JANUARY 19, 2006 -- The vote is in from Hampstead, and the results are close. However, a majority has decided the community does not want to become a town.
A forum was held on the issue Thursday night at South Topsail Elementary. The "no" votes won out, 364 to 304. Although the vote was to not incorporate, the issue isn't dead. People who say the community would be safer with full-time police officers and firefighters say they may try again in the future. But State Representative Carolyn Justice told the gathering she will not take the idea of incorporation to the state legislature this year and without the legislature's approval Hampstead can't become a town.