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ONLY ON 3: Interest in ‘Teen Mom’ arrest overwhelms sheriff’s new spokesman

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Last night’s arrest of “Teen Mom 2” star Janelle Evans may not have been too surprising given her criminal record. But for Brunswick County Sheriff’s spokesman Del Routh, who is still fairly new to the job, the huge influx of media attention was a little overwhelming.

Call after call. E-mail after e-mail. Routh has gotten his fill of teen mom Janelle. Since around 8 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriff’s spokesman says he’s gotten information requests from all over the country.

Deputies arrested the 20-year-old reality star yesterday on charges of placing harassing phone calls and communicating threats. No stranger to trouble with the law, Evans has faced a charge of assault following a fight video that went viral, trespassing and breaking and entering and a previous charge of harassing phone calls.

Routh, who has only been on the job for about three months, says he was not prepared for all the attention.

“If I had been a little been more prepared for what’s been ongoing, then I would be a little bit more prepared and would have understood what was happening, and I didn’t know why there was so much interest in this special case. So that was the biggest thing: that I wasn’t familiar with it, but I can guarantee you I am very familiar with it now,” Routh said.

Routh says he had never seen the reality shows that Evans has been on.

He got requests from about 30 different organizations from New York, LA, Florida and, of course, North Carolina.

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Trial set in 2008 real estate agent slaying

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

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Goodwill – Dont forget elders as winter closes in

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

The holidays have come and gone, along with the frenetic rush of retail sales and get togethers.

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News & Notes – Brunswick Literacy sets training dates

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Brunswick County Literacy Council will have a volunteer orientation workshop Jan. 17.

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Leaders discuss business of education over breakfast

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Local and state leaders met for breakfast this morning and to discuss business of education.

The New Hanover County School Board held a breakfast meeting to inform leaders about the importance of considering education as a top priority, especially when it comes to planning the 2012 budget.

“We have to identify that there is low morale. That teachers need to be lifted up. That funding needs to be increased for schools, not cut, in order for us to do the best things for our students because that’s what every teacher wants to do. Why else would you go into the profession?,” New Hanover County Teacher of the Year Rachael Moser said.

Moser says she thinks it’s important that leaders know the importance of starting from the ground up to make improvements to the community as a whole.

“We either invest in the children now and we give money to the school system and to the teachers so that they can provide that quality education, or we see those things that we don’t want to see go up, go up. We see crime go up. We see an achievement gap go up. We pay now or pay later,” Moser said.

State and local leaders say money is tight, but they are doing everything they can to stretch funding. State Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District) says if we can fix education, other problems may also be solved.

“Education is where it all starts,” Sen. Goolsby said. “Nobody’s going to move companies to north carolina, create jobs, do what needs to be done if we don’t have a workforce that can think. That can work. That can produce.”

Leaders agree that the most important thing schools across the state can do is speak up and tell them exactly what they need.

“I think it’s very important, especially with the upcoming budget talks that are going to begin shortly, that the commissioners have a full grasp of where the schools are now, what the schools want, and what the school’s needs are,” New Hanover County Commissioner Chair Ted Davis said.

The state legislature will begin discussing the 2012 budget in May.

New hanover county officials hope the breakfast was informative for the leaders when it comes to making decisions.

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