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Archive for November, 2012

One-way bridge traffic post-Flotilla

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Officials intend to block traffic heading into Wrightsville Beach immediately following the annual Flotilla fireworks display so motorists leaving the event can get off the island faster.

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New Hanover Co. school board approves pay increase for themselves

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The pockets of New Hanover County School Board members got a little bit deeper Tuesday night. The board approved raises for every member.

The board voted 6 to 1 in favor of a nearly 9 percent pay increase. While some say this is simply pay back for what the board gave up three years ago, others say the decision is just plain wrong.

“It’s not fair and it’s not the right thing to do,” says Carol Murray, who spoke out the board against the raises. “I wasn’t surprised because I expected the board to be greedy and give themselves that big raise.”

The board originally cut the 8.7 percent in 2009 when teachers’ pay was cut by one percent. This fall, teachers received a 1.2 percent pay raise, with the understanding that the board’s salary would be restored.

Derrick Hickey, who was the only board member to vote against the increase, says finances will not look brighter any time soon and the board should be capable of doing more with less.

“It’s not about the money,” Hickey says. “It’s about the message that we’re sending to our teachers and our students.”

However, board chairman Don Hayes says the raise should have already been established by the budget committee months ago and says it was an oversight.

“No one got upset when we cut it, that eight point something percent, and times were a lot tougher than they are now,” Hayes says.

The increase comes out to about a $1,000 increase. It is expected to go into effect in either December or January.

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6 workers leave Caldwell County sheriff’s office

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

LENOIR, N.C. (AP) – Six employees of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office have resigned from their posts following an internal investigation.

Sheriff Alan Jones hasn’t identified the six workers, and said he won’t go into detail about the focus of the investigation or what it revealed. The News-Topic of Lenoir reported that the probe linked the sheriff’s office to an incident at another agency, leading to the resignations.

A news release on Tuesday said Jones accepted the resignations of four sheriff’s office personnel and two communications workers.

Jones also announced the promotion of William J. Fore from sergeant to captain and division commander of the patrol division. Fore also acts as the department’s spokesman

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

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Photos – Trader Joe’s to open Nov. 30

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Photos – Trader Joe’s to open Nov. 30

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NC park at Pilot Mountain reopens after fire

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) – Pilot Mountain State Park is reopening after a fire this month that burned about 675 acres.

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Wednesday that the park in Surry County reopened even as mop-up efforts continue. The principal overlook at Little Pinnacle, the climbing area and some trails remain off-limits to visitors and some damaged trees near the mountain’s summit are being removed.

The park’s campground, picnic area and most overlooks will be available to visitors, and portions of the trail system will be evaluated in coming days for reopening.

The blaze began Nov. 8 as a prescribed fire that escaped lines when embers blew from a dead tree into steep terrain. No injuries were reported from the fire.

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

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