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Archive for May, 2014

NC Senate initially approves omnibus tax bill

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Senate’s version of an omnibus tax bill has remained intact after Democratic amendments were defeated, including one that would have lifted the scheduled repeal of certain municipal business taxes next summer.

The Senate gave tentative approval Wednesday to the wide-ranging legislation tweaking several portions of the 2013 tax overhaul but also levying an excise tax on electronic cigarettes.

The Senate bill would eliminate local privilege license taxes starting July 1, 2015. The House version of the bill approved last week replaces them with a tax capped at $100 per business.

Towns and cities are worried they’d lose more than $62 million annually with a full repeal.

Democratic Sen. Joel Ford offered an amendment that would create a three-tiered taxing scheme based on a company’s number of employees.

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CFCC starts building Surf City campus

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Higher education is taking shape in Surf City.

Today Cape Fear Community College set into place the first bricks for its new Alston W. Burke Campus off NC 210.

The property was donated to the college by the late Burke in 2008. The entire budget for construction of the project is set at $2.3 million with funding coming from the Town of Surf City, Pender County and CFCC funds.

The first building is scheduled to be finished Dec. 12. Classes are expected to begin early next year.


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Wilmington wants input on brewery rules

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Microbreweries are foaming up in the Port City. Now Wilmington is asking for your input.

City code does not identify breweries as a type of business. Tomorrow night Wilmington will hold a meeting letting folks weigh in on possible changes to that code.

“We’ll see a whole new person that’s traveling to Wilmington just to come here for beer,” says Mike Barlas, owner and head brewer for Flytrap Brewing in Wilmington.

The City of Wilmington wants to make it easier for microbreweries to belly up to the Cape Fear.

“Craft breweries are able to go into places where most businesses would fail,” Barlas said.

But unlike most business, there are no clear regulations for breweries like Flytrap Brewing in Wilmington’s city code.

“You have to figure out a way to work within the code that’s there, which is very limiting,” Barlas said.

In order for Flytrap Brewing to operate as a brewery, they had to classify themselves as a nightclub.

“We are going through the process, and it is an example of what’s happening,” Barlas said.

City planners say businesses like Flytrap Brewing definitely played a role in the decision to make some changes. They want to define brewery regulations while getting input from locals in the process. They’re holding a public meeting thursday night to hear what folks have to say.

“We always wanna support the local people. The more local business, the better off for Wilmington,” said Marci Fontaine, who supports the growth of microbrew business in the area.

“Why not go ahead and get a better beer and support your local economy,” said James Bailey, another supporter.

Officials say they want to take cues from cities like Asheville, where numerous breweries have found a home. They hope to move forward presenting plans to City Council in August.

If you want to give your input, the meeting is at City Hall Thursday at 6:30 p.m.


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UNCW Chancellor interviews again with UW Green Bay

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller and four other finalists had final interviews Wednesday with a special committee searching for the next chancellor for the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.

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Condition of teen victim in brutal assault upgraded Wednesday

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Hannah Connaway, 17, was upgraded from critical to fair condition Wednesday

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