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Archive for March, 2013

Top state official on environment talks about new mission

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

John E. Skvarla says his agency must strike a balance between protecting the environment and encouraging economic development.

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McIntyre announces $310,032 in federal funds for Surf City Volunteer Fire Department

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Congressman Mike McIntyre announced Wednesday that the Surf City Volunteer Fire Department has received $310,032 in federal funds for operations and safety improvements.

Congressman McIntyre said, “Ensuring that our fire departments have the resources and tools they need to do their job is a priority for me, and I am pleased these funds are coming home to help the Surf City VFD. Congratulations to the department!”

Surf City VFD serves the Northeast Pender County Fire District.

The United States Department of Homeland Security has awarded these funds through its firefighters assistance program.

Congressman McIntyre is a member of the Homeland Security, Fire Services, and First Responder Congressional Caucus.

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Shift puts Brunswick County in metro Myrtle Beach area

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

It’s happened essentially because the last census found more population growth in the so-called urban centers of southwestern Brunswick.

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CVS employees must reveal body weight or pay higher premiums

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

CVS employees will have to reveal their body weight, body fat and other medical information or pay higher insurance premiums.

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Pender County animal shelter fails inspection report

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Complaints are mounting about problems at the Pender County Animal Shelter. Allegations include theft of county property, misuse of donated materials, abuse of animals and other misconduct.

County manager Mickey Duvall has requested the Sheriff’s Office investigate any potential wrongdoing at the shelter.

“There were allegations made that things were given to the shelter that are not at the shelter anymore. We’re just starting,” Sheriff Carson Smith said.

One volunteer called the Pender County Animal Shelter a “den of thieves.” A place a former shelter employee says workers can take as much food, medicine, supplies, bedding and household items as they want. “My biggest concern was the theft of county property. Basically, if it wasn’t nailed down it was a free for all,” Billie Whittenton, a former shelter employee said.

“Those are just allegations. Again, we’re going to try and go through and pick out allegations that possibly could be criminal and then look into them and that’s all we can do on the law enforcement side when it comes to this and it’s just going to take a little time,” Sheriff Carson Smith said.

Last week the shelter failed a state inspection. Among the violations, the report says cats were left in a trap for three days without a litter pan. “If you know what a trap looks, like it is specifically designed to trap an animal not to house it. It cannot turn around, it cannot move in a trap,” Whittenton said.

The inspection report also says there were 18 sick cats that had not received medical care that day.

Shelter manager Darlene Clewis wanted to go on camera and talk about the issues and accusations, but she needed approval from county manager Mickey Duvall to speak publicity. Duvall called us back late this afternoon and says he will talk on camera tomorrow.

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