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Archive for June, 2012

Three Carolina Beach sites certified as NC Clean Marinas

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Three Carolina Beach have been certified as North Carolina Clean Marinas, according to the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Clean Marina is a designation given to marinas that exceed the state‚Äôs environmental regulations.

The Mona Black Marina, Federal Point Yacht Club and Carolina Beach State Park each earned the status.

DENR says the Clean Marina program illustrates how marina operators can help safeguard the environment by using management and operation techniques that exceed environmental requirements. To earn the certification, the marina’s owners prepare spill prevention plans and conduct safety and emergency planning. Marina operators also control boat maintenance activities to protect water quality. Marinas must complete the recertification process every two years in order to retain their certification as a North Carolina Clean Marina.

In addition to the three newcomers, six coastal marinas have been recertified as North Carolina Clean Marinas, including Wilmington Marine Center and Southport Marina.

NC Clean Marina is a voluntary program that began in the summer of 2000. Marina operators who choose to participate must complete an evaluation form about their use of specific best management practices. If a marina meets criteria developed by the NC Division of Coastal Management, it will be designated as a Clean Marina. Such marinas are eligible to fly the Clean Marina flag and use the logo in their advertising. The flags signal to boaters that a marina cares about the cleanliness of area waterways.

Clean Marina is a nationwide program developed by the National Marine Environmental Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to clean up waterways for better recreational boating. The foundation encourages states to adapt Clean Marina principles to fit their own needs.

The North Carolina program is a partnership between the NC Division of Coastal Management, NC Boating Industry Services, the NC Marine Trade Association, the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program, NC Sea Grant, the US Power Squadron, US Coast Guard Auxiliary and NC Big Sweep.

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Ron Hewett’s son Justin named Fair Bluff Police Chief

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

FAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) — Fair Bluff has hired Justin Hewett as its new police chief. He replaces Marty Lewis, who was fired after being arrested for allegedly selling drugs on duty last month.

Hewett, who was an officer in Holden Beach, is the son of Ron Hewett, who served as Brunswick County Sheriff for 14 years before being forced from office in a corruption probe. The elder Hewett served time in federal prison after pleading guilty to embezzlement and obstruction of justice.

Justin Hewett and Mayor Randy Britt both said Hewett is his own man and his father’s crime are not reflective of the younger Hewett’s record.

Information that led to Sheriff Hewett being removed from office in 2008 included details of county money and resources spent on Justin from the time Justin was a teenager, including the Sheriff assigning a vehicle belonging to the Sheriff’s Office to his son, even after Justin Hewett had been hired as a police officer in Holden Beach, and spending $1,622.52 in taxpayer money to fuel the vehicle from July 2006 to October 2007. Witnesses also say Sheriff Hewett requested his son be certified to use firearms and that Justin was seen at times carrying a badge his father had instructed be ordered for him, even though he was too young to be a deputy. Deputies were also instructed to pick up $182.92 worth of county-issued clothing for Justin.

Justin Hewett has been working with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office helping out in Fair Bluff while the town was without a police chief.

Last week Fair Bluff also named a new town clerk. Peggy Moore replaces Tamika Packer, who was also fired after being arrested on drug charges.

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Back Then – City leader complains about clerks, memos , but guess the year

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Looking back at stories from the StarNews archives.

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Paving work could cause delays between Leland and Wilmington

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Travelers driving between Wilmington and Leland could experience delays at night for the next few weeks.

The Department of Transportation is paving US 17/74/76/421 from the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and the Thomas Rhodes Bridge in New Hanover County to the bridge over Alligator Creek in Brunswick County. The work includes all lanes of traffic, including exit ramps between the highways.

To cut down on the impact on traffic, crews will work from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night for at least the next couple of weeks, according to the DOT’s Kerry Cross.

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Groups call for more study of Duke-Progress merger

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Those opposed to a merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy want more public hearings in North Carolina.

Raleigh-based Progress and Charlotte-based Duke have asked the North Carolina Utilities Commission to approve the merger by July 8. The utilities have an agreement that expires that day that would allow either to withdraw from the deal without paying millions in penalties.

But a number of advocacy groups say more hearings are needed. The state held hearings in September, but the two companies have since revised their proposal to deal with monopoly concerns raised by federal regulators.

The merger would create the nation’s largest electric utility, to be based in Charlotte. It would have $95 billion in combined assets and operations in a dozen states and Latin America.

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

6/19/2012 8:00:06 AM (GMT -4:00)

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