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Archive for January, 2010

N.C. AG seeks charges against Soles for shooting

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

The Associated Press

WHITEVILLE | North Carolina’s attorney general is pursuing an assault charge against the state’s longest-serving lawmaker.A spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper says state prosecutors plan to seek an indictment on Thursday charging state Sen. R.C. Soles with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

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Belville board fires town manager, wants to move ‘in another direction’

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

By Ken LittleCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

Belville commissioners terminated the contract of Town Manager Tracie Davis at a special meeting Tuesday night.Mayor Jack Batson declined Wednesday to elaborate on reasons for the dismissal of Davis, 39, who had worked for the town since October 2006 and assumed greater administrative responsibility as town manager in 2007.

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Parents urge community schools fourth New Hanover redistricting forum

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

By Chelsea KellnerChelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

Let the community vote on it. Plan neighborhoods better. Leave out the new middle school altogether.Parents brought their most creative ideas and pressing concerns for middle school redistricting to the New Hanover County Board of Education at the fourth and final public forum Wednesday night at Roland-Grise Middle School.

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Pender authorities looking for missing 15-year-old boy

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Hampstead | Pender County sheriff’s deputies are asking the public to help find a 15-year-old boy who has been missing since Saturday.Birch Lee Sheppard was last seen at his home in Hampstead and is believed to have run away, according to Detective Sgt. Scott Lawson of the sheriff’s office.

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Marine Wins Wedding

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010


To help say thank you to our military, Saint Thomas Preservation Hall awarded one Camp Lejeune marine a free Valentine’s Day wedding. The lucky winner who says he’s lucky just to be able to walk down the aisle.

“Me on the phone going baby we won the wedding!”
“Yeah that was pretty exciting”

Cory Mathis proposed to Marissa Silva in downtown Wilmington 3 months before he was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan.

“waited for nighttime for all the lights to make it look nice and pretty,” said Mathis. “And then got down on one knee and just proposed to her and asked her to marry me.”

While cory was overseas Marissa was planning their wedding. But in October Marissa got some awful news.

“Terrifying,” says Marissa. “The worst phone call i’ve ever had.”

Cory was traveling through the desert when his vehicle ran over an IED. The bomb exploded right underneath his seat.

Marissa said “I actually fell down on the floor. It was horrible i just started shaking.”

After multiple surgeries, Cory returned to the United States and was eventually well enough to plan the wedding. Marissa called about Saint Thomas Preservation Hall from the hospital room and found out about the contest.

“That just immediately brightened my day up and to see here dancing around the hospital room as happy as she was,” said Cory. “It really made me happy. i kind of wished i could have gotten up and danced with her.”

A platoon of volunteers have donated their time, money and services to make the Valentine’s Day wedding possible.

“I keep up with what’s going on in Iraq and Afghanistan,” says Eventz Wedding Planner Judy Bradley. “My heart and thoughts are with these guys all the time.”

Cory says they’ve helped make his dream come true.

“The day I met her I kind of decided she was going to be my wife.”

Marissa and Cory say they can’t wait to see cory’s platoon members who helped save his life when they join them at the wedding.

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To help say thank you to our military, Saint Thomas Preservation Hall awarded one Camp Lejeune marine a free Valentine’s Day wedding. The lucky winner who says he’s lucky just to be able to walk down the aisle.

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