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Archive for July, 2012

County leaders talk sand, bans with Carolina Beach & Kure Beach

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Leaders from both Kure Beach and Carolina Beach met this morning with New Hanover County Commissioners. The purpose of the special meeting was to discuss issues important to all communities, from dredging to smoking on the beach.

Though he’s running for the NC House of Representatives, New Hanover County Commission Chair Ted Davis says right now he’s 110 percent a county commissioner. He called a meeting with area beach communities to discuss issues important to all.

“The three beach communities and the county all need to be on the same page,” Davis said.

Beach nourishment and Carolina Beach Inlet dredging were among the topics discussed, as well as the creation of a new county job: sand manager. The position will be posted soon, calling for part artist part engineer part lobbyist to help protect the county’s beaches.

Saving the sand also raises questions about litter control. While Wrightsville Beach moves forward with a potential smoking ban on November’s ballot, Carolina and Kure Beaches want county support on smoking and plastic bag bans, but the two towns are still at odds over elements within the bans.

“I think it’s important before the county can come on board in support of such a ban in either case, would be No. 1 that all three beach communities are on board with the language with a smoking ban or a plastic bag ban,” Davis said.

The second issue still at hand is who enforces the potential bans: town, county, state or federal government?

From here, county commissioners will consider which issues to discuss at their next meetings as Kure Beach and Carolina Beach leaders do the same.

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Wilmington man accused of molesting child under 13

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

A Wilmington man was booked Tuesday in the Brunswick County jail for allegedly molesting a girl.

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House panel to examine allegations against LaRoque

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis says he will form a special committee to examine last week’s federal indictment against a fellow legislator and recommend what action, if any, is warranted by the chamber.

Tillis announced Wednesday the creation of the bipartisan panel that he will name soon to consider the criminal charges against Republican Rep. Stephen LaRoque of Kinston. LaRoque is charged with eight counts related to his company’s handling of federal loan funds.

A similar panel that investigated then-Rep. Thomas Wright recommended the House remove him from office, which it did in 2008.

Tillis’ announcement follows an initial review by a joint House-Senate ethics committee of the LaRoque indictment. That committee’s leaders said much of the alleged activity in the indictment does not fall under the panel’s jurisdiction.

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

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Hog farm ordered to pay for wetlands preservation

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A Bladen County-based hog farm operator has been ordered to pay $1.5 million in fines and restitution for violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

US Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced Wednesday that $1 million in restitution paid by Freedman Farms will be provided to the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust to buy and preserve wetlands.

A federal judge in February ordered Clarkton-based Freedman to pay the restitution and an additional $500,000 fine after the company was found guilty of dumping hog waste into a stream leading to the Waccamaw River.

Freedman Farms president William B. Freedman was sentenced to six months in prison to be followed by six months of home confinement.

The restitution will be paid in five annual payments starting in January.

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

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N.C. film productions in 2012 already eclipse 2011 numbers

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Film productions in North Carolina are on a record-setting pace this year.

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