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Archive for February, 2013

NC Democratic chair owes $286,000 in back taxes

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Court records show the new head of the North Carolina Democratic Party owes nearly $290,000 in back taxes and penalties.

Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller was elected party chair this month following the stinging defeats for Democrats in the November election.

Records show the North Carolina Department of Revenue in filed a 2010 lien against Voller and his wife with a remaining balance of nearly $99,000. The following year, the Internal Revenue Service filed a second lien with a remaining balance of nearly $190,000.

Voller said Wednesday his real estate development business was a casualty of the national economic downturn, which triggered a credit freeze in his industry. Voller said he is making monthly payments to the state and is negotiating with the IRS to settle his debt by year’s end.

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StarNews publisher will also oversee Jacksonville newspaper

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Bob Gruber, publisher of StarNews Media, will now also oversee the Jacksonville Daily News, JDNews.com and other publications produced by Jacksonville. The StarNews and the Daily News are both owned by Halifax Media Group.

The move is part of a continued realignment and expansion to better serve readers and advertisers in Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Columbus and Onslow counties.

Elliott Potter, publisher of the Daily News, will continue in that role and report directly to Gruber. As part of the restructuring, New Bern Publisher Vernon DeBolt will continue to oversee New Bern and Kinston.

The Daily News covers Jacksonville, Camp Lejeune, Onslow County and the surrounding areas and regularly includes content from the Sun Journal (New Bern), the Havelock News and the Free Press (Kinston).

Halifax purchased the StarNews from The New York Times Co. in January 2012; Halifax purchased other Eastern North Carolina newspapers – Jacksonville, New Bern, Kinston and Havelock – from Freedom Communications in June.

“This restructuring will allow us to better utilize the geographic proximity and resources of the two publications in an effort to improve our products and services,” said Gruber, who has been publisher of the StarNews since October 2005. “This should better position us as a group for news, business, military and sports coverage as well as provide more advertising opportunities for businesses throughout this region.”

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NHCSO has only certified police K-9 trainer in southeastern NC

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

A sergeant with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is now the only certified police K-9 trainer in southeastern North Carolina.

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Brunswick commissioner eyes tax rate going into retreat

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

The county’s rate is 44.25 cents per $100 of valuation.

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Monkey Junction tax bill breezes through Senate committee

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

The chances Monkey Junction residents are not going to see a tax bill from the city of Wilmington improved Wednesday

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