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Archive for October, 2011

History leaves Brooklyn neighborhood skeptical about future of Virgo school

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Since 1968, the district has closed or re-purposed nine downtown schools either because the buildings became too dilapidated and costly to fix or because of decreased membership.

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They look like they’re from a storybook, but these beans are real

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Once upon a time, Margaret and Leon Rooks were walking down a road in their neighborhood when they saw some amazing plants.

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Feds subpoena documents from Wilmington-based company

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The federal government has subpoenaed documents from TranS1 Inc., the Wilmington-based medical device company said in a regulatory filing.

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Couple claims largest lotto jackpot in Bladen Co. history

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An Elizabethtown man has won the largest lottery prize in Bladen County history. Wesley Skinner, who works as a warehouse manager in Dublin, and his wife Jeanette claimed claimed the $300,632 jackpot in Raleigh today.

“I hardly ever get Cash 5 tickets,” Skinner said. “But my wife told me the jackpot was close to $300,000.”

After taxes the Skinners get $204,430.

Skinner purchased three Quick Pick tickets Monday night, just hours before the nightly drawing. One of those tickets was the only one to match all five numbers in the drawing, winning the jackpot.

At work yesterday, Wesley had the jackpot-winning ticket in his pocket, but didn’t realize until Jeanette called him. She had heard on a radio station that a winning lottery ticket had been sold at Champs Food Mart, where she knows her husband sometimes buys tickets. The store is located on NC 41 West in Bladenboro.

Skinner pulled up the lottery’s website on his smart phone, saw the story about the winning ticket and then checked his numbers.

“I had to leave work crying,” Jeanette said. “We still have to work, but it’s going to make things a lot easier.”

Jeanette said the couple may use the prize to go on a cruise.

“We’re gonna play Powerball tonight,” Wesley said. Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is an estimated $124 million.

Prior to Skinner’s win, the largest in Bladen County history belonged to a Bladenboro woman who scratched off $100,000 on a Carolina Black instant ticket.

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ONLY ON 3: Columbus Co. Sheriff clarifies criticism of DA

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — District Attorney Jon David has gone through some ups and downs since being sworn in more than ten months ago.

David, who is responsible for cases in Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen Counties was featured in this week’s edition of “North Carolina Lawyers Weekly.” A few strong comments by Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten in that story have stirred up some controversy. Today, though, Batten said some of those comments were taken out of context.

David, who has already been through a battle with Chief District Court Judge Jerry Jolly over traffic court, now faces allegations Batten, who said in the story that David was giving little attention to cases in two of the three counties he served.

In the story Batten says, “I don’t think Columbus and Bladen are being treated quite fairly. I think he just wants to put most of his focus on Brunswick to thank those folks in a roundabout way for putting him into office.”

But Sheriff Batten says the writer only used his negative comments for the story. Batten also says he only felt that way for the first six to eight months in the David administration.

“In the last two or three months, like I spoke to the journalist about it, I think that things have really made a turn,” Batten said today. “I think some of our concerns are being met and looked at, being evaluated and being worked on through the DA’s office.”

In the story, Batten says he would not oppose splitting the 13th Judicial District into two parts giving a different DA to Columbus and Bladen while David serves Brunswick.

“In the beginning I did entertain some comments from some citizens and attorneys and from some of the people in the judicial system about the need for a split district, where Columbus and Bladen would be separated from Brunswick,” Batten told WWAY. “Right now I think Jon needs the opportunity to prove hisself.”

Batten also says he and David have a good working relationship and looks forward to the future.

“I think he’s got a good leadership team going here in Columbus County, and he has brought some joint, shared, mutual admiration to what we need here in Columbus County, and that’s justice for the people,” Batten said.

We tried to get a hold of David for a response to some of these comments, but he was unavailable this afternoon.

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