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Archive for April, 2012

ONLY ON 3: Low early voting numbers costing taxpayers

Monday, April 30th, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s your voice your vote and in most cases your money.

Voting may not only be important to your rights but to your wallet, too.

The New Hanover County Board of Elections says so far the voter turnout in one stop voting is low. They hope more people turn out this week so that the money that they’ve already spent is put to work.

“When you look at is as far as money well spent, the more people that turn out obviously the better we are spending our money to conduct the elections,” said Marvin McFadyen, Director of the New Hanover County Board of Elections.

There are four early voting polling stations open in New Hanover County. On average, about ten employees man each station. Those 40 people are paid ten dollars an hour.

In the eight days they’ve been open, that adds up to $24,800.

Divide that by the 3,306 who have voted early and that means New Hanover County taxpayers have spent an average of about eight dollars per vote.

“We base our expenditures on the number of qualified voters not necessarily the turn out, so if we have a low turn out and then we calculate that into a per voter type scenario, it can be an expensive election depending on the number of people that come out to vote,” said McFadyen.

Workers say the number of voters picked up Monday which they think is a good sign.

“I’ve been a part of primaries before where we got less than 15%. I think this time, we’re getting a pretty good turnout,” said poll worker Ronald LaFond.

Early voting locations across the county are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.and also on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This Saturday will be your last day to vote early before election day next Tuesday.

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ONLY ON 3: Low early voting turnout costing taxpayers up to $7 per vote

Monday, April 30th, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s your voice your vote and in most cases your money.

Voting may not only be important to your rights but to your wallet, too.

The New Hanover County Board of Elections says so far the voter turnout in one stop voting is low. They hope more people turn out this week so that the money that they’ve already spent is put to work.

“When you look at is as far as money well spent, the more people that turn out obviously the better we are spending our money to conduct the elections,” said Marvin McFadyen, Director of the New Hanover County Board of Elections.

There are four early voting polling stations open in New Hanover County. On average, about ten employees man each station. Those 40 people are paid ten dollars an hour.

In the eight days they’ve been open, that adds up to $24,800.

Divide that by the 3,306 who have voted early and that means New Hanover County taxpayers have spent an average of about eight dollars per vote.

“We base our expenditures on the number of qualified voters not necessarily the turn out, so if we have a low turn out and then we calculate that into a per voter type scenario, it can be an expensive election depending on the number of people that come out to vote,” said McFadyen.

Workers say the number of voters picked up Monday which they think is a good sign.

“I’ve been a part of primaries before where we got less than 15%. I think this time, we’re getting a pretty good turnout,” said poll worker Ronald LaFond.

Early voting locations across the county are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.and also on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This Saturday will be your last day to vote early before election day next Tuesday.

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BCC employee charged with indecent liberties with a minor

Monday, April 30th, 2012

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick Community College employee no longer has a job after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old girl.

30-year-old college IT technician Josue Juarez was first suspended on Thursday, while campus police launched an investigation.

The 16-year-old attends Brunswick County Early College High School, which is on the college campus.

Juarez was arrested and charged with indecent liberties with a minor and sexual battery.

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New local magazine focuses on issues affecting men

Monday, April 30th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Starting a business in a down economy can be risky but the creators of Men, Ink say there’s a demand for their product.

Men, Ink is the first of its kind in Wilmington. Produced and printed locally, its a magazine for men, by men. Revenue is driven by advertisements, so the quarterly magazine is free for readers.

The Editor-in-Chief, David Frederiksen, stopped by ‘Good Morning Carolina’ this morning.

“Men are coming to their own in similar ways that women did in the 70s so lets see what that’s all about. These guys have a lot to offer, there’s a vast interior life so its exciting to explore,” Frederiksen said.

The next issue of Men, Ink should hit stands the night before Father’s day.

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Candidate Interview: Don Yousey

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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Republican Don Yousey is running for the 5th District seat of the
Brunswick County Commission, a seat held by long-time commissioner Bill
Sue. Yousey has been the Brunswick County Health Director for 14 years and
says if elected he will bring the same leadership to the commission that
he did to the health department. Originally from upstate New York, Yousey
spent over 25 years in the Air Force. He says he decided to run because he
has some concerns about the way business has been going lately in
Brunswick County.

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