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Archive for July, 2012

Judge sides with Titan

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Claims were related to company’s quarry plans

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Elizabethtown added to Small Town Main Street program

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — Elizabethtown is one of five new communities chosen to participate in the state’s Office of Urban Development’s 2012 Small Town Main Street program.

In addition to the Bladen County town, the Department of Commerce says Cherryville, Richlands, Saluda and Spencer were also selected through a competitive application process that included ten communities from across the state. These additions bring the total number of the state’s Small Town Main Street communities to 44.

“We congratulate these communities for their commitment to their downtown districts and the small businesses that are located there,” Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco said in a statement. “These cities and towns understand that a prosperous, sustainable community is only as healthy as its core.”

Small Town Main Street, which began in eastern North Carolina in 2003 and was expanded to include the entire state in 2007, provides downtown revitalization assistance to selected smaller towns (under 7,500 in population) that lack the resources to pursue the NC Main Street program.

“It’s just as important to recognize the economic opportunities offered in North Carolina’s smaller towns,” said Liz Parham, director of urban development at the NC Department of Commerce, which oversees the NC Main Street program. “These communities and their leaders work hard to bring jobs and businesses to their downtowns, which strengthens their entire community. Our Small Town Main Street program provides communities with the tools and resources to accomplish their goals.”

Participating communities receive two years of concentrated, monthly on-site technical services from Small Town Main Street staff. Following the initial two-year period, communities may choose to continue in the program, receiving more limited services on an as needed basis.

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Lejeune Visitor Center cuts back hours to save money

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (WWAY) — Camp Lejeune is cutting back the hours its Visitor Center is open to try to cut costs and increase efficiency.

Starting Monday, the Visitor Center will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and closed on weekends. It had been open 24 hours a day.

All visitors being sponsored for access to the base must have their sponsor call the visitor center before the close of business, and should arrive prior to 5:45 p.m. on weekdays; the visitor center doors will close at 6 p.m. At the end of each business day visitor center staff will leave a list of called-in visitors with the main gate sentries. If the sponsor does not call during normal working hours the visitor may be turned away at the gate or the sponsor will be required to pick them up.

All sponsors will be held accountable for the conduct of visitors aboard MCB Camp Lejeune. The sponsor will be called regardless of the hour if an unannounced visitor arrives. To prepare for this transition, the visitor center will close at 10 p.m. Saturday and will reopen with its new operating hours Monday.

To contact the MCB Camp Lejeune Visitor Center call (910) 451-7735.

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Young driver accused of manslaughter testifies

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Moreno, 20, told the jury that he remembered nothing of the moments leading up to the fatal wreck

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It’s best to burn locally

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Bringing firewood from other areas can spread tree pests, diseases

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