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Archive for October, 2009

Emergency management responds to questions about 9-1-1

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

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This past weekend a group of neighbors in the Monkey Junction area say they could not reach 9-1-1 when trying to report a fire. County Emergency Services Director Warren Lee looked into the situation and says the 9-1-1 operators on duty during the fire did not follow the emergency management guidelines.

Lee could not comment on the violations or disciplinary actions because it’s a personnel matter, but says the matter was handled.

Lee says New Hanover County residents can do their part to help 9-1-1 operations run smoothly.

Lee says he’s also looking into our report yesterday of a woman who twice had problems reaching 9-1-1 to help her husband. He urged 9-1-1 callers to let the phone continue to ring, rather than hanging up. A 9-1-1 operator will be with you as quickly as possible.

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This past weekend a group of neighbors in the Monkey Junction area say they could not reach 9-1-1 when trying to report a fire. County Emergency Services Director Warren Lee looked into the situation and says the 9-1-1 operators on duty during the fire did not follow the emergency management guidelines.

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Update – Personnel strife preceded McGee’s ouster

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

By Ana Ribeiro,Ana.Ribeiro@StarNewsOnline.com

Katie McGee quickly disappeared from the meeting room after the Brunswick County school board announced it wouldn’t keep her as superintendent for another year.

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Examiner says Hampstead woman was strangled

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

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The medical examiner says Hampstead resident Beverly Moore was strangled. Now detectives need your help finding who killed her.

The 52-year old Beverly Moore was found dead in the bathtub of her home, on Sloop Point Road, more than a week ago.

Sexual assault is also listed as a contributing factor in Moore’s death.

Detectives are still following up leads, but do not have a suspect. A reward is being offered for any information leading to an arrest.

Call the Pender County Sheriff’s Pffice at 259-1438.

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The medical examiner says Hampstead resident Beverly Moore was strangled. Now detectives need your help finding who killed her.

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Retail Details – The Forum on board with Breast Cancer Awareness with parade of Pink Chicks

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

By Judy RoyalJudy.Royal@StarNewsOnline.com

The 5-foot-tall figures constructed of waffle board that are being sold for a donation of $125 each, the cost of a mammogram for an uninsured or underinsured woman through New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Pink Ribbon Project.

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Rocky road for superintendent Katie McGee

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

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The Brunswick County School Board officially swore Katie McGee in as superintendent on January 4, 2005. Just a few months into the job, she had to deal with an elementary school teacher’s assistant arrested, along with the woman’s husband, on child porn charges.

A judged dismissed the charges against the woman two years later, but personnel matters plagued McGee’s tenure.

In 2006 deputies arrested West Brunswick High teacher and coach, David Arrowood, for having sex with a student at school. That winter, around the same time the board renewed McGee’s contract through this school year, Arrowood admitted to the crime.

Three months later, on May 10, 2007, board member Ray Gilbert, claiming Brunswick County Schools were failing, suggested a change in leadership. “Maybe it’s time for us to get a new superintendent. You’re changing principals, maybe it’s time to look at the overall CEO,” he said. “In the business sector, if the business is going bad we don’t look at the custodian, we look at the CEO and say look it’s time for you to change.”

Other board members supported McGee, who brushed away Gilbert’s criticism. But a month later, the school district made national headlines when South Brunswick High teacher and coach, Brent Wuchae, quit his job to marry student Windy Hager.

By September, Hager’s parents, along with the parents of Arrowood’s victim and the parents of a special needs student molested by South Brunswick High janitor Collis Hewett sued the district for not protecting their children.

Only the Hewitt case has not been dismissed and continues in court.

McGee has led the district through a lot of change. In June 2007 a new policy required all school employees take drug tests. And this year a new elementary and middle school opened to help deal with the county’s rapid growth.

The state school board association named McGee regional superintendent of the year. But her own school board gave her a negative review in August. And Tuesday night it decided the relationship must come to an end.

McGee was also the target of a grievance by her former assistant Sherry Dove. The board cleared McGee earlier this year, but Dove is suing the district for allegedly violated the violating the Whistleblower Act.

Dove claims she was constantly undermined and treated unfairly since she filed the grievance.

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videoAfter six years as an associate superintendent and a stretch as interim superintendent, Katie McGee has had the top job in Brunswick County Schools for nearly five years. But as WWAY’s Kevin Wuzzardo reports, it’s been a rocky road.

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