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Archive for April, 2013

Pender Co. family says son bullied, beaten at school

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County man says his six-year-old stepson has been the target of constant bullying for months and the school and the school district are not doing anything to help.

Six-year-old Corey McFadden is just like any other kindergarten student. He’s full energy and loves to play with his sisters, but Corey has been out of school for several days because his parents say he is the target of constant bullying.

“There has been several incidents where he has been beat up,” Corey’s stepdad James Lindsey said. “Two have required us to take him to the ER.”

Corey is a student at Penderlea Elementary School. The school’s principal declined our request for an on-camera interview, but Corey remembers the abuse.

“We we’re going to the playground, and there were two kids that hit me back,” Corey said.

Lindsey reached out to WWAY because after months of trying to resolve the problem himself he says he did not know what else to do.

“We have gone to the school board, we’ve gone to the principal, the assistant principal, even went to the sheriff’s department and the department of child protective services, and nobody is giving us any answers,” Lindsey said.

He hopes to have answers soon, so he can have peace of mind before sending Corey back to school.

Pender County School officials also would not go on camera. In a statement this afternoon the district said, “The Pender County Board of Education strives to create a safe and orderly learning environment and does not tolerate bullying in any of its educational activities or programs. All reports of bullying are investigated by principals. Individual student cases cannot be discussed.”

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Higher premiums for overweight, smoking workers could help Columbus Co. trim fat

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Of the 100 counties in North Carolina, Columbus County has been recognized as the unhealthiest. A cost-saving measure by the county could reward county employees for living a healthier lifestyle.

With more than 500 employees, county government is one of the largest employers in Columbus County. To save money the county recently switched healthcare providers, but County Manager Bill Clark says the premiums still carry an incredible cost.

“It’s a big expense,” he said. “This year it’s going to be about $7,000 per employee, so that’s what? $3.6 million out of a $52 million budget.”

To help trim the fat the county commission is considering adding a wellness clause to its health insurance plan. Workers who smoke or who are overweight would have to pay extra than those who live a healthier lifestyle.

“From a business standpoint, I think if you smoke, and someone else don’t smoke, and that causes your coverage to be a little bit more, I feel like the employees should compensate some of that cost,” County Commissioner Edwin Russ said.

If the proposed wellness option is approved, county leaders say that it would not only save taxpayers money, but it would also go a long way to improving Columbus Ccounty’s standing as the unhealthiest county in the state.

“It’s something that we all have to work on together as a county,” Clark said. “The county can’t fix it, the hospital can’t fix it, the health department can’t fix it. It’s something that we all have to come together to work on. We’re all responsible, and we all have to be responsible for our own health.”

County leaders say if they move forward with the wellness option, they would provide healthcare coaching to help employees meet benchmarks.

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CFCC launches to program to help veterans

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College will soon offer a program for veterans.

The Veterans Summer Institute is a free, one-week program designed to assist veterans in enrolling in, adjusting to and succeeding in college.

The program’s coordinator is excited about the opportunities it will bring to our area.

“We want to make them feel welcome and comfortable,” CFCC Veterans Affairs Coordinator Robert Philpott said. “Give them some tools so that they can succeed. Show them what we can give them at the college, and we think it’s going to be a good thing.”

The Veterans Summer Institute runs May 13-17. The class is not full yet.

For more information, contact Philpott at (910) 362-7106 or email rphilpott@cfcc.edu for details.

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Barriers faced by ex-cons become economic, public safety dilemma

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

The country’s decades-long prison boom has left millions marred by an indelible scarlet letter.

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How the state can help with school safety

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

While school boards across North Carolina consider what's next for security and safety in classrooms, one state leader says answers are on the way.

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