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Residents petitions board for Waynick speed limit change

County real estate update

Weekly police report

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‘the kids give so much stoke back to us’

By Terry Lane Staff Writer

A Wrightsville Beach resident delivered to the town’s board of aldermen a petition signed by 180 people requesting a speed limit change on Waynick Boulevard. The petition requests a seasonal change of the Waynick Boulevard speed limit from 35 mph to 25 mph. When presenting the petition to Mayor Bill Blair and the board during the Tuesday, June 12 meeting, Lillian Smith, a resident of South Lumina Avenue, described the pedestrian safety issues she and her neighbors regularly witness on the road. Smith described the parking on Causeway Drive by beachgoers who must cross over the four lanes of traffic to reach the beach. Most are carrying items, many are escorting children, she said. “Their hands are full with beach chairs, umbrellas and coolers. Some have children,” Smith said. “And they have to deal with cars traveling 35 miles per hour. Many drivers are not paying attention because they’re looking for parking.” Drivers trying to find a parking spot will sometimes do a u-turn on the road, creating another traffic hazard for pedestrians, she said. Waynick Boulevard, a 1.1-mile portion of N.C. State Road 76, has no sidewalk or bike lanes, she noted, forcing pedestrians and bicyclists to share lanes with the fast-moving traffic. Only the N.C. Department of Transportation can change the speed limit, which can make the change after a request from the local government body. Smith said she has the support of her neighbors for the request in the speed limit change. n See WAYNICK Page 2

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Craig Newkirk and Nathan catch a wave on Tuesday, June 12 as part of the 2018 Indo Jax Autism Surf Camp. “I’ve surfed thousands of waves in my life and the waves I caught yesterday with my new buddy Nathan were some of the most memorable and rewarding ever,” Newkirk said. “People think that we’re out there doing it for the kids, and we are, but it’s moments like this that the kids give so much stoke back to us.” See more photos, page 5.

Many traffic projects underway as northern Wilmington, county continue to develop By Hannah Leyva Contributing Writer

During discussions of several proposed developments in the Mayfaire and Wrightsville Beach areas, one issue has come up over and over again: the increase in vehicle traffic that these projects would bring to already overcrowded roads. In a brief presentation to Wilmington City Council before they approved The Avenue development last week, Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director Mike Kozlosky said 34 road projects in the area have

funding through the 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program and the city’s 2014 transportation bond that was approved by voters. “It’s going to be hard to drive around Wilmington in the future, in the next five to 10 years, without seeing orange construction cones,” Kozlosky said. “But it is short-term pain for long-term gain.” While the projects cover roads throughout the greater Wilmington area, due to the recently approved developments, residents and elected officials have been especially concerned about the Military Cutoff Road area. According to Kozlosky, that area will have a total

of seven projects and six intersection improvements that will cost an estimated $494 million. These include the Military Cutoff extension and the ongoing work on Market Street, Martin Luther King Parkway, and Eastwood Road. The Military Cutoff Road extension, which will include three lanes for traffic on either side, will take the thoroughfare from its current end at Market Street and connect it to the Wilmington Bypass. Construction began in January of this year and is expected to be completed in April 2022. The Market Street Access Management project, which includes improvements on the highway from

Porters Neck to Colonial Drive in the Forest Hills neighborhood, has been broken down into phases. Construction on the portion between Military Cutoff and Marsh Oaks Drive is scheduled to start in October of this year, while work between Station Road and MLK Parkway will begin in December of 2020. Improvements on Eastwood Road, including a traffic light in front of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, are also set to begin later this year. Work to improve the intersection of Eastwood and Military Cutoff , n See TRAFFIC Page 2

Joint county, city effort buys 14 acres of Echo Farms By Daja Terry Intern

Residents of Wilmington have been battling to preserve the green space of Echo Farms Golf and Country Club since September 2016, and on Wednesday, county and city leaders praised their efforts when they announced a joint effort to preserve part of Echo Farms, with plans to expand amenities such as a park and renewed trails and tennis courts. New Hanover County Board of Commissioners

No citation issued in Wrightsville Beach police vehicle wreck By Terry Lane Staff Writer

The North Carolina Highway Patrol report on the June 5 car wreck between a motorist and a Wrightsville Beach police vehicle didn’t issue traffic citations to either driver, with the report showing both contributed to the collision. At the time of the collision, a black-and-white Wrightsville Beach police SUV driven by Officer

T. Wetherington was traveling 50 mph heading east on Causeway Drive with the vehicle’s blue lights on and no audible sirens. The officer was responding to a burglary alarm. The driver of the other car, Ashlyn Brooke Holder of Pleasant Garden, N.C., was turning left out of Seapath Estates Drive when the two vehicles collided in the left, eastbound lane of Causeway n See WRECK Page 4

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Wrightsville Beach marketing committee looks for ways to make larger impact By Allyson Beckman Intern

Seeking to make more of an impact in local tourism marketing decisions, the members of the Wrightsville Beach Marketing Advisory Committee decided Tuesday to draft a mission statement as part of a broader plan to reexamine the purpose of the panel of local tourism business representatives. With the committee in full attendance, the meeting generated debate regarding the best use of their time and how together, as local business owners with common interests, they can best determine which actions will ultimately bring the greatest returns to the local coastal community. During the wide-ranging debate, members said they wanted the committee to have more input into how money is spent to market n See MARKETING Page 3

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Chairman Woody White and Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo announced that the county and city have together purchased 14 acres of land, which officials plan to make a public-use area with green space and trails, while keeping the existing pool, repairing tennis courts and adding new ones. White said that they also have plans to construct a new tennis and pool building on the property. The clay tennis courts at the park would be the only public clay courts in the county.

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Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, New Hanover County Chairman Woody White and members of the Wilmington City Council and the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners during the announcement of the Echo Farms land purchase.

The announcement comes after residents formed the Save Echo Farms organization to protest a developer’s plan to redevelop the 102-acre golf course into residential units. Members of the group filled the audience of several Wilmington City Council meeting, standing out in their signature orange shirts, arguing that Wilmington was losing available green space as it grew. Many wanted the city to purchase the golf course, but Saffo said that the purchase announced on Wednesday provided the city and county with the best possible deal, allowing them to secure green space while it was still affordable and available. Matrix Development planned to build 240 multi-family units, 171 single-family homes and 125 townhomes on the 102acre course, but the Echo Farms

Resident Association sued the developer, arguing that the deed for the site restricted its use explicitly for the golf course. The association argued that the value of the homes would decrease without the golf course and other amenities. A U.S. District Court judge approved a settlement of the lawsuit in September of 2017. In January of this year, Matrix Development raised the possibility of the county and city buying out 18 acres of land that already housed a pool and about five clay tennis courts. As a part of the lawsuit, the pool was scheduled to stay open through the summer, a concession of Matrix Development. The available land use in Wilmington is getting smaller, Saffo said. “We’re trying to balance the growth in Wilmington. There’s only 10 percent left—about 2,800 acres total—in the city limits,”

June 14 - June 20, 2018 Saffo said at an announcement Wednesday. “We have to seize the opportunity for open space while it’s still here.” White said that the county would cover 60 percent of the $1.7 million cost, and the city would cover the rest. While the property will be jointly owned by the county and city, New Hanover County will be serving as the facility’s operator. “This is a joint effort,” Saffo said. “When people work together, things do get done. We saw you, city council. We heard your voices. We were trying to figure out a way to make this thing happen.” While the golf course is gone, the mayor said that this deal will be the best for the community. “The new park will serve the community for many years to come,” he said. “It will be a great legacy to leave future generations of children.”

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which will be done in two phases, is scheduled to start in 2020. According to Kozlosky, the projects will be carried out by the North Carolina Department of Transportation and typically take around two to three years to complete. While the goal of all the roadwork is to alleviate traffic problems, it is currently unclear how they will mitigate the increased vehicle traffic that will come with the newly approved developments. According to the traffic impact

analysis report that was conducted as part of the application process for The Avenue, that section of Military Cutoff is already operate at level F, which is the worst grade given to roads in the state. Councilman Kevin O’Grady, who eventually voted against approving The Avenue, asked whether the Military Cutoff extension would relieve traffic or bring in more people and cars from north of the city. “We’re going to see growth on Mililtary Cutoff just based on the development in the unincorporated area of the county,” Kozlosky

responded. “But to what magnitude, I can’t answer that.” Kozlosky said the NCDOT conducts traffic forecasts to help them determine infrastructure needs and allows for future developments in their projections, but does not consider specific projects because the forecasts are often done before developments are proposed. “We’re always playing catch-up,” Kozlosky said, noting that the WMPO makes long-term plans (with a minimum of 20 years) that are updated every five years. “[But] we’ve got a lot of stuff coming in the pipeline … we’re Week of June 4 - June 10, 2018 Single & Multi-family Homes


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“The petition was well received by residents on Waynick and South Lumina,” she told the board. Smith had spoken with New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chairman Woody White, who on May 25 sent an email to the NCDOT forwarding her request for the speed limit change. Smith said an NCDOT engineer said that Waynick Boulevard is similar to other state roads where town’s have seasonally lowered the speed limit for summertime crowds. Another resident also spoke in support of the speed limit change, with Frank Gwathmey, also a South Lumina Avenue resident, describing decades of problems with speed on the road. “Over the course of 40 years, I’ve seen numerous accidents, pedestrians and bicyclists hit, dogs and cats killed,” Gwathmey said, adding that a pedestrian and a bicyclist have each been hit on the road over the past four years. “I believe Waynick Boulevard has more pedestrian crossings than any other road in the state.” Gwathmey said that a 2003 study fo the road found that more than 14,000 cars traveled on the road each day during the busy summer hours. “Many of these are the same cars, looking for parking,” he said. Reducing the speed limit on Waynick Boulevard would extend the time to drive the road by only 47 seconds, while reducing noise on the road by 50 percent, he said.

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Wrightsville Beach. “There’s a sense that there’s a lot of box checking of what the TDA sends back to us,” said Ken Dull, a town alderman who serves on the marketing committee, about the local Tourism Development Authority. “There’s a conversation over what is our purpose.” John Andrews, owner of South Beach Grill in Wrightsville Beach, said that as business owners and active community members, it is important to share with each other what tactics appear to be the most successful. Members agreed that it would help to address during future meetings what each business owner has found to be the most successful promotion tactics yielding the greatest improvements in tourism traffic and revenue. Mary Baggett Martin, co-owner of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach, emphasized the importance of connections and their impact on the promotion of the area. “Everyone sitting at this table can do their part by connecting with individuals of organizations and influencing them to look at our area,” Martin said. “It’s all about who you connect with, your connections to individuals on the boards of organizations is invaluable.” Members said that a more active marketing committee would help broaden the appeal of the committee to potential new candidates, which in turn could help bring in more connections and revenue to the area. At the town’s board of aldermen meeting held later on Tuesday, Dull told the board about the discussion on the marketing committee and asked that it delay a decision on adding new members. Before the meeting, two of the four members that were eligible to be reappointed said they were leaving, adding to already one vacancy on the committee. However, during the meeting, several members reaffirmed their commitment, including Andrews, who said he was considering leaving because he believed it was a “waste of time.” Before selecting new members, the committee agreed that it should first work to clarify its mission and see if it will help attract new applicants. The committee also got updates


Lumina News — Your Coastal Community Newspaper since May 2002 from the Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). One of the first items discussed on the agenda was the town’s most recent room occupancy tax collections. Room occupancy tax (ROT) is a tax on the rental of rooms paid by visitors to the county and its districts. According to the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association 60 percent of New Hanover County’s ROT collections are allocated toward funding beach nourishment, while the remaining 40 percent are used to promote tourism and the Wilmington Convention center. The CVB uses the 40 percent of ROT collections toward promoting the many assets of New Hanover county in an effort to continue attracting tourists. The board not only discussed Wrightsville Beach and New Hanover County’s most recent ROT numbers, but the effect specific marketing strategies have had on the success of tourism and local businesses. For Wrightsville Beach, March ROT rose 19 percent, resulting in an additional $11,243 over March of last year. “We are anxiously awaiting the data for April’s ROT collections,” said Shawn Braden, CVB executive vice president of marketing. The recent surplus of rain may cause a significant impact in the numbers seen for April and May ROT collections.

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Weekly Activity Calendar THURSDAY, JUNE 14

MONDAY, JUNE 4 • Michael Sean Carroll was charged with resist obstruct, delay; intoxicated & disruptive.

TUESDAY, JUNE 5 • Patrick Allen Hayes was charged with resist, obstruct, delay; intoxicated & disruptive. • Michael Charles Vollmin was charged with resist, obstruct, delay; intoxicated & disruptive.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 • Emily Anne Kohut was charged with intoxicated & disruptive; shoplifting.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10 • Jiann Nicholas Jelokhani was charged with carrying concealed gun. Robert Cox, CVB’s Director of Sports Development presented at the town hall meeting a PowerPoint of information regarding their involvement in tradeshows as well as the promotion of the Wrightsville Beach area. “There are seven different market segments we go after,” said Cox. Association, sports, military, corporate, government, consumer, and motor coach are the seven primary market segments targeted at tradeshows to attract events, businesses and tourists to

the area. Members of the committee questioned Cox, asking what the end goal is when participating in tradeshows, as well as what kind of material is being used to advertise the area to consumers. Expressing that CVB’s attendance at tradeshows is helpful in successfully promoting the Wrightsville Beach area, Martin sparked the discussion of how members of the board, restaurant owners, small-business owners, and hotel owners may also play a large role in promoting Wrightsville Beach.

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WECT CONCERT SERIES Bring your picnics, lawn chairs and blankets for an evening of fun and music. Wrightsville Beach Park 6:30 p.m. Cape Fear Independent Film Festival Festival holds screenings at the Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington, NC. The event celebrates local, regional, national, and international films June 14, 15, 16 Community Arts Center, 120 South Street Wilmington 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15 Fundraiser: Masquerade Ball Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern NC and features live music, hors d’oeuvres, and wine. Bellamy Mansion 503 Market Street 6 p.m. North Caroling Blueberry Festival The 15th Annual North Carolina Blueberry Festival in historic downtown Burgaw celebrates the historic, economic, and cultural significance of blueberries in the southeastern region of the state. June 15, 16 Downtown Burgaw Time varies each day

MONDAY, JUNE 18 Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market Offering fresh and local produce, plus flowers, crafts, bread and other baked items, herbs, dairy products, meat and seafood Seawater Lane at the Wrightsville Beach municipal grounds 8 a.m. – 1 p.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Touch Tank Tuesday Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center, 309 W. Salisbury St., Wrightsville Beach A chance to see what kinds of plants and animals are living in nearby waters. 10 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 Fundraiser: Bubbles & Blooms Proceeds help support the Arboretum and will feature blooming borders and floating bubbles, plus live music with L Shape Lot, food trucks, and adult beverages. New Hanover County Arboretum 6 p.m.

IMPORTANT DATES Monday, June 20 New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting, 9 a.m., NHC Courthouse, Room 301, 24 N. 3rd Street, Wilmington Tuesday, June 19 The June 2018 Harbor Island Garden Club yard of the month was awarded to Dr. and Mrs. Walker Ray of 106 N. Lumina Ave., at the corner of Atlanta Street.

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County citizens have additional opportunities to volunteer Additional opportunities have been added for citizens to volunteer for a local board or committee through the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. Applications for the following appointments are due June 22: • • • •

Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees Cape Fear Museum Advisory Board New Hanover County Inspections Department Advisory Council Categories: Commercial Builder, Engineer, Mechanical Contractor, Plumbing Contractor New Hanover County Planning Board

Applications can be obtained at the Board of Commissioners Office, located at the New Hanover County Government Center, 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 175, by calling 798-7149, or on the county’s boards & committees web page at Commissioners.NHCgov.com. Applications are needed by June 22, 2018 for consideration by the Board at the July 9, 2018 meeting. Applicants must reside in New Hanover County.

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Wins ACCE Grand Award for Communications The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce has been named one of 13 Communications Excellence Grand Award winners by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), an Alexandria, Va.-based association that represents more than 8,000 chamber of commerce professionals and 1,300 chambers of commerce around the world. The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce was named a “Grand Award” winner in the Campaigns category for the “Choose Cape Fear” regional economic development marketing campaign. Recognizing the opportunity the Wells Fargo Golf Championship would bring to the Cape Fear Region in May 2017, the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, through its flagship initiative Cape Fear Future, devised a marketing initiative designed to showcase the region as a great place to start or relocate a business. To achieve its regional marketing goal, the Chamber coalesced the region’s economic development organizations to participate in the marketing effort that would become known as Choose Cape Fear. Public relations/marketing firm Eckel & Vaughan was hired to create the campaign, including creative elements (logo, tagline, print and digital ads, etc.), messaging, and campaign implementation. “Many individuals and organizations participated in the work that led to the creation of the Choose Cape Fear campaign. Eckel & Vaughan did a superb job capturing the essence of our region and the opportunities it presents to prospective businesses through their clever messaging and approach to the campaign,” said Chamber President & CEO Natalie English. “We are proud that our Cape Fear Future board, our local governments, Eckel & Vaughan and the economic development organizations that have participated with us in the campaign can share in the honor.” After an initial funding commitment from Cape Fear Future, local governments supported the campaign as well, including the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County, Town of Leland, and the Columbus County Jobs Foundation. The Wilmington Chamber now qualifies to compete for a Best in Show award, which will be announced July 18 at the ACCE Annual Convention in Des Moines, Iowa. ACCE’s Awards for Communications Excellence program, sponsored by Golden Openings, Inc., is designed to showcase top communications and marketing work of chambers of commerce and similar organizations. Several thousand award entries have been submitted since the launch of the organization’s Awards for Communications Excellence, which is now in its thirty-fourth year. A panel of communications and marketing professionals from five U.S.-based chambers of commerce evaluated entries, which were organized by category — based on the chamber’s annual budget — and entry type: advertising and marketing, campaigns, digital and publications. Judges awarded 13 Grand Awards out of more than 150 submitted entries in 2018. Winners of the Grand Award go on to compete for the Best in Show, which recognizes the best piece across all categories.

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‘FROM THE RIVER TO THE OCEAN:’ Wilmington hits a high note on the big screen Two of the city’s leading arts organizations, Cucalorus Film Festival and the Cameron Art Museum are teaming up with international award-winning composer/filmmaker Rozalind MacPhail to present FROM THE RIVER TO THE OCEAN: a special film screening event celebrating the past, present and future dreams of the Port City accompanied live by musical performance. Taking place on Sunday June 17th at 2pm in the beautiful surroundings of the Cameron Art Museum, currently host to two major exhibitions of contemporary North Carolina art, this event is the first date on a state-wide tour taking place across June/July 2018 – an exciting new expansion for the ever-innovating Cucalorus Film Festival recognized nationally as a breeding ground for young artists, new ideas and future collaborations. See cucalorus.org/river-to-ocean-tour for the full list of tour dates. During the Festival’s prestigious international artist residency program, Newfoundland multi-instrumentalist Rozalind MacPhail invited local and visiting filmmakers to create short films inspired by their personal connections to Wilmington. The result is a striking mix of visual storytelling: 1940s archive film, social commentary, and hand-processed Super8 footage. Galvanizing each film is Rozalind’s original live soundtrack combining traditional songwriting, multi-layered sound looping and live flute performance. This unique cultural exchange paints a vivid sonic/visual portrait through an electrifying live performance. Watch one of the films featuring archive footage of Wilmington: http://bit.ly/TheGazeRM The films being screened in FROM THE RIVER TO THE OCEAN offer unique perspectives on Wilmington, featuring locations such as the city’s Downtown area, Greenfield Park and Wrightsville Beach. Local filmmakers whose work will be screened include: Matt Malloy, renowned emcee for Cucalorus Film Festival; Mariah Dunn Kramer, UNCW Film Studies Faculty; Josh Caine, video and music producer; Matt Gossett, video artist. The program also includes works about the city by visiting international filmmakers Mandi Edwards (England) and Shona Thomson (Scotland). As well as new films of Wilmington, this special event also features stunning films from Rozalind’s travels across Canada and a rare opportunity to see an extract of the archive film WILMINGTON, MY HOMETOWN made in 1947 and found deep in the archives of the New Hanover County Public Library. The film is a beautiful example of the postwar promotional films sponsored by the city fathers offering a staged snapshot of 1940s life as seen through the lens of Don Parisher, an itinerant ‘hired gun’ filmmaker travelling the state at that time. Tickets: $18.00 (CAM Members and Students with valid ID) and $23.00 (Non-Member) Book online: http://bit.ly/RivertoOceanTix / By phone: (910) 395.5999 / In person: At CAM’s Visitor Services desk


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Drive. The impact of the collision caused the 2014 Volkswagen that Holder was driving to do a 270 degree turn, leaving the vehicle facing west in the right, eastbound lane. The 2013 Chevy police SUV came to a stop in the right, westbound lane, facing east. Under both North Carolina law and town of Wrightsville Beach policy, police vehicles can exceed the speed limit when responding to emergencies and aren’t required to sound the siren to exceed the speed limit. Each vehicle had a passenger, as Wetherington had a police department recruit in the SUV. Each


vehicle sustained $8,000 in damage. The highway patrol report said that both drivers contributed to the traffic crash, with Wetherington exceeding the speed limit of 35 mph and Holder of failing to yield the right of way. Neither were cited. Wrightsville Beach Police Department Capt. Jason Bishop said that town police officers don’t use sirens when responding to burglary calls to prevent police from alerting suspects. “Officers are trained to make silent runs with blue lights only to get through traffic so they won’t tip off a burglar,” Bishop said. Police vehicles are insured through the North Carolina League of Municipalities, which will also investigate the collision.

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The 2018 Hurricane Season is here and the Town needs your help. The Town of Wrightsville Beach is now taking applications for Hurricane Volunteers for the 2018 season. Applications can be picked up at the Wrightsville Beach Public Safety Facility Front Desk or downloaded from the Town’s website at:

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http://www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com/268/Human-Resources All volunteers are required to complete the 2018 application package. Applications will be accepted through June 28, 2018. The applications can be hand delivered to the Fire Department or emailed to grogers@towb.org. The Town will select individuals to serve in a variety of roles such as volunteering to assist with answering phones, providing assistance with public information, performing damage assessment, and assisting with distribution or logistics of recovery items in the event of a disaster. A volunteer orientation meeting will be held in the Public Safety Training Room at 6pm on June 28th located at 3 Bob Sawyer Drive. At this meeting, Town officials will further explain the role of volunteers and the process that may be followed if the Town experiences an event. If you have any questions, please contact Fire Chief Glen Rogers at 910-239-1701 or at grogers@towb.org

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Nearshore & Offshore Fishing Report

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Spanish Mackerel, Mahi, Tuna biting By Captain Jesse Gawlik Wrightsville Beach Fishing Charters Ocean Stinger

Nearshore: Spanish Mackerel bite has been good early morning and evening is the best time. 25 ft - 45 ft of water has been best. Pay close attention to the tides. Fishing the rising tides has been good the last few days. Trolling using No. 1 planners and 00 Clarkspoons have been working great. Best colors are sliver/chartreuse solid sliver, pink/sliver rigged on long (40ft) flloro carbon leaders (20 lbs test). We have caught the most Spanish Mackerel while setting our lines way back from the boat. King Mackerel bite has been pretty good this past week. Fisherman can find kings by searching for suspended bait marks and fishing over ledges and drop offs. Running Drone spoons on #8 planners tide to 50 ft 100 lbs test leaders and trolling at (5-7 knots) We have been catching a good number of kings in the 10-12 miles range. Offshore: We have been catching Mahi is good numbers. Must of the Mahi have been in the range of 10-20 lbs. You can find the Mahi in 90 ft-110 ft of water or about 25 - 30 miles offshore. Trolling

rigged ballyhoo on small skirt rigs. Hot colors are blue/white, white/green, purple/white islanders. Gulfstream: The Mahi and Tuna (blackfin) bite is GREAT!! We are running 50-55 miles off Wrightsville Beach to 18-22 fathoms to catch mahi. Small ballyhoo rigged on small jr. Islanders and Sea Witch’s on the outriggers will put fish in the boat. We are trolling small baits while mahi fishing. The best lure is a blue/white jr islander rigged with a small ballyhoo. Wahoo bite has slowed down a bit. But they can still be caught using Pink/white Black/purple Ilanders rigged with large ballyhoo are producing nice fish. Must Wahoo have been caught on No. 3 planner early in the morning and #8 planner the afternoon. The Black Tuna bite has been steady in 20 – 30 fathoms. Pulling small skirts rigged with small ballyhoo. The best colors have been green/white/blue, blue/white on outriggers has been working best. These lures should be set in the choppy water 100 ft – 200 ft back. Capt. Jesse Gawlik of Ocean Stinger Fishing Charters operates out of the Bridge Tender Marina at 1418 Airlie Rd. in Wilmington, just before the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge. Contact him at 910-777-9734 or oceanstingercharters@gmail.com.

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THU Joe Martin & Chase Johanson


FRI Jared Sales & Co.


SAT Feebs


SUN John Hussmann | Bloody Mary bar | Free chili


MON Elliott Smith | $2 domestics, $3 wells, $3 cold spell


TUE Slick Mahoneys | $2 domestic beers, $3 well drinks, $3 cold spell


WED Joe Starr | Bluegrass Jam Session @ 7


Tally Thompson shows off the 52 lbs wahoo caught in the gulfstream on June 2.

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Psylo Joe w/ Sons of Paradise Saturday, June 23

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Masonboro.org fundraiser nets $50,000

During its annual benefit fundraiser on May 31, the board of Masonboro.org accepts a $50,000 donation from Duke Energy. The group funds field trips for fifth graders to Masonboro Island. This year the group was able to take every New Hanover County public school fifth grader to the island for a field trip. Pictured, left to right: Elliott Miller, Beth Andrew, Neal Andrew, Kathy Raines, Karen Williams of Duke Energy, Richard Johnson, Tom Hackler and Jack Kilbourne.

New Hanover County Appoints New Property Management Director New Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet announced today that Sara Warmuth has been selected as the county’s new property management director. She will begin her role on July 3, 2018. Warmuth has spent the last ten years with Forsyth County, NC, most recently serving as the assistant director of General Services. She started her career with the Village of Wellington, a municipality in southeast Florida. Warmuth is a graduate of East Carolina University, where she received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration. She also holds a certificate from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Government in County Administration.

“Sara epitomizes our desire to hire only the best and the brightest,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “Her experience and perspective will prove to be very helpful as our Property Management Department oversees several large projects that are currently underway.” In addition to operations and maintenance of county facilities valued at $13 million annually, Property Management is also overseeing $54 million of capital improvements including the construction of three new county buildings – Pine Valley Library Branch, Ogden Fire Station, and the combined Public Health and Social Services building.


Classified and display deadline: Friday noon • Call 910-719-9180 • classifieds@luminanews.com LEGAL NOTICES That the Petitioner prays: NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE COUNTY OF NEW HANOVER SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION BEFORE THE CLERK 18-SP- 4 ANNIE LAURA REDDICK MCMILLION, Petitioner vs. LINDA SIMMONS NIXON, et. al., Respondents TO: Unknown Spouse of Larry Simmons, Unknown Heirs of Theodore Reddick, Jr., also known as Theodore Roosevelt Rheddick, Jr., Unknown Heirs of Herman Robinson, Unknown Heirs of John Thomas Reddick, Unknown Heirs of Robert Reddick, and wife, Janie Reddick, Unknown Heirs of Robert Reddick, III, Herman Robinson and John Thomas Reddick TAKE NOTICE that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the above-titled action. The nature of the relief sought is as follows: That the Petitioner alleges that the Petitoner and the Respondents are tenants in common of that property located in Harnett Township, New Hanover County, and being described in Exhibit “A” of this publication.


1. That the property be sold for partition and the proceeds of the sale allotted in severalty to the co-tenants in the proportion of their interest therein. 2. That the Petitioner be reimbursed for expenses which it has incurred or payments it has made for the purpose of improving, maintaining, or repairing the property subject to this Petition. 3. That the Petitioner be reimbursed for any costs incurred in this Petition including for reasonable attorney’s fees. That any additional costs be assessed against the remaining parties in accordance with their severalty interest. You are required to make defense to such pleading no later than Tuesday the 10th of July and, upon your failure to do so, the party seeking service against you will apply to the Court for the relief sought. This the 31st day of May, 2018. H. KENNETH STEPHENS, II Attorney for Petitioner Post Office Box 2237 Wilmington, NC 28402 (910) 343-1022

in Deed Book 686, at Page 494, Deed Book 1059, at Page 517, Deed Book 1060, at Page 484, and Deed Book 2720, at Page 946, all of said registry. May 31, June 7, 14, 2018 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Administrator of the ESTATE OF NANCY LEE LOWERS deceased of Wilmington, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against said estate to present them to the undersigned on or before the 10TH day of September 2018, or this Notice will be plead in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said Estate, please make immediate payment. Claims should be presented or paid in behalf of the undersigned at 6500 Parkshore Drive, Wilmington NC 28409. This the 7th day of June, 2018. CHARLES R. LOWERS, ADMINISTRATOR ESTATE OF NANCY LEE LOWERS James A. MacDonald The MacDonald Law Firm, PLLC 1508 Military Cutoff Road, Ste 102 Wilmington, NC 28403

EXHIBIT “A” ALL of that real property described in deeds recorded in Deed Book 227, at Page 385, of the New Hanover County Registry and Deed Book 396, at Page 487, of said registry, save and excepting those tracts described

June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Executor of the Estate of Nancy J. Ferguson, late, of Wilmington, New Hano-

ver County, North Carolina, the undersigned does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate of said decedent to exhibit them in care of Jerry A. Mannen, Jr., Registered Process Agent, at 102 N. Fifth Ave., Wilmington, NC 28402, on or before September 7, 2018, or this Notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 7th day of June, 2018.

to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

Jerry A. Mannen, Jr., Administrator CTA of the Estate of Tom D. Kievit

This the 7th day of June, 2018.

Douglas A. Fox YOW, FOX & MANNEN, LLP 102 N. 5th Avenue Wilmington, NC 28401

Joseph Robert Cirvello, Executor of the Estate of Nancy J. Ferguson Jerry A. Mannen, JR. YOW, FOX & MANNEN, LLP 102 N. 5th Avenue Wilmington, NC 28401 June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018 NOTICE TO CREDITORS

Joseph Robert Cirvello, Executor of the Estate of Nancy J. Ferguson


Jerry A. Mannen, JR. YOW, FOX & MANNEN, LLP 102 N. 5th Avenue Wilmington, NC 28401 June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Executor of the Estate of Nancy J. Ferguson, late, of Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, the undersigned does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate of said decedent to exhibit them in care of Jerry A. Mannen, Jr., Registered Process Agent, at 102 N. Fifth Ave., Wilmington, NC 28402, on or before September 7, 2018, or this Notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted

Having qualified as Administrator CTA of the Estate of Tom D. Kievit, late, of Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, the undersigned does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate of said decedent to exhibit them in care of Jerry A. Mannen, Jr. Administrator CTA, at 102 N. Fifth Ave. , Wilmington, NC 28402, on or before August 31, 2018, or this Notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 31st day of May, 2018.

May 31, & June 7, 14, 21, 2018 NOTICE TO CREDITORS STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF NEW HANOVER IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE BEFORE THE CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT The undersigned having qualified as Executor of the Estate of Carolyn H. Simmons (Deceased) of New Hanover County, North Carolina, does hereby notify all persons having claims against said estate to present them to the undersigned at the address shown below on or before the 30th day of August 2018, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This is the 31st day of May 2018. Ric Simmons, Executor 3150 Stoneybridge Lane Columbus, Ohio 43221 May 31 & June 7, 14, 21, 2018 NOTICE TO CREDITORS

the ESTATE OF WILLIAM HERBERT VLEARBONE SR deceased of Wilmington, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against said estate to present them to the undersigned on or before the 5TH day of September 2018, or this Notice will be plead in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said Estate, please make immediate payment. Claims should be presented or paid in behalf of the undersigned at 4918 Shelley Drive, Wilmington NC 28405. This the 31st day of May, 2018. MARIE V RAYNOR, EXECUTRIX ESTATE OF WILLIAM HERBERT VLEARBONE SR James A. MacDonald The MacDonald Law Firm, PLLC 1508 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 102 Wilmington, NC 28403 May 31, & June 7, 14, 21, 2018

FOR SALE Oleander Memorial Gardens, 2 cemetery plots, Oak Gardens Section, lot #69, graves B-2 &3, near Sunrise Mausoleum. Asking $7,000. total. Seller will pay transfer fee to Oleander Gardens. 910-458-9953.

Having qualified as Executrix of

Church Services NEAR THE BEACH LITTLE CHAPEL ON THE BOARDWALK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.) Rev. Patrick Thomas Rabun, pastor 2 W. Fayetteville St., 910-256-2819, ext. 100 www.littlechapel.org Early Worship: 8:00 a.m. Beach Access 4 Sunday School (for all ages): 9:15 a.m. Traditional Worship: 10:30 a.m. Nursery provided. BETH SIMCHA MESSIANIC JEWISH CONGREGATION Congregational Leader/ Rabbi Marty Schilsky 7957 Market St. Wilmington, N.C. 28411 910-681-0117 Shabbat Services 10:30 a.m. Saturday

WRIGHTSVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Doug Lain, senior pastor 4 Live Oak Drive, 910-256-4471 Jazz Worship Service 7:00 p.m. Worship Services: 8:15, 9:45, 11:15 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m.

ST. MARK CATHOLIC CHURCH Father Patrick A. Keane 1011 Eastwood Road, 910-392-0720 Vigil Mass: Saturday 5 p.m. Sunday Masses: 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. en Español Monday Mass: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Masses: 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday Mass: 8:30 a.m. Thursday Mass: 8:30 a.m. Friday Mass: 8:30 a.m. followed by Adoration with Benediction at 9 p.m.

ST. THERESE CATHOLIC CHURCH Rev. Trent Watts 209 S. Lumina Ave., 910-256-2471 Mass: Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Sunday, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Tuesday – Friday, noon. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH BAPTIST CHURCH John McIntyre, senior pastor 601 Causeway Drive, 910-256-3682 Jazz Worship: Thursday Evening 7:00 p.m. Traditional Worship: 9-10 a.m. Sunday School for all ages: 10:10-11 a.m. Contemporary Service: 11:10 a.m to 12:20 p.m

ST. ANDREW’S ON-THE-SOUND EPISCOPAL The Rev. Richard G. Elliott, rector 101 Airlie Road, 910-256-3034 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m.


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