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Archive for February, 2009

Facing budget squeeze, mental health center seeks ideas

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

A day after Southeastern Center for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services got a reprieve to keep services going, agency officials heard suggestions for how to spend money in the future.

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Wilmington council approves plan for services in Monkey Junction

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Wilmington city council took the second concrete step Tuesday toward annexing 1,040 acres and an estimated 3,900 residents in Monkey Junction, an area which also includes scores of businesses.

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Deadline approaching for NHC employees

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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The deadline is fast approaching for New Hanover County employees looking to volunteer to take early retirement.

The county manager met with department heads on Friday. The county is asking eligible employees to step forward and volunteer for early retirement. This includes any and all county employees, including members of New Hanover County law enforcement agencies.

If not enough choose this option, the county will go forward with a lay off plan.

“If no one takes advantage of this, we’ll have to look at the furloughs, and possibly layoffs just to get our budget in line,” said NHC Commissioner Jason Thompson.

County employees have until February 27th to decide.

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The deadline is fast approaching for New Hanover County employees looking to volunteer to take early retirement.

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Laws could change around animal euthanasia

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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A bill being discussed in the state legislature could change the way stray or unwanted animals are put down.

Now, shelters can use lethal injection or a gas chamber, but with a newly proposed bill, state lawmakers may make the decision.

If passed, House Bill 6 would outlaw the use of gas chambers to put down animals, a process more than 30 counties in the state still use, including Brunswick.

County Health Director Don Yousey oversees the shelter. He said the use of the gas chamber is a necessary evil. “Those animals that you can handle safely we put those all down with a needle we don’t use the chamber. It’s the ones we can’t handle safely when we use the chamber.”

Each year, the Brunswick County Shelter takes in around 6,000 strays or unwanted pets. Last year, animal control officials there had to euthanize more than 5,000 animals, around 2,200 by injection and 2,900 in the gas chamber.

The issue has been debated for years. Animal rights advocates like Janie Withers said passing this bill has taken long enough. “It’s the humane thing to do. It’s been around for six years; this bill in some form has been around for six years. It’s time to get it finished and done.”

Yousey said if it were up to him, no animals would ever have to be euthanized, but it starts with the responsibility of the public.

If the bill becomes law, gas chambers would have to be dismantled by the year 2011.

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videoA bill being discussed in the state legislature could change the way stray or unwanted animals are put down.

Now, shelters can use lethal injection or a gas chamber.

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Attempted kidnapping at apartment leads to vehicle chase, crash

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

A man told authorities someone pulled a gun on him Monday night in the parking lot of his apartment complex and then tried to force him into an SUV.

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