Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
Residents in Brunswick County voted down a referendum to raise the county sales tax by a quarter of a cent.
Final numbers were 8,760 against the tax increase and 5,958 votes for it.
The increase would have raised the sales tax from 6.75 cents to 7 cents per dollar in order to pay for beach projects and school improvement needs.
Now, county leaders will need to find a new source of funding to pay for those projects.
School leaders say they have more than $250 million in estimated facility needs.
50% of the estimated $3 million annual revenue would have been allocated for capital projects for the school system. The $1.5 million would have allowed the system to leverage $20-$25 million in order to address some of the most pressing capital needs, according to a spokesperson from the school system.
It also would have provided a temporary stop-gap measure and bought a little time before floating a larger, inevitable bond for needs that cannot be met with current funding sources.
School leaders say they will now start the process of brainstorming to find an alternative source of funding.
The county's beach communities are struggling to pay for nourishment projects due to a lack of federal and state funding.
50% of the estimated $3 million annual revenue would have been allocated to help pay for coastal projects to keep the county's beaches and inlets healthy.
Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons said he's disappointed with the vote because the money would have gone directly to beach projects like inlet dredging, coastal waterway dredging, and building beach accesses.
County leaders say they understand that raising the sales tax was not a popular decision.
Brunswick County employees, we try to provide quality infrastructure for our
residents and to offer support to our municipalities, all while being good
stewards of taxpayer funds," County Manager Ann Hardy stated in an emailed release. "We are grateful
that the residents had a chance to voice their opinions about budget priorities
in this manner."
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Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-09-02 11:48:52 GMT
Retiring Seventh District Congressman Mike McIntyre was inducted into The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor bestowed in the state of North Carolina. McIntyre received a certificateMore >>
Rep. Mike McIntyre has received the highest honor given by the state of North Carolina, induction into the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine. More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:30:47 GMT
Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover) and Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover) are spearheading an effort to get Gov. Pat McCrory to call a special session of the General Assembly to deal solely with economic developmentMore >>
Local lawmakers' request for a special session is being met with some opposition tonight. Reps. Ted Davis & Susi Hamilton of New Hanover County believe a session focused solely on economic development is needed. But one conservative group is opposing the need for lawmakers to meet again to increase the JDIG program.More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:37:34 GMT
Republican leaders in the General Assembly say they have reached a compromise deal on implementing new coal ash regulations, and forcing Duke Energy to close all 33 of its coal ash ponds across North Carolina. AccordingMore >>
House and senate lawmakers in the NC General Assembly passed a bill mandating cleanup of all Duke Energy coal ash ponds by the year 2029. The action follows a massive spill of coal ash into the Dan River in February from a company site in Eden. You can click on a link inside this story to see the specifics of the bill, which is now headed to the Governor's desk.More >>
Monday, August 18 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-08-19 01:51:31 GMT
The Film and Entertainment Grant Fund proposal will go back in front of state lawmakers tomorrow and Wednesday, after House and Senate conferees made slight changes to the proposal already approved inMore >>
It appears lawmakers are moving forward with a grant fund that will replace the current Film Incentive Tax Credit that has been in place to lure film and television productions to North Carolina.More >>
Monday, August 18 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-08-18 21:30:44 GMT
Governor Pat McCrory is appointing Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin as the new Chief Justice of North Carolina's Supreme Court. Judge Martin will replace the current Chief Justice, Sarah Parker, whoMore >>
Governor Pat McCrory's decision to elevate Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin to be the new Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court is being met with criticism from Judge Ola Lewis of Brunswick County, who is opposing Martin for the seat in the November General Election.More >>
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