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Archive for February, 2009

New Hanover Sheriff Sid Causey announces retirement

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

New Hanover County Sheriff Sid Causey announced his retirement today, which will take effect July 1, 2009, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Southeastern Center dealing with major budget cuts

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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Southeastern Center for Mental Health was forced to cut services across the tri-county area because of major budget cuts. A new director is in place, and is already trying to untangle the financial mess.

Foster Norman has only been the new director of Southeastern Center for Mental Health for about a month. In that short time, he started holding public meetings to help properly allocate the funds Southeastern already has.

Norman hopes to assess each patient and their needs, and provide them the most services they can within their budget. He said the problems started when Southeastern began providing services to their patients that they could not pay for.

By outlining stricter guidelines for who needs what services, he hopes to stay within budget this upcoming year. “I would love for everyone to get every service that they need, unfortunately we have a budget that we must stay within. My commitment is to have a system that provides quality services, to the extent that our funding allows,” he said.

Just last week, Southeastern asked New Hanover County commissioners for $2 million to help them get through the fiscal year. That money was part of $5 million put aside for the construction of a new facility, but with this financial crisis, building a new facility if out of the question for now.

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Southeastern Center for Mental Health was forced to cut services across the tri-county area because of major budget cuts. A new director is in place, and is already trying to untangle the financial mess.

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Port lures big industry to new Brunswick/Columbus park, officials say

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Even in tough economic times, a large industrial company is thinking about moving to the future industrial park straddling the Brunswick-Columbus county line.But, cautious about competition, the economic directors in the two counties aren’t giving the identity of that company just yet.

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New Hanover gauges parents’ interest in year-round middle school

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Supporters of a year-round middle school in New Hanover County can now directly state their case to school officials through a survey.

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Pilot dies in helicopter crash

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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MOYOCK, N.C. — Authorities in northeastern North Carolina say an instructor pilot died and a student was seriously injured in a helicopter crash on the campus of the private security contractor Xe (pronounced ‘zee’).

Currituck County spokesman Randall Edwards said the crash occurred at 1:33 p.m. Tuesday. He said one person was pronounced dead at the scene, and a second taken to a hospital in nearby
Chesapeake, Va., with serious injuries.

Initial reports from the Federal Aviation Administration said only one person was hurt in the crash, but Camden County Sheriff Tony Perry confirmed Tuesday afternoon the pilot was killed.

Xe is the security and training company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide. The company’s campus is located about 30 minutes south of Norfolk, Va.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Authorities in northeastern North Carolina say an instructor pilot died and a student was seriously injured in a helicopter crash on the campus of the private security contractor Xe.

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