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Archive for March, 2012

Yellow tubes block turns on Market Street

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Walgreens put up the barriers because its store has a driveway on Market Street.

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Protest held in response to commissioners turning down family planning funds

Friday, March 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Just days after New Hanover County Commissioners voted against state funding for contraceptives, the response has been incredible.

A few hundred people came to Riverfront Park in downtown Wilmington Thursday in protest of the vote. The board’s vote Monday has since made national headlines, even getting a response from the ACLU of North Carolina. Though commissioners will re-examine the funding at their April meeting, they are still catching backlash from their initial decision.

“It’s just a shame that they are having to waste the time that was such a no-brainer in the first place,” said Page Rutledge, a protester.

“I couldn’t really believe we were talking about 2012,” said Carol Chappell, who was also at the protest. “We’re talking about something I stood up for 40 years ago.”

Commissioners Jonathan Barfield and Jason Thompson showed up to listen and take questions, but Thompson found the gathering unproductive.

“Mostly it was people name calling and pushing me and spitting at me,” Thompson said. “There are just some really nasty people down here.”

The board will take another look at the family planning funding at their April 2nd meeting, commissioners and the health department plan to be fully prepared for the second time around.

“Based on the information I had on Monday, I made the correct vote,” Thompson said. “We’re going to hear it again in April and of course the board of health has already given new information, some commissioners are getting new information.”

However, some wonder if a change of vote will mean a change of heart.

“I think if they vote it through, it’s to appease the people. I don’t think it changes anything in reality,” said Melissa Robon, a protester.

“I can tell you that I will put my money where my mouth is and make sure more women get elected,” Rutledge said.

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Blackbeard artifacts on display in Fayetteville

Friday, March 16th, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) – Artifacts from the flagship of Blackbeard the pirate are now on display at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

The state Department of Cultural Resources says the items from Queen Anne’s Revenge will be on display through May 31. They’re on loan from the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, which is the official repository for shipwreck artifacts.

The exhibit includes iron shot for cannon, small caliber lead shot for firearms, a grinding stone used for sharpening tools and weapons, a small piece of gold, and other items. Exhibit panels offer information on Blackbeard, his ship and other subjects.

Blackbeard captured the ship in 1717 when it was a slave ship. His ship ran ashore in June 1718 in what’s now Beaufort Inlet.

The wreck was located in 1996.

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

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Lumbee council again votes against chairman

Friday, March 16th, 2012

LAURINBURG, NC (AP) — The Lumbee Tribal Council is continuing its fight with its chairman, again rejecting his choice for administrator.

The Fayetteville Observer reported the council voted 11-10 not to consider a contract for Gervais Oxendine to become administrator because the paperwork was not submitted before the meeting Thursday and the item wasn’t on the agenda.

It was the second time a vote went against Oxendine, who is Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks’ candidate for administrator. At a meeting March 6, the council tied on whether to hire Oxendine.

The council also voted to tear down walls that Brooks ordered built for office space at the Elders Heritage Group. The council doesn’t want space taken away from the elders group.

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

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NC elections board rejects appeal to get on ballot

Friday, March 16th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina State Board of Elections has rejected a request by the former chairman of the Forsyth County Republican Party to get on a congressional ballot after officials determined he missed last month’s candidate filing deadline.

The board voted 4-0 Thursday to deny the appeal of Nathan Tabor, who came to the Raleigh board room at midday Feb. 29 to file for the 6th District primary. State elections director Gary Bartlett announced at noon that day the filing period was over. Tabor has said he was in the building at the time and was told he had made it.

Tabor said he would not appeal the decision, and plans to run in 2014.

Incumbent Howard Coble and challengers Billy Yow and Bill Flynn are in the primary.

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

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