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Archive for March, 2012

New method to stop forced annexation blocked

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The fight over forced annexation in North Carolina continues, after a judge struck down a law giving property owners a voice in the process.

Lawyers confirmed that Judge Shannon Joseph said in Wake Superior Court yesterday she would enter a written order striking down the petition process.

The law passed in 2011 terminated involuntary annexations in cities if 60 percent of the landowners in the annexed areas signed a petition within a roughly four-month period opposing it. The town or city would be barred from trying again to annex the area for three years.

Property owners in Monkey Junction, which Wilmington tried to annex, and in neighborhoods around Southport had successfully overturned their annexations. James Eldridge, an attorney for Monkey Junction residents fighting annexation, told WWAY he does not agree with the judge’s decision. He also said he knew the legal battle would have to be decided ultimately by a higher court.

Several municipalities with pending annexations, including Wilmington, sued late last year, arguing the new laws are unenforceable because they only give landowners the right to sign the petitions, not all voters.

–The Associated Press contributed to this story

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Most school districts won’t add 5 extra days

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina public school officials are overriding a requirement for 185 classroom days after local school districts complained about the extra costs to operate buses and buildings.

State Schools Superintendent June Atkinson said Tuesday that school districts estimated it could cost them about $14 million. She approved exemptions for all but about two dozen of the state’s 115 school districts.

School leaders also said since the extra days would be taken out of time allotted for teacher preparation, it would displace needed training time before a statewide course of study starting out next fall.

The General Assembly last summer voted to extend the calendar while preserving a state law requiring a 10-week summer vacation.

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

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Port Citys first female Rotarian dies at age 66

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Fran Young was a trailblazer and a role model for businesswomen in the Port City

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Back Then – WWII brings ships, rules, cuts in production

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Looking back at stories from Wilmington’s past.

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School board member upset over loss of web domain

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County School Board member, Elizabeth Redenbaugh, no longer owns the website elizabethredenbaugh.com. Instead, the wife of a fellow school board member does.

Redenbaugh let the website expire. When she went to re-register it March 19, she discovered Catherine Fleming, the wife of school board member Derrick Hickey, was the new owner. Redenbaugh called Hickey and left a voicemail, telling him she wanted it released, and she wanted it released now.

Redenbaugh says she later ran into Hickey, who told her he was unaware his wife did that.

Fleming forwarded us an e-mail she sent to Redenbaugh.

“Let’s set the record straight. First, I purchased the domain name when you carelessly let it expire quite some time ago. Your disregard for your campaign is your problem, not mine. Use of this domain name that I have rightfully purchased is protected by my right to freedom of speech. As an attorney, you should know that. Furthermore, you will not intimidate or bully me. I listened to your voicemail message pertaining to the domain name, which I have included as an attachment to this message. If you have something to discuss with me, try something other than a raving message full of venomous castigations. As you threatened in your message, you have taken your personal complaints to the press. I think the “press” would be interested to know that you consider them your handmaid who will smear whomever upon your order. So, I’ve taken the liberty of copying them on this email since your relationship with the truth is so attenuated. Surely you can’t be trusted to convey the facts accurately.

“You shouldn’t be so shocked that a parent of school aged children in this community would endeavor to make sure that your record of misrepresentation is clear. After all, you have shown them nothing but contempt. During the 2008 campaign, you assured everyone that you supported neighborhood schools. People supported you because of that issue. Then you turned your back on them. But to celebrate this perfidy with that ridiculous award last year was just brazen.

“In sum, I anticipate using the domain name to make sure that your record is clear. Obviously, people who care about neighborhood schools will be most interested. However, it will also serve as a reminder to people who are on the other side of the issue that their champion is a careless solipsist who is more interested in collecting awards than advocating for the issues that they care about. Until now, your name has been synonymous with dissimulation. Now, it will also be synonymous with carelessness.”

Redenbaugh says she never received this email, but states that it is full of lies. She says when she ran for school board in 2008, she did not run on a neighborhood schools platform. Redenbaugh believes people assume she was for neighborhood schools because she was a registered Republican. In the fall, Redenbaugh switched political parties and is now a Democrat.

Redenbaugh says she thinks this tactic reflects poorly on Hickey and as members of the school board, we should be role models for students. She also compared this to bullying.

We’ll have more coming up tonight on WWAY NewsChannel 3.

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