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Archive for January, 2010

Dog attacks prompt new look at animal rules in Pender County

Monday, January 4th, 2010

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

In the wake of complaints about dangerous dogs attacking people’s pets throughout Pender County, the board of commissioners voted unanimously Monday to form a citizens’ committee to study animal control issues. It will include representatives from animal advocacy groups and Pender County employees.

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Update – New Hanover ABC board members resign

Monday, January 4th, 2010

By Chris Mazzolini and Veronica GonzalezChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

The three members of the New Hanover County Alcoholic Beverage Control board have resigned in the wake of controversy over administrative salaries.

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Urgent care closes doors

Monday, January 4th, 2010

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Surf City Urgent Care and Family Medicine’s doors are locked, the windows are closed and the parking lot’s empty. Patients are left confused.

“I don’t know what they’re gonna do about it,” said Ken Brietske, a patient. “Nobody’s called.”

Ken Brietske was hoping to see a doctor at the facility after he came down with a cold this weekend. He’s been a patient at Surf City for almost three years.

“The staff has been very good to me, they know me when I walk in,” he said.

But signs on the doors and windows tell patients to go to Seabreeze Physicians in Hampstead, N.C.

Patients say they were not told the the practice was closing.

“It’s pretty upsetting cause now it disrupts what I gotta do,” said Brietske. “I’m sure they’re gonna be back-logged.”

Dr. Seaborn Blair was the primary doctor at Surf City until he was laid off. He says patients should be notified before a medical practice closing it’s doors.

“They have a right to choose where they go and they have a right to their medical records,” said Blair.

Dr. Blair says he has and will continue to make house calls to his patients until he can open his own practice.

“I have not abandoned them. This is an abrupt closure, and I’ll do everything I can to continue to take care of them and their needs,” said Blair.

But for those without house calls, patients aren’t sure where they’ll seek medical attention. And they’re left wondering about past and future doctor visits.

“Obviously they’ve charged my insurance so I gotta go and pursue getting some results back,” said Brietske. “I’ll decide after that.”

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A medical practice in Surf City has closed its doors due to financial issues, but did not notify patients they were shutting down. WWAY’s Nadine Maeser talks to patients who want to know why the doors closed and how to get in contact with their doctor.

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Wilmington council to tackle disputed rezoning

Monday, January 4th, 2010

By Patrick GannonStaff Writer

Wilmington City Council is wasting no time delving into controversial land-use decisions in 2010.

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Bridge work could slow traffic

Monday, January 4th, 2010

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Expect some delays heading into Wilmington Tuesday.

The NCDOT will close the eastbound right lane of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge on US 17/74/76/421 over the Cape Fear River from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

For more info, go to ncdot.org or call 511.

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Expect some delays heading into Wilmington Tuesday.

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