05th Oct2012

Everybody plays and contributes In Topsail’s
volleyball win over Clinton

by Lee Wagner

HAMPSTEAD – Roget’s Thesaurus gives several definitions for the words routine and mundane including usual, habitual, customary and standard for routine and humdrum and commonplace for  mundane, and in a lot of ways all of those definitions were part of the volleyball contest between Topsail High School and conference foe Clinton last night in Hampstead.

05th Oct2012

SURF CITY POLICE STATS Sept. 25 – Oct 1

by Ken Clarke

CALLS FOR SERVICE

05th Oct2012

Free dance lessons in Sneads Ferry

by Contributor

SNEADS FERRY – Parents in Sneads Ferry contemplating dance lessons for their kids will have the opportunity to give it a try at no cost as next month there will be free dance lessons offered for children ages 5 to 9 years-old.

05th Oct2012

Topsail High students earn National Merit recognition

by Contributor

HAMPSTEAD -Hannah Boaz and Adam Crowell, Topsail High School students, were recognized during the Oct. 1 meeting of the Pender County Board of Education.

05th Oct2012

Week six area high school football previews

by Lee Wagner

Each Friday Topsail News Online’s Lee Wagner will give a breakdown of each game our four local high school football teams will play. The feature will include breakdowns for not only our local team but their opponents. Stay tuned each week.

05th Oct2012

Today in History – Oct. 5 – Truman makes first televised
presidential speech

by Ken Clarke

On this day in 1947 President Harry Truman became the first president to give a speech on television.

05th Oct2012

Letter to the Editor – Pender County saves big
bucks with refinancing strategies

by Contributor

Over the last several months, County Finance Officer Watson, Utilities Director Mack, and myself (county manager Mickey Duval) have been engaged in a multitude of activities related to refinancing all existing water utility improvement debts to lower interest rates and shorter repayment maturities.  The existing debts have interest rates ranging from 4.25% up to 5.75% and 40-year maturities.  On August 6, 2012 the Board approved staff moving forward with a plan for the Districts to issue their refunding bonds to the County.  The County would generate funds to buy those bonds by selling Limited Obligation Bonds (LOBs) in the open bond market.  The LOBs were all sold on Thursday, September 27, 2012 into a very good municipal bond market due to the County’s recent Moody’s bond rating of Aa3 for this $22.33 million issuance.  ***The overall net savings in this refunding effort was $4,593,729 over a 32-year amortization period (7 years shorter than the original maturities).  In addition, the overall net interest rate for this debt was lowered to 3.767%.  The savings from this refunding of the Water District’s existing debt will not result in a lower water rate to our customers, but will greatly reduce the risk of any rate increase of the monthly “base/availability fee” over the next 32 years in all the Districts.

05th Oct2012

Big Sweep Beach Clean-Up

by Contributor

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH - The Big Sweep beach clean-up event draws closer and volunteers are needed for the North Topsail Beach section. The event will take place on October 6, from 8 to 10 a.m. Contact Dawn Brannan at dawn.brannan@bankofamerica.com for more information.