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Julian March


Wilmington, NC, United States

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Past articles by Julian:

Wilmington to spend $1 million on land for training center, park space

WILMINGTON -- The city of Wilmington is planning to spend $1 million to buy 46 acres off Princess Place Drive for a police and fire training center and possible expansion of Maides Park. The Wilmington Police Department facility will include a police substation and an indoor firing range officials say would have no noise impact on neighbors. Another facility would house the Wilmington Fire… → Read More

Leland ponders future of fire services

LELAND -- Leland Fire/Rescue Chief John Grimes has identified three broad needs facing the department - each with a price tag. The department needs additional paid staffing and funding for capital improvements, Grimes told Leland Town Council members at a Monday special meeting. And fueled by growth at Windsor Park and Compass Pointe developments, the department will need an additional station… → Read More

This day in history for Flag Day

Editor's Note: This story ran in the StarNews in 2012. Time references and the newspaper's former style rules, such as the use of courtesy titles, have been left. → Read More

Air conditioning fixed at local courthouse

BOLIVIA – After two days of sweltering indoor temperatures, the Brunswick County Courthouse air conditioning has been repaired.Court was still held as scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday despite the heat, though some staff worked half days or relocated to other buildings to work.Indoor temperatures in the building had soared to 88 degrees by Wednesday morning. The majority of the windows in the… → Read More

WWI-era Fort Caswell rifle range focus of preservation effort

CASWELL BEACH -- About five years ago, the Caswell Dunes neighborhood association tapped residents Norma and Ron Eckard to make the area around an old rifle range more presentable."This thing was so overgrown," Norma Eckard recalled. "Most people didn't know what it was."The clean-up effort eventually led to the creation of a nonprofit - Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range - that aims to… → Read More

State inspection faults Leland Fire/Rescue

BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- A recent state inspection faulted Leland Fire/Rescue for failing to meet minimum response requirements.Because of the failure, the department did not meet the requirements for a rated and certified department, according to a May 17 letter from the state fire marshal's office.Leland Fire/Rescue Chief John Grimes said the response failure stems from four specific calls out of… → Read More

Shallotte hopes to draw visitors to new 10-acre park

SHALLOTTE -- Big box stores Wal-Mart, Lowe's, Home Depot and Belk already draw shoppers to Shallotte. → Read More

Growth of seniors in Brunswick County 'exponential'

BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- After roughly three dozen seniors gather at Town Creek Park to share a meal and participate in classes and games, the work begins again. → Read More

New apartments on tap at The Villages at Brunswick Forest

LELAND -- A developer is planning a 360-unit luxury apartment complex within The Villages at Brunswick Forest. → Read More

Brunswick election board convenes to hear challenge

BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- The Brunswick County Board of Elections convened Wednesday morning to hold a full hearing to consider a challenge connected to a contested county commissioners' primary race.Alan Lewis, who finished 460 votes behind Mike Forte in the District 4 Republican primary, filed a protest in late March claiming third-place-finisher Louie Lewis does not live in the district. Louie… → Read More

Streets, water on tap for stalled Brunswick County development

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — A long-stalled residential development between N.C. 211 and Old Lennon Road is being revived since progress waned around the time of the economic downturn.On Monday, the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to award a $1.36 million contract to build curbed streets, add water and sewer mains and make other infrastructure improvements in the northern section… → Read More

Smoking could be banned in Brunswick County parks

BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- County officials are studying the possibility of limiting or completely banning smoking at Brunswick County parks. → Read More

9 ideas to spice up your porch this spring

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — The porch is a refuge, offering shade in the heat of an afternoon and cooler evening air after supper. From your chair, a place to wave at neighbors or stare into the trees looking for the flicker of a lightning bug. → Read More

Board orders hearing in Brunswick Commissioners' primary challenge

BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- The Brunswick County Board of Elections has ordered a full hearing to consider a challenge connected to a contested county commissioners’ primary race.Alan Lewis, who finished 460 votes behind Mike Forte in the District 4 Republican primary, filed a protest in late March claiming third-place-finisher Louie Lewis does not live in the district. Louie Lewis received 2,819 votes… → Read More

What you need to know about Brunswick’s $152 million referendum

On Monday, the Brunswick County Commissioners voted 4-1 to support putting a $152 million school bond referendum on November’s ballot. Here are answers to questions you may have. → Read More

Surging Wilmington-area home sales a 'good sign' heading into spring

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. -- Home sales were hot last month. → Read More

Leland's diverging diamond intersection to be installed this weekend

LELAND -- After months of delays, construction is set to begin Friday on the N.C. Department of Transportation's "diverging diamond" project in Leland. At 9 p.m. Friday, N.C. 133/Village Road will close between the interchange ramps for U.S. 17/74/76. The stretch with a new traffic pattern will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday. On Thursday, DOT spokesman Brian Rick confirmed those plans are still on.… → Read More

Wilmington rezones land next to Creekwood community

WILMINGTON -- A rezoning would accommodate housing on vacant land bordering the Creekwood South public housing community.In a unanimous decision, the city council recently agreed to rezone nearly 15 acres at 821 Emory St. to multiple-family residential, medium density (MF-M). The land had been zoned airport industrial.The new zoning would accommodate up to 251 residential units, according to the… → Read More

Rezoning bid for proposed College Road Aldi moves forward

WILMINGTON -- A rezoning request to accommodate Wilmington's first Aldi grocery store is headed to the city council. The city’s planning commission voted 5-2 on Wednesday to recommend rezoning 4.4 acres at 3701 S. College Road from R-15 residential to community business (conditional district) for a 19,000-square-foot grocery store.Krysta Cearley, Aldi's division vice president, confirmed last… → Read More

Wilmington leaders blast controversial law HB2

WILMINGTON -- Two city council members lambasted North Carolina's House Bill 2 at Tuesday's council meeting while Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo declared the legislation won't change the character of the community. → Read More