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Archive for October, 2012

Grand jury indicts man for involvement in fatal accident

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

A man charged in connection with a fatal accident in Pender County earlier this month was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday.

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McCrory besting Dalton in NC governor fundraising

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — High-profile North Carolina Republicans running for office next week are holding a marked financial advantage over their Democratic rivals, led by gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory.

McCrory’s campaign said Tuesday it had raised $5 million during the past 3½ months, which is more than the nearly $3.9 million Democratic nominee Walter Dalton’s campaign has raised in the past 3½ years. Campaign finance reports showed Dalton’s committee raised more than $1.4 million since July 1. Monday was a filing deadline.

House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger each have given more than $1 million to the Republican Party to help win legislative races. Democratic legislative leaders are well behind.

An outside group supporting Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby for re-election now reports it has spent $1.6 million on television ads.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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McKeithan receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Former Cape Fear Community College President Eric McKeithan got a big surprise at a Rotary Club lunch today. He received one of the highest civilian honors in North Carolina.

Dr. Eric McKeithan was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his service of more than 30 years to the state. He retired in June from CFCC after serving as president for nearly two decades.

CFCC Board of Trustees Chairman Barren Nobles said McKeithan is a worthy recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine because it recognizes and celebrates a life given in service to the citizens of North Carolina.

“He is to be commended and admired for his life-long commitment to developing and improving educational opportunity in our state, especially at Cape Fear Community College,” Nobles said.

McKeithan was president of CFCC from 1994-2012. He led the college during the largest period of growth in the school’s history. During his time, annual student enrollment more than doubled. In addition, the number of academic programs increased from 33 to 78 – and the size of the facilities grew from 221,000 square feet to 1.3 million square feet.

Before taking the helm at CFCC, he served as president of Caldwell Community College for ten years.

Since the Order of the Long Leaf Pine was created in 1965, more than 6,000 people have received the award. Originally, the Order was a symbolic honor for visiting dignitaries, but later it became an honor for notable North Carolinians. McKeithan joins the ranks of previous award winners, which include notable Tar Heels such as Maya Angelou, Michael Jordan and Andy Griffith.

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Wife of tall ship captain awaits word on his fate

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

TAMARA LUSH
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (AP) — The wife of the captain of a ship that sank off the North Carolina coast is awaiting news on her husband, who is missing at sea after the Bounty was overcome by Hurricane Sandy.

Claudia McCann told The Associated Press on Tuesday that her husband, Robin Walbridge, is an experienced sailor who has been in many storms.

The Coast Guard is searching for the 63-year-old Walbridge after finding his crew. Fourteen crew members were in good condition, but one woman had died. The Bounty took on water and the crew abandoned ship Monday morning in the rough waters.

McCann says she last heard from her husband on Saturday in an email, when he assured her that he and the crew were prepared for the voyage.

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

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UPDATE: 2 officers cited, suspended for involvement in fight

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Two officers with the Leland Police Department have been suspended, according to Town Manager David Hollis. Police say the two men were cited for misdemeanor “affray.”

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