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Fellow senator speaks out about RC Soles

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

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Since August, the SBI has been investigating State Senator RC Soles for a shooting that took place at his home and accusations of sexual misconduct. Tuesday, a fellow senator reacted to those investigations and looked ahead to the impact they could have when the Senate heads back to session in May.

Senator Phil Berger is the North Carolina Senate Republican leader.

Today, he spoke about the ongoing investigations into Senator Soles and how they could impact Soles’ responsibilities as a senator.

“Ultimately, the voters are the one’s who would make the permanent decision as to whether or not there’s any change in his role,” Berger said.

RC Soles is the longest serving senator in North Carolina; he’s served 17 straight terms.

Soles is Chairman of the Commerce Committee, and Chair of the Democratic Caucus, but with two SBI investigations under way, some might question if soles can still fill his responsibilities as senator.

“If someone has a concern about that, and I’m not saying they should or they shouldn’t, but if someone has a concern I would think at this point they should express that concern by maybe calling Senator Basnight’s office or calling Senator Soles himself and speaking with him,” Berger said.

Senator Marc Basnight is the Senate President Pro-tem. He could decide what leadership role Senator Soles has when the Senate takes up its next session in May. But Senator Phil Berger also noted the investigations are still under way and suggested the legislature and voters wait to see the results before jumping to any conclusions.

“At this point what we’re talking about is the fact that there’s an investigation. It seems to me that one thing we should do is wait to see what the results of that investigation show or don’t show,” Berger said.

Neither Senator Soles nor Senator Basnight returned WWAY’s calls for comment. We had the same result when trying to contact other Democratic senators who serve on committees with Senator Soles.

We will continue to try to reach Democratic members of the Senate for comment.

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videoSince August, the SBI has been investigating State Senator RC Soles for a shooting that took place at his home and accusations of sexual misconduct. Tuesday, a fellow senator reacted to those investigations and looked ahead to the impact they could have when the Senate heads back to session in May.

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Coach Williams speaks about out diabetes at Thalian Hall

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

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It was a sea of Carolina blue at Thalian Hall Tuesday morning for a gathering of the Junior Diabetes Association of Wilmington. The group welcomed UNC coach Roy Williams as their guest speaker.

Coach Williams cooled his heels from coaching to speak about diabetes. The theme for Tuesday’s speech was Every Day Heroes. He gave the group a pep talk to get them ready for their upcoming Walk to Cure Diabetes.

He also talked to WWAY about life for the defending National Champion Tar Heels without Tyler Hansbrough. “Hopefully, everybody will pull together as a team just like this Juvenile Diabetes Foundation group will do. It has been a fun time talking to them this morning.”

UNC’s basketball season starts with its first practice Friday night. The Walk to Cure Diabetes is October 24th at the Mayfaire Town Center. For more information call 509-9899

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It was a sea of Carolina blue at Thalian Hall Tuesday morning for a gathering of the Junior Diabetes Association of Wilmington. The group welcomed UNC coach Roy Williams as their guest speaker.

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Empty Bowls event helps feed the hungry

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

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The Southport-Oak Island Food Pantry and the Associated Artists of Southport are working together to help feed the hungry.

Four artists and six others have spent the past year making more than 1,000 clay bowls. They will be used in a benefit called “Empty Bowls.”

The concept is simple. Come to lunch. Buy one of these handmade works of art. Eat the soup prepared by a local restaurant. Your $12 donation goes to feed the poor in Brunswick County. Your bowl is a reminder of the empty bowls you have filled. The money raised will be used to help feed 350 Brunswick County families.

Artist Cheryl Sutherland said, “What if you were hungry? What if you had no food and no place to go? At least if you know you were in that situation you could go to your local food pantry. We want to keep this thing up and running. We want to keep it strong, so if you can contribute your twelve dollars to help feed someone else, it’s not a large task to do that.”

The event takes place Wednesday between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Southport Community Center.

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The Southport-Oak Island Food Pantry and the Associated Artists of Southport are working together to help feed the hungry.

Four artists and six others have spent the past year making more than 1,000 clay bowls.

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Coach Roy Williams talkes diabetes, basketball

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

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It was a sea of Carolina blue at Thalian Hall Tuesday morning for a gathering of the Junior Diabetes Association of Wilmington.

The group welcomed UNC Basketball Coach Roy Williams as their guest speaker. He cooled his heels from coaching to speak about diabetes.

The theme for today’s speech was every day heroes. Coach Williams gave the group a pep talk to get them ready for their upcoming Walk to Cure Diabetes. He also talked to us about life for the defending national champion Tar Heels without Tyler Hansbrough.

“Hopefully everybody will pull together as a team just like this juvenile diabetes foundation group will do that and it’s been a fun time talking to them this morning,” William said.

UNC’s basketball season starts with its first practice Friday night.

The Walk to Cure Diabetes is October 24th at the Mayfaire Town Center. For more information, call (910) 509-9899.

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It was a sea of Carolina blue at Thalian Hall Tuesday morning for a gathering of the Junior Diabetes Association of Wilmington.

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Artificial reef project advances in Oak Island

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

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A proposed artificial reef about two and a half miles off the coast of Oak Island is intended to help both fish, and people alike.

Representatives from the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources explained how it works. The project involves sinking manmade cement pipes to the bottom of the ocean that will establish a habitat for fish to make new homes. In turn, it would improve the fishing industry and tourism; a $309 million dollar industry in Brunswick County.

“Its just one more reason for the fishermen and charter boat folks to be able to advertise that we have it – the divers to be able to come here – its just going to be a win-win,” said Oak Island Mayor Johnnie Vareen.

Brunswick County Fishing Club President Jerry Harrison said, “I believe it would improve the fishery in this area. And a lot of people, even tourists, will be coming down.”

The money to fund the project, in part, comes from a surcharge on marine fuel and fishing tackle. The rest of it was raised by the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association. This will be the group’s ninth reef in Brunswick County waters.

“It is important because there are two other close in reef sites that are fully utilized by fisherman during the summer months. Without the sites, the food chain does not get any larger,” said Long Bay Artificial Reef President Andrew Fisher.

Positive public opinion was the next step toward advancing the project. From here, the state will gather information for permitting and make sure the reef won’t interfere with existing fish habitats.

To make sure nothing hazardous to marine life is sunk, the materials to build the reef must pass a number of environmental regulations before going underwater.

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videoOak Island is one step closer to an artificial reef off its shore. Residents had the chance to voice their opinions at a public meeting Monday night. The majority who showed up were for the reef; hoping a place to grow the fish population will also mean economic gain.

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