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Archive for May, 2012

DryCase maker named area’s Entrepreneur of the Year

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Other companies received awards from the region’s chambers of commerce.

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Saffo: Senate votes against annexation ‘unfortunate, unfair’

Friday, May 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After the state Senate voted to stop forced annexation, we wanted to hear from Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo about the city’s plan. Today we finally tracked him down.

“If this is the new law of the day for the State of North Carolina, we’ll follow that law,” Saffo said. “If they change the law next year, we’ll follow that law. If they change the law next year, we’ll follow that law.”

Votes Thursday by the North Carolina Senate pushed forward a repeal of the annexation of Monkey Junction, and put annexation in the hands of voters.

The moves come after Wilmington and other cities sued the General Assembly over annexation. Saffo said while the Senate’s decision was expected, he also believes it’s unfortunate and unfair.

“The County of New Hanover in 2002 sued the State of North Carolina and sued the legislature in 2002, and they were never retaliated against,” he said. “I just think it’s just a new day in the State of North Carolina. If you take on the state legislature, there’s a very good chance that something like this could happen to you.”

If the bills pass, Monkey Junction will no longer receive city services. It’s a decision Saffo believes limits growth, but he thinks the city could still grow in other areas.

Saffo said the potential tax base loss will not impact the city’s decision to fund the ballpark.

“That has nothing to do with it,” Saffo said. “The issue in respect to the ballpark is if it’s a good deal for the city and a good deal for the developers that are bringing this ballpark forward. If it’s a good deal, then we can move forward with it. If it’s not a good deal, then we are not going to move forward with it.”

Another big blow to annexation in the bills is that, if passed, the city will have to wait another 12 years before trying to annex Monkey Junction again.

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‘Rachael Ray & Buddies’ to film at Carolina Beach shops

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Producers for "Rachael Ray & Buddies" have been scouting around Carolina Beach

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Brunswick County sheriffs deputies dismantle theft ring

Friday, May 18th, 2012

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StarNews winding down ballpark survey

Friday, May 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The StarNews wants your opinion on the plan for a minor league ballpark in Wilmington.

About 1,500 people have responded in the newspaper’s online poll. You can give your input through Sunday on questions like will a minor league team will benefit Wilmington, if tax money should help build it and how often you would go?

Click here to take the survey.

The StarNews will share the results next week.

In March a survey by WWAY, The Big Talker FM and the Civitas Institute found voters in Wilmington largely support the idea of a ballpark, but most voters are against the idea of using taxpayer money to build it.

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