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Archive for July, 2013

Student responds to racist threats with message of love

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

A student at UNCW was the target of racist, hateful threats made on campus Monday afternoon, but now he's sharing a message of love and understanding with the community.

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Rep. Hamilton hired as Carolina Beach town manager in closed-door meeting

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Carolina Beach council members voted to hire Rep. Susi Hamilton (D – New Hanover) in a closed-door meeting, according to Mayor Bob Lewis.

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News & Notes – Scholarship awarded; gala to benefit hospice; event raises awareness of homeless kids

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Victoria Humphrey was awarded a $1,000 scholarship, funded by the Stafford Foundation, by the Brunswick Arts Council.

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NC lawmakers hone rules for gas, oil drilling

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina lawmakers are honing rules that would govern underground natural gas drilling and encourage offshore oil drilling.

The Senate gave final approval Tuesday to legislation intended to spur the state’s energy. It now goes to Gov. Pat McCrory.

The measure removes an earlier idea to begin issuing permits in March 2015 for underground gas drilling using a method called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The existing law directs state agencies to craft rules for oil and gas exploration by October 2014 and requires the legislature to act before issuing any permits.

The legislation also directs McCrory to negotiate an offshore energy alliance with the governors of South Carolina and Virginia.

Republican Rep. Mike Stone of Sanford says lawmakers want to tell the energy industry that North Carolina welcomes drilling.

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UPDATE: Rep. Susi Hamilton to become Carolina Beach Town Manager

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-18th District) has a new job. She is taking over as town manager in Carolina Beach.

Hamilton is currently serving her second term in the North Carolina General Assembly. Her district runs from downtown Wilmington through northern Brunswick County.

Carolina Beach Mayor Bob Lewis says more than 100 applicants applied for the job.

He says council’s decision to hire Hamilton was based on several key factors including her experience in the legislature.

Town leaders say they still need to discuss Hamilton’s schedule to see if she will be able to do both jobs.

“I think that is something that we are going to be addressing in the next week or two for sure, whether or not she will be doing both jobs or if she will be resigning,” said Jodi Smith, Carolina Beach Council Member.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have accepted the position of Town Manager of Carolina Beach, and look forward to working diligently and effectively for its citizens,” Hamilton said in a statement. “It is important to note that the North Carolina General Assembly does not require a member to resign in order to accept a full time position, and there are no immediate plans for any change in my elected status. I am extremely excited to have this opportunity, and look forward to continuing to serve our community.”

The Town Manager is Chief Executive Officer for the Town Government and is responsible for developing, interpreting and implementing policies of the council.

Hamilton is expected to start work on August 5.

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