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Archive for August, 2012

Uncertain future for N.C. film incentives

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Some in the General Assembly want abandon film incentives and similar targeted tax breaks.

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Belville leaders meet to get focused on town’s future

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

BELVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Belville leaders are making moves to get the town back on track after former Mayor Jack Batson quit last month.

“Everything is new,” current Mayor Mike Allen said. “We are starting like day one, with a new drive and a new push to make things happen for our citizens here in the town.”

Mayor Allen and the rest of the Belville board got together Saturday to get focused, brainstorm, to look at any policy changes that need to be made and to discuss town projects.

Commissioner Joe Breault is now a member of Wilmington’s Transportation Advisory Committee. Mayor Allen is now part of Belville’s Technical Review Committee.

The group also discussed business and personnel policies and procedures, including the idea of having a public information officer, requirements for out of town travel and rules for amending meeting agendas.

“I’m very, very pleased with how we’ve come to decisions and the fact that we need to do a lot of information-gathering so we can come to other decisions,” commissioner Donna Schardien said. “So we can move the town forward in the things that the folks in the town want us to do.”

One of the major talking points was about adding a recall measure to the town’s charter.

“So if there is a major overriding issue with any of the board of commissioners or the mayor, that the town and the citizens will have the ability to do a recall,” Allen said.

The board will get more information about specifics and costs and make a decision at a later date.

Overall, board members and present citizens felt the meeting was a positive step in making sure the board is a team with one goal in mind.

“In getting things accomplished for the people in this town and to do it without taxes going up,” Schardien said. “We want to keep our tax rate very low all the time.”

The board also discussed street and drainage projects, potential changes to animal control and renovations to town hall.

The town continues the search for the fifth board member. Applications will be accepted through August 20, and then interviews begin. A new commissioner will be named at the town meeting on the 27th.

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Romney to skip RTP-area stop during NC visit

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is scratching one stop off his scheduled visit to North Carolina.

A statement from the campaign Saturday said the former Massachusetts governor still plans to make stops Sunday in Mooresville and High Point as part of his bus tour. However, the planned stop at a restaurant in Morrisville has been cancelled.

The statement said the campaign will go from High Point to Waukesha, Wis., for a homecoming rally. Romney selected Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice presidential running mate on Saturday.

North Carolina is considered a battleground state for the presidency. President Barack Obama won North Carolina’s electoral votes in 2008 by a slim margin.

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

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Here now – Hoggard grad gets first-hand look at Olympics

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Larissa Bulla, working in London, is a volunteer at the London Games

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Habitat for Humanity opens new store

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Now you’ve got even more options to help out a great local cause. Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity opened its newest ReStore location Saturday off Market St. in the Ogden area.

The store has gently-used items; everything from building materials to beds. Proceeds from the store go toward buying materials for building homes for deserving families.

Cashier Emmett Byrd said the store is a special place, because customers aren’t the only ones doing the giving.

“So many people give here,” Byrd said. “They give of their time and they volunteer. Even the people that are getting homes, they have to volunteer and spend a certain amount of hours to earn their home. It’s just a great thing for the community when everybody gets together and gives. It actually feels more like a village.”

ReStore is open Monday through Saturday. You can buy or donate housewares and appliances or volunteer your time to work in the store, which is located at 7330 Market St. in Wilmington.

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