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Archive for May, 2012

Best-selling author Larry Bond to make stop in Brunswick

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Larry Bond will give a program and book signing at 10 a.m. Saturday

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Wilmington townhouse project taking off

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

The power nailers were echoing and the saws buzzing on a sunny morning this week

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Emerald Isle seeks new sales tax to help beaches

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

EMERALD ISLE, NC (AP) — The town of Emerald Isle wants a new sales tax to help renourish its disappearing beaches.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported that the town is seeking legislative approval for a referendum to let the town levy a one-cent tax for beach preservation. All sales and use transactions would be taxed.

Town officials say the tax would raise $700,000 to $800,000 annually. Town Manager Frank Rush says officials want to pursue the tax because it’s uncertain whether the state will continue to contribute to beach renourishment projects.

County and town taxes pay about 75 percent of the cost now with the state traditionally covering the remaining 25 percent.

The tax would set a precedent in North Carolina because counties collect all municipal sales and use taxes now.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Fort Bragg 18th Airborne general retiring

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

FORT BRAGG, NC (AP) — Fort Bragg and the 18th Airborne Corps are saying good-bye to their commanding general.

The Corps holds a relinquishment of command and retirement ceremony Tuesday for Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick.

He took command in November 2009, and since then the corps has had scheduled deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as well as an emergency mission to Haiti. He was in charge of daily operations during the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq last year.

Helmick’s deputy, Maj. Gen. Rodney Anderson, will be in charge until the arrival of Lt. Gen. Dan Allyn in June.

The ceremony will be held at Fort Bragg’s Main Post Flag Pole. If the weather is bad, the ceremony will be held in Hangar 4 of Pope Field.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC city awaits court ruling on marriage amendment

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) — Winston-Salem city officials say they’ll wait for a court ruling on the state’s new constitutional amendment defining marriage before giving any further consideration to offering domestic partner benefits.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that city officials say the amendment throws into question their authority to offer those benefits. The amendment passed last week and defines marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman.

City attorney Angela Carmon said the city should wait for a court ruling before deciding whether to extend domestic partner benefits to city employees.

For the past year, Winston-Salem officials have considered offering the benefits as part of a larger discussion about how to lower health insurance costs.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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