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Loaded handgun found in NC student’s backpack

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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ASHEVILLE — Authorities say a loaded handgun was found in the backpack of a North Carolina high school student.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that the ninth grader was in the Asheville High School office on another issue Wednesday when a school resource officer searched his backpack and found a loaded 9mm handgun.

Police have charged the student with possession of a weapon on school property. He is a juvenile, and his name has not been released.

Last year, Asheville police arrested a 16-year-old boy accused of firing at a group of students. The school also went on lockdown in May 2007 when a student reported seeing someone with a submachine gun.

In both cases, police did not find a weapon on Asheville High School’s campus.

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

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Authorities say a loaded handgun was found in the backpack of a North Carolina high school student.

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Newly elected Wilmington councilmen eager to get started

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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City Council meetings often draw a crowd of interested residents. Wednesday’s meeting, however, had three faces that will come to represent them.

Newly elected Kevin O’Grady, Charlie Rivenbark and recently appointed city attorney, Carolyn Johnson, who will take over when Tom Pollard retires.

“Tonight’s meeting was an opportunity to just start the transition process, to get up to speed on issues and I’m looking forward to it,” said Johnson.

It was a night of taking notes, and making mental ones for when the councilmen elect take a different seat.

“I’ve been in the audience before,” said councilman-elect Kevin O’Grady. “I think it’s going to be much more interesting to be on the other side so you know all the details. And I had opinions tonight, but I didn’t get to say them.”

Priorities seem to be working out the problems of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, and the convention center hotel.

Rivenbark said, “You know we’ve got to get, I would ideally see, a four-star, full service restaurant hotel accommodation. It will just ensure the success of the convention center.”

This was the first of two meetings before O’Grady and Rivenbark are official council members. They will be sworn in on December 1st. Johnson will take over as city attorney in less than two weeks.

As for Wednesday night’s business, the council approved an ordinance to appropriate stimulus funds to complete a portion of the Cross City Trail.

Council also approved a resolution recognizing late coach William Murphy for his service to the city.

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videoWilmington City Council met Wednesday night, instead of Tuesday night, because of the election. Voters also shook up the composition of the council. WWAY’s Meghan Torjussen tells us the newcomers are eager to get started.

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Pender County designated economic ‘recovery zone’

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

By K.J. WilliamsStarNews Correspondent

Pender County hopes to attract more businesses to the area by making it easier for private industry to secure economic stimulus funds.

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Volunteer program seeks projects

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Work on Wilmington 2010, an annual community service event in which hundreds of volunteers complete projects in four hours, has been scheduled for April 17, 2010. On this day, volunteers will gather at various locations in the city and work from 8 a.m. to noon on projects of lasting value to the community.

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What does your choice in fair food say about you?

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

By Allison BallardStarNews Correspondent

They say you don’t want to know too much about fair food. The only important thing? It tastes goooood.

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