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Archive for September, 2012

Police looking for wanted man

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Brunswick County officials looking for wanted man.

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NC agency clears Alcoa’s PCB plan, fed OK needed

Friday, September 21st, 2012

BADIN, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina regulators are approving a plan by Alcoa Inc. to cover a lake bottom to prevent a health-harming contaminant near its closed aluminum smelter from moving.

The state Division of Waste Management said Thursday it is allowing Alcoa to cap PCB-contaminated sediments in two areas of Badin Lake. Federal regulators also must approve the plan after a public-comment deadline in two weeks.

The project involves lowering water levels in Badin Lake by up to 20 feet, digging up as much contaminated sediment as possible, and covering the rest with sand and rocks. Work is scheduled to start in November.

Environmental groups have criticized the plan for not doing enough to clean the lake of PCBs.

PCB-contaminated stormwater polluted the lake from Alcoa’s now idle aluminum smelting plant.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Emergency crews train in Wrightsville Beach

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Emergency officials prepare for disaster during drill at Wrightsville Beach.

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Two sides draw battle lines over stadium funding

Friday, September 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the teams take the field it looks like a grudge match to the finish, both are playing or campaigning for the attention of voters on the baseball funding issue.

Thursday the “Vote No Stadium Tax” group was up to bat.

“Even if I was in favor of putting tax money into it, it is just a bad deal.” Jim Rafferty the groups Treasurer said.

Wilmington City Council gave the “play ball” sign this week with an agreement with Mandalay Baseball and the Atlanta Braves to build a stadium downtown. The agreement calls for taxpayers to cover the construction costs of 31 million dollars through a two and a half cent increase in property taxes. Something the no tax group strongly opposes.

“Enough is enough come back to reality.” Urged former Wilmington Mayor Harper Peterson.

Then, there is the other side the Wilmington Family Entertainment and Baseball Committee says it’s about economic development and source of civic pride. Of course they have some big league back up

“It’s an opportunity for the Atlanta Braves and the city of Wilmington and Mandalay Baseball to come together at this time and build a ballpark”. Frank Wren, Braves General Manager told a partisan crowed Wednesday.

The Braves have an obvious interest in helping supporters of the bond referendum.

So who will win? It’s too early to call, but you can be the judge it all comes down to the voting booth in November.

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Brunswick News & Notes – Friends of the Library events; BCLC volunteer workshops; silent auction

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Southport and Oak Island Friends of the Library will meet at 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Southport Community Building.

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