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Archive for September, 2011

Surf City discusses early retirement for longtime employees

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Longtime employees of Surf City may get the option to retire early, an idea the town council recently discussed as a way to tighten the budget.

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FIRST ON 3: ‘Teen Mom’ sentenced for viral fight video

Friday, September 9th, 2011

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — A judge has sentenced MTV “Teen Mom 2” star and Oak Island resident Jenelle Evans for her role in a fight caught on video that went viral on the Internet.

Evans and Brittany Truett were caught on video fighting outside a home. Another girl, Brittany Maggard, was seen on the video pushing Evans into the fight. All three were arrested in March and charged with simple affray.

Today a judge sentenced Evans and Truett to 30 days suspended sentence and 12 months supervised probation. Maggard received 45 days suspended sentence and 12 months supervised probation, because she has a prior record of assault.

All three must also pay a $100 fine and court costs, take anger management and do 24 hours of community service. The judge ruled that it would be a violation of their probation for any of the young women to have contact with each other or anyone who was at the fight. The judge was told that includes the father of Truett’s child, but the judge ruled even they must not have contact with each other.

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N.C. House speaker requests ‘Project Soccer’ information

Friday, September 9th, 2011

N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis says he has requested the "full package" of information about "Project Soccer," an economic development proposal that could bring 900 or more jobs to the southeast corner of the state.Tillis said he wants an accounting of proposed economic incentives to the company behind the project, specifics about the 406-acre proposed site and its owners, as well as details about the involvement of Brunswick County.

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Former Bladen Schools chief, fire marshal among public workers indicted

Friday, September 9th, 2011

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Former Bladen County Schools Superintendent Greg Killingsworth is among a group of former public employees in Bladen County indicted by a grand jury for financial crimes. The District Attorney’s office says the grand jury returned the indictments Tuesday.

Killingsworth, 59, is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense on July 15, 2010. Killingsworth retired from his job during a school board meeting October 1, 2010. Killingsworth handwrote his resignation during the meeting and did not offer any public explanation for his decision.

The grand jury also indicted former Bladen County Fire Marshal Mitchell Byrd. He is accused of 25 counts of obtaining property by false pretense. The alleged crimes happened between November 14, 2005, and March 3, 2009, according to the DA’s office.

“At the District Attorney’s Office we feel that it is vital to hold public servants accountable for their
behavior,” DA Jon David said in a statement. “No one is above the law, particularly those of us who have been entrusted with the public’s confidence. As a team, we are committed to seeking justice in these types of cases. I would like to thank the Grand Jurors for their work on these matters.”

The indictments also include Sandra A. Baldwin, a former counselor for Bladen County Vocational Rehabilitation Services. She is accused of 17 counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretense between August 3, 2009, and June 24, 2010.

Kelly Ard Smith, former Vice President of Finance for Bladen Community College, was indicted on two counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretense between July 1, 2010, and December 31, 2010.

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Church honors emergency workers, military as 9/11 anniversary nears

Friday, September 9th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — No matter where you were on September 11, 2001, you will never forget that moment.

As the 10th anniversary approaches, St. Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington took time to pay tribute to the folks who risk their lives to keep us safe. The special recognition mass honored and remembered local law enforcement and members of the military.

New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said it meant a lot.

“It’s very nice when the community, the church wants to have a service for you, wants to pray for you and give emergency personnel some recognition for the hard work we all do every day,” McMahon said. “So it’s a nice time.”

Sheriff McMahon also said that although he can’t believe it’s been 10 years since that awful day, he feels blessed and lucky to still be here and to be an American.

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