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Archive for January, 2012

Brunswick Co. DSS having trouble finding an attorney

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It was business as usual for the most part at the Brunswick County Commission meeting Tuesday night. The agenda followed the standard budget and report items. Work continues extending water and sewer services.

This meeting lacked the fireworks of a previous meeting when Commissioner Charles Warren was asked to leave and then was escorted out.

One item of interest is the dispute over the DSS attorney.

“That’s up to Mr. (Charles) Warren,” Commission Chair Bill Sue said. “He was provided a list of over 25 attorneys with highlights for about seven of them that had experience on a board and experience with DSS, and apparently, by his own words, he has tried to contact all of those to get them to serve, and nobody is willing to serve.”

Commissioner Warren, as chairman of the Social Services Board, will continue to seek an attorney.

Warren may face another challenge. Fellow Republican Joe Agovino of Southport says he will run for the Brunswick County Commission seat held by Warren.

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Back Then – Life during wartime tops 1941 headlines

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Looking back in the StarNews archives.

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Gardner-Webb University student collapses, dies

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

BOILING SPRINGS, NC (AP) — A student at Gardner-Webb University has died after she collapsed in class on her 21st birthday.

A spokesman says Ariane Noelle Patterson was in a religion class at the Boiling Springs school when she collapsed Tuesday afternoon.

Spokesman Noel Manning says Patterson’s cause of death is under investigation. He says the school is investigating whether Patterson had previous health problems.

Manning says an emergency medical technician who is a student in the class and nurses helped with CPR until an ambulance arrived.

Patterson died at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby.

She was a senior majoring in religious studies and went to high school in Rutherford County.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Campaign for ‘no’ on NC gay marriage vote begins

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Opponents of a proposed North Carolina constitutional amendment that would bar state-sanctioned gay marriage and other same-sex unions are ready to begin their campaign against it in earnest.

The Coalition to Protect All North Carolina Families scheduled a news conference Wednesday to launch its effort to defeat the amendment question put on the ballot for May by the state Legislature.

Amendment opponents say the change would imprint discrimination in the state constitution, harm the state’s business climate and prevent local governments from offering benefits to domestic partners of employees.

A group that wants the amendment to pass also has formed.

North Carolina is the only state in the Southeast that doesn’t have an amendment banning gay marriage in its constitution.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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NC Ag official regrets warning turkey farm

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

SHANNON, NC (AP) — A North Carolina Agriculture Department official says she regrets tipping off employees at a Hoke County turkey processing plant that sheriff’s deputies were investigating the business.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Dr. Sarah Jean Mason with the agriculture department’s poultry division
issued a statement that she regrets her notification of a veterinarian who worked for the plant in Shannon.

A search warrant released last week accused Mason of tipping off Dr. Eric Gonder, who worked for Butterball, the plant operator.

Mason says she tipped off Gonder to try to stop animal abuse immediately.

Sheriff’s deputies searched the plan Dec. 28, finding some turkeys that had to be euthanized. No charges have been filed.

The investigation started after an animal rights activist secretly recorded workers at the plant.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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