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Pender animals rescued, three people charged with animal cruelty

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

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Three people in Pender County face ten counts of animal cruelty after ten horses, along with eight dogs, were rescued from a Hampstead barn Thursday.

It appears they’ve been neglected for a significant period of time, without food, water, or proper care.

“They are in very, very poor body condition, very very poor body condition, like, almost the worst,” said Topsail Humane Society President Cathy Williams.

Their skinny bodies with their ribs clearly showing are sure signs of neglect. The Pender County Sheriff’s Office received several complaints about the horses’ conditions, prompting deputies to take action.

“It’s very disturbing. It bothers me to see any animal placed in this kind of condition,” said Sgt. Michael Lewis.

The three own owners have each been charged with ten counts of animal cruelty, one for each horse.

Sgt Lewis and Cathy Williams said the economy may be to blame.

“They have to decide whether to feed their kids or their animals and unfortunately it’s the animals that are not getting fed,” said Cathy Williams.

These horses have a long road ahead. While they’re safe at a Hampstead stable now, they’ll be quarantined for weeks, fed special food, and given lots of care.

The Topsail Humane Society hopes to eventually place them in foster care to live happy, healthy lives.

When we reached one of the owners being charged with animal cruelty, he had no comment.

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Legislators try to repeal insurance rate increases

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

A group of coastal legislators headed by Rep. Tim Spear, D-Washington, is trying to head off homeowners insurance rate increases that went into effect May 1.

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Furtal raises money for Pender schools

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

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In this down economy, many schools are facing severe budget cuts. A Wilmington technology company has come up with an innovative way to generate revenue for schools and their surrounding community.

Many of us do our shopping online, and now you can raise money for a school at the same time. Pender county schools are already on board.

The economic burden is hitting schools across the country and a Wilmington company has found a way to help.

A website called “Furtal” serves as a funding portal for schools.

“We don’t have any discretionary income for the schools. So this is an avenue to really fill that void for them,” stated Chairman Tom Roper of the Pender County Board of Education.

Here’s how it works. Instead of doing your online shopping by going straight to the retailer’s website, go to furtal.com, and find your school’s site. Then you can shop at more than 200 major retailers, including Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Office Depot. About 5 percent of your purchase goes back to your school.

That can really add up. “Pender County lost 20% of their budget, which I think came out to like $7 million. And this isn’t going to make up that shortfall of 7 million dollars but what this does is put money directly into the school,” said Brad Hinely, Furtal co-founder.

Topsail High Principal is in favor of the program. “It’s a great concept because it’s non intrusive. It’s something that we’re not asking the parents to buy for us. It’s something they already naturally do, they shop online.”

Brad Hinely said Furtal has a lot of potential if schools and the surrounding community embrace it. “Everybody wins, the business wins, the school wins, and he people still get the product they were going to buy anyway.”

Principal Skipper just hopes people don’t forget about buying through Furtal over the summer.

Furtal hopes to expand to all the schools in our surrounding counties and eventually across the country.

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Psychologist testifies on accused rapist’s mental illness, cocaine abuse

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

A rape defendant’s mental health problems and crack-cocaine abuse created the conditions for his actions last April when he allegedly raped, robbed and beat a 95-year-old woman in her historic district home, a psychologist testified Thursday morning.

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State rescinds swim advisories in Brunswick

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources has lifted two swimming advisories in Brunswick County.

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