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Archive for May, 2013

ONLY ON 3: NC law doesn’t address harassment claims against office holder

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioners say harassment claims and safety concerns by staff were a big reason they voted Brian Berger off the commission yesterday. But there are still questions about whether the process of amotion was the proper way to deal with those issues.

A spokeswoman from the University of North Carolina School of Government says there is no precedent for Berger being removed from office regardless of staff complaints.

After months of build up, the Berger amotion hearing came to a head Monday afternoon when he was removed from office by a 3-2 vote.

“I think there is just a collective sigh of relief at the County Commission office with the ladies that work over there,” Commission Chair Woody White said Tuesday. “They were in a constant fear or state of siege so to speak not knowing when he might show up or what he might be capable of doing.”

Much of the county’s evidence in the amotion hearing centered around claims of harassment by Berger toward county employees.

In a typical work environment, if someone felt harassed they could file a complaint to be followed up by a human resources manager. But because Berger was elected by the voters, he is not technically a county employee. As a public servant he is not held to the same standard.

“There is nothing in the General Statutes governing cities or counties or other local governments that provide any specific authority to discipline a board member,” said Frayda Bluestein, an associate dean at the UNC School of Government.

Commissioner Jonathan Barfield openly questioned the legality of the amotion hearing yesterday saying he felt a voter recall would have been a better route. However White says the board did what was best for the citizens of New Hanover County.

“The only other things that could have been done was nothing,” White said. “That would have perpetuated the status quo, and that would have continued to expose us not only to liability but to a consistent stake of concern and worry, and that wasn’t an option.”

Berger has 30 days to decide if he will appeal the amotion. In the meantime, White says the commission will move forward as a four-member board.

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MTYT: Citizens act as eyes and ears for law enforcement

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

WECT's General Manager Gary McNair talks about a recent event where residents called in tips to police hours ahead of a shooting.

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Holley funeral set for Friday

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Legendary football high school football coach Jack Holley will be laid to rest this weekend, including a public memorial at Wallace-Rose Hill’s football stadium.

An obituary from Padgett Funeral and Cremation Service says the funeral service for Holley, who died yesterday, will be held Friday at 6 p.m. Friday at Legion Stadium. Burial will follow at Rockfish Cemetery.

Holley, 74, is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judith Wells Holley of the home, two daughters, Julianne Williams and husband Al of Kenansville and Jemma Imwalle and husband Scott of Wallace, a son, Battle Holley and wife Brook of Pin Hook, seven grandchildren, a great granddaughter.

Born August 15, 1938 in Ashton, Holley was the son of the late William and Doris (Pershake) Holley and was preceded in death by a brother, William “Bill” Holley, a sister, Joyce Ann Holley and a grandson, Battle David

Coach Holley was a member of the Wallace Presbyterian Church. He graduated from New Hanover High School in 1957, where he had played on four championship teams in three different sports which includes football,
basketball and baseball.

Coaching for 48 years with a record of 412-96-9 holding the record for the most wins in football in North Carolina. He coached for several high schools including Carolina Military Academy, Tabor City High School, Hallsboro High School, West Columbus High School, South Columbus High School, Wallace-Rose Hill High
School and Harrells Christian Academy.

In 2008, while coaching Harrells Christian Academy, he led his team to a win earning a NCISAA Championship
State Title. In 1998, Coach Holley was inducted into the Guilford College Hall of Fame and in 2007, inducted into the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame. Coach Holley later retired in 2011. He also served in the
United States Army as a cook at Ft. Benning, GA. He enjoyed fishing, hunting but especially enjoyed being around his family and his grandchildren.

Casketbearers will be Battle Holley, Al Williams, Trey Williams, Julianne Williams, Scott Imwalle, Walker Imwalle, Jemma Imwalle and Adam Scronce.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Coach Jack Holley’s Lunch Box Fund, First Bank, 517 North Norwood St., Wallace, NC 28466.

The family would also like everyone to become a blood donor. Please contact your local Red Cross for more information.

To sign the guestbook, please go to www.padgettfuneralhome.net.

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N.C. immigration bill advances to House floor

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

A bill granting driving privileges to North Carolina residents who are living in the country illegally is headed to the state House floor.

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Sales tax referendum to be added to spring ballot in Bladen Co.

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Commissioners voted Monday night to add a quarter cent sales tax increase referendum on the ballot in the next spring election.

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