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Archive for October, 2011

FIRST ON 3: Former Leland officer Sherry Lewis talks about shooting, harassment within department

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — For the first time since being shot during a training exercise in March, former Leland Police Officer Sherry Lewis sat down with us to describe what happened to her and the harassment she says she faced on a daily basis inside the police department.

Lewis says on March 10, her 10 year anniversary with the department, she attended a training exercise at Ft. Fisher. She says multiple officers and their wives told her that the supervising officers would target her during the training session.

“When I would begin my shift in the morning, if those supervisors vehicles were in the parking lot, I knew they were inside. Before I’d go in I’d take a couple of deep breaths,” Lewis said. “I’d prepare myself. I didn’t think about what could happen in the streets. That was pretty much, you knew what you may have to encounter out there. I’ve had plenty of encounters. You know I have in ten years. I’ve handled by business. But there, I have some type of control on what my actions can be. I had no inside. No matter what they did or said, I was at their mercy.”

By the end of the exercise, she says she was shot in between the legs at least 12 times with simulated ammunition. We have since learned that Officer Michael Landen was the cop that shot her all 12 times. As of today, neither the Town of Leland or the police department will say if Landen was ever disciplined.

We’ll have much more of Lewis’s interview Thursday starting on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 5.

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ONLY ON 3: Artists helps stumped homeowners turn yard trash into treasure

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Yard work is never fun, and things get especially tricky when a tree falls. One man says he has the answer to the clean up issues, and it looks good too.

Some folks are still stumped about what to do with debris left behind by Hurricane Irene. Rick Cox says he has an artistic alternative for stump removal that will liven up any yard, and all he needs is his chainsaw.

“We go to different people’s houses and carve their own trees into whatever they want,” Cox said.

Don’t be fooled, there’s an art behind these masterful maneuvers. Cox has been traveling the country for years, turning toppled trees into eye-catching artwork.

He says his pieces are for everyone to enjoy.

“It’s pretty nice that they can have a piece of artwork in their yard,” Cox said. “Not only can they appreciate it and enjoy it, but the community can appreciate and enjoy it.”

Cox says some people choose his expertise so that they can hold onto a piece of their own history.

“People are kind of emotional about different trees in their yards,” he said. “Some people have planted the trees and they want something left of them ’cause they were young when the planted them. Sometimes their parents have planted them. And it really makes a unique way to keep their parents around.”

Cox says he plans to keep carving away, giving old, dead trees new life.

The project Cox has been working on this week was a surprise to the homeowners from their daughter.

Cox and his wife Sue will be carving at the Cape Fear Fair & Expo, which starts tomorrow.

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Highway project priorities chosen

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Regional board weighs in; final list far from complete

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Students happy about plan to lower student loan payments

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the economy sags many college grads find themselves burdened by student loan debt while struggling to find a job.

Today President Obama announced a plan that could provide some relief through lower student payments. For students at cape fear community college, it’s exciting news.

“I think it’s very good, because there are a lot of people that are having money issues and are in debt because of loans, and it’s kind of hard to find a job when you get out of college,” CFCC student Shameque Dowe said.

College grads can breath a little easier. President Obama announced an income-based repayment plan to reduce the required payment on student loans to 10 percent of annual income. That means anyone without a job after graduation will not be forced to pay anything until they have the financial means.

“I think it will be helpful with the economy the way it is and their not having jobs,” CFCC Assistant Financial Aid Director Rachel Cavenaugh said. “It will give them some relief.”

The executive actions will also allow borrowers to consolidate their loans and get a lower interest rate. That will help students like Hailey Heflan. She receives financial aid now at CFCC, and when she transfers to a four-year university she plans to take out even more student loans.

She says many of her peers are in similar situations.

“I have a lot of friends who are already struggling with student loans, and once I tell them the news they’ll be excited, too,” Heflan said. “They will be able to pay them back as soon as they can, but have a longer time, because they will be cut down.”

CFCC officials say that they do not expect an increase in student applicants or loans because of these changes.

Still some students say they are just thankful for the help.

“If I get out of school, I am going to need the money to live, because some people don’t have no where to go,” Dowe said.

The plan was supposed to go into effect in 2014, but President Obama now says it will now start next year.

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Pender County restaurant gains approval for expansion

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Holland’s Shelter Creek Fish Camp will have outdoor seating.

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