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Archive for August, 2012

Owen, ex-adviser to NC Gov. Jim Hunt, dies at 77

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A top policy adviser to then-North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt during his first two terms in the Executive Mansion has died.

The Hall-Wynne Funeral Service & Crematory of Pittsboro confirmed Betty Owen died Friday of natural causes at a hospital in Little River, S.C. Funeral manager Art Sellars said Monday that Owen had taken ill in Calabash while vacationing.

Owen was a Kentucky native who’d taught in the public schools. She was Hunt’s senior policy adviser from 1977 to 1985, often representing Hunt before the Legislature. She later was appointed executive director of the Emerging Issues Forum at North Carolina State University, where she planned events featuring national government and business leaders.

Survivors include her husband, two sons and four grandchildren. A reception is scheduled Saturday for the funeral home.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Prelude to trial draws 2 portraits of defendant

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

The judge dismissed a flurry of defense motions in the trial of Davis Ray Belton, who is charged with first-degree murder in the September 2011 shooting death of his wife.

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Debt refinancing could save Pender County $4.5 million

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

The Pender County commissioners Thursday afternoon unanimously approved resolutions to enable three water and sewer districts to issue refunding bonds that cumulatively may save the county up to $4.5 million by refinancing existing debt.

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UNCG, A&T report more registration cancellations

Monday, August 20th, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Two member institutions in the University of North Carolina system say higher tuition costs and changes to financial aid programs are behind increases in registration cancellations.

The News& Record of Greensboro reports the University of North Carolina at Greensboro canceled the registrations of about 1,300 students nearly two weeks ago because they had yet to pay their tuition bills.

UNCG Vice Provost Alan Boyette said some students ran into problems because they didn’t apply for financial aid on time, or their financial aid had not yet been packaged. Boyette expects the initial number to fall.

North Carolina A&T interim associate vice chancellor Akua Matherson said that as of Friday, the university was scheduled to cancel the registrations of 541 students, a 2.5 percent increase from last year.

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

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Berger hearing delayed a week

Monday, August 20th, 2012

A hearing to review a prayer for judgment that New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger received more than a year ago was continued Monday.

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