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Wilmington man dies after crashing car into Kings Grant house

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

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A Wilmington man has died after crashing his car into a house in the Kings Grant neighborhood. Neighbors said there are simply too many accidents on their roads.

William Jeffrey Polley was driving a minivan down Lord Tennyson Drive Monday night when he failed to make a turn and crashed into Tim Worrell’s brick home.

“I came around the house and he was conscious and he was talking and he was rubbing his face, you know checking himself out and they actually walked him to the emergency vehicle where he stood for five or ten minutes and then they put him in a stretcher and took him away,” Worrell said.

However, he died at the hospital shortly after.

Polley was driving ten miles an hour over the speed limit.

Highway patrol is waiting for a toxicology report to see if alcohol was a factor. Family members think otherwise.

“He was just diagnosed with diabetes, but he didn’t have the money for medicine and he didn’t have insurance and they wouldn’t give him Medicare, so he was going untreated,” said Polley’s sister Lisa Fox.

They think his illness caused him to black out at the wheel and crash.

Neighbors say this stretch of road has seen its share of accidents and in February, an eleven-year-old boy was hit by a vehicle while walking down the street. The driver wasn’t speeding, but neighbors said, most people do exceed the 35-mile-per-hour limit.

Worrell said these incidents show the need for lights and speed bumps on Lord Tennyson Drive. “People are getting hit, houses are getting hit, it’s not a good situation.”

Polley’s family said he used to live in Kings Grant, and had driven down that road a thousand times.

Troopers said they should know if diabetes or alcohol were factors, in the coming weeks.

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William Jeffrey Polley was driving a minivan down Lord Tennyson Drive Monday night when he failed to make a turn and crashed into Tim Worrell’s brick home. He died a short time after reaching the hospital, however.

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DOT to review report, determine when bridge work can resume

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

The N.C. Department of Transportation received a report Tuesday outlining the cause of the fatal beam collapse at the new Oak Island bridge in December.

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NC furniture plant plans to close in 2 months

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

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SHELBY, N.C. — A furniture manufacturing plant in western North Carolina plans to close in two months, eliminating more than 100 jobs.

Bernhardt Furniture officials said Monday they will close by June 12 unless there is a dramatic change in the furniture market.

The Star of Shelby reported the plant has operated in the city nearly 40 years.

Human resources vice president William Howard says the employees he met with Monday were sad but understanding.

Lenoir-based Bernhardt has no plans to dismantle the plant, hoping for an upturn in the economy.

Howard says furniture is a very discretionary item. He says the company’s upholstery plants in Shelby and Lenoir have reduced operations for several weeks because of decreased demand.

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

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A furniture manufacturing plant in western North Carolina plans to close in two months, eliminating more than 100 jobs.

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Dr. Findt installed as president at Bladen Community College

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

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Bladen Community College has new leadership.

In a ceremony on Tuesday, Dr. William Findt was officially installed as the college’s fourth president.

Dr. Findt’s predecessor, Dr. Darrell Page retired last summer.

Dr. Findt has more than three decades of experience in the North Carolina community college system.

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Bladen Community College has new leadership.

In a ceremony on Tuesday, Dr. William Findt was officially installed as the college’s fourth president.

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Duke Power CEO at NC sustainable energy conference

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina agency responsible for managing the state’s increasing use of alternative energy is hearing from Duke Energy CEO James Rogers.

The State Energy Office holds its sixth annual sustainable energy conference in Raleigh on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Duke Power and the state’s other utility, Progress Energy, have had an increased interest in sustainable energy since the state required two years ago that they generate or buy an increasing percentage of their electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar.

Sustainable energy is also part of the Obama administration’s effort to pump money into the sector as a part of its economic recovery and environmental quality efforts.

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

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The North Carolina agency responsible for managing the state’s increasing use of alternative energy is hearing from Duke Energy CEO James Rogers.

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