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2008 Top 10 Stories No. 9: Military Growth

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By From staff reports

Wilmington, NC – WHQR News has poured over all the news that happened in 2008 and is counting down "our take" of the ten biggest stories. Continuing the countdown at Number Nine is the rapid growth of the Marine Corps around Camp Lejeune.

In late 2007, the Marine Corps announced its plan to recruit and train 27,000 additional Marines. Camp Lejeune, New River Air Station and Cherry Point will divvy up more than 11,000 of those Marines.

Almost half of the Marines arrived in 2008. That prompted local officials to build new schools and make upgrades and additions to the local water and sewer systems.

But infrastructure already is overburdened and area leaders say current residents will pay for the upgrades before their new neighbors arrive.

The growth around Camp Lejeune is expected to bring 9,500 new civilians and create 7,200 jobs with an average pay that exceeds the Onslow County average.

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