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Archive for April, 2012

ONLY ON 3: Pender Health Dept. issues lead to war of words

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Health Department issues in Pender County continue to heat up after a “he said she said” battle on Facebook.

Topsail Online printed an article today claiming County Commissioner Chester Ward said he was misrepresented on a story we ran yesterday. But that’s not what he told us.

Ward told WWAY Wednesday that Commission Chair George Brown might need to take a step back and re-evaluate his position on the Health Board. That’s not the story reported by the Topsail Online blog on Facebook.

Ken Clarke started the blog after he lost his job when the Pender Post bought the Topsail Voice. According to Clarke, Ward said his comments in our interview were, “not a true representation of what he said, noting that the question he was asked was never aired and his entire answer was cut off.”

In fact, despite what Clarke reports, the full question and answer shows ward was clear about Brown leaving the health board.

Wednesday WWAY’s Cliff Pyron asked Ward: “You, David Williams, (Jimmy) Tate all kind of stepped up and talked to Mr. Brown (at Monday’s commission meeting). Do you think maybe he’s biased when it comes to the Health Board? Does he need to take a step back and reevaluate his role with the Health Board?”

Ward answered, “Maybe he needs to reevaluate his role there. Maybe there’s still some emotional tension still there, and if so we may be asking him if he’s willing to remove from that Board of Health as a member there. Maybe we can appoint somebody there who would like to be a part of that Board of Health.”

Clarke, who would not go on camera, says he stands by his story. Ward says it’s wrong.

“I don’t know what the intention of him to say… calling anybody a liar. I don’t call anybody a liar. I don’t know what the outcome of trying to say something about our interview. I don’t know,” Ward said.

Despite the recent controversy the Pender County Health Department says it is trying to stay as transparent as possible.

In a comment on his Facebook posting, Clarke maintained the accuracy of his story saying, in part, “I have not and do not question the validity of WWAY’s interview with Commissioner Chester Ward.

“The content concerning WWAY in this article came about from an extensive conversation with Ward, and convey his opinion, not mine.”

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GE Aviation lands another big engine contract

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

A $2 billion aircraft engine order was placed by Australia’s Qantas Airways

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VOTE 2012: Early voting underway in NC

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Early voting is underway in North Carolina. Now through May 5 you can vote early at different One-Stop Voting locations around the area.

Folks at the polls today say it was a little slow but they know it will pick up as the official election gets closer. They say the people who come out and vote early usually are pretty passionate about their candidates of choice and their political party.

“I think it’s a very important election,” early voter Sal Mirando said. “There’s a big difference between a Republican and a Democrat, and if you’re a Republican, hopefully we’ll improve this country, because right now we’re going in the wrong direction.”

Mirando says regardless of who you support, it’s important to make your way to the polls and voice your opinion. He says if you don’t do it now, you have no right to complain about decisions made later.

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Reward offered after decapitated sea turtle found at Pleasure Island

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A reward is being offered after an endangered sea turtle was found dead at Carolina Beach. What has some people up in arms, is what may have happened to creature.

Someone found the young Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle Tuesday along the sand underneath Snow’s Cut Bridge. Its head was missing.

“It was a malicious act done by somebody without a heart,” Danny Rose.

Volunteers with the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project say it was a clean cut, which meaning someone could have decapitated the animal. The group posted news of the turtle on its Facebook page to try and raise awareness if this was done maliciously. It disgusted Rose. He’s the first person to offer a $100 reward.

“I like to fish. I’ve killed animals to eat and fish to eat. That’s not an issue to me, but for somebody to do something like that, kill an innocent creature, no threat to them whatsoever, makes no sense,” Rose said.

But sea turtle biologists say it’s hard to tell exactly what happened, because the turtle had been dead three or four days.

“It was starting to decompose,” Matthew Godfrey with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. “It wasn’t clear when the head had been cut off. It could be the case someone saw a dead turtle on the side of the channel and thought, ‘Hmm… I wonder if I can take the skull home.’ Maybe they cut off the head to take the skull home.”

Kemp’s Ridleys are the rarest and most endangered of all sea turtles. If someone did this, they could face huge fines and a prison sentence.

Many hope the reward, which continues to grow, will lead to some answers. So far, a little more than $500 has been raised.

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ONLY ON 3: Belville mayor, commissioner could be headed toward truce

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A criminal case between Belville’s mayor and a town commissioner was continued today, but both men say they just want to move on.

“If I’m given no option, I will go to court, and I will defend myself given no option. I would rather not. I would much rather he took the manly and proper thing to do and drop the charges, so we can move forward in a progressive fashion,” Belville Commissioner Joe Breault said.

Breault says he tried to handle a disagreement with Mayor Jack Batson privately, but the mayor pressed charges. Breault says he knows the e-mail he sent Batson was not worded in the best way, but he is not apologizing for sticking up for himself and others.

“I’m a very up-front and direct person,” Breault said. “If I have an issue, I will bring it to your attention. I went behind the doors and said, ‘Jack, if you’ve got a problem, let’s work it out between us.’ Every single time that I did that, he agreed that he would do it, and then he’d go around and stab us in the back or do something off the wall.”

Breault says Batson has told multiple people that he was planning on dropping the cyberstalking and communicating threat charges against Breault, but that has not happened yet.

We spoke with Batson by phone Thursday. He said he has gone back and forth on dropping the charges, but hasn’t made a definite decision.

A judge continued the case today, because Batson could not be in court. If the charges are not dropped, Breault and Batson are due back in court May 25.

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