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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Free filming Screening of Swine Country: The Fight for Clean Air and Water in Duplin County, NC

Monday, May 12, 2014

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Groundwater impact analysis now available for public review

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

No, this isn't an April Fool's Day joke, the report is out on the Potential Groundwater Impacts of the Proposed Carolinas Cement Company Facility Near Castle Hayne, NC and there are several red flags raised by the analysis concerning the water supply, the effects to the wetlands and possible sinkhole formations. To learn more about this report by Curtis Consalvo, L.G. of GeoResources, Inc. read the Coastal Review Online article, Report Questions Titan Dewatering. > Read More

UNCW Coastal Health Initiative sponsors "Planning for a New Energy Future"

Friday, March 28, 2014

The UNCW Coastal Health Initiative (CHI) invites the public to a free presentation by Scott Shuford on the future of energy and climate with an emphasis on coastal issues, 

with time for extended discussion. 
When: Monday, April 7, 2014  7:30pm-8:30pm
Where: UNCW's Lumina Theater > Read More

New Hanover County releases revisions to SUP

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Click here to view the County's revisions to the special use permit ordinance, which was approved in 2011 to apply to heavy and light industries> Read More

Feds launch criminal investigation on DENR's handling of coal ash spill

Friday, February 14, 2014

APNewsBreak: Feds launch probe of NC environmental agency in wake of massive coal ash spill [FULL ARTICLE]

RALEIGH, N.C. –  Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into North Carolina's environmental agency following a massive coal ash spill on the Dan River. > Read More

Stop Titan partners take part in Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum at UNCW

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

3rd Annual Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum, Feb 21-22 2014

The partners in the fight against Titan are excited to take part in the 3rd Annual Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum which will highlight some awesome flicks centered around environmental issues. One film we're excited to see is A Fierce Green Fire, which "is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change." Directly following the film will be a panel discussion with the film's director, Mark Kitchell, as well as a few folks from the Titan fighting team: Sarah Gilliam, with the N.C. Coastal Federation, Zak Keith with the N.C. Sierra Club and Kayne Darrell, founder of Citizens Against Titan> Read More

Fearless locals continue to support the SUP

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ashley and Judith make public comments at NHC Commissioners meeting > Read More

Public health advocates argue in court against delaying EPA's cement kiln regulations

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Public health advocates, including Stop Titan Action Network partners PenderWatch and Duke Policy Clinic, along with the National Resources Defense Council and EarthJustice (pictured above), were back in court last week challenging the EPA's 2011 revisions to National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants. Issues of concern included the weakening of particulate matter standards, the delayed compliance settlement and the shift from continuous monitoring to one-time annual stack testing for compliance. Additional questions were raised regarding the standard's inclusion of an "affirmative defense" against emissions limits violations.
 
Read more about the court battle in the links below: > Read More

Titan receives revised air permit, fight not over

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

While many of you were prepping the grill for family BBQ's over Labor Day weekend, DAQ issued Titan a revised air permit. Despite overwhelming public opposition (98 percent of public comments), DAQ awarded Titan this permit on Friday, August 30th. This permit will allow Titan to emit an additional 32 tons of particulate matter, a toxic soot linked to serious health issues. Even though 'more pollution' is not what the doctor ordered, our community must remain strong! There are several more hoops for Titan to jump through and we'll need each and every one of you supporting our continued fight for a healthy future! > Read More

400 people attend hearing to show support for clean air

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

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Stop Titan tweets

Thursday, July 11, 2013

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DAQ could weaken regs for arsenic emissions. Yuck.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Do North Carolinians crave arsenic?

Local Wilmington physician, Dr. Robert Parr co-wrote an editorial in the News & Observer detailing a proposed change to North Carolina's arsenic regulations. Here's an excerpt from the editorial: "The agency charged with protecting North Carolinians from air pollution – the N.C. Division of Air Quality – has quietly proposed changes that will allow more arsenic in our air. Nine times more arsenic, to be exact. And industrial facilities would be able to triple their arsenic emissions without having to reveal their emission levels or show that they will not harm people’s health." To read the full article, click here> Read More

Got an alternative to Titan? Let your elected officials know.

Monday, March 11, 2013

In today's Star News online, Wilmington's Mayor and New Hanover County Chairman of the Board of Commissioners had some interesting feedback for our community: pipe down on all the Titan talk. > Read More

Atlantic Sturgeon: Is the Giant Making a Comeback?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A resurgence of an endangered fish is being seen in some NC rivers, including the Cape Fear. > Read More

Aquifer withdrawals drying up ponds in Country Haven subdivision

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Residents of the Porter's Neck neighborhood Country Haven have been asking since last summer why their wells, ponds, and nearby wetlands have run dry.  After a nearby Cape Fear Public Utility Authority well field was temporarily shut off for several months, residents now know at least part of the answer.  From an article by Port City Daily's Jonathan Spiers: > Read More

Vote for Stop Titan

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Stop Titan has been nominated again for the fun, local Best of Awards hosted by Encore Magazine. We won in 2011 and we would be thrilled to win again! You have until Jan 9th to vote and you must vote in at least 25 categories.  Stop Titan is listed on the final page so pick a few of your favorite restaurants and gift shops, keeping in mind that many of the businesses nominated are allies of the Titan fight.  > Read More

Stopping Titan: 2012 year-end numbers

Friday, December 14, 2012

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Cement plant won't create as many jobs as first forecast, says new study

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

UNCW Economist reports on Titan's true impacts > Read More

Sinkhole and flooding in Castle Hayne neighborhood

Tuesday, November 20, 2012



Photo from WECT.com

Excerpt from WECT.com -- Residents in a neighborhood in Castle Hayne are trapped between a sinkhole and a dirt road under water.The sinkhole is on the only good road in and out of the community for people living on this side of the neighborhood.  > Read More

Contaminated wells cost taxpayers in Wake Forest, NC

Monday, October 29, 2012

Is this our future?

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Toxic Air Battle Joined Anew

Sunday, September 23, 2012

By Kirk Ross

RALEIGH -- A battle that began earlier this year over legislation cutting back the state’s air toxics program starts up anew this week when state regulators seek public comment on changes to regulations on toxic air emissions. > Read More

Dine and donate to Stop Titan!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dine and Donate this Fall!

GiveIt4ward and the Circa Restaurant group are working together again this fall to help raise funds for local non-profits! They have made it incredibly easy for you to enjoy a great meal in a locally-owned restaurant and support an organization of your choice.  > Read More

Clean Air Carolina urges EPA to strengthen standards for fine particulates

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Listen to your doctors!  Clean Air Carolina, a group of medical health professionals in North Carolina that advocates for sufficient air pollution standards to protect public health, recently sent a letter to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson.  In the letter, five advisory board members call attention to the Castle Hayne area's already-dangerous ambient levels of fine particulates (PM 2.5), requesting that standards be updated in light of the medical consensus on the dangers of these pollutants: > Read More

Local officials, residents ask "Where's the water?"

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

In a recent Star News article, New Hanover County residents and officials raised concerns over wetlands and ponds that have dried up.   > Read More

Raising Funds for Essay Contest on Titan Issue

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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Got Junk? Scrap it and support Stop Titan!

Thursday, July 05, 2012


Got metal junk? 

Green Coast Recycling is doing a FREE metal collection on Tuesday July 17th. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a scholarship through Stop Titan and Cape Fear River Watch. To participate send Green Coast a message via Facebook, call 910-471-7747 or email greencoastrecycling@yahoo.com. Be sure to tell them what you have, your address, an estimated weight and get it to the curb on July 17th. Items must be metal and free of other debris. Acceptable items include: Grills, appliances, lawnmowers, tables, chairs, swing sets, trampolines and bikes. Get rid of your junk and help support this fight! Win win! > Read More

People of Color Harmed by Proposed Air Toxics Bill

Thursday, June 07, 2012

The North Carolina Environmental Justice Network (NCEJN) issued a press release today pointing out that the proposed changes to North Carolina's Air Toxics rules will harm people in low-income communities and people of color. The release points out that a "recent analyses from the Southern Environmental Law Center show[ed] that the communities surrounding facilities that would be exempt from air toxics permits are 39.8% to 40% minority, compared to the 31.5% to 32% minority population statewide."
 
Executive Director of the NCEJN, Gary R. Grant, sums up these changes quite profoundly: "North Carolina can do better." These rollbacks on the states air quality standards is particularly concerning for opponents because some pollutants currently covered by these state-wide rules are not regulated by the federal government. As stated in the release, "there are no federal standards for hydrogen sulfide, a toxic gas that is released by thousands of animal waste lagoons, asphalt plants and paper mills in North Carolina."
 
To stand up for these much needed protections, call or email your N.C. State Senator today!
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Stop Titan petition surpasses 13,000!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

You did it! We've surpassed 13,000 signatures!

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Campaign Finance for New Hanover Co. Candidates Public

Monday, May 07, 2012

Who is backing the candidates for New Hanover County Commissioner?

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SLAPP suit against citizens resolved through mediation

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Citizens sued by Titan Cement can move on with their lives

 
After a year of stress and anxiety over a frivolous lawsuit filed by foreign-owned Titan Cement, Kayne Darrell and Dr. David Hill can breathe a sigh of relief. Through mediation the suit filed by Titan on Feb. 25, 2011 in U.S. District Court, has been resolved. Click here to read the full Star News article. More news clips below.
 
Statements from Titan say "Prior to [the] mediation, we had not personally met and spoken with Dr. Hill and Ms. Darrell. Having done so, we do not believe that either Dr. Hill or Ms. Darrell intentionally made any false statements about Titan or our plant in New Hanover County."
 
Could this matter have been resolved if Titan communicated with the community they wish to inhabit? Absolutely.
 
As for Kayne and Dr. Hill, show your support for the brave citizens who battled a Titan and survived! Their attorneys Gary Shipman and William Wright, of Shipman and Wright in Wilmington, also deserve to be acknowledged for their hard work in representing Kayne and Dr. Hill.  > Read More

Titan's SLAPP suit against local citizens goes to mediation

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Reprint from Star News Watchdogs Blog:
 
Lawyers and clients in Carolinas Cement’s lawsuit against two residents (named Kayne Darrell and Dr. David Hill) who spoke out about the company’s plans to build a cement plant in Castle Hayne will meet for court-ordered mediation at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012 according to a release Monday night. > Read More

A SLAPP in the Face: Speaking Out and Fighting Titans

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Imagine picking up the morning paper to learn that you were headline. Not only that but the topic is a lawsuit from Titan attacking your right to Free Speech. That's exactly what happened to Kayne Darrell a little over a year ago and here's an update from her today.>

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Doctors Warn About Gutting State Air Program

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Weakening of the state’s air toxics program would disproportionately affect Eastern North Carolina because of the presence of a number of the state’s largest producers of air toxics."

Read part two HERE of Wade Rawlins' look at the NC Air Permitting process.
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State's Toxic Air Program Threatened

Monday, March 19, 2012

North Carolina’s air toxics program now appears at risk by a new bill introduced by Republican lawmakers. Read the first of this two part series in the NC Coastal Federation's Coastal Review Online by clicking here> Read More

Titan Receives Air Permit, Citizens Rally

Tuesday, March 06, 2012


Click on the image (or here) to see video footage from a recent Citizens Against Titan protest, over Titan's recent air permit. Parents, doctors and business owners attended to show that our community is not backing down from Titan. 
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Email to Bob Odom from Castle Hayne Resident

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Castle Hayne resident wants answers, is Bob Odom or anyone from Titan willing to give them?
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Getting Sued for Speaking Out Against Titan

Friday, February 24, 2012

Did you know that SLAPP lawsuits are not legal in many states because of the threat they pose to free speech? Our support goes out to Dr. David Hill and Kayne Darrell as they continue this most absurd fight...  > Read More

Passion reigns on both sides of the Titan fence

Monday, January 30, 2012

The last of the Star News' three-part series on Titan weighs economic arguments for and against the plant. Tom Looney, a local business executive, blasts Wilmington Industrial Development for being "hopelessly out of touch" with the area's long-term economic future. > Read More

Titan trying to calm environmentalists' fears

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Check out the first of Star News' three part series on Titan Cement and both sides of the fight. > Read More

Study finds Titan project detrimental to health, could cause premature deaths

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Great coverage by WWAY on last night's ICF International's presentation on their health impact study. Do you think DAQ and Gov. Perdue should consider the reports findings? Or at least ask for a full comprehensive review from Titan?

  
Click here to read the full study from ICF International.
Click here for three-page summary of the findings.
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Titan project would cost millions in health care, report says

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

"Pollution from the proposed Titan cement plant project could cost residents of the Cape Fear region around $6.5 million in health-care costs in a five-month period..." One of many interesting finds from ICF International.  > Read More

Workers protest Titan Cement in Alexandria City, Egypt

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

We're not the only citizens fighting Titan Cement

Thanks to the power of Facebook, our community has some new friends -- in Egypt!  Two days ago, Egyptian residents reached out to our local Citizens Against Titan group and Stop Titan with pictures, videos and updates from thier current fight against the Titan Cement facility in Alexandria City, Egypt.  Here are a few pictures from a recent Workers Against Titan protest:

Egyptian children hold signs saying "Children deserve to breath clean air" during a protest in front of Titan Cement's plant in Alexandria City, Egypt.

The man holding the bullhorn recently had a son. After a month, his son was hospitalized for breathing complications.
 
Hundreds of workers protest in front of Titan Cement's plant in Alexandria City, Egypt. There have been layoffs and many workers suffer from health problems.

Protesters pause for prayer.
 
The area between Titan and a gas facility is a residential neighborhood.
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Report finished with recommendations for Titan air permit qualifications

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The North Carolina Division of Air Quality has completed its report on public hearings held regarding a cement plant proposed for the Castle Hayne area of New Hanover County. The hearings took place on September 27 & 29 in Wilmington, and featured dozens of residents speaking out against Carolinas Cement Company's plans to build the plant.   > Read More

Report on Titan draft air permit ready

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The final report and recommendations have been sent to N.C. Division of Air Quality director, Sheila Holman, over Titan's air permit. While New Hanover County awaits her decision, citizens and Stop Titan supporters hope that their DAQ comments will continue to carry weight, along with Patrick Butler's recommendations in the decision process.    
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Court rejects cement industry's attack on public health

Friday, December 09, 2011

Geoff Gisler, Staff Attorney, 919-967-1450 > Read More

Beware false choices that threaten our health

Thursday, December 08, 2011

"... How we respond to this assault on our environmental and public health protections will mean the difference between sickness and health - in some cases, life and death - for hundreds of thousands of citizens."
How is Wilmington going to respond to corporate bullies like Titan who say we must choose either our economy or our health?  > Read More

Final step nears for Titan America draft air permit

Monday, November 21, 2011

Patrick Butler, regional supervisor of the NC Division of Air Quality told Star News this week that he would like to have a recommendation on Titan's draft air permit as soon as three week from now. This is not a final decision but merely a recommendation to the Director of DAQ, which could be a suggestion for approval, denial or request for more information on the project. Regardless, we are still waiting for a decision and suggest everyone ask themselves "Was my comment fully considered? Why was there no mention of the recent Health Report released by ICF International?" > Read More

Health and Public Health Support and Official Resolutions

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Healthcare and Public Health
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Does government regulation really kill jobs? Economists say overall effect minimal.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Titan continues to fight the strength of EPA regulations in the name of "jobs" but according to this latest article by Jia Lynn Yang at The Washington Post, other variables are likely to blame. For example, a drop in business demand results in a larger number of job losses than government regulations. Read here now! > Read More

Stop Titan legal team submits detailed comments regarding Titan's draft air permit

Friday, November 04, 2011

As part of the public commenting process surrounding Titan's controversial draft air permit, Duke Environmental Law & Policy Clinic and the Southern Environmental Law Center submitted powerful letters to the N.C. Division of Air Quality on behalf of Stop Titan Action Network partners.  > Read More

NC Wildlife Federation concerned about Titan's draft air permit

Friday, October 28, 2011


North Carolina Wildlife Federation concered about Titan's draft air permit

 
The North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) adds its name to the long list of organizations concerned about Titan's impacts to our air and water. On October 28, 2011, the NCWF submitted the following letter to the N.C. Division of Air Quality, detailing their concerns over the draft air permit for Titan Cement. Read thier comments below or click here:
 

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Industrial zoning regulations will affect Titan

Thursday, October 13, 2011

After the County Commissioners passed new zoning revisions, with the addition of the special use permit for heavy industries, there were some questions and comments about whether or not Titan (a.k.a Carolinas Cement) is considered an existing business or not. According the revisions, industries currently operating and "open for business" prior to Oct. 3rd would not be required to apply for the permit unless they changed in industry intensity.
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Commissioners approve special use permit for heavy industry

Tuesday, October 04, 2011


SUP approved!

Citizens and local elected leaders will now have a say in what types of industries are permitted to operate in New Hanover County. In 4-1 vote, the New Hanover County Commissioners passed zoning revisions that would require heavy or intensive industries to obtain a local special use permit before they are allowed to apply for state permits. To review the newly approved zoning revisions, click here> Read More

Thank you for an inspiring week of activism...ONWARD TO OCT. 3rd!

Friday, September 30, 2011

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SELC crunches EPA's numbers for not-so-great results on NC's air quality

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Here’s a little inspiration for speaking at the Titan air permit hearings….

According to a new study published by Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC),New Hanover County has the second highest amount of toxic air pollution in North Carolina. Toxic air pollutants are considered by state and federal regulators to be pollutants that are the most hazardous to public health, including PCBs; dioxins; asbestos; heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, mercury, and others; formaldehyde; cyanide and dozens of known carcinogens. Industries are required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to report their annual emissions of toxic air pollutants. The SELC study shows New Hanover County released a whopping 3,056,955 lbs of toxic air pollution into our local air in 2010.  > Read More

Rep. Carolyn Justice urges you to attend public hearings

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


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Titan's Air Permit Hearings: What you need to know

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What you need to know 

The North Carolina Division of Air Quality (NC DAQ) has scheduled three Public Hearings on the Titan air permit. All three public hearings will be held in Wilmington the last week of September. Citizens need to pick one public hearing to attend. Show up in your RED shirts!

Public Hearing # 1: Tuesday, Sept. 27th: 3-5 pm -- Cape Fear Community College, North Campus, McKeithan Center, 4500 Blue Clay Rd., Castle Hayne, NC. [RSVP] [MAP] [PARKING INFO] > Read More

Public Hearings Scheduled for Titan's Draft Air Permit

Friday, August 26, 2011

DAQ has confirmed times/locations for Titan's draft air permit hearings

The N.C. Division of Air Quality has scheduled three public hearings in September on a new draft air quality permit for a proposed cement manufacturing plant in New Hanover County.  > Read More

DAQ releases draft air permit for Titan, public hearings TBA

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Daq releases draft air permit

The Division of Air Quality has issued the draft air permit and review for Titan Cement. This is not a final permit for Titan. We repeat this is not the final be all, end all. We're still in this! > Read More

New website launches, detailing zoning revisions

Monday, July 25, 2011

Check out www.NHCSUP.com

If you are in search of more information on the New Hanover County proposed zoning revisions, visit www.NHCSUP.com.  Here you'll find quick facts, ways to send in your comments and details on upcoming public meetings. > Read More

Supporting Public Health Above Titanic Profits

Monday, July 11, 2011

Click HERE to read Kelly Stryker's latest blog entry on BlueNC.com, titled "The Science of Supporting Public Health Above Titanic Profits."   > Read More

Stand Up and March on July 6th

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Will you stand up to the neighborhood bully?

Titan's recent attempts to  bully our citizens and manipulate our elected leaders  should have us all marching in the streets. Join us in Castle Hayne  NEXT WED. JULY 6  for a community-wide action.  We will meet at Holly Shelter School at 5:00 PM  and peacefully parade down the street, as a community united against Titan Cement. Our march will be a half-mile and we will end at our new billboard on Castle Hayne Rd. For directions to Holly Shelter School, click  here  > Read More

Titan suing residents - UPDATE on SLAPP suit

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Many of you have been asking for an update on the lawsuit filed against two, local citizens who spoke their concerns about Titan America’s plans to build a massive cement plant and mine in our community. Here’s the latest…

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Results are in -- Citizens want Titan's permit delayed

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

  Almost three-quarters of registered voters in New Hanover County support delaying state permits for Titan America’s proposed cement plant north of Wilmington until all the environmental and human health effects are fully explored, according to a new poll.  Seventy-three percent of the respondents support the delay, while 21 percent do not. The rest were unsure. Click here to read the full report.  > Read More

Darrell/Hill Citizens Legal Defense Fund Established

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Kayne Darrell and Dr. David Hill are two citizens being sued by Titan. They have set up a private legal defense fund to raise money for this suit. For more information on how to donate to this fund visit www.fighttitan.com or click here.  > Read More

Legal Fund established, Community rallies

Monday, March 14, 2011

Legal fund for citizens’ being sued by Titan seeking support – Ten days ago, the Star News reported that two New Hanover County residents, Kayne Darrell and pediatrician Dr. David Hill, were being sued by Titan Cement. Since the news broke, the community has reacted strongly in support of Darrell and Dr. Hill. One of the many generous offers came from a concerned individual in the form of an online, secure legal fund web site. Folks are encouraged to donate money to support Darrell and Dr. Hill as they take on Titan in the courts either though the online site or by mailing checks or cash to Darrell/Hill Legal Defense Fund - P. O. Box 7576 - Wilmington, NC 28406. > Read More

Titan Suing Citizens

Monday, March 07, 2011

On Saturday, March 5th, the Star-News reported that two New Hanover County residents, Kayne Darrell and pediatrician Dr. David Hill, were being sued by Titan Cement for slander and defamation, “charging they made defamatory and untrue statements about Titan’s push to obtain permits to build a cement plant in Castle Hayne” at a county commissioners meeting more than a year ago. > Read More