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Archive for November, 2013

What it will take to keep inlets open in North Carolina

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Captains and their crew welcomed state and local leaders to an informational meeting Wednesday night to learn about the future of funding for inlets along the Carolina coast.

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Local leaders discuss future of inlet dredging

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Where were you when the ship hit the sand? That’s the question Carolina Beach Inlet association is asking state and federal lawmakers, but they say it’s no laughing matter.

“It’s very dangerous right now I’d like to say that these inlets are being maintained, but they’re being maintained to the minimal level,” said Robert Schoonmaker of the Carolina Beach Inlet Association. “They’re being maintained just enough to where they don’t pull the buoys out of the inlet.”

The Carolina Beach Inlet Association pulled together a collection of some of Southeastern North Carolina’s top politicians to discuss where the next round of funding for inlet dredging would come from after the Corp of Engineers left them dead in the water without any funding.

“As far as the local beaches unfortunately with that legislation it’s a one on one match,” said Rep. Ted Davis. “Every dollar that the state gives the locals have to come up with a dollar. Being familiar with the three beach municipalities Wrightsville, Kure, and Carolina I was able to shed knowledge on the fact that they just don’t have that money.”

To cut costs, one audience member proposed merging dredging operations with beach nourishment by taking control of the inlets away from the Corp of Engineers.

“We’re evaluating options that would allow us the same authorization that the Corp has to maintain our Carolina Beach Inlet,” said Layton Bedsole, New Hanover County Shore Protection Coordinator. “In that authorization we may be able to negotiate the beneficial placement of that material in a near shore or on shore area which would be good for the inlet as well as beneficially reusing that sand on the beach.”

County commissioner Jonathan Barfield reminded those in attendance that the county has chipped in for dredging in the past and could possibly do so again.

Representative Davis says he will work to get the state to pick up more of the tab in the future.


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Search for teen turns up attempted murder suspect

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

An unexpected turn of events leads to police finding a young woman wanted for attempted murder.

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Officials struggle to find money for inlet dredging

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

That was the topic at hand at an informational meeting held Wednesday night by the Carolina Beach Inlet Association

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Police say men robbed NC assisted living facility

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Police in Winston-Salem say a group of armed men robbed an assisted-living facility, restraining the workers and stealing from the residents’ rooms.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1ivNTnJ) as many as four men entered the Clare Bridge Retirement Home Wednesday morning, pulled out guns and restrained the employees. Police said the men, who had their faces covered, went into the rooms of the residents and took televisions, jewelry and other items.

A statement from police said one resident had to be treated for a minor injury.

Police have not said how the men entered the facility. They said there were no visible signs of a break-in. Visitors must ring a bell in the foyer, and are allowed in by an employee. Employees must enter a security code to get in.


Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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