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Archive for October, 2011

Senate’s GOP leaders hampered incentive for plant, Dems contend

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Fingers are already pointing as the two states await final word on where Continental will build its plant and bring 1,400 or more jobs, signaling the start of a blame game that could linger until the 2012 elections, when Gov. Beverly Perdue and current state lawmakers seek re-election.

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Roger Bacon Academy speaks out about future Virgo charter school

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

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Diligence snags 1.5 tons of cocaine in Caribbean

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Diligence seized almost 3,000 pounds of cocaine on its latest patrol in the Caribbean Sea, according to a Coast Guard news release.

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ONLY ON 3: Belville mayor charged with sexual battery

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The mayor of one Brunswick County town is out of jail after being arrested this afternoon for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at his home. This is not the first time Belville’s mayor has been publicly reprimanded recently for his actions.

Deputies arrested Belville Mayor Jack Batson today after a woman told the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Batson touched her inappropriately at his home.

According to the arrest warrant, the victim said Batson put his hand under her shirt and touched her breast over the weekend.

The sheriff’s office says the victim originally filed a report that the 70-year-old pushed her on to a bed and grabbed her at his home. After investigating, the sheriff’s office found that the incident was not a felony and had the victim file a warrant with the magistrate.

Deputies arrested Batson Wednesday afternoon for sexual battery. The mayor left jail under a $2,500 unsecured bond.

We tried to catch up with batson as he left jail, but he said he had no comment at the time, but would possibly talk after “I get my head together.”

Last month the Belville Town Council censured Batson for his relationship with a town employee. The censure said although Batson was not physically involved with the woman, the relationship was distracting and unprofessional.

We tried to speak with Belville Council members Wednesday about Batson’s arrest. We got in touch with a few members, including Mayor Pro Tem Mike Allen. Everyone we spoke with said it was they first they were hearing of the arrest, and they did not want to make a comment until they had more information.

The Brunswick County Court Clerk’s office says Batson should be in court tomorrow for his first appearance.

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Wilmington’s Luna Pops going national after winning top honors

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A local, all-natural frozen treat store recently won an award that will spread its tasty product nationwide.

Dina Mills took her freezer truck all the way up to the Natural Products Expo East show in Baltimore on a mission to spread the word about Luna Pops. The specialty flavor hibiscus lemon was presented to more than 20,000 judges. They voted the smooth-flavored pop the best new food of 2011.

“It was an amazing experience,” Mills said. “It was a three-day trade show, which was very tiring, but to enter a product alongside of some much bigger players and then to find out on the first day we have been chosen as a finalist and then at the end of the day get best new food was just an incredible experience.”

Luna Pops is now preparing to launch nationally with some of its favorite flavors in specialty stores, natural food stores and grocery stores across America.

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