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Archive for May, 2009

Reaction to Oak Island annexation vote

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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Many Oak Island residents are breathing a sigh of relief after annexation was voted down.

Town council voted to drop the proposal Tuesday night to annex some 1,600 residents within the Long Beach corridor between Highway 211 and the Oak Island Bridge.

Residents in the Sea Pines community say they didn’t want to be annexed in the first place. “It’s basically forcing people to do things they don’t want to do. It’s unfair,” said Mike Murray.

With annexation would have come some benefits. Residents would have received Oak Island fire and police services, road improvements and debris pick up.

The down side for residents, property tax rates would have gone up by 14 cents.

Members of the community say the town has no business in their neighborhood. “We got water, we got sewer, trash pick up everything we need. We have the sheriff’s department taking care of us. The police department from Oak Island, they don’t have enough people to take care of us over here,” said James Miller.

Members of the Sea Pines community went so far as to file suit against the town to stop forced annexation.

Mayor Johnie Vereen and council member John Ramsey say they eventually understand why residents were so against it.

“It’s one thing to ask you to come with me, it’s another thing when I tie a rope around your neck and drag you over there and that’s what we were doing,” said Vareen.

“There seems to be more ‘anti’ about it than for it and we just felt right to let them make the choice,” added John Ramsey.

If the long beach corridor had become part of Oak Island, it would have generated between 80 and 100 dollars per household for the town.

Mayor Vereen said the cost of providing services to residents and the amount of revenue taxes would bring, wouldn’t have added up to much of a gain for the town.

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videoMany Oak Island residents are breathing a sigh of relief after annexation was voted down.

Town council voted to drop the proposal Tuesday night to annex some 1,600 residents within the Long Beach corridor between Highway 211 and the Oak Island Bridge.

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Familiar faces will be missing from One Tree Hill

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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When One Tree Hill returns in the fall it will be missing two familiar faces. The public relations office for the show confirms that Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton will not be returning as Lucas Scott and Peyton Sawyer-Scott. Both have been on the show since it premiered in 2003.

The PR office would not elaborate on why the actors won’t be returning to One Tree Hill.

Even though she won’t be part of the cast anymore, Hilarie Burton may be sticking around Wilmington. She is one of the creators of Southern Gothic Productions, a local production company.

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The public relations office for the show confirms that Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton will not be returning as Lucas Scott and Peyton Sawyer-Scott.

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Coach Miller retires as county athletic director

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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Coaching legend Joe Miller retired from coaching 15 years ago and come September first, he’ll be hanging up his athletic director hat as well.

Joe Miller became the head football coach at New Hanover High School in 1974. He coached the wildcats for 20 seasons.

In 1994, he was named the Director of Athletics for the New Hanover County school system.

Miller has coached a handful of students who later played professional sports including Trot Nixon, Alge Crumpler and Clyde Simmons.

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Coaching legend Joe Miller retired from coaching 15 years ago and come September first, he’ll be hanging up his athletic director hat as well.

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Woman, hit by car while driving tractor in April, dies

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

A 77-year-old Wilmington woman died Tuesday night as a result of injuries she sustained last month when the tractor she was driving was hit by a car along Carolina Beach Road, the N.C. Highway Patrol said Wednesday.

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Strict involuntary committment for mentally ill makes need for meds more vital

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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One in four adults in the US will suffer from a mental health problem, ranging from mild depression to severe schizophrenia.

Many patients rely on medication alone to keep them on track. Mental health experts say it’s when a patient neglects to take their medication, that problems can take place.

Experts say it’s a cycle; patients take their meds until they feel better, and think they’re cured.

Jeri Fox said her brother, Donald, suffers from a mental illness, and all she wants is for him to get the help he needs. “He’s been mentally ill, saddled with several monkeys on his back since he was 16.”

Donald has found himself on the wrong side of the law on more than one occasion. “He was getting himself in trouble without medication,” Jeri said.

Mental health providers in North Carolina are there to prescribe medication and provide support.

From there, it’s up to the individual. It’s up to the patient to seek out more intense treatment as well. “We cannot force individuals into treatment,” said Foster Norman, Director of the Southeastern Center for Mental Health.

Norman says the involuntary commitment laws in North Carolina are so strict, they can only commit individuals that are a danger to themselves or to society.

“There is no cure, for the array of what we consider mental health illnesses. But there are effective treatments,” Norman said.

No matter how mild, mental health illnesses cannot be cured.

Support from family and friends is a form of treatment. That’s why Fox wants the public to know that everyone is affected by mental illness in one way or another.

“They should not turn their noses up, or think these people are strange to live next to. Cause they are the kindest heartest people that have been affected by the ruins of society.”

Foster Norman hopes the state will loosen the involuntary commitment laws in the future, but right now he is focused on balancing the budget and creating more mental health services at the local level.

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videoOne in four adults in the US will suffer from a mental health problem, ranging from mild depression to severe schizophrenia.

Many patients rely on medication alone to keep them on track. Mental health experts say it’s when a patient neglects to take their medication, that problems can take place.

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