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Law enforcement wants Pender Memorial to hire private security

Monday, November 26th, 2012

BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — They provide vital services to the citizens of Pender County, but budget issues may keep law enforcement from continuing to help Pender County’s only hospital.

As the county’s only healthcare provider, Pender Memorial Hospital offers a wide variety of services.

“We have a full service emergency department here in Pender County, and obviously as a result of that, from time to time we will get mental health patients in our emergency room,” PMH president Ruth Glaser said.

When a mental health patient checks in, the hospital has to lean on area law enforcement to help maintain safety.

“We can call them if we have needs,” Glaser said. “They make rounds routinely through here. They’re very busy and very good for us and are, again, a very good resource to our hospital.”

Due to budget concerns, the Pender County Sheriff’s Office and the Burgaw Police Department have insisted that Pender Memorial Hospital hire its own private security force to assist with mental health calls. However, hospital officials say that’s simply not an option.

“I think on a day-to-day basis there’s not necessarily something going on all of the time that would keep somebody busy,” Glaser said. “Certainly if you are a police officer or a sheriff’s deputy you know that trouble could potentially just be a matter of time away.”

The law enforcement agencies say the service they provide the hospital impacts their staffing and also their bottom line keeping officers off the streets and on overtime.

Both the Pender County Sheriff’s Office and Burgaw Police Department declined interviews for this story, but Burgaw Police Chief Bill King says he is working on sitting down with the hospital to resolve the issue.

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Columbus Co. DSS board faces bleak future

Monday, November 26th, 2012

The future is dim for the Columbus County Department of Social Services.

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NC agencies not using prescription drug database

Monday, November 26th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A computer database that could help officials track prescription drug abuse is getting little use by North Carolina’s doctors and pharmacies.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that only about one third of North Carolina’s doctors and about one-fifth of the pharmacies are registered to use the system.

The system started in 2007 to allow doctors and pharmacists to see if patients are visiting a number of doctors to obtain prescriptions for controlled substances.

William Bronson with the Department of Health and Human Services says North Carolina’s usage rate is similar to other states.

Attorney General Roy Cooper wants to know why the numbers are so low.

Union Republican Rep. Craig Horn wants the state to require doctors and pharmacists to register for the system.

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

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City to hold ‘Third Street Light Up’

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Event open to public

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Recounts underway for three very close eastern NC races

Monday, November 26th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — County election boards in eastern North Carolina are determining whether very close outcomes in three races earlier this month are accurate.

The State Board of Elections said several county boards in the races for the 7th Congressional District, a state Senate district and a District Court judgeship began the recount process Monday morning. A few counties won’t get started until Tuesday.

County officials are running optical scan ballots through machines again and retabulating electronic voting machine totals to determine whether results from county canvasses earlier this month are correct.

The canvass showed Republican David Rouzer trailing Democratic incumbent Mike McIntyre by 655 votes in the southeastern 7th District. Democratic state Sen. Stan White of Dare County is behind GOP challenger Bill Cook by 32 votes.

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

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