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Archive for June, 2009

2 workers injured at Slim Jim plant sue contracting firm

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Two workers injured in an explosion at a Slim Jim processing plant in North Carolina have sued a contracting firm, saying that company is responsible for a natural gas leak identified as the cause of the blast.

Attorney David Stradley of Raleigh says the lawsuit was filed late this afternoon in Johnston County. He says employees Leonard Spruill of Selma and Tammie O’Neal of Zebulon sued Raleigh-based Southern Industrial Constructors.

Federal investigators have said a natural gas leak caused the explosion, which killed three people June 9 and injured dozens at the Garner plant.

Southern Industrial President John Wilson says the company had five employees working under the supervision of ConAgra’s maintenance department. Although Stradley said building permits
indicated Southern Industrial employees were installing natural gas-fired water heaters, Wilson said his company has never installed a water heater at ConAgra.

He says he’s confident that his company has no involvement.

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

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Two workers injured in an explosion at a Slim Jim processing plant in North Carolina have sued a contracting firm, saying that company is responsible for a natural gas leak identified as the cause of the blast.

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Celebration takes a look back on the accomplishments of Sheriff Sid Causey

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

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The turnout at Sheriff Sid Causey’s retirement ceremony Monday night showed just how many lives Causey has touched throughout his career. “When you’re in law enforcement, you get recognized a lot, but it’s not always positive, so to see good friends and supporters, it just really makes you feel good,” said the New Hanover County sheriff.

The event was a celebration of Causey, from his early days as a Carolina Beach lifeguard to working for the county Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, to becoming the top law enforcement officer in the county – overseeing more than 400 employees.

“I feel a sense of some accomplishment, and just knowing that I do have a good staff, and a good man coming in to replace me, so I’m comfortable with that,” Causey said.

Chief Deputy Ed McMahon will take over. Among those who recognized the sheriff: the FBI, Secret Service, Wilmington Police Department, and the offices of Governor Perdue and Congressman Mike McIntyre.

Former Wilimington mayor, David Jones said, “I saw him come up in the ranks in the department – one of the best drug enforcement officers we’ve ever had.”

Causey and his wife India are staying local, in the county on which the sheriff has without a doubt, left his mark. “He’s a classy individual, he’s made us a great sheriff and he’s highly respected not only here, but all law enforcement across the country,” added Jones.

One way the sheriff will enjoy retirement: he said he and his wife plan to take a cross county road trip with some friends.

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videoThere are two weeks and counting until New Hanover County Sheriff Sid Causey turns in his badge for the retired life. After 39 years in law enforcement, Sheriff Causey has made countless friends and acquaintances; many of whom attended his retirement celebration Monday night.

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Severe thunderstorm warning expires, watch continues until 11 p.m.

Monday, June 15th, 2009

The severe thunderstorm warning for west central Brunswick and central Columbus counties will expire at 8:45 p.m. Monday.The National Weather Service office in Wilmington said the severe thunderstorm which prompted the warning had weakened by 8:36 p.m.

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Tornado spotted near Whiteville, trees reported down in Bladen County

Monday, June 15th, 2009

A tornado was spotted near Whiteville on Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service. Earlier, trees were reported down in Bladen County.

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Brunswick County to pay 911 fees to Oak Island

Monday, June 15th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Brunswick County will pay back the town of Oak Island more than $250,000 in 911 dispatch fees it has not received for more than two years.

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