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Archive for November, 2011


Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

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Bill Saffo re-elected to fourth term as mayor

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

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NC Baptists elect Charlotte pastor as president

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A senior pastor at a Charlotte church is the new president of the N.C. Baptist State Convention, whose delegates also have endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in North Carolina.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Mark Harris, senior pastor at First Baptist Church, ran unopposed in Tuesday’s election. The 45-year-old Harris had recently served as the group’s first vice president.

Delegates, or “messengers,” to the convention’s annual meeting in Greensboro also approved, without discussion or dissent, a resolution backing the proposed N.C. constitutional amendment that voters statewide will consider next May.

Most of the 4,300 churches associated with the state convention are Southern Baptist, the largest Protestant denomination in North Carolina, with about 1.3 million members.

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

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Two new faces elected to Wilmington City Council; Sparks left out

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After all the votes were counted Tuesday night two new faces came out as winners for Wilmington City Council. Businessman Neil Anderson and retiree Margaret Haynes are the two non-incumbent candidates that will fill two of three open seats; incumbent Laura Padgett was re-elected.
Incumbent Ronald Sparks had a tight race with Anderson. Sparks says the voters made their decision Tuesday night but is grateful for the opportunity to serve the community.

“It has been an interesting four years. I have worked hard, and I will proceed on,” Sparks said.

The newly elected council members showed a sigh of relief once the final numbers came in. Haynes, who served on council before, said she enjoys serving the community. The councilwoman-elect said she could not have made it if it were not for her supporters.

“We just had a swell of support from a lot of friends and people we didn’t know. It is very rewarding,” Haynes said.

Anderson, said it was a nail-biter all night, but is glad that the final results had him over incumbent Ronald Sparks.

“It took a long time tonight, but the results were what we wanted,” Anderson said.

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Wilmington Mayor elected to third term

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — In the race for Wilmington Mayor, incumbent Bill Saffo reclaims the seat with 71% to Justin LaNasa’s 29%. This is Mayor Saffo’s third elected term as Mayor.

“It’s humbling, it’s a humbling experience every time you go through a process like this…to be elected by the people when you bring your, everything you’ve talked about on the campaign out there, you’re telling the voters what you want to do, you’ve also shown them what you can do, what you have done,” Saffo said. “It’s a referendum on a person. I’m very honored to be the Mayor of this great city.

Mayor Saffo also explained what he hopes to see accomplished during his upcoming term.

“I think we have to continue to work and find ways to bring jobs to our community, enhance the business opportunities here, look for ways to cut some of the red tape we heard during the campaign. Try to do more with less, and to work with the fellow council members to try and move the community forward.”

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