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Archive for July, 2009

Sheriff McMahon works on reorganization within sheriff’s office

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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It was a day of promotions and reorganization for the New Hanover County Sherriff’s Office.

Sheriff Ed McMahon eliminated one lieutenant’s position and created a new colonel position. The reorganization will provide more attention for several divisions within the sheriff’s office and save nearly $80,000.

As part of the reorganization, six deputies were promoted, including Rhonda Smith who became the new chief deputy. “Before I was over Patrol and Detective divisions, now it will be over Support Services as well as Detention. I served as a captain over both of those, so it’s like coming home,” said Chief Deputy Smith.

Sheriff McMahon said the reorganization will mean more responsibility for many people throughout the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff spent the afternoon outlining goals for his office with the newly promoted employees.

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Sheriff Ed McMahon eliminated one lieutenant’s position and created a new colonel position. The reorganization will provide more attention for several divisions within the sheriff’s office and save nearly $80,000.

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Hundreds of former inmates could be tested for TB

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

By Vicky Eckenrode,Vicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

Brunswick County health officials are offering to test 700 inmates who were at the county’s jail when a man with tuberculosis was in custody there. The man, who was contagious, was at the jail between eight and nine months, Health Director Don Yousey said.

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Residents of apartments upset by flood confusion

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

Some residents displaced from their apartments after Monday night’s flood said they were confused and upset about a lack of communication and arrangements by their apartment complex managers.

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City looking at privacy issues surrounding emails

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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The city of Wilmington is reviewing its e-mail policy after the Wilmington Star News discovered nearly 40,000 e-mails to and from city and employees had been marked as “private” within the last year.

State law says most e-mails sent and received by city employees and elected officials that pertain to city operations are public record.

The primary exception is confidential e-mails that relate to personnel issues.

Some of the e-mails that were marked “private” were about the annexation of Monkey Junction and the new convention center.

Other private e-mails referred to more insignificant things like moving office furniture.

“We don’t get it right every time. The flip side is we can face legal action, if we allow something to be open that should be protected,” said City Public Information Officer Malissa Talbert.

The city is looking into a way to help its staff properly filter what is, and what isn’t private information.

Just today, the Governor signed an executive order saying emails sent to and from state government accounts will be public record for ten years.

Each employee must keep their e-mails for at least 24 hours so they can be backed up on tape, unless for some reason, they’re clearly not business related.

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The city of Wilmington is reviewing its e-mail policy after the Wilmington Star News discovered nearly 40,000 e-mails to and from city and employees had been marked as “private” within the last year.

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Birds of a different feather flock together

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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Our region is home to many species of birds, many of which choose to nest on an island off the lower Cape Fear River.

“There is abundant food here in the lower Cape, and most of these birds feed on fish,” said Walker Golder of the NC Audubon Society.

Thousands of birds flock to Ferry Slip Island to nest and nurture their young.

“The island doesn’t have human disturbance or predators, that’s the key to why the birds are here, and why they are thriving,” Golder said.

Many of the birds are sand nesting birds, which is why you’ll find them right along the coastline. But pelicans, they prefer to nest in vegetation, which is why you’ll find them deeper in on Bird Island, as it as also called.

“The island is a critical nesting habitat for birds like brown pelicans, royal turns, sandwich turns, laughing gulls,” Golder explained.

Bird Island is man-made, created by the Army Corps of Engineers.

The sand and sludge dredged out of the Cape Fear River makes up the core of the island. New sand is added every few years to fight erosion.

The Audubon Society tries to keep the size of the island fairly small. The smaller it is, the less likely it is for predators and human life to discover it, and threaten the species there.

“Right now, if a raccoon for to get out here, he could make a living for a while, but during the off season, there are very few birds here at all,” Golder said.

The nesting season on Bird Island usually lasts from April through August.

It is illegal for the public to roam the island anytime during the year.

North Carolina Wildlife and the Audubon Society patrol it daily.

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videoOur region is home to many species of birds, many of which choose to nest on an island off the lower Cape Fear River. Thousands of birds flock to Ferry Slip Island to nest, and nurture their young.

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