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Archive for March, 2012

Suspicious package prompts New River Pottery evacuation

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

New River Pottery on Market Street has been evacuated after receiving a suspicious package.

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Friends of the Library hope to pass $1M raised with weekend sale

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Books bought this weekend could help the New Hanover County Library reach a substantial goal.

The Friends of the Library is holding its semiannual book sale. Since the group first began holding book sales in 1983 it has raised $945,000. With this sale, the group hopes to raise $55,000, which will break the $1 million mark this weekend. That’s money that goes right back to the library.

“It’s exciting because we’ve done so exponentially better the past couple of years and we’re really proud of the work, the community donates the books then the community volunteers, works year round sorting books packing them up and then the community comes and buys them,” Friends of the Library board member Anne Langan said.

The book sale kicks off Friday night at 6 p.m. for members. The public sale starts Saturday at 9 a.m. It ends Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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Hoggard assistant coach charged with assault

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

The assistant football coach at Hoggard High School has been arrested and charged with assault

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Commissioners react to mounting criticism of voting down contraceptive funding; Barfield: a colossal mistake

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Criticism of the New Hanover County Commission’s vote against accepting a family planning grant has reached the state level, and now the board wants to reconsider.

The request is being put on the next meeting’s agenda. Commissioners say they hope to then be able to make a more informed decision.

Today the ACLU of North Carolina sent a news release criticizing the commissioners’ decision, saying they failed miserably. Commissioners now say they are open to compromise.

“In my opinion we made a colossal mistake,” said Commissioner Jonathan Barfield.

Since commissioners voted Monday against accepting a nearly $9,000 state grant to fund contraceptives for women, the opposition has been loud and clear.

“It was a big mistake the vote that took place,” said Jennifer Rudinger, executive director of the ACLU of North Carolina. “It was very unfortunate. Frankly we called it shameful.”

It seems the message has gotten through to commissioners.

“I’ve heard it clearly. I’m still hearing it in my own house,” Barfield said. “I keep telling my wife, ‘I got it.’ My pastor’s talked with me, my dad’s talked with me and I’ve got it.”

In an email sent Wednesday, chairman Ted Davis requested to have the funding request put on their April 2nd meeting’s agenda along with time for public discussion. Commissioner Rick Catlin, who was very vocal about turning down the money, says he welcomes another chance to talk about it.

“I think it’s incumbent upon us as public officials to hear all the facts and make an informed decision,” Catlin said.

“We hope that they will do the right thing,” Rudinger said. “We hope that they will accept the funding that women need and go forward with this.”

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Topsail Beach board opposes school calendar proposal

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Proposal would mean high schools would start two weeks earlier

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