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Archive for October, 2009

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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2 NC soldiers plead in marriage fraud case

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

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GREENVILLE — Two North Carolina-based soldiers and a bride have pleaded guilty to marriage fraud, saying they were part of a scheme to boost the soldiers’ housing allowance and gain U.S. citizenship for the women.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Wesley Farris and Stephen Schneider pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Greenville to conspiracy to commit marriage fraud. Neither of the soldiers who were assigned to Fort Bragg would comment after the hearing.

Schneider is no longer in the Army, and Farris is a sergeant with an 82nd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

Court records indicate that one woman, Tatyana Urazova, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit marriage fraud as part of a plea agreement. It wasn’t clear whom she married, and details of the plea agreement weren’t immediately available.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Two North Carolina-based soldiers and a bride have pleaded guilty to marriage fraud, saying they were part of a scheme to boost the soldiers’ housing allowance and gain U.S. citizenship for the women.

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Middle school district map possibilities narrowed to three choices in New Hanover County

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

By Chris MazzoliniChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

Two of the proposed middle school district maps follow largely neighborhood school concepts and one seeks to even out the number of disadvantaged students at each school.

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Council approves more downtown bathrooms along riverfront

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

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In a five-to-two vote, council approved the construction of more bathrooms, and a shower facility for boaters along the Wilmington Riverfront.

The money for the facility will come from a state grant that will only allow boaters who pay docking fees to use them.

Currently, there are only two public restrooms at the location, near the Visitor’s Center at Market and Water Streets.

Council will have a second reading of the ordinance at its next meeting.

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In a five-to-two vote, council approved the construction of more bathrooms, and a shower facility for boaters along the Wilmington Riverfront.

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Leland’s identity, character at issue in coming elections

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

By Ana RibeiroAna.Ribeiro@StarNewsOnline.com

The officials elected or re-elected in the November elections will be entrusted with helping preserve Leland’s character as it tries to nurture a new, more urban identity.

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