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Archive for May, 2009

Accused of taking indecent liberties, teacher resigns

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

The former New Hanover County teacher charged with inappropriately touching a 15-year-old student Saturday had worked for three school districts in less than five years, and was suspended twice before her resignation from Williston Middle School.

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Police find former teacher in back seat of car with boy

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

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A former Williston Middle School teacher is in hot water after police found her in the back seat of a car with a fifteen-year-old boy early Saturday morning.

Jessica Wishnask worked at Williston for two years before recently resigning. According to New Hanover County Schools, Jessica Wishnask left in December 2008, for “personal” reasons.

Police found the 27-year-old former 7th grade Williston teacher and a fifteen-year-old boy in the 300 block of Market Street around 4:30 Saturday morning.

This comes as a shock to New Hanover County School officials who pride themselves on their extensive background checks for all their employees. “We do everything we can to make sure there are no indicators at all that the person would be a danger to a student,” said NHC Assistant Superintendent John Welmers.

Neighbors said Jessica Wishnask moved out of a home on Amber Pines Drive in Leland about three months ago.

She and her husband have a young daughter together, and are in the middle of a separation.

According to the State Board of Education, she is a licensed teacher, but if the 15-year-old turns out to have been one of her students, the State Ethics Commission has the power to revoke her license.

After more than 30 years working in education, Assistant Superintendent John Welmers said incidents like this are rare. “Anytime a student is involved in anything like this, that a student can be impacted by the actions of a teacher, we also hate it for the teacher, and what is she doing with her life and her personal career, so we were all sad to hear it.”

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videoA former Williston Middle School teacher is in hot water after police found her in the back seat of a car with a fifteen-year-old boy early Saturday morning.

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Preservation group unveils ‘threatened’ locations list

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

The 2009 “Most Threatened Historic Places List” was unveiled Tuesday by the Historic Wilmington Foundation.

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Albino gator Luna ready for her debut

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s newest resident now has a name – and just in time for her public unveiling.

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Marino on Money: May 26

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

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What do we do with someone who spends too much money?

First, who is ‘someone’? Depending on the person’s income, there may not be enough money to make it through the month. But this question is probably about someone who doesn’t have enough money, period. No matter how much the person makes, he or she seem to spend it all. In my experience, the reason is psychological. Often, spending money fills an emotional need. It may make you feel happy or successful. Or it makes you forget something you want to forget.

Some men may be thinking this is about women. And yes, some women are shop-a-holics. Men are too. But for men, it just usually happens with big ticket items. Men may not shop all of the time, but when they do, look out. It may take years to pay for it; their purchases. Of course, not all men are big ticket item shoppers. Some are ‘collectors’. They could be thinking: after all, collecting is like a hobby – totally harmless. Even better, whatever I’m collecting may be worth more in the future; could even build my net worth.

Now women, don’t laugh too much. Many of you overspend but claim you are saving money. After all, it the purchase was on sale. A penny saved is a penny earned. It’s like making money. What could be wrong with that? I suppose nothing, as long as you can afford it. Tomorrow I’ll talk about determining what you can afford.

If you have a financial question for Ross, you can use the Marino on Money page.

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videoStaying within your means is crucial in today’s economy. In Tuesday’s Marino on Money, Ross has some useful tips on responsible spending.

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