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Archive for April, 2009

New Hanover County Sheriff selected in a landslide

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

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Three men were considered to take over for Sheriff Sid Causey when he retires in July; Chief Deputy Ed McMahon, retired sheriff’s office Major David Smithey and another retired Major Lawrence Hayes. Monday night, New Hanover County Democratic Executive Committee members cast their votes. With 250 votes to Smithey’s 62 and a half and Hayes’ zero, it was a landslide for McMahon.

McMahon, who has been with the sheriff’s office for 18 years, has been Sheriff Causey’s recommendation since Causey announced his retirement. Causey said while he’s friends with all three men who were up for the spot, he feels in his heart McMahon is the best choice. “He is the kind of person that serves as a sheriff should and also protects. When the hammer needs to fall, he can drop it,” Causey said.

Sheriff Causey calls McMahon a unique man with impeccable integrity who’s grounded in the community. “He is truly, truly a good man and he always, all the time, tries to do the right thing,” he said.

McMahon said he is ready and excited to start serving. “The one promise that I would give is that I want to be a servant leader and that any decisions that I make will be based on what’s best for the community, not for Ed McMahon,” said Chief Deputy McMahon.

New Hanover County Commissioners still have to approve Monday night’s recommendation, but state law says they “shall elect” the party’s nominee.

Sheriff Causey has asked for that vote to be added to the commissioners’ agenda for their first meeting in June.

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videoThe man likely to be the next New Hanover County Sheriff has been selected. Members of the county’s Democratic Party Monday night overwhelmingly voted for Chief Deputy Ed McMahon.

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NC Medical Board ranked among most improved in US

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

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RALEIGH — A consumer group says North Carolina’s medical regulators are among the most improved in the nation for protecting patients against unethical doctors or those whose care is below standards.

The News & Observer reported Tuesday that the group Public Citizen ranked the North Carolina Medical Board 14th this year for the years 2006-2008. The board was ranked 41st in the period from 2001-2003.

The medical board licenses doctors and disciplines them.

North Carolina’s board had been criticized for not taking strong actions against troubled physicians and in 2006 it hired more investigators and said it would be more aggressive.

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

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A consumer group says North Carolina’s medical regulators are among the most improved in the nation for protecting patients against unethical doctors or those whose care is below standards.

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Brunswick County sheriffs searching for missing man

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

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The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office needs your help finding a missing man.

Daniel Michaels, better known as Danny, was last seen Wednesday in the Shallotte area. Michaels has not come home, but is believed to be somewhere in Supply.

If you have any information on where he is, call the sheriff’s office at 910-253-2777.

 
 
 
 

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The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office needs your help finding a missing man. Daniel Michaels, better known as Danny, was last seen Wednesday in the Shallotte area.

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NC DMV workers retire after being cleared in probe

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

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RALEIGH — Two officials with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles are retiring after they were cleared by an investigation into whether they took free tickets from a vendor
to a state inauguration event.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that questions arose after Gov. Beverly Perdue’s inauguration as to whether the employees took tickets from Verizon Business.

Brian Bozard and Deborah Brewer are retiring as of May 1. DMV Commissioner Mike Robertson said neither retired under pressure.

Verizon is paid $9 million annually to handle data for the state’s electronic auto inspection program.

An investigative report said Brewer received three tickets to an event from Verizon and paid the company with a $475 check.

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

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Two officials with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles are retiring after they were cleared by an investigation into whether they took free tickets from a vendor to a state inauguration event.

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Water Festival to help highlight Earth Week in NC

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

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RALEIGH — State officials say a water festival at a North Carolina park will be held to help highlight the observance of Earth Week in North Carolina to 8th grade students.

The event at Pilot Mountain State Park runs Tuesday through Thursday at the Yadkin River section north of the park. The festival is being sponsored by the state park and the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Surry County.

The festival is designed to educate the students about water resources.

It is one of several events this week. On Wednesday, Lake James State Park in McDowell County is sponsoring nature activities for adults and children and offering a “Get Outside Kit.”

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

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State officials say a water festival at a North Carolina park will be held to help highlight the observance of Earth Week in North Carolina to 8th grade students.

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