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Archive for October, 2011

CFPUA names new COO

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Flechtner will start Oct. 31

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Carolina Beach officials on defensive as SBI investigates 2009 land deal

Monday, October 24th, 2011

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

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Teens take parents’ Volvo, may be headed to Tennessee

Monday, October 24th, 2011

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 Pagget, 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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ONLY ON 3: Wilmington man in Turkey during quake

Monday, October 24th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The damage in Turkey from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake is hard to stomach for those who have family and friends there. A former Wilmington restaurant owner is in Turkey right now.

Huseyin Osogul is in Turkey for his aunt’s funeral. He had no clue his trip home would include watching his homeland try to emerge from a natural disaster.

As the death toll in Turkey mounts, few can do anything but watch as the search for survivors continues.

Ozogul lives in Wilmington, but he’s visiting family in Istanbul. He learned about the quake the same way many people around the world did.

“As soon as they had an earthquake I just heard right away, because we were watching TV,” he said by phone Monday.

Istanbul is about 600 miles from where the quake struck, so Ozogul didn’t feel anything, but he feels for the survivors and the injured.

“They don’t have a house, and they don’t have a place to stay, and also it’s getting ready to snow there,” Ozogul said. “I was looking at the forecast, and it shows snow start tomorrow or something, and it’s going the whole week, and a lot of people are going to be out of a house.”

Ozogul says the quake is a big topic of conversation over there, as he’s learning the effects are far reaching.

“A taxi driver I spoke with from the Istanbul area, he says he’s trying to reach his family can’t get to them, and he got relatives there, last night I was talking to the guy and he can’t contact with anybody so far,” Ozogul said.

Ozogul is thankful his family is safe, because he knows there are so many whose loved ones are still missing and perhaps dead.

“We just feel bad, ’cause a lot of people I’ve seen are crying about it, because it’s terribly ghastly right now,” he said.

Ozogul plans to return to Wilmington at the end of the month.

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Third Leland candidate drops out of council race

Monday, October 24th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — For the third time since mid-August a candidate for Leland Town Council has dropped out of the election. The Brunswick County Board of Elections says Kerrie Wallace withdrew today.

Wallace has not yet returned a call for comment.

Wallace joins incumbent Herbert Barnes and challenger Steve Candler in dropping out. Because they dropped out after ballots were printed, both Wallace and Barnes will still have their name on the ballots, though votes for them will not count.

The latest change leaves just three candidates, Jane Crowder, Donn Garvey and Jon Tait, vying for two open seats on the council. Incumbent councilwoman Brenda Bozeman is running unopposed for mayor.

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