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Archive for April, 2009

Want to voice your opinion on state spending?

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

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You can voice your opinion about state spending Tuesday night.

The North Carolina House is hosting a public hearing to get input on the state budget. House members want to hear from regular folks who are not normally engaged in the process.

The meeting is from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Raleigh. If you do not want to make the drive to Raleigh, there will also be video hookups at several community colleges.

In our area, Bladen Community College will be wired up for the event. The college is located on Highway 41 West in Dublin. The conference starts at 6:00 p.m.

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The North Carolina House is hosting a public hearing to get input on the state budget. House members want to hear from regular folks who are not normally engaged in the process.

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Government keeps NC lottery prizes if winner owes

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Winning the lottery in North Carolina can mean no payout if the winner owes the state back taxes, student loans or child support.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that the state has collected $1.3 million in overdue payments from lottery winners since the first ticket was sold in 2006.

Some winners also have had to repay hospital debts. State law requires that officials check winners to see if they have such debts.

Lottery spokeswoman Alice Garland says some winners are happy the money will repay such debts, including a man who hit a $100,000 prize and paid some for back child support.

One man who won a $35,000 prize left the lottery office with nothing after taxes and debt payments were deducted.

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

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Winning the lottery in North Carolina can mean no payout if the winner owes the state back taxes, student loans or child support.

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Shots fired at North Kerr, two arrested

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

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Shots were fired into a house on North Kerr Avenue Monday night. Deputies tell WWAY two men pulled up to the house and got into an argument with someone who lived there.

The victim told police two black men came into the house, took some cash, fired two shots at him and fled. A next door neighbor said he heard shooting and then saw one of the men take off with the victim’s car. “All we heard was two shots and I was joking around saying, ‘Someone got shot,’ and we see a boy jump the fence,” said Timothy Watkins. “We ran through the house to see what’s going on. There were two guys standing right there with a gun. They tried to leave, stole his car, and took off.”

Wilmington Police found one of the cars involved just a few miles away in the 4300 block of Fairlawn Drive.

Twenty-seven-year-old Corie Jaquan Batts and twenty-two-year-old David Davon Kearse, both of Wilmington, were found in the victim’s vehicle with a handgun and the stolen cash.

Batts and Kearse have been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, assault with a deadly weapon and larceny of a motor vehicle. They are in the New Hanover County Jail under $75,000 secured bonds.

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Shots were fired into a house on North Kerr Avenue Monday night. Deputies tell WWAY two men pulled up to the house and got into an argument with someone who lived there.

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Here Now – Expert explains how to run an effective meeting

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

A point of order: This is a column about how to make meetings better. Tops on the agenda is helping any poor soul who has to run a meeting.

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Teen airlifted to hospital after crash in Brunswick County

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

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A teen was airlifted to the hospital after an accident in Brunswick County Monday. The crash occurred just before 5:00 p.m. at Maco and Goodman Roads near Leland.

The 17-year-old turned left onto Goodman Road in front of a tractor-trailer. The truck driver was not injured, but the teen had to be cut out of the car. Witness Brett Henderson said, “I was the first one to go up and talk to the girl that was involved in the accident. She was leaned over in her seat, in the passenger seat gasping for breath. She raised her head up at least three different times trying to sit up but kept passing out.”

The girl was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not charged.

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A teen was airlifted to the hospital after an accident in Brunswick County Monday. The crash occurred just before 5:00 p.m. at Maco and Goodman Roads near Leland.

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