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Archive for October, 2011

‘Port City P.D.’ show reaching new viewers

Friday, October 28th, 2011

The lone season of a locally filmed series continues to entertain new audiences.

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Barfield named to national committee

Friday, October 28th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield has been reappointed to the National Association of Counties Transportation Steering Committee. It’s another honor for Barfield, who recently became the only county commissioner in the state to reach the mentor level in the Local Elected Leaders Academy.

Over the past two years, Barfield has taken classes and workshops across the state to better understand his role as a commissioner and the roles of other county officials. Barfield says he’s also learned from other county commissioners around the state about how to better handle similar issues in our county.

“Knowledge is power,” he said. “For me, knowledge just opens up doors and gives you greater wisdom in knowing how to make things happen for the citizens of your community. Without the knowledge and wisdom that you get from taking these courses, you’re not going to be as effective as you could be, and my goal is to be an effective commissioner for all the citizens of our county.”

Barfield says the main issues facing our area are solid waste and what to do with our trash and the process of bringing companies here to create jobs.

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Fact check – Candidates’ claims on city issues

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Candidates often inundate voters with promises and solutions.

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Would-be robber in hospital after clerk turns tables

Friday, October 28th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A robbery attempt last night went very bad for the robber. The hold-up at 13th and Dawson Streets did not have the outcome the would-be thief had planned. When a young man entered the Dawson Street Minimart he had robbery on his mind, but the clerk turned the tables. Today it had the neighborhood talking.

“I heard he got his ass beat by the store owner. Excuse my language on the TV,” neighbor Marcus Baker. “You can’t come rob somebody then get your gun taken. That’s what I heard: got his gun taken, beat up.”

Another clerk, who didn’t want to give her full name, said Thursday night a young man entered the mini mart around 9:30, pulled a gun and robbed the clerk on duty. But as he waited with the stolen money in his backpack, he decided to steal an iPod from a child in the store. That child’s father was the clerk who was just robbed. He saw his chance to make his move

“The clerk, he took care of his family,” the co-worker, who would only give her first name Karen, said. “He took care of his store. He did the best thing that was suitable for that situation.”

Karen says the clerk jumped the robber. She says they fought through the store until the clerk grabbed the gun and fired.

At least one bullet hit the robber, who fell by the door where he begged people in the store to call help… for him

“I hate that a child got hurt, but a child took a big decision coming in this store trying to rob it, and he wanted more,” Karen said.

Police won’t release the name of the robber, who we’ve learned is a juvenile. They say he is in the hospital with “significant injuries.”

The store clerk suffered a minor injury to his hand. He is OK. By the way, today is his birthday.

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Program urges smokers switch to smokeless tobacco

Friday, October 28th, 2011

AP Tobacco Writer

A Kentucky cancer center is offering some unconventional advice to get smokers to kick the habit: Switch to smoke-free tobacco.

The James Graham Brown Cancer Center is aiming its “Switch and Quit” campaign at the smoker-heavy city of Owensboro, KY. Health professionals there say smokers who switch to smokeless tobacco greatly reduce their risk of disease, and are more likely to stay off cigarettes than those who use nicotine patches.

Many other health officials are wary of trading one cancer-causing habit for another, and say more research is needed to determine whether smokers would be better off switching.

The University of Louisville researcher directing the program receives grants from tobacco companies, but says his work is independent and the university’s rules protect against interference.

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

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