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Pender officials award contract to renovate school

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Pender County Commissioners on Tuesday granted Monteith Construction Corp. a contract

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NCDOT discusses ferry toll increase proposal

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — In 2013 the North Carolina General Assembly gave the ferry system an ultimatum to increase fee’s and raise more money or compete for money from the general fund like every other mode of transportation.

“Each local transportation planning organization has to consider tolling,” said NCDOT spokesman Jamille Robbins. “They either pass a resolution for ferry tolling or the funds needed to purchase new ferry boats will compete for divisional funds for their share of roughly $32,000,000 dollars.”

The Southport-Fort Fisher ferry will have the state’s smallest increase at $2 per trip for the average sized car because the route is already close to self-sustaining.

“We don’t have to worry about the funds coming from other ferries because there is enough business,” said Martha Johnson. “I work as a volunteer here in the old jail here in Southport in the summertime and that’s the key thing. Either they have just come off the ferry boat or they’re going to go get on the ferry boat because it’s such a wonderful trip to be able to take.”

While the local impact may be small some are worried about the widespread impact of the rate hikes.

“The individual ferry rates here the change isn’t significant, but I’m still concerned on the statewide basis that we’re going to try and allow boats to compete with roads, and that’s just not a fair competition,” said Ronald Sparks.

You have until the end of the month to give your feedback to your local transportation planning organization.

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Funds approved for WPD’s Gang Investigative Unit

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington City Council approved funds for the Wilmington Police Department’s Gang Investigative Unit at Tuesday evening’s meeting.

The department will be able to buy equipment for the Unit. The $33,145.00 will help gather intelligence about local gang activity.

The newly formed Gang Investigative Unit is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to decrease gang and gun violence in Wilmington.

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Month long drug investigation nets 9 in Brunswick Co

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

A month long investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit lead to nine people's arrest last week.

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Wrightsville Beach officials delay parking decision

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

The Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen declined to make changes to the town’s parking rules

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