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Archive for April, 2012

Corps looks at upgrades to shipping channel

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Public hearing on environmental impact expected in summer

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Qantas places $2 billion GE Aviation order

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (GREATER WILMINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL) — Australian airline Qantas has placed a $2 billion order with a Castle Hayne-based General Electric Aviation subsidiary, according to a news release.

The local facility will develop the rotating parts for the engines that will power 78 Airbus aircrafts.

The planes — scheduled for delivery in 2016 — will join Qantas airline’s low-fare subsidiary, Jetstar’s fleet.

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Board backs down on pay raise

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

The proposal was to add money for in-county travel by board members

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ONLY ON 3: Contractors upset with Pender County Health Dept.

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Burgaw, NC (WWAY) — Controversy continues to surround the Pender County Health Department.

Today the Board of Health called a meeting with many upset contractors, developers and home builders to try and quiet some of their recent permitting concerns.

“With the new regime that’s come in, the process has slowed down to the point that it’s just taking us too long to do repairs or do installations, ” complained Septic installer, Al Sidbury.

Sidbury has been installing septic systems for more than 30 years. He says the current health department is the worst he has ever had to deal with and they are costing him business by slowing the permit process. Sidbury claims things aren’t as efficient because of what he calls “paperwork bureaucracy” crated by the new coordinator.

Sidbury has one septic case that has been pending since March 26th. He says a few days after someone has a septic issue, sewage can be found in people’s yards, which he says is a huge environmental concern.

When the health department heard from an angry Sidbury they decided to call a meeting.

“There’s been some issues and concerns in the past and there was just a lack of communication so we wanted to kind of get everybody on board so that we could work as two teams to bring everything together,” said Board of Health chair, Jimmy Holland.

During the meeting, the health board stressed the need for a few new positions so they can speed up the permitting process. They say there is more to the environmental health in Pender County than just on site waste water.

The Pender County board of health will have another meeting with this same group within 60 days to make sure the communication issues have improved.

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State sees more whooping cough cases

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Health officials urge vaccinations for the contagious disease

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