A look back on 2012

Published: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:40 AM.

— Havelock receives a $400,000 Brownfields Community Assessment grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to begin the process of assessing and cleaning up problem sites, including the old Phoenix Recycling Corporation property.

— A former Marine Corps Community Services employee at Cherry Point, Leigh Valez, is charged with embezzling $74,000 over a 2 1/2-year period using a government credit card.


— About 30 Tucker Creek Middle School teachers band together to write a letter to legislators asking that they honor their commitment to raise teacher salaries.

— New tests from groundwater monitoring wells at the Phoenix Recycling site show high levels of arsenic and manganese but state officials say there is no danger to nearby private drinking water wells.

— Freedom Communications announces the sale of Havelock News, along with other media holdings in North Carolina and Florida, to Halifax Media Group.

— The N.C. Senate places ferry fees in the state budget.

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