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Archive for November, 2009

Sheriff Ingram switches political parties

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

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There was a political change Wednesday for Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram. Sheriff Ingram has switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

The Democratic Party recommended Ingram to be Ron Hewett’s replacement in the spring of 2008.

Wednesday, Ingram announced his intent to seek the Republican nomination for sheriff in 2010.

In a statement, Ingram said, “Serving as Sheriff includes leading a team of dedicated and outstanding men and women. I am honored to work with this group of fine officers who strive daily for excellence.

The Sheriff’s office is not about partisan politics, and some may ask why change parties. As I embark upon this season of Thanksgiving, I have had the opportunity to reflect on my life and the opportunities and blessings bestowed upon me. It is after much reflection and contemplation that I have decided to join the Republican Party.

Though my career in law enforcement as a Democrat has brought me to this place in time, it is my humble choice to live free as my conservative principles and discipline desire.
It is my hope and belief that all of the citizens of Brunswick County, Democrat, Republicans and Unafilliated voters will consider my service and re-elect me as their Sheriff.”

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There was a political change Wednesday for Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram. Sheriff Ingram has switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

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Weather delays Philadelphia flights to, from ILM

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

By Patrick Gannon and Gareth McGrathStaff Writers

Weather in the Northeast delayed air travelers at Wilmington International Airport on the busiest travel day of the year Wednesday, while road construction on Interstate 40 delayed motorists.

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NC school boards may owe charter schools millions

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina public school leaders are reworking their budgets after a court ruling that could force them to pay charter schools millions of dollars.

The state Supreme Court this month refused to review an appeals court ruling that said the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system undercounted how much it owed charter schools. School districts with charter schools are supposed to pass along a per student share of local education money to the independent public schools.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday that other school districts are seeing how closely they followed Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s practices and how much more money they will
have to provide charter schools.

Wake County might have to provide its 13 charter schools an extra $1 million a year.

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

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North Carolina public school leaders are reworking their budgets after a court ruling that could force them to pay charter schools millions of dollars.

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Local mom questions recent crib recall

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

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A design problem in drop side cribs is being blamed for the deaths of at least four infants. A Burgaw mother who has had her problems with that type of crib said more needs to be done to protect children.

“In 2006, I walked in to my daughter’s room to check on her, and her head was caught in between the mattress, the frame, and the bedrail,” described Deanna Doria of Burgaw.

Deanna daughter, Michaela, was three months old when the accident happened. Luckily, Michaela was not seriously injured.

Deanna said, “When I called the company and told them about it, they offered to send them a repair kit, which right there told me they already knew about the problem and hadn’t said anything.”

That was three years ago. It was not until last year, that a law was passed, requiring safety testing and permitting the government to set tougher mandatory standards for childrens’ products.

Still, the deaths of four children have been linked to a malfunction in the design of the recalled cribs. The recall affects 2.1 million cribs made by Stork Craft Manufacturing between 1993 and October of this year. Nearly 150,000 of them carry the Fisher Price name.

“The hardware can crack, a depression is made in the bed, and the baby’s head gets caught in that depression and the baby can strangle and die,” described CPSC former Chairman Ann Brown.

Deanna Doria considers herself one of the lucky ones. “If I hadn’t gone in at that time, then I wouldn’t have my daughter right now,” she said.

In the past five years, nearly 5 million cribs have been recalled for a range of problems. Earlier this month, Maclaren recalled one million strollers after 12 children had their fingertips amputated in the stroller’s hinges.

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videoWhen you put your kids to bed at night, you want to know they are safe. But after the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled more than two million cribs, parents are beginning to wonder.

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New Brunswick County Nature Park ready to open

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Officials plan to open the Brunswick Nature Park on Town Creek on Dec. 5.

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