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Archive for March, 2013

Exploring the American family

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Big Dawg's newest play takes a closer look at the American family and the function, and dysfunction, they all come with.

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Gov. McCrory kicks off festival season among Azalea belles

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

The festival will take place from April 10-14 in Wilmington – which McCrory described as "one of his favorites cities in the world."

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‘Tammy’ could use Burgaw EMS building for filming

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Town leaders in Burgaw say Tammy is tentatively scheduled to film in the area at the end of May.

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Your Turn: Racial Justice Act

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Guest My Turn, Your Turn presenter James Payne talks about the recent call by certain prosecutors for the repeal of the Racial Justice Act.

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Monkey Junction property tax exemption bill passes

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

RALIEGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — A bill that would allow the city not to charge Monkey Junction residents for city property taxes has been passed by both the NC Senate and House and been sent to Gov. Pat McCrory to be signed into law.

On Wednesday, S97 Property Tax/Deannexation passed a final vote in the House 117-0; the Senate had previously passed the bill with no dissenting votes. Sen. Thom Goolsby, R-New Hanover, filed the bill last month after the city asked him to introduce legislation that would address existing state law that prohibited the city from not collecting taxes in the Monkey Junction area, even though it was only inside the city limits for about six months. Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover, coordinated the bill’s passage through the House with Rep. Rick Catlin, R-New Hanover and Rep. Susi Hamilton, D-New Hanover, both speaking in favor of it on the House floor.

S97 essentially prohibits cities from charging city taxes for properties that aren’t inside the city limits for at least six months, which is about the amount of time the Monkey Junction area was inside the city limits before state annexation laws changed last year. “We appreciate the efforts of our local delegation in getting this situation resolved quickly,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo. “We are glad to clear up this confusing situation so we can better focus on ways to grow our city’s economy.”

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