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Archive for February, 2013

Officials meet to discuss overcrowding at local elementary school

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

New Hanover County School Board leaders are talking about a plan to deal with overcrowding at Wrightsville Beach Elementary School at a meeting Tuesday night.

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Tabor City man pleads guilty to insurance fraud

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — A Tabor City man pleaded guilty in federal court to crop insurance fraud. Patrick Lovett, a farmer and president of Lovett Farms, faces up to 10 years in prison.

According to the criminal information filed in November, Lovett structured currency transactions with one or more domestic financial institutions for the purpose of evading the legal obligation to report currency transactions in excess of $10,000.

From October 8, 2008, through September 14, 2009, Lovett cashed 22 checks totaling over $160,000. Each check was issued in amounts less than $10,000, and some of the checks were tied to tobacco sales.

Lovett’s sentencing is set for May 20th. He faces up to 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release. He also faces a fine of $500,000.

This case is part of the ongoing investigation of the multi-million dollar crop insurance fraud in the Eastern District of North Carolina.

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Carolina Beach town leaders look to expand boardwalk

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Carolina Beach town leaders are discussing a possible boardwalk expansion plan at their town hall meeting on Tuesday night.

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Local NAACP president calls board of commissioners “racist”

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The NAACP president of a local chapter is making strong allegations against at the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners.

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Leland businesses worried about possible sign restrictions

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Business owners in Leland are worried potential restrictions on signs in town could cost them money.

Thursday town council will discuss limiting signs to a maximum height of six to eight feet depending on the business’s zoning area.

Town planners want to change the look of Leland, but small business owners worry it will affect their bottom line. The town would give businesses five years to comply with any changes to its sign ordinance. One business owner says he cannot afford it during hard economic times.

“It’s going to affect all of us,” said Skip Witofsky, who owns Skip’s Tires on Village Road. “It will affect me, because my sign will be six foot two, and people riding by with bushes up front, I mean they aren’t going to see our sign.”

Last week Wittkofsky went from business to business getting owners to sign a petition against the new ordinance. He says this is going to slow down business for the entire town.

“It’s going to affect us out here, because if you don’t have the people coming through town and in town, it affects us,” he said.

But not everyone agrees. Town Manager David Hollis says limiting the height of signs would benefit everyone. Hollis says signs are always an issue that most people do not agree on.

“Businesses want signs that you can see from space, and planners and folks like that want signs that are more aesthetically pleasing,” he said.

Wittofsky has had more than 80 local business owners sign the petition against the ordinance.

Town leaders are expecting a good turn out at Thursday’s public hearing. Their meeting starts at 7 p.m.

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