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Archive for June, 2012

Local group restarts First Tee for youth golf

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

It will fill a void created when the First Tee of Wilmington folded in March 2009.

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NC Senate gives tentative approval to $20B budget

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Senate has agreed along party lines to a $20 billion budget bill for next year that Republican plan authors say puts the state on stronger fiscal footing but Democrats derided as sending the wrong message on education.

The Senate gave tentative approval Wednesday to the measure, which would spend $200 million more than last year but hundreds of millions of dollars less than what Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue wants.

GOP members rejected several Democratic amendments, including those that would have delayed the proposed collection of new tolls on ferry routes and given more money for a longtime teacher recruitment program. The bill contains no new taxes.

The Senate needs one more vote Thursday before negotiations with House budget-writers officially begin.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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CFPUA board approves budget, employee raises

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Public Utility Authority workers will get a raise. The CFPUA board today approved the budget for the next fiscal year.

After a morning of discussion, the board agreed on up to a four-percent increase in employee wages. On average, though, workers may see less.

The next fiscal years begins July 1.

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Carolina Beach revenue to drop despite higher tax rate

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach Town Council held a public hearing on the budget proposal for the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year. They adopted a 16.1 million dollar budget calling for a tax rate of 23.5 cents per $100. That’s up from from the current rate of 17.5 cents, but town leaders say it’s actually a decrease of sorts.

Mayor Ray Rothrock says the council set the rate lower than the revenue neutral rate of 26.21 cents. Because of falling property values, this will bring the town about $400,000 less than last year.

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Plea deal reached for one involved in riot that led to Hankins’ shooting

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

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