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Archive for August, 2014

Exhibit brings viewers nostalgia

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The Museum of Coastal Carolina will present a new art exhibit starting Sept. 4 featuring the work of Shallotte artist V. Ryan “Bunny” Lauzon.

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Wilmington OKs expansion of urban mixed-use zoning

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Planners identified 84 sites that could be ripe for redevelopment under the UMX district.

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Wilmington City Council delay means city could soon be out of compliance

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– City Council met tonight and the future of Wilmington was front and center.

On the agenda how to regulate the growth of Wilmington’s suburban areas and a decision was madebut everyone was not in agreement.

Council was sparring over how to address a new zoning classification, urban mixed use, which would essentially allow taller, larger structures, to come to more suburban parts of Wilmington.

Some of council concerned this was rushed through to provide zoning for the Galleria shopping center recently acquired by the city.

Council was supposed to zone the property tonight, to be in line with state stature and they wanted to zone it under the new classification.

Some council members were just not comfortable with the speed of the decision.

“I appreciate the effort it just was done too fast,” said Kevin O’Grady, Wilmington City Councilman, “I think as you saw tonight there’s a number of questions about how it will apply and we didn’t get any public input on it. We normally do.”

Despite the opposition the 1st reading of the urban mixed use classification was pushed through with a 4-2 vote.

However the vote on zoning the galleria shopping center was pushed back until the next meeting which will be outside of the 60 day time limit

This means the city will be in violation of state statute as the property will remain unzoned.

The city says as of tonight they cannot speak to exactly what that will mean.

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News & Notes – Summer Ventures; local student serves as page; scholarship awarded

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Several New Hanover County high school students recently participated in a monthlong summer research experience

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Hearing set for Marine accused of desertion

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (AP) — Military officials have scheduled an Article 32 hearing this week for a Marine accused of faking his own kidnapping in Iraq as well as failing to return to his base after visiting relatives in Utah.

A statement from Camp Lejeune on Tuesday said the hearing for Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun is scheduled for Thursday. A Marine Corps spokesman says the results of the hearing will determine what action will be taken.

Hassoun disappeared twice from the military – first in June 2004 in a purported kidnapping by Islamic extremists, and in January 2005 when he failed to return to Camp Lejeune.

Hassoun turned himself in to military authorities in June and is in custody in the brig at Camp Lejeune pending an investigation and decisions on the charges against him.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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