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Archive for September, 2012

Judge sides with health board in smoking fines against Kickback Jack’s

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Kickback Jack's will have to pay after trying to kick back against a health board ruling.

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Atlanta Braves general manager anxious, nervous about vote

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Tuesday night Wilmington city council voted to approve annexation and development of the Gordon Road area.

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ONLY ON 3: Leland, Belville rivalry made-for-TV?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A production company out of Los Angeles wants to know why all the drama with Belville and Leland? So much so, it may soon be a television show.

It’s no secret that the small towns have had their fair share of drama over the last year. Between the alleged corruption within the Leland Police Department, to the resignation of Belville’s Mayor Jack Batson, the controversies in the towns are that of a reality television show and a production company out of LA wants to cash in on it.

High Noon Productions is reportedly looking for people in Belville and Leland to talk about the town’s “rivalry” with one another. The idea seems to be to have neighbor against neighbor in a battle over which town is better.

But what do the people of Belville and Leland think and how did a production company across the country learn about the small-town faceoff in the first place?

It may have stemmed from the coverage of the two town’s discussion of merging together, which quickly heated up once Belville representatives said no way to the idea.

Still though, Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman says she does not consider the two towns to be rivals so when she was approached by someone about the show, she didn’t take it seriously. Bozeman says she plans to continue to be a good neighbor to Belville and hopes they will do the same.

We tried to contact someone with the town of Belville but were told the manager was out until Friday.

Still, the production company didn’t say it was looking for officials so residents could make the cut if interested. Anyone interested or wanting more information should email lelandvsbelville@gmail.com

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NCDOT to close lanes on Wrightsville Beach bridge for repair work

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation will close some or all lanes of the Wrightsville Beach Drawbridge on U.S. 74/76 at various times between Monday, Oct. 1, and mid-March, 2013, for a bridge rehabilitation project.

All four lanes of the bridge that crosses the Intracoastal Waterway between Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach will be closed overnight on 12 occasions. During these times, police officers will be stationed on either side of the bridge, with only emergency vehicles allowed across. The first overnight closure will take place from 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, to 5 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4.

Additional overnight work will require closing three of the four lanes, with eastbound and westbound drivers alternatively using a single lane. A temporary traffic signal will be installed to direct motorists across the 55-year-old drawbridge.

During daytime hours, two lanes will remain open to accommodate eastbound and westbound traffic. A stop sign is being installed at U.S. 75/West Salisbury Street near Wildlife Boat Landing. Westbound drivers will merge in with motorists on U.S. 76.

The bridge rehabilitation project includes installation of a new steel grid floor, upgrades to the operator house, and replacement of motors, locks and other functioning elements.

For real-time travel information, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ncdot_triad. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a smartphone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into your browser and bookmark it for future reference.

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School board member pleads guilty, still on the job

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

A Bladen County school board member is still on the job, even after pleading guilty to criminal charges.

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