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Archive for September, 2011

StarNews Weekly News Quiz – Sept. 22

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Test your knowledge of the news of the past week in the StarNews weekly news quiz.

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Tax-assistance centers seek volunteers

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

AARP Tax-Aide and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) seek volunteers to prepare and electronically file federal and North Carolina tax returns for low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 and older. Adult volunteers of all ages are welcome, and AARP membership is not a requirement.

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Commissioners still have beef with Berger

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It seems the controversy surrounding New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger will never end. The board tried to have a productive town hall meeting Wednesday night, but it wasn’t long before issues involving Berger took over the conversation.

Berger has no doubt been the topic of discussion for months around the county and among fellow board members and the Wednesday night’s meeting was no different.

“I did not expect Brian to be the topic of the meeting,” said Marlene Besecker, who came to the town hall meeting.

In a question through Twitter, a viewer asked commissioners if the four who called for Berger’s resignation still hold their position.

“I would say categorically that we do,” said Jonathan Barfield, Commission Chairman. “Unless there is someone else that would agree with that comment.”

No other commissioner raised his voice. Another resident asked Berger if he thought voters still supported him. He said he has felt apart from the board since the beginning and said he’s not surprised that the board has issues with him.

“I really think that it’s unfortunate that my colleagues here would exploit a difficult situation in my personal life for political purposes,” said Berger.

For several minutes commissioners bickered back and forth with Berger.

“Because of the fact that you’ve been arrested, because of the fact that you allegedly tried to commit suicide, those things are out there and they are bringing a terrible upon New Hanover
County,” said Barfield.

Besecker says she worries the issues commissioners have with Berger are getting in the way of what they should be doing.

“It makes me feel they’re not doing what I voted for them to do, my thoughts, my concerns and my worries,” said Besecker.

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Fire at Buckhead Fire and Rescue in Columbus County

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

COLUMBUS CO, NC (WWAY) — Firefighters at the Buckhead Fire and Rescue in Bolton battled a fire that broke out at the firehouse. Fire officials say that fire sparked in one of their primary engines and then spread to the building where it was being housed. They say the truck is a total loss and the storage bay suffered significant damage. There are no reported injuries. The cause is under investigation.

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BB gun fired at Charlotte school bus, one injured

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police in Charlotte say someone fired a
BB gun at a school bus, injuring one passenger as it carried
students home from an elementary school.

WCCB in Charlotte reported that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say
the bus was carrying students from Devonshire Elementary School
around 4:20 p.m. when the incident occurred about 100 yards from
the school. Police said the bus was full, carrying approximately 50

Authorities say one girl sustained minor injuries after a small
piece of the glass cut her cheek, but she was not hit by the
pellet. She was transported to a nearby hospital because of her
age. Neither the bus driver nor any other students were hurt.

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

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