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Archive for September, 2011

Belville commissioners to censure mayor over inappropriate relationship

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

BELVILLE, NC (WWAY) — We’re learning more tonight about the possible censure of Belville Mayor Jack Batson. Mayor Pro Tem Mike Allen called a meeting tomorrow to discuss censuring Batson. Today we know more about why.

According to a resolution by the Belville Board of Commissioners to censure Batson, the mayor has being involved in an inappropriate relationship with a town staff member. The resolution says the town has evidence that Mayor Batson has been involved with the unnamed staff member since February.

The resolution says after an investigation the town found that the personal interaction between Batson and the staffer was beyond what would be considered reasonable with a member of staff. It also says the pair discussed their relationship online, over the phone and in person at Town Hall behind closed doors.

The town did not find any evidence that the mayor and the employee ever dated or engaged in sexual activity.

We tried to talk with the town’s commissioners as well as the mayor today. The commissioners said they would be happy to comment about the situation tomorrow after the meeting. They said they did not want to compromise the process beforehand.

Mayor Batson has not yet returned our calls.

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Brunswick County traffic court resumes, legal fight continues

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Administrative traffic court restarted Wednesday in Brunswick County, nearly five months after a judge canceled the sessions.All seemed to go smoothly as people with citations filed into a line to speak with a prosecutor and judge, though the court’s volume was low at just about 135 people.

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Belville mayor facing censure for relationship with town employee

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

The relationship, it says, was unacceptable because of the perception it conveyed to town residents and the impact it could have on town business.

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Water worries linger in Irene’s wake for NC

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Irene may be long gone, but the effects of the hurricane are still being felt in water quality fears all along the rivers of eastern North Carolina.

About 17 boil water advisories remained in effect Wednesday, stretching from the Outer Banks to Wilson. Thousands of dead fish have turned up in rivers and tributaries, killed by plunging oxygen levels in the water.

Susan Massengale with the state Division of Water Quality says Irene pushed enough organic material into some rivers and streams to drop oxygen levels. State officials are warning people to stay out of any floodwaters, which could also contain harmful bacteria.

Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Larry Baldwin says the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee may flush out some of the harmful matter lingering from Irene.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Wilmington Bypass should be complete 2 years early

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

The U.S. 17 Wilmington Bypass connecting Brunswick and New Hanover counties should be ready for traffic by 2016, about two years earlier than previous projections, according to a road-funding plan announced Wednesday by Gov. Beverly Perdue.

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