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Archive for April, 2014

Restaurant’s Beer Club shut down statewide

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Mellow Mushroom restaurants across the state were forced to stop their beer clubs last week because they violated rules on alcohol sales, according to the state ABC.

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Carolina Beach asks county for renourishment help

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Carolina Beach, N.C. (WWAY) – Beach renourishment has been going on with the help of the federal government for almost 50 years.

The trouble is that millions of dollars in federal funds is slated to run out at the end of this year.

Carolina Beach’s Town Council approved a resolution Monday asking the county for assistance in getting federal money to help with beach renourishment.

“That would give us the opportunity to take advantage of 4.8 million dollars in federal funding that has just been found so to speak,” said Dan Wilcox, Mayor of Carolina Beach.

If federal money is received by the beaches it must be matched by some local source.

Carolina Beach would like that money to come from the room occupancy tax fund.

“The money in the room occupancy tax fund was built up for an opportunity just like this,” said Kure Beach Town Councilman David Heglar, “That’s a significant amount of money that the beach towns do not have to match to get the federal and state funds that are available.”

If the county decides not to give money to the beaches that means federal funds go away too.

“I think it’s important for county staff to explain to the beach towns clearly what their concerns are so we can address them,” Heglar said.

Kure Beach’s town council hasn’t voted on their end of the resolution but members say they’re supportive of what Carolina Beach has done.

“So in the long run we look at that as a very positive thing,” Wilcox said, “anytime you can get almost 5-million dollars worth of federal funds that won’t be available again in the future.”

New Hanover County is expected to discuss the funding as early as Tuesday morning.

A decision is not expected until the first of next month.

If approved and funded the project would begin this September with completion hopefully around first of 2015.

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Town of Lake Waccamaw wants to provide EMS service

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Lake Waccamaw's mayor asked Columbus County commissioners Monday night to award an EMS contract to his town. But that would require the county to end its arrangement with the non-profit group that currently responds to EMS calls around the lake.

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ILM Airport Authority defends removal of hangar business

Monday, April 21st, 2014

The ILM Airport Authority met with the New Hanover County Board of County Commissioners Monday.

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Restaurants – Slice fo Life to open in historic building

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Popular Wilmington pizzeria Slice of Life fires up the ovens for lunch service at 11:30 a.m. today in its new downtown location at 125 Market St.

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