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Brunswick County gets creative to staff court offices

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Commission has come up with what one judge says is a creative solution to a budget hurdle.

After combining the superior and district court offices last year, Brunswick County hit a brick wall. The court system was out of money and was short staffed, so Judge Ola Lewis came up with a creative solution.

The judges asked the county if they could use left over money from a grant to supplement pay for an additional position. Now, that money has run out, the judges say they still need the worker.

“We need a judicial assistant, and that’s why we’ve approached the county to fund a position, because we believe it’s necessary, and it’s our duty to serve the citizens to provide that service,” Lewis’s law clerk Preston Hill said.

Lewis, the senior resident superior court judge, says if the position is cut, court hearings would suffer. That means the county would end up paying in the end anyway.

“It would be our sincere hope that individuals would not have to sit in jail longer awaiting court dates, but it was certainly going to be a possibility,” Judge Lewis said.

Instead of spending more money, the county has decided to rearrange assignments instead.

“It’s my understanding that they’re giving of their own clerk to our system, and we are very grateful for all of their assistance all the time,” Judge Lewis said.

We tried to talk to Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing about the decision to reassign the county clerk to the court offices. He said the decision is not official yet, because the officer has a few things to figure out before the changes are made July 1.

Lewis says the court office will most likely have to look for more money again next year.

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WPD U-Turn luncheon focuses on young women at risk

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A large group of women came together for a luncheon at Thalian Hall today. The Wilmington Police Department sponsored the event as part of the U-Turn program, which helps those with less than favorable pasts turn their lives around.

Wilmington Police say the purpose of the U-Turn luncheon is to bring struggling young women together with positive mentors to help them make a U-turn in their lives.

“If we surround people with good role models who are willing to step up and be that mentor, then I think that’s an important piece as we move forward,” Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said.

One of those positive role models was a former prison inmate and the keynote speaker. Lynn Burke went from behind bars to taking the bar.

Burke’s troubles began when she got pregnant right out of high school. Struggling to feed four children, Burke turned to crime, which landed her a 10-year prison sentence.

Worried for her four children, Burke turned her life around in prison by getting a college degree and eventually becoming a lawyer.

“It’s real important for people to know that have made mistakes in their life that ends up leading them to prison or jail or getting arrested to know that they can still be whatever they want,” Burke said.

Burke says everyone makes mistakes and gets as many second chances as they need. She says it is up to those people to start over and change their lives.

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Wave may try to save Sunday bus service

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Wave Transit board will reconsider service reduction proposal

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NC lawmakers won’t act on part of US health reform

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers have no plans to meet a deadline to create a new one-stop shop to help individuals and small businesses find affordable health insurance despite a landmark US Supreme Court ruling.

State Senate leader Phil Berger said Thursday that senators do not intend to take up legislation this year to create a health benefit exchange. The 2010 federal health care overhaul requires all states to have an exchange. Legislation passed the state House last year.

State plans for the markets are due to the federal government by this fall. The federal government will create exchanges for states that don’t have them by 2014. Only 14 states and Washington, DC, have adopted a plan for carrying out the law creating exchanges that steer middle-class households to private plans.

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

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Bolivia man sentenced for drive-by shooting

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

The shooting occurred three years ago.

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