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Archive for November, 2009

Pender commissioners, schools working out deal for new library land

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

When the new Topsail Regional Library is built, it will be on Pender County school system property next to its predecessor, the current Hampstead library. The three-acre site along U.S. 17 was requested by Pender County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jimmy Tate at an October school board meeting.

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Fire now believed to be part of a murder

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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Investigators are looking into what at first appeared to be a mobile home fire in Riegelwood. After unearthing the remains of a body, Columbus County may have a murder case on its hands.

Sunday, investigators found the body of Andrew Dunn, a 32-year-old man, inside a burning mobile home, but they don’t suspect he died from the flames.

The results of his autopsy proved to investigators that it wasn’t the fire that killed him.

“I found out he was murdered, I found out he was murdered and that’s all I can tell you,” said Clarence Bryant of Riegelwood.

The autopsy revealed three bullets in Dunn’s body, leading investigators to believe the fire was set to cover up his murder.

Neighbors told WWAY the victim had moved in about two weeks ago. They actually saw him at a local yard sale buying furniture for his home. But all that is left of that furniture is ash and rubble.

People who knew Dunn say he didn’t bother anybody and stayed out of trouble.

“He was a good guy, he rolled by himself, stayed to himself mostly, but he was good,” Bryant added.

Fellow Riegelwood resident Shawn Bress said, “Never have known him to be a troubled guy, he was never mad, always a great smile on his face.”

Neighbors don’t remember seeing Dunn’s home on fire, but fire officials say older mobile homes like these are quite flammable.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Columbus County Sheriff’s Department at 640-5051.

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videoInvestigators are looking into what at first appeared to be a mobile home fire in Riegelwood. After unearthing the remains of a body, Columbus County may have a murder case on its hands.

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Update – Flooding possible from Ida’s remnants

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

With a rainfall deficit of nearly 5 inches for the year, the region could use the precipitation. But that much moisture dropped over a 72-hour period could cause flooding.

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Photo ID of murder suspect at issue in trial

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

The attorney for a murder suspect on trial Tuesday attacked the photo line-up process that included her client’s photo among seven other men.Meanwhile, the witness who identified the murder suspect in the lineup said he was apprehensive about testifying in court because he didn’t want to be perceived as a snitch.

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Marino on Money: November 10

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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How can I prepare for another economic crash?

That’s a good question. Many people are convinced that the economy will get much worse before it gets better. I don’t know either, if or when a crash will occur. But, if times get harder in the future, here are some suggestions that may help you prepare.

First, I recommend paying down your debt. Regardless of what the future holds, this is always a good idea. Many people thought their home equity lines were safe and would always be available. Recently, some home equity lines have been frozen, reduced, or even called. For years, people have used their home equity line as their financial safety net, or emergency reserves. Now that’s changed for many. In the future, I would rely on cash as a safety net, and not a line of credit. Make a commitment to pay down your debt and establish an emergency fund.

Next, I would take a serious look at your career path. Our economy is always changing. Consider the industry you are currently in. Does it hold a promising future? Will your current career meet your future needs? Now is a good time to consider more education or even a different career.

Then, I recommend reviewing you insurance. Make sure you have adequate coverage for the potential risks in your life. In a perfect world, we could all afford the best insurance for every risk in our lives. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. Be sure to discuss your needs with a qualified professional.

Finally, create a worst case scenario based on your circumstances. What would that be for you? Might it be losing your job or a disability? Maybe it’s a failing business or taking care of family members. This may not be a fun exercise, but it will cause you to think about how you would handle an event which could be financially catastrophic.

No matter what the future holds, sound financial decisions are always a good idea.

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

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videoAs the economy continues to chug along, many people are trying to keep their heads above water. But how can you protect yourself from another economic crash? Certified financial planner Ross Marino explains how to stay ahead of the game.

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