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Archive for October, 2011

150 cats taken from Rockingham County home

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

REIDSVILLE, N.C. (AP) – More than 150 cats and other small animals have been taken from a house in Rockhingham County.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported sheriff’s office said 150 cats, five dogs and four rabbits were taken after investigators said the animals were being kept in unsanitary and inhumane conditions.

No charges have been filed. The owner’s name has not been released.

Deputies say many of the animals were underweight, had respiratory infections and were infested with parasites.

The animals are being treated at the county animal shelter. Those who recover will be available for adoption.

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$1 million lottery ticket unclaimed in NC

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — No one redeemed a winning ticket in the North Carolina Education Lottery worth $1 million.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the ticket expired Monday afternoon.

Lottery officials say someone bought the winning ticket at a convenience store in Raleigh on April 27 that matched five white balls in the Powerball drawing. The odds of doing that are more than 1 in 5 million.

Lottery officials had sent notices about the unclaimed prize to the media and also posted the information on their website.

Half of the unclaimed money goes to the state’s education fund, the other half goes back into the prize pool for other games.

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

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Voters get chance to meet and hear from candidates

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Voters in Wilmington had another chance to hear from their candidates for city council and mayor Monday night.

WHQR 91.3 FM held a candidates forum that let a live audience and a panel of journalist ask questions. Many of the questions revolved around jobs but voters WWAY spoke to were most interested in hearing and meeting each candidate in person.

“It’s hard to tell just from the paper what they are like,” said voter Ruth Brown. “When you see them in person and listen to them you get a better grasp of what the issue is and how they would approach it.”

Seven out of nine candidates for city council were in attendance along with both mayoral candidates. The issues discussed varied from public safety, zoning and regulations, to infrastructure; topics that have fired up many voters.

“I think people are angry and confused, ” said voter Richard Mandel.”

Mandel says well some people may be passionate about particular issues and candidates; he attended the forum to hear from the city council and mayoral hopefuls before making his decision.

“Having listened to all the candidates I was able to make up my mind as to which ones I would support or which ones I would not support,” Mandel said.

In the end many voters like Mandel left the WHQR Candidate Forum more informed than before.

“Whatever we can do to help people get informed about the candidates and the issues that is what we want to do,” said Cleve Callison, WHQR Station Manager.

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UPDATE: Missing teens found, heading home

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

UPDATE: The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says the teens were located Monday night and were heading home to be reunited with their families.

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says five teenagers missing from Brunswick and Columbus Counties may be headed to Tennessee.

Deputies say Matthew Brett Miles and Katlin Marie Tennant, both 14 of Leland, are possibly with Christa Smith, Amber Yurgel and Kaitlyn Tagget, all 13 of Columbus County.

Investigators say Tennant took her parents’ olive green 2008 Volvo with NC plate RWP-9142. A Facebook message said they were going to take a joy ride to Tennessee.

The Sheriff’s Office says at about 4:30 a.m. the Volvo ran out of gas in Lumberton around US 75 and I-95. A motorist assisted the teens by putting gas in the vehicle.

The only ties known to Tennessee is that Miles’s family vacationed in Gatlinburg a year ago.

Anyone with information should call the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

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Beach officials on defensive as SBI investigates 2009 land deal

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Mayor, council members had business dealings with owners of oceanfront lot.

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