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Judge declares mistrial in Belton murder trial

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WILMINGTON – Superior Court Judge Doug Parsons declared a mistrial Thursday in the first-degree murder trial of Davis Ray Belton. Belton was charged with killing his wife at their Wilmington home last year. After deliberating for several days, jurors told Parsons they were unable to come to a unanimous verdict Thursday, leading Parsons to declare […]

Bald Head Island begins search for new public safety chief

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Following the resignation of its public safety chief, the Village of Bald Head Island is taking steps to install a new leader who will oversee a department of roughly 20 first-responders. The new recruit will fill a vacancy created after Bald Head Island Department of Public Safety Chief Jerome “Chip” Munna Jr., […]

Azalea Fest coordinators hold contest for Riverfront Park design feature

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WILMINGTON – It’s been a long time since anyone has tossed a wish-penny into the sunken fountain at downtown’s Riverfront Park. Water hasn’t gushed from its pipes for years, though the city is working toward a re-beautification of the surrounding property that one official said could ultimately be on scale with Charleston’s celebrated Waterfront Park. […]

Wave Transit seeks public comment on proposed fare hike

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WILMINGTON — The cost of a bus ride for one adult would rise 50 cents to $2 in Wave Transit’s proposal to raise all of its fares, but before implementation the agency is seeking public input. The Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority (CFPTA), which operates Wave’s services, will hold a comment period that will last […]

35k gallons of wastewater spilled into Barnard’s Creek

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WILMINGTON – A wastewater spill of 35,000 gallons flowed directly into Barnard’s Creek Thursday morning, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) said in a Friday news release. The authority explained that around 9:30 a.m.,  a private contractor the CFPUA hired had opened a series of valves on an 18-inch line during pipe-cleaning work. The […]

New law prohibits felons from drawing state retirement checks

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A new North Carolina law prohibits felons – specifically those who commit felonies while holding public office – from drawing retirement from the state’s various public retirement pools. State Sen. Thom Goolsby, R-New Hanover, said the bill’s passage was in response to North Carolina’s history of political corruption. Lawmakers unanimously approved the bill in the […]

City makes counter-offer on proposed stadium project

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WILMINGTON – After more than an hour in closed session Friday morning, the Wilmington City Council emerged with a counter-offer to the latest proposal from the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties for a minor-league stadium in the city. The nature of the city’s new offer, or that of the Braves/Mandalay offer the city countered, […]

State board of education approves two new charter schools for New Hanover County

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Members of the North Carolina State Board of Education approved 25 new charter schools, two of which are proposed for New Hanover County. Until last year, North Carolina had a 100-school cap on charter schools, but the N.C. General Assembly lifted that cap, paving the way for Thursday’s decision to allow […]

Wilmington’s spending on baseball proposal at $168,000 so far

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WILMINGTON – Roughly $168,000 in public money has supported the exploration of minor league baseball in Wilmington as city officials continue to negotiate final costs for the proposed stadium. In the breakdown, most of it—$106,000—went to National Sports Services (NSS), the Topeka, Kan., group the city hired to determine the idea’s feasibility. The scenario pursued […]

SABLE replaces helicopter with surplus transfer

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A military surplus transfer has afforded area law enforcement agencies a helicopter valued at $280,000 for crime-fighting. The 1968 Bell OH 58C Kiowa, an ex-Army helicopter transferred—not purchased—from Pitt County, will join the fleet of the Southeastern Airborne Law Enforcement Unit, or SABLE, which the Wilmington Police Department (WPD) operates with […]