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Archive for July, 2012

Ogden Park evacuated because of brush fire

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Firefighters continue to contain a brush fire smoldering in Ogden Park. The fire started around 4:00 p.m. Monday. At this time firefighters believe a lightning strike caused the blaze.

“It seems like it’s far enough away that it wouldn’t affect us, and they seem to have it under control pretty good,” said Paul Giusti who lives near the fire. “But it got me a little scared at first, that’s why I came out to investigate.”

Giusti is one of dozens of folks who live right next to Ogden Park that came to investigate the blaze in their backyards. The fire sparked Monday afternoon, started spreading quickly, and the park was immediately evacuated.

“Some tennis matches didn’t get played. Some practices didn’t happen,” said New Hanover County Parks and Gardens Director Jim McDaniel. “But our sports groups really work well with us, so they have a lot of confidence in not only us but the county making sure we’ll get them somewhere they can play.”

McDaniel said safety is the number one priority. Fortunately, all surrounding homes and businesses are safe. No one has been displaced, and crews do not expect to have to move anyone.

New Hanover County Fire Chief Donnie Hall said neighbors do not need to worry, but said there will likely be signs of the fire for a while because it started in a heavily wooded area that has not been recently burned. Hall says there is a lot of flammable brush in the area.

“There is an enormous amount of smoke that will come up from this fire,” Hall said. “We would expect the neighbors in this area and probably for miles around to experience the smell of smoke and actually probably visibly see some smoke in this area for several days until we see some substantial rain.”

About ten acres have burned so far. The park is closed to the public until further notice.

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Belville leaders meet for first time since mayor resigned

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

BELVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Belville town commissioners met for the first time Monday night since Jack Batson quit as mayor.

Batson turned in his handwritten letter of resignation at a special meeting a little more than a week ago after disagreements with fellow commissioners over merger talks with Leland.

Mayor Pro-Tem Charles Bost said leaders are now just focused on moving the town forward.

“We thank Mayor Batson for his service and the things that he did do,” Bost said. There were some distractions, but we realized we need to do the business of the town. We got a lot of things done. It was a very good, productive meeting.”

Former Mayor Pro-Tem Miike Allen is now serving as mayor, which means the commission needs one more member.

Leaders are accepting applications from Belville residents through August 20 and hope to have a decision by next month’s meeting.

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Pender board approves request to relocate graves

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Owners of property in Hampstead containing a multi-family cemetery can now remove and relocate the nearly 50 graves on their property.

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Belville seeks approval for Olde Towne speed humps

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

The town of Belville is considering placing five speed humps to slow traffic along North Olde Towne Wynd.

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Lightning sparked blaze that forced park evacuation

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Fire crews were working to contain a woods fire near Market Street and Military Cutoff Road around 6 p.m. Monday. Billowing smoke was filling the sky northwest of the Market-Military Cutoff intersection.

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