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Archive for November, 2013

Tabor City liquor vote fails by one vote

Monday, November 18th, 2013

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Mixed drinks will not be available any time soon at restaurants in Tabor City.

A recount of the Nov. 5 on a referendum to allow the alcohol sale confirmed the measure failed by on vote, Columbus County Elections Director Carla Strickland said. The final count was 133 votes in favor of allowing mixed drink sales and 134 votes again.

Voters in Fair Bluff and Chadbourn approved similar measures during this month’s municipal elections.

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Commissioners approve raise for ABC chair, e-cig ban

Monday, November 18th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioners today approved a raise for the head of the county’s Alcohol Beverage Control and banned e-cigarettes from county property.

The Consent Agenda for today’s commission meeting included a $7,000 raise for ABC CEO Dan Sykes. Sykes has been making $105,000 since he was hired in April 2010, except for a one-time $7,000 bonus he received in 2012. The commission has to approve raises for the CEO position, for whom the salary is restricted by the state ABC after issues that arose with former ABC chief Billy Williams and his pay.

Also at this morning’s meeting, commissioners also approved a ban on e-cigarettes and expanding the county’s restrictions on smoking. E-cigarettes and regular smoking products are now banned in county buildings and vehicles and within 50 feet of entrances to county buildings.

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Two robbed at gunpoint in weekend incidents

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Two people were robbed at gunpoint over the weekend in unrelated incidents, according to Wilmington police.

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Official Azalea Festival artwork unveiled

Monday, November 18th, 2013

The N.C. Azalea Festival revealed its official artwork Friday at the Cape Fear Country Club.

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Commissioners vote to toughen restriction of e-cigs on county property

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Commissioners in New Hanover County vote unanimously Monday morning to toughen its prohibition of e-cigarettes on county property.

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