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Archive for September, 2009

Marino on Money: September 8

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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In this economy, keeping track of our spending is vitally important for many of us. But some folks have trouble keeping tabs on their tabs. Certified financial planner Ross Marino offers some advice in today’s Marino on Money.

Q: Do you have any tips for tracking spending?

You must find a way to track your spending and understand where all of the money is going. When it comes to personal finances, out of sight usually means out of mind. Can you remember where you spent every dollar last month?

Many computer programs provide help with tracking spending. If you either do not have a computer, or are not comfortable using this type of program, use a pen and a notebook.

Try writing down everything you spend money on for one month. Then, write down the details for all of your debts. Include the current balance, interest rates, payments, and when you think the balance will be paid off. This is a sobering exercise, but necessary to understand your financial position.

The more you see debt, the more you want to eliminate the balance and pay it off. Simply reviewing your debts on a regular basis will influence the way you spend money.

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

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videoIn this economy, keeping track of our spending is vitally important for many of us. But some folks have trouble keeping tabs on their tabs. Certified financial planner Ross Marino offers some advice in today’s Marino on Money.

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Rain water lingers in Surf City

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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The heavy rains of Monday are over but the memory, and water, lingers on in Pender County.

Some roadways still had standing water in Surf City on Tuesday. That’s because six to nine inches of rain fell yesterday, which is a lot of water to handle in a short period of time.

In Surf City, the fire department was kept busy making sure all the Labor Day visitors to the island could navigate the roadways safely on their trip home.

“We had road closings and of course traffic directions to get the people around and get them off the island. Because of the Labor Day weekend we had a lot of traffic exiting the island,” said Chief Joe Rivenbark.

The heavy rains were so intense, they reminded some residents of much bigger storms.

“It was equal to the rains of hurricanes that come through. Fortunately we didn’t have the wind to deal with,” Rivenbark said.

The high rainfall totals are very similar to those seen in Wilmington in July that caused flooding along New Center Drive.

Although the amount of rain is similar to tropical systems, its actually another mechanism meteorologists call ‘training’ that produces this heavy rain. Very simply put, training involves heavy thunderstorms passing over the same location for a long period of time.

When water is on the roadways it’s especially important to abide by the turn around, don’t drown policy. Rivenbark warned, “Don’t do the roadways, because it will wash over you. It’s not safe. Just because you can see water, you don’t know how deep it is.”

And folks in Pender County hope they don’t see high water like this for a long time.

The town of Surf City expects to return to business as usual over the next several days as the water continues to subside.

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videoSome roadways still had standing water in Surf City on Tuesday. That’s because six to nine inches of rain fell yesterday, which is a lot of water to handle in a short period of time.

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Grant money given to help domestic violence disputes

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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Domestic violence cases too often get dismissed in court because the relationships are emotional and often the victim’s story changes to protect the abuser. A $200,000 federal grant will be used to hire a team to specialize in these complicated cases and help make sure they are heard in court.

Assistant District Attorney Gina Essey says around 550 domestic violence cases cross her desk every year in Brunswick County alone. About one third are dismissed in court.

“One thing that most people don’t understand is that almost all of the victim’s of domestic violence either recant or change their story. The victims want the violence to end but they want to continue the relationship because they love the person and they love the good things about that person that they see outside of the violence,” Essey said.

In a recent case in Brunswick County, a domestic violence victim dropped a restraining order against her alleged abuser, Alton Lawrence Walters and the two lived together for another year.

This past Sunday, a deputy shot and killed Walters after responding to a disturbance call.

Thanks to a federal grant last year, Brunswick County was able to start a domestic violence prosecution program.

Now it’s Columbus and Bladen’s turn.

“Because of the dynamics in the relationships between the parties involved in the crime, you have to have a specialized prosecutor to coordinate all of the resources available to the victim, and to make sure the case is fully prosecuted from beginning to end,” Essey explained.

The new grant will allow Columbus and Bladen counties to start their own program with a specialized prosecutor and victim witness coordinator to handle the cases for the next two years.

The additional caseworkers will be trained in Brunswick County’s domestic violence program.

The new prosecution program will begin in Columbus County in November.

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videoA $200,000 federal grant will be used to hire a team to specialize in complicated domestic violence cases and help make sure they are heard in court.

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More information in Brunswick County shooting

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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We have more information about the circumstances surrounding a deputy-involved shooting in Brunswick County.

Alton Lawrence Walters died Sunday after being shot by Sheriff’s Deputy Bradley Hardee. Hardee was responding to a domestic disturbance on Captain’s Wheel Avenue in Supply.

According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department, Walters resisted arrest. Hardee tried to use his taser, but said Walters pulled off the leads and continued toward the deputy.

Authorities said Walters then reached for the deputy’s gun, so Hardee fired.

Deputy Hardee has been placed on paid administrative duty while the SBI investigates.

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We have more information about the circumstances surrounding a deputy-involved shooting in Brunswick County.

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Sheriff’s office searching for 17-year-old

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing 17-year-old.

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