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Archive for November, 2009

Brunswick County purchases refurbished gas chamber

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009



“As good as new” doesn’t quite cut it for animal rights activists. There was confusion as to whether a gas chamber recently purchased by the Brunswick County Animal shelter was “new.” Turns out, it was refurbished. Before the chamber arrived at Brunswick County it belonged to a shelter in Reidsville. But it was sent back to the manufacturer in between.

New or used, animal rights activists say this gas chamber should never have been purchased by the Brunswick County Health Department.

Animal Rights activist Margarete O’Leary says “my concern is that they didn’t even consider switching to euthanasia by injection, which is the preferred method, of all the major Humane societies.”

Instead, the county chose to replace their old gas chamber with a refurbished one. But not before putting the issue on the agenda at a recent county commissioners meeting. Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey says, “If people had concerns about that agenda, they could have asked to have it pulled off the agenda, and it could have been discussed.”

“There was nothing in the paper, nothing in the media or on the news to say ‘oh by the way this is going to be on our agenda.’ So it left it up to the individual citizens to go online and see what’s happening,” says O’Leary.

Twelve thousand dollars later, the chamber was purchased from a manufacturing company called Cutting Edge Fabrication. The chamber used to reside at a shelter in Reidsville. Cutting edge replaced some parts, and say they reviewed it with a fine tooth comb before selling it to Brunswick County.

According to the manufacturer, the county’s decision to purchase a “refurbished” model saved them more than 20 thousand dollars. The deal included a year-long warranty to replace any faulty parts.

“Now that they have the chamber, they made the decision, and now it’s their responsibility to make sure that it is up to specs, as much as possible. The company has warrantied it, that’s the best you can do to assure safety of the employees and the proper euthanasia of the animals,” says O’Leary. Yousey says, “The newest state law requires that we have all the state inspections, and to make sure that it meets all the state requirements.”

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Before the chamber arrived at Brunswick County Animal Control, it belonged to a shelter in Reidsville. It was sent back to the manufacturer in between.

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Former sheriff Hewett goes to work for developer Saunders

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

A little more than a month out of prison, former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett has a job. Hewett is working part-time for Coastal Cos., a large development company in Brunswick County run by Mark Saunders, company spokeswoman Nita Hill said.

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Topsail student died from H1N1 virus, Pender health official says

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

By Vicky Eckenrode and Veronica GonzalezStaff Writers

The 16-year-old student died Nov. 6 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

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Belville food bank needs help restocking

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Belville | The Manna Ministries Food Bank is running low, and Belville residents are asked to pitch in with food donations. The donations can be dropped off by noon Friday at Belville Town Hall, 497 Olde Waterford Way, Suite 205.The Town Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

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Man robbed, shot in foot at 12th and Chestnut

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

A man walking near 12th and Chestnut streets Monday was robbed and shot in the foot, according to a news release from Lucy Crockett with the Wilmington Police Department.

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