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Archive for January, 2012

VOTE 2012: Poll of GOP Primary voters like Pantano over Rouzer almost 2 to 1; Rouzer responds

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Ilario Pantano’s campaign released the results of a new poll today that show the Republican candidate for the 7th Congressional District leads State Senator David Rouzer 48.3% to 21.1% among GOP Primary voters. More than 30% though are still undecided.

The poll, conducted by Conquest Communications Group, has a margin of error of +/- 5.35%

Results also show that Pantano has a favorable rate of more than 47% compared to Rouzer at 16%.

More than 70% of the 350 people polled said they had no opinion of Rouzer or had never heard of him.

Almost 40% said they had no opinion about Pantano or had never heard of him.

Raleigh, NC – Senator David Rouzer, Republican candidate for Congress, released the following statement today:

“With more than $221,000 cash on hand, far exceeding that of my opponent, we are well positioned to make up significant ground and win this race. It is no surprise that my opponent would release a poll on the day that fundraising reports are due to distract from his campaign’s cash on hand.

“The poll numbers my opponent released are virtually the same as his September poll. We have not run any ads nor sent any voter mail. The real race will begin in March after filing is completed.”

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Warren, Sykes square off again at first DSS Board meeting since ejections

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — The last time there was a DSS Board meeting in Brunswick County, Chairman Charles Warren tried to have fellow board member Pat Sykes arrested. The fallout from that December meeting has been extensive. It’s led all the way to county commissioners attempting to remove Warren from that board and, in turn, Warren fighting them this week in court.

Today was the first DSS meeting since that initial dispute.

At Tuesday’s meeting, tensions were once again high as Warren and Sykes revisited their December mix-up.

“You’re basically just saying he escorted me out,” Sykes said during the meeting. “That’s not what truly happened, and so I was ordered to leave twice out of the meeting. I want the minutes to reflect the actions of what happened to me.”

Warren says despite the controversy he has no hard feelings for Sykes.

“I have no feelings against Mrs. Sykes,” Warren said. “I’m here to take care of the business of the DSS.”

Sykes and Warren were at odds a few times during Tuesday’s meeting. The second time over an issue surrounding the board hiring a new attorney.

“He’s representing you in court right now,” Sykes said to Warren about attorney Gary Shipman, “and I don’t think your court stuff’s finished, so I can’t see bringing him in here when there’s another issue.”

Shipman is currently involved in Warren’s injunction against the Brunswick County Commission. Sykes told WWAY Monday she hopes desperately commissioners remove Warren from the DSS Board. A superior court judge is supposed to rule tomorrow whether commissioners can hold a hearing on whether to remove Warren from the board.

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FIRST ON 3: Boiling Spring Lakes subject of workplace violence complaint

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — Boiling Spring Lakes is under the microscope after receiving a workplace violence complaint from the NC Department of Labor.

BSL City Manager Paul Sabiston says he got the complaint yesterday. The letter says, “A hostile working environment exists due to the verbal threats of physical harm and intimidation from management personnel.” Sabiston says he believes the complaint is from a former employee, and he is not too concerned.

“I think the complaint comes from a disgruntled former employee, and I’ve begun to research it, and so far I have found nothing that would amount to a hostile work environment in Boiling Spring Lakes either recently or the last two years,” Sabiston said.

Sabiston has a week to write back to the Department of Labor with his findings and the action he has taken to correct the situation.

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FIRST ON 3: Three Wrightsville Beach Police officers under investigation

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) – Three Wrightsville Beach Police officers are on administrative leave and are the focus of an internal investigation, according to Chief Dan House.

The chief says the officers were not involved in the same incident, but would not release their names or say what they are being investigated for.

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From battlefield to classroom

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

UNCW one of few schools in state to classify veterans as transfer students

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