply for the grants, and so it’s exciting,” Azalea Garden Tour Chair Karen Smith said.

In addition to grants for beautification projects around town, money from the garden tour also provides scholarships for students at UNCW and Cape Fear Community College.

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Beach business booming earlier than usual

Friday, April 6th, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Warmer weather earlier in the season means more people are already making their way to the beach. That’s boosting business and morale.

The Shell Island Resort at Wrightsville Beach says it has been booked for the past couple of weeks and through this weekend. Managers say they usually are busy, but not this early in the season.

Now they are making adjustments to handle the surplus of visitors, but they say it’s a good problem to have. The resort has hired more employees to help cover the surge.

“We’ve kind of pushed hiring a lot,” manager Heidi Bass said. “We have a bigger staff right now than we usually do this time of year just to answer phones especially.”

Shell Island Resort is booked throughout the Easter weekend, which they say is normal.

With a promising forecast for next week, they expect the visitors to keep coming.

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Alledged Mega Millions winner in Maryland now says she lost ticket

Friday, April 6th, 2012

BALTIMORE (AP) – A woman who has claimed to have Maryland’s winning Mega Millions ticket now says she has lost it.

Mirlande Wilson of Baltimore told WRC-TV in Washington she would claim the jackpot if she finds the ticket.

Wilson had previously said she hid the ticket at the McDonald’s where she works.

One of three winning tickets for the record-breaking $656 million prize was sold at a 7-Eleven in Milford Mill. The others were sold in Kansas and Illinois. Kansas officials said Friday that the holder of the winning ticket had come forward.

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