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Archive for July, 2009

Investigation lands detention officer in jail

Friday, July 17th, 2009

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A Pender County Sheriff’s Office investigation has ended with the arrest of a detention officer. Thirty-three-year-old Sherwood Anthony Pickett faces multiple charges, including extortion and solicitation for crimes against nature.

The victim in this case is an inmate who showed up late for serving a weekend jail sentence. He was told to go home, and the officer allegedly followed him there.

Pickett is being held in a jail outside Pender County, under $150,000 bond.

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A Pender County Sheriff’s Office investigation has ended with the arrest of a detention officer. Thirty-three-year-old Sherwood Anthony Pickett faces multiple charges, including extortion and solicitation for crimes against nature.

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Complete list of candidates for 2009 New Hanover County municipal elections

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Carolina Beach Town Council Alan Gilbert, 601 Atlanta Ave., Carolina Beach.Michael Kopitopoulos, 505 Carolina Beach Ave., Carolina Beach.Alicia Lachance, 102 Carolina Sands Drive, Carolina Beach, 40.Lonnie Lashley, 102 Florida Ave., Carolina Beach.Robert (Bob) Lewis, 670 Saint Joseph St., Carolina Beach, 59.

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Convenience store robbed Thursday night

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Two men dressed in black and wearing ski masks held up a convenience store Thursday night on Dawson Street, officials said.

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Cape Fear Pride Pleasure Island: Joyner Marina

Friday, July 17th, 2009

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The Joyner Marina is home to about seventy boats. It is also home for Sue Vann, its dock master. “This is home. I live where I work, and work where I live,” she said. “When I say I work 24-7, I pretty much mean that.”

The marina’s central location, nestled inside the Intracoastal Waterway, makes it a prime spot to park anything from a yacht to a kayak. Laura Dill is visiting from Rock Hill, SC and said, “It is very nice, it is a quiet marina. We are in a condo right here so it is really convenient just to walk down and get on your boat and go. It is easy access to everywhere.”

The marina is just one of the many places that add to the revitalization of Carolina Beach. About a year ago, the marina was completely revamped. Vann said, “This place has come to life in the last couple of years. We have done a complete renovation to the whole marina. We have torn out the old docks, and rebuilt them out of this beautiful Brazilian hardwood.”

Residents said they have noticed the positive changes. “We have all been very happy about this place because it was so empty, for so long and now there are so many boats here. It is great for them because it is more business for the place and everything,” said Gabrielle Vaughn.

And business is good, despite a slow economy. Vann said almost every slip is spoken for. But beyond a place to park, the marina makes it easy for boaters to enjoy what the water has to offer. “It is really fun, especially when you get out on the water and you just see all the nature around you,” said Brice Landstreet of Rock Hill, SC.

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videoAbout a year ago, the Joyner Marina was fully renovated. It is where boats big and small are docked, from all over the country and state. It is also a place for families and fun.

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Judge backs June Atkinson

Friday, July 17th, 2009

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A superior court judge ruled Friday that Governor Bev Perdue cannot appoint a separate CEO for the public schools.

In January, Perdue named Bill Harrison chairman of the education board and CEO of the public school system. Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson, who was elected by voters, said that effectively diminished her job to that of an ambassador for public instruction.

The judge ruled that the state constitution gives Atkinson the power to be the day-to-day administrator of the state’s education bureaucracy.

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A superior court judge ruled Friday that Governor Bev Perdue cannot appoint a separate CEO for the public schools. In January, Perdue named Bill Harrison chairman of the education board and CEO of the public school system.

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