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Archive for May, 2012

NC House members recall late Rep. “B” Holt

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Members of the North Carolina House recalled a late Alamance County lawmaker for her courage and fighting spirit for women and for Democrats during her political career.

The House passed a resolution Monday night remembering the life and accomplishments of former Rep. Bertha “B” Holt, who died in 2010 at age 93.

Holt served in the House from 1975 through 1994. She led the effort in the early 1990’s to repeal the law that had said husbands couldn’t be charged with raping their wives. She backed abortion rights and worked unsuccessfully for North Carolina lawmakers to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. constitution. Holt was also active in the Episcopal Church.

Rep. Alice Bordsen of Alamance County called Holt a virtual street fighter for women’s rights.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Pender County Board of Commissioners hold public hearing on cemetery relocation

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

SCOTTS HILL, NC (WWAY) — It’s a small piece of land but it is stirring strong feelings.

The Atkinson Cemetery in Pender County is the final resting place for about 50 souls, some for more than one hundred years. Now the owners want to re-locate graves, effectively clear the property.

This brought passionate pleas from family before the Pender County Board of Commissioners meeting in Scotts Hill, Monday night.

Walter Canady has had family buried here for generations; he lets you know exactly how he feels.

“Let the dead rest, why should they be bothered. For some carpet bagger to come in here and make money, they have been there in peace a hundred years plus, why mess with them? That’s sacred ground.”

After hearing presentations from both sides the commissioners decided to continue the matter for 60 days. The issue of the Atkinson Cemetery will be on the July 23 rd. agenda.

The Pender County Board of Commissioners also heard public input on a proposed Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department substation in Scotts Hill.

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Single deer causes two accidents, one fatality on N.C. 53

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Pender County, NC (WWAY — One person is dead and two others injured after a deer ran into traffic on N.C. 53 last night.

All it took was one deer, to hit two cars and kill 43-year old Charles Foelsch while driving with his wife Sunday night.

According to N.C. State Highway Patrol, a couple was driving towards Jacksonville on N.C. 53, when a deer ran into the road and hit them. The deer then catapulted off the couple’s car, and into Foelsch’s windshield, while driving the opposite way. After running off the road into a tree, Foelsch died at the scene.

Pender and Burgaw emergency crews received the call just after 9:00 p.m.

Foelsch’s boss, Bill Tarplee, who owns Tideline Marine in Jacksonville, says he saw Foelsh just hours before.

“I was pretty shocked. Out of the clear blue, this is just a terrible thing,” Tarplee says. “He apparently left, went home, got his wife and went to look at a car they were thinking about buying.”

Car accidents caused by deer are common in Pender County, most happening in the peak season, which runs from September to January. However, this was out of the ordinary.

“We do have a lot of deer wrecks in Pender County, but to this extreme-this doesn’t happen a lot,” says Sgt. M.L. Collier, with N.C. Highway Patrol.

Foelsch’s wife and the passenger of the other car were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.

Tarplee says Foelsch will be sorely missed.

“He was a family guy,” he says. “He was very proud of his children and his wife and just one of the nicest people that you would ever meet.”

Tarplee is now collecting money to help the Foelsch family. You can donate at the Tideline Marine in Jacksonville, or you call the store for more information at 910-455-2979.

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Annexation bills pass final Senate votes

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Two bills aimed at stopping forced annexation in North Carolina cleared another hurdle tonight in Raleigh. The Senate passed both bills on their third reading. The bills now head back to the House of Representatives for final approval.

House Bill 5 passed along party lines 31-13. The bill would overturn nine annexations across the state, including Wilmington’s annexation of Monkey Junction and Southport’s annexation of areas outside its city limits. Both annexations had been overturned through a petition process of at least 60 percent of property owners, but the law the General Assembly passed last year was ruled unconstitutional recently by a Wake County judge.

House Bill 925 also passed along part lines 30-14. It would effectively end forced annexation across the state by requiring city’s to get a majority of property owners in an annexed area to approve the move during a municipal election.

Republicans in Raleigh promised to use the current short session in the General Assembly to stop forced annexation after Wilmington and several other cities sued over the recently adopted petition law.

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Scotts Hill residents split on need for fire substation

Monday, May 21st, 2012

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