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Archive for April, 2012

ONLY ON 3: Pro Amendment One billboards vandalized

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Brunswick County, NC (WWAY) — Early voting started today, including voting for the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

The debate on the issue seems to only be getting hotter. Two billboards in Brunswick County supporting the amendment were recently vandalized and that has one minister speaking out.

Anthony Clemmons is a minister and Brunswick County coordinator for the group “Vote FOR Marriage NC”. He helped to raise money to put billboards up around town. One along Highway 17 in the Anglers Marine Lot and another off Highway 211. Both are to help raise awareness and support for amendment one, which is against same-sex marriage.

Both of the signs have been vandalized in the past month.

Last week, Clemmons discovered one sign was spray painted with the phrase, “Only God can judge”. Clemmons says although the vandalism is discouraging, it will not affect what they are fighting for.

We contacted the president of the Wilmington Pride to get a response. TR Nunley said in a statement, “This amendment was born out of hate and fear, and although we do not condone the actions of vandalism, we do empathize with their feelings of frustration, because this amendment strips away dignity and rights of all unmarried couples, straight or gay plus all civil actions and domestic partnerships.”

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Facebook hosts grand opening of data center in Rutherford County

Friday, April 20th, 2012

FOREST CITY, N.C. (AP) — Facebook is updating the status of its data center in Rutherford County.

Officials from the social networking website joined lawmakers and other North Carolina officials Thursday in the grand opening of its Forest City data center.

Building 1 of Forest City’s Facebook project broke ground in November 2010 and has been completed. Building 2 began last fall and is expected to be finished later this year.

Hundreds of thousands of servers in the facility will help connect Facebook’s more than 845 million users around the world.

Facebook said in a statement that it has distributed grant money to local non-profits, and it has also helped Isothermal Community College develop its Data Center Institute training curriculum.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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ONLY ON 3: Amendment one billboards vandalized

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Brunswick County, NC (WWAY) — Early voting started today, including voting for the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

The debate on the issue seems to only be getting hotter. Two billboards in Brunswick County supporting the amendment were recently vandalized and that has one minister speaking out.

Anthony Clemmons is a minister and Brunswick County coordinator for the group “Vote FOR Marriage NC”. He helped to raise money to put billboards up around town. One along Highway 17 in the Anglers Marine Lot and another off Highway 211. Both are to help raise awareness and support for amendment one, which is against same-sex marriage.

Both of the signs have been vandalized in the past month.

Last week, Clemmons discovered one sign was spray painted with the phrase, “Only God can judge”. Clemmons says although the vandalism is discouraging, it will not affect what they are fighting for.

We contacted the president of the Wilmington Pride to get a response. TR Nunley said in a statement, “This amendment was born out of hate and fear, and although we do not condone the actions of vandalism, we do empathize with their feelings of frustration, because this amendment strips away dignity and rights of all unmarried couples, straight or gay plus all civil actions and domestic partnerships.”

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Bozeman discusses LPD suspensions, SBI investigation

Friday, April 20th, 2012

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — It has been nearly a week since Leland announced the suspension of five police officers. Thursday was the first town council meeting since the suspensions and resignation of officer Karl Smith.

Tonight WWAY sat down with Mayor Brenda Bozeman to hear what she has to say about the troubled police department and the future of Leland.

“I think we’re on the right track,” the mayor says. “We are going to get it settled one way or the other.”

Bozeman says the problems within the police department are being resolved.

“If anyone is guilty, justice will take place,” she says. “If they’re not guilty, we can go on and get over all of this.”

Last week, five officers were suspended with pay. One of those suspended, Karl Smith resigned Tuesday. Smith served as interim police chief after Tim Jayne was fired in February. All this, while the department and town await investigations by the SBI and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

“We want it done,” Bozeman says. “We were hoping that the SBI investigation would have been done before the end of the year. They told me they were hoping to have it done.”

Town manager David Hollis says with the five officers out, the department has to pick up the slack, but all services are functioning as normal. Soon, he says, the issues will be a thing of the past.

“We’re going to get to that point where the police are not the issue in Leland,” Hollis says. “These other things, the good things that we’re doing are going to be the issues.”

WWAY was the first and only local news media that dug for weeks and uncovered personnel and policy issues within the Leland Police Department.

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New Hanover News & Notes – Students win awards, recognition

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Evan Gurkin, sixth-grade student at Myrtle Grove Middle School, won the 2012 Coastal America Ocean Art Contest for the North Carolina 6-8 Grade category.

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