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Archive for July, 2012

Army special ops changes generals at Fort Bragg

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

FORT BRAGG, NC (AP) — The Fort Bragg command that oversees thousands of soldiers in the Army’s Special Forces, Rangers and psychological operations is changing the general at the top.

The U.S. Army Special Operations Command holds a change of command ceremony on Tuesday at the unit’s headquarters at Fort Bragg.

Lt. Gen. John Mulholland is relinquishing command to Maj. Gen. Charles Cleveland. Like Mulholland before him, Cleveland previously commanded Special Operations Command Central, which oversees special operations forces in the Middle East.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno is hosting the Fort Bragg ceremony.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Former congressman hopes to become write-in presidential candidate

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former Virginia congressman says writing his name on the November ballot for president in North Carolina wouldn’t be a wasted vote because he’s offering alternative policies to those of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Constitution Party nominee Virgil Goode turned in petitions Monday at the North Carolina State Board of Elections. Goode will be a certified write-in candidate and his votes will count if 500 petition signatures of qualified voters are confirmed.

Goode said he’s on the November ballot in 17 states and hopes to give voters the option in 40 states.

Goode served as a Democrat, Republican and Independent during his 12 years in Congress. He said he supports congressional term limits and a moratorium on certain legal immigration. He’s limiting individual donations to $200.

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NC police officer recovering after being shot

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

DOBSON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police officer is recovering after being shot during a domestic violence call in which he killed a suspect.

Dobson Police Officer Brian Thomas was shot in the ankle and thigh after responding to the call early Monday. Thomas was in stable condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

A police department spokesman said the suspected shooter was dead at the scene from gunshot wounds after Thomas returned fire. Police say 51-year-old Lonnie Badgett used a handgun and semi-automatic rifle to shoot at Thomas and Surry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Banks. Banks wasn’t hurt.

Badgett’s wife told police her husband threw a piano bench and struck her with the butt of the rifle during an argument about the care of dogs left in the house while they traveled.

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

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Belville leaders meet for first time since Batson’s resignation

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

BELVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Belville commissioners met Monday night for the first time since Jack Batson quit as mayor.

Batson turned in his handwritten letter of resignation at a special meeting a little more than a week ago, after disagreements with fellow commissioners over merger talks with Leland.

Mayor Pro-Tem Charles Bost said leaders are now just focused on moving the town forward.

“We thank Mayor Batson for his service and the things that he did do,” Bost said. “There were some distractions, but we realized we need to do the business of the town. We got a lot of things done. It was a very good, productive meeting.”

Former Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Allen is now serving as mayor, which means the commission needs one more member.

Leaders are accepting applications from Belville residents through August 20 and hope to have a decision by next month’s meeting.

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Heat advisory issued for the region for Tuesday

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a heat advisory for the region Tuesday, in effect from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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