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Archive for January, 2010

State Farm dropping homeowners policies along N.C. coast

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

State Farm is dropping its homeowner policies on the barrier islands of North Carolina, a spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Insurance said Tuesday.

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Reward offered to help find who injured nearly a dozen pelicans

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

By Amy HotzAmy.Hotz@StarNewsOnline.com

The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for breaking the wings of 10 brown pelicans along Brunswick County beaches.

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Racially charged e-mail divides New Hanover school board

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

By Chelsea KellnerChelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

Controversy erupted on the New Hanover County school board this week over a board member’s e-mail featuring an opinion piece by a conservative columnist that some deem racist.

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State Farm dropping beach policies

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

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An insurance company’s decision will mean some big changes for costal homeowners. WWAY has learned State Farm is dropping coverage for homes east of the Intracoastal Waterway.

State Farm says starting may first it will no longer renew policies for property on barrier islands up and down the coast. Policy holders will start getting notices in the mail in March. State Farm says the change will affect around 1,600 homeowners. The move is leaving many families with questions about how they will insure their homes.

“It would be hard to find someone else to insure if State Farm isn’t going to handle it,” Wrightsville Beach homeowner Debra Rallis said. “I don’t know who else will.”

State Farm’s plan also means cancelling many personal article property policies east of the Intracoastal Waterway. That’s insurance that covers items with special value like artwork and jewelry.

The Department of Insurance says it knows about State Farm’s plans, but a spokesperson says the department does not have the jurisdiction to keep the insurance company from making these changes.

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WWAY has learned State Farm is dropping coverage for homes east of the Intracoastal Waterway.

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ABC chief retiring

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

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The head of New Hanover County’s Alcoholic Beverage Control system is calling it quits. Billy Williams announced his retirement today, effective at the end of February.

Williams has come under fire since a newspaper report uncovered he and his son make about $350,000 dollars a year combined to run the county-operated liquor stores. Williams has worked for the local ABC system for 42 years.

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Billy Williams has come under fire since a newspaper report uncovered he and his son make about $350,000 dollars a year combined to run the county-operated liquor stores.

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