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Archive for January, 2012

Funeral director accused of witholding widow’s cash

Monday, January 30th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A former North Carolina funeral director who left a body in a hearse for nine days has been accused of taking a woman’s life insurance money after her husband’s death.

The Times-News of Burlington reports that Graham police charged 57-year-old David Lawson on Friday with
obtaining property by false pretense. Authorities say a woman signed over $24,000 in life insurance
policies to Lawson to pay for her husband’s funeral. But Ella Troxler says Lawson never gave her money left over after taking out more than $8,000 for the services.

Lawson lost his license in December for illegally selling pre-need services but lacking money to repay refund-seeking customers. In 2010, Lawson left a woman’s body in his hearse while he waited for documents allowing him to have her body cremated.

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Rep. McIntyre says dredging necessary at Carolina Beach inlet

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Congressman Mike McIntyre made a stop in Carolina Beach
Friday to discuss dredging of the Carolina Beach inlet. McIntyre was joined by
local leaders for a boat tour aboard the Royal Winner.

He discussed the need for dredging in the inlet to maintain the draw of
tourists to the area and safeguard against potential hazards for

We asked McIntyre if dredging is the right solution as opposed to allowing
Mother Nature take its course.

“You’ve got to have dredging to maintain the intracoastal waterway,”
McIntyre said. “It’s much like an interstate highway if it’s just built
and then nobody ever tends to it you’re going to have problems with that
highway. It’s going to be worn and used. We want to make sure it’s open
not just for commercial use but for recreational use because that in turn
affects tourism and has a tremendous ripple effect on our local

Early last week, the memorandum of agreement between the US Army Corps
of Engineers and the state of North Carolina to pay for the project was

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Rep. McIntyre expands on possible run for NC governor

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — On the heels of Governor Bev Perdue’s announcement
that she will not seek re-election, the focus now is on who will take her seat.

Many names are being tossed around with local and state leaders
showing interest. One of those is Congressman Mike McIntyre.

We caught up with McIntyre Friday during a visit to Carolina Beach to ask
how serious he is about a move from Washington to Raleigh.

“I had several folks who contacted me right away and said for me to
consider the possibility and yes I am open to the possibility of
considering that but, I’ve got to have a lot of discussion with folks
around the state, my family has to discuss it and then some decisions have
to be made fairly soon because filing starts next month,” McIntyre said.

McIntyre has represented North Carolina in U.S. Congress since 1997. The
Democrat is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of Democrats that
are considered moderates within their party. He says party affiliation
aside, it’s time for North Carolina’s leader to put bipartisanship into

“As folks know I’ve had a long history of working across the aisle and
I think the problems we’re facing in North Carolina as well as in this
nation, you’ve got to have folks who will reach across the aisle, work
together and find solutions and not get caught up in party politics,”
McIntyre said.

When asked about how redistricting of the congressional lines will play a
role in his decision to run for governor, McIntyre said, “That has to be a
separate consideration.”

If the governor’s seat is in fact in his future, McIntyre says he will put
personal politics aside to do what’s best for North Carolinians.

“It’s something that I’ve long done, ” McIntyre said. “I’ve long strived to work with
folks on what the issues are and not whether or not it was a party’s issue
but is it the right issue to help the people. “

According to state regulations, candidates must file a notice for
candidacy in the filing period between February 13th and February 29th.

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Some still dissatisfied with Masonboro Loop intersection

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Neighbors contend the area is plagued by unsafe conditions.

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City has an opening for a special assistant, but job duties are changing

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

The city of Wilmington is looking for a new special assistant to the city manager for development.

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