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Archive for March, 2012

Lumbee leader to leave administrative post vacant

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

PEMBROKE, NC (AP) — The chairman of the Lumbees says he will leave an administrative post vacant after the tribal council twice rejected his nominee for the post.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Paul Brooks said this week he will not recommend another candidate.

Brooks says his recommendation of Gervais Oxendine was the best possible candidate from the applications he had. He told the tribal council earlier this month he had received eight applications.

Brooks says there are more important things for the council to consider before the next tribal election.

Brooks was elected in November to serve the remaining year of former chairman Purnell Swett’s term. Brooks could hire an administrator to handle day-to-day operations of the tribe, but he must get council approval.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Warren’s discrimination complaint dismissed

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Elected officials are not covered by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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SC Gov. celebrates Continental Tire’s new Sumter plant

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Associated Press

SUMTER, SC (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley is celebrating one of the crown jewels of her push to bring jobs to South Carolina as she helped break ground at a ceremony for the new Continental tire plant in Sumter County.

Work has already begun clearing the site for the plant which officials for the German tire maker say will employ 1,600 workers by 2021, so people attending Wednesday’s ceremony had to watch their step.

Haley says the plant shows how dedicated she is to bringing jobs to South Carolina. The state’s unemployment rate is now at 9.3 percent. It was 10.5 percent when she took office in January 2011.

South Carolina beat out Louisiana and a site near the Brunswick-Columbus County line for the $500 million plant. Continental Tire says the plant should make its first tire in 2014.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NHSO: Family of thieves busted

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies say they’ve made arrested suspects in a breaking and entering that show crime can be a family business.

The sheriff’s office says it started with a call around noon yesterday from the owner of a vacant home on Carolina Beach Road. The caller said he stopped by the house because he noticed a vehicle at the residence. When he got there, he discovered metal and copper missing from the home and saw four men leaving the house. Three of the suspects left in a vehicle and one ran into the woods.

Deputies caught William Daniel Watkins, 24, hiding in the woods. Other deputies noticed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle in Snows Cut Park. They arrested the the driver, Timothy Edward Watkins, 22, and Gregory Ski McMahon, 31, and his son, who is a juvenile, who were hiding in the tree line, after the victim identified them.

Investigators say William Watkins and Timothy Watkins, who are brothers, have been charged with breaking and entering, larceny, property damage and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Gregory McMahon is facing multiple breaking and entering charges, larceny, property damage, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His son was released to his grandfather.

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Michelle Obama to speak at NC A&T graduation

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama will speak at three college graduation ceremonies this spring, including two in key general election battleground states.

Mrs. Obama’s first commencement address will be at Virginia Tech. The White House says the first lady has been inspired by the school’s resiliency following the deadly 2007 campus shootings. Mrs. Obama will also speak at North Carolina A&T, a historically black university.

Virginia and North Carolina are both politically important states that will be crucial to President Barack Obama’s reelection prospects.

Mrs. Obama will also deliver the commencement address at Oregon State University, which has been recognized for its efforts to promote healthy communities, a key priority of the first lady. Mrs. Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson, is the coach of the school’s men’s basketball team.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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