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Archive for October, 2011

Military, families celebrate end of US troops in Iraq

Friday, October 21st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The war in Iraq will soon be over. The White House announced today that all but 150 US troops in Iraq will be home by the end of the year. President Obama says they’ll actually be home a bit sooner than that.

“Here at home, the coming months will be another season of homecomings,” Mr. Obama said. “Across america, our service men and women will be reunited with their families. Today I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays.”

The announcement that troops are coming home from Iraq by January 1 was great news for all Americans, especially those service members at North Carolina’s National Guard.

“This is a great opportunity for the families especially,” Maj. Sean Moser said. “The community is going to be glad to get their soldiers back, and we think that’s a great thing.”

Since September 11, 2001, more than 18,000 troops have deployed to Iraq from North Carolina’s National Guard.

Maj. Moser from the 30th Brigade 120th Combined Arms Battalion has been a part of Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm and served two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Friday Moser echoed President Obama’s message that American forces along with allied Iraqis have accomplished much in that country.

“The iraqis have met their goal,” Moser said. “They are self sustaining. They are capable of defending their country by themselves. That is a great achievement. They have worked very hard, and so have our soldiers.”

The 30th Brigade is steeped in tradition. Some of its units date back to the Civil War. In the 21st century, it has seen its share of Iraq.

Moser says although he is excited about Friday’s announcement, he says he is not surprised.

“We’ve expected it, though, because the president has set a timeline,” Moser said. “He’s the commander and chief, and we’ve met the objectives and goals that have been set.”

Moser also says that just because the war in Iraq is over, that does not mean the US military’s overall mission in that nation is complete.

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N.C. lost more jobs in September than any other state

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Total nonfarm employment fell by 22,200 last month from August.

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Enter to win a pair of tickets to An Evening with One Tree Hill

Friday, October 21st, 2011

We’re giving away two tickets to the “Evening with One Tree Hill” event at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at UNCW.

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Sexual assault charges dropped against former teacher

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Johnie Lewis was a Head Start teacher at the Peabody School in Wilmington

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Man who accused Soles of assault wants charges dropped

Friday, October 21st, 2011

TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — The controversy surrounding R.C. Soles continues as the former state senator once again faces criminal charges. Soles is accused of beating a man on his property back in September. Today he was in court, but after court, Jernigan said he wants to drop the charges against Soles.

“I just wanna get it over with,” Jernigan said. “I made a bad decision. I mean, I was on his property. The man ain’t done nothing but help me, and everybody makes mistakes. So I’m trying to drop the charges and go back to peaceful.”

Jernigan says he regrets pressing charges against Soles in September after saying the former state senator hit him in the face with a metal cane. Jernigan does not deny he was assaulted, but says he believes he was also in the wrong by being on Soles’s property.

He says Soles has always taken care of him and helped him financially when he needed it.

“He’s got a big heart,” Jernigan said of Soles. “He’s like a father to me, you know what I’m mean? I didn’t have a father. He’s like a father to me.”

Jernigan has been linked to the former senator before with incidents of trespassing on Soles’s property. When we asked why Soles was so generous, he said Soles just wants to help. Jernigan says he made a mistake and wants to look out for someone who has always looked out for him, but he says he does not know what to do to get the charges dropped. For now, the case has been continued until December 9.

We tried to catch up with soles on his way out of court, but he said he had no comment.

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