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Archive for November, 2009

Boseman won’t seek state Senate re-election in 2010

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Boseman said in a statement she wanted to be closer to home because her partner is having a baby in January.

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Wilmington hires manager for unfinished convention center

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

Susan Eaton has been selected as the first general manager of the Wilmington Convention Center.Eaton, who has 24 years of experience in convention center operations, is employed by SMG, the firm operating the convention center, according to a news release from the city of Wilmington.

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Trying to stifle Titan’s progress due to possible Easley violations

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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A government watchdog is asking Governor Perdue to freeze the Titan permitting process.

Former democratic consultant Joe Sinsheimer wrote a letter to Governor Perdue asking her to freeze Titan’s permitting process for 90 days.

Sinsheimer decided to write the letter after investigations into the Easley administration revealed possible violations in the environmental permitting process.

“That’s the question,” Sinsheimer said. “Have we gotten this far based on science, law and public policy or have we gotten this far in the permitting process because a whole group of political insiders wanted it to happen that way?”

Former Governor Easley’s new law firm represents the Titan subsidiary Carolinas Cement.

If Titan is successful the Castle Hayne plant would be the fourth largest cement plant in the country.

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Former democratic consultant Joe Sinsheimer wrote a letter to Governor Perdue asking her to freeze Titan’s permitting process for 90 days.

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Prescription drug abuse running rampant in Columbus County

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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A startling statistic coming out of Columbus County; the rural county dispenses the most prescription drugs in the entire state on a per capita basis.

Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten said prescription drug trafficking has well-surpassed the county’s cocaine and marijuana problem.

When prescribed properly, Percosets can be an effective pain killer, but for drug users, they’re an instant high.

“They’ll crush it into a powder form, either ingest it, or sniff it, so it gets into the blood stream faster, and creates a very very active personality in those people,” Sheriff Batten said.

The county is facing the largest prescription drug trafficking problem it has ever seen. Since January, twelve people have died in the county as a result of abusing prescription drugs.

Sheriff Batten says the problem starts in the doctor’s offices. “My physician does not prescribe any medication unless he gives me a full exam on me for the problem I am complaining about.”

If dealers and users can’t get them from the doctor, they’re going to the pharmacy.

“If you look around town, most pharmacies have bars on them now. There is a reason for that. It’s gotten to be such a problem,” said Danny McNeill, Baldwin Woods pharmacy owner.

Most of the time, pharmacist Danny McNeill says they’re looking for drugs like Fentanyl and Oxycontin. He says he gets suspicious when a customer tries to refill their prescription early.

The law states prescriptions can only be filled on or after the refill date, so when someone insists on getting theirs early, it raises a flag they may be trying to distribute the drugs illegally.

And for the people who legitimately need these medications, McNeill says educating them is important too. “I try to explain to them that people are going to try and buy those medications, or steal them. That you need to keep them under wraps, and to not even let folks know that you have it.”

Sheriff Batten has compiled a list of medical professionals whose names keep popping up as having dispersed pills to users in the community. Batten hopes to put together a task force to launch an investigation into these doctors and pharmacists.

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videoA startling statistic coming out of Columbus County; the rural county dispenses the most prescription drugs in the entire state on a per capita basis.

Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten said prescription drug trafficking has well-surpassed the county’s cocaine and marijuana problem.

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Faulty carport causes headaches

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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A New Jersey couple buys a home in Burgaw, with plans to open their own business. Sounds like the American dream, but the Chomiczewskis say, that dream was shattered when the steel building they paid thousands of dollars for, turned out to be a bust. The company that manufactures and installs it, is now refusing to fix what the couple says are recurring problems.

“We have worked four years to save this money, to do this business, and it’s just beyond frustrating at this point because we’re stuck,” said Melanie Chomiczewski.

Leon and Melanie Chomiczeski bought their Burgaw home in January. The next month, they purchased a ten thousand dollar shed from a Virginia based company, Eagle Carports. The building was supposed to be home to their taxidermy business. “The time and money that this company has cost us, I don’t think you could put a dollar sign on it.”

But from the beginning the building was nothing but a headache, from a crooked frame to a leaky roof. “It cost me four or five thousand dollars worth of material because the rain was coming in there,” Leon said.

The couple repeatedly contacted Eagle Carports.

Crews eventually came out to the couple’s home to fix the problems. They replaced the roof three times, and in September, ended up installing a whole new building.

But the Chomiczeskis say the problems persist. “We’re the consumer that put the money out, they’re the company that’s supposed to provide the building, provide the service, and they didn’t live up to their end of it, and now they’re telling us they won’t help us anymore” Melinda

The shed’s 30-day warranty has obviously expired, but the Chomiczeski’s say it was never done right in the first place.

Frustrated and running out of options for their shoddy shed, Leon and Melanie went to the Better Business Bureau.

“This business has a ‘F’ rating, with us currently and has generated over 80 complaints in a three year reporting period,” said Julie Wheeler of the Better Business Bureau. “In this particular case the rating is coming from, the volume of complaints as well as the fact that they have gone unanswered, and several that were unresolved”

The BBB acts as a third party mediator in cases like this.

Eagle Carports was notified of the complaint, and issued a rebuttal, saying all of the company’s attempts to fix the problem were made after the warranty expired, at the company’s expense.

The Chomiczeski’s answered back. The Better Business Bureau passed the complaint to Eagle Carports. “Sometimes they completely resolve the complaint, but sometimes they personally resolve the complaint so we’re still hopeful we can get an answer and some resolution for these consumers,” Wheeler added.

WWAY contacted Eagle Carports today and spoke with a sales manager there who’s familiar with the Chomiczeski’s case.

He said the company has gone well beyond the terms of the warranty to fix the problems. He also said, he would not comment further and that we’d need to speak with the corporate attorney because this case would most likely go to litigation. The attorney didn’t return our call.

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videoA New Jersey couple buys a home in Burgaw, with plans to open their own business. Sounds like the American dream, but the Chomiczewskis say, that dream was shattered when the steel building they paid thousands of dollars for, turned out to be a bust.

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