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Archive for February, 2013

Head of Brunswick school nutrition serves up good nutriton

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Tina Ward, a lifelong nutrition educator and promoter of good food and healthy living, knows about overindulging.

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Goolsby to file bill to prevent the city from taxing Monkey Junction residents

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Sen. Thom Goolsby announced he will file a bill Monday evening that would prevent the city from charging residents in Monkey Junction for city taxes during the six month the area was legally annexed into Wilmington city limits.

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IN COURT: Man takes misdemeanor plea deal for fatal accident

Monday, February 18th, 2013

A man from Rocky Point took a plea deal in court Monday after deadly accident on Highway 211 in 2010.

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Boil-water advisory for North Front St.

Monday, February 18th, 2013

A precautionary boil-water advisory will be in effect for the 200 and 300 blocks of North Front Street

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FIRST ON 3: Southport manager’s resignation letter suggests mayor & alderman micro-managed city

Monday, February 18th, 2013

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) – We have obtained a copy of the resignation letter given to the Southport board of alderman from City Manager Pat Thomas.

He gave the board 60-days notice in a hand-delivered resignation letter Friday evening.

He’s only been in the position for about a year.

In the letter, Thomas says his expectations running Southport in a council / manager type government don’t match up with Mayor Robert Howard’s vision and the board.

Here’s what he sent them Friday:

February 15, 2013

Mayor and Aldermen
City of Southport
201 East Moore Street
Southport, NC 28461

Dear Mayor and Aldermen:

I am writing to provide, as required by my employment agreement,the 60-day notice of my resignation as city manager, effective April 16, 2013.

I appreciated the offer to serve the Board and the citizens of Southport – which I fullyintended tocontinue for the foreseeable future – and I have endeavored to consistently perform the responsibilities of city manager with diligence and dedication. However, I have foundthe framework and process of municipal government in Southport to be significantly different than anticipated in acouncil-manager jurisdiction. This has made it difficult for me to realize the degree of satisfaction and accomplishment from my work that I desire, based on my professional background and abilities.

After substantial reflection, I have concluded that it would be best for me to step aside in order to allow the Board to select a manager whose own job expectations may be more consistent with the style of governance desired by the Board.

I regret any inconvenience occasioned by my resignation – which is not submitted for the purpose of accepting another job offer– and I offer my best wishes for the future progress and success of Southport, a very unique and dynamic community.

Yours in public service,

Patrick A. Thomas
City Manager

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