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Archive for May, 2013

Local girl to sing at Coca Cola 600

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

One local lady is going to belt it out at the Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend.

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Martin says he’ll run for NC chief justice in 2014

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The senior associate justice on North Carolina’s Supreme Court says he’ll run for the chief justice’s post in next year’s statewide election.

Mark Martin wrote supporters this week about his intentions. Current Chief Justice Sarah Parker will have to step down from the court as she reaches the mandatory retirement age of 72 in August 2014.

The 50-year-old Martin has been on the Supreme Court since 1998 and previously served on the Court of Appeals and as a Pitt County Superior Court judge. Martin says all five living former chief justices endorse his candidacy.

Appellate court races are officially nonpartisan. Martin is a registered Republican. Parker is a Democrat. Republicans currently have a 4-3 advantage on the Supreme Court.

The News & Observer of Raleigh first reported Martin’s letter.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Columbus County man accused of beating dog with hammer

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Investigators in Columbus County have charged a man after they say he beat his dog in the head with a hammer.

Investigators say Ronnie Tyler, 53, beat his American Stafford Terrier with a hammer, May 5. Neighbors say they saw Tyler take the year-old pup into the woods and come back without her. A day later neighbors saw the dog walking out of the woods, and the called animal control.

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office charged Tyler with felony animal cruelty. While Tyler posted bail and waits for his next court date; his dog is recovering at a home in Wilmington.

The dog is healing at the home of Columbus Humane Society member, Jennifer. Jennifer did not want to give her last name for safety reasons.

“He walked into the woods with a hammer in one hand and the dog’s leash in the other, dragged the dog into the woods. When he came out three minutes later, he only had the hammer,” Jennifer said.

They say after treating her wounds with anti-bacterial spray, the dog’s head turned purple which earned her the nickname Violet.

“I said, ‘what was her name anyway?’ He said Karma,” Jennifer explained.

Although Violet’s karma has been troubled, her wounds are healing.

The Columbus Humane Society says Tyler has another dog, which the society is trying to get custody of. They believe that dog is a Rottweiler.

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Elderly bicyclist struck and killed by vehicle

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A 74-year-old man was struck while riding his bicycle on Old Fayetteville Road near Woodburn Avenue in Leland.

According to the Leland Police Department, the bicyclist was travelling across Old Fayetteville Road yesterday evening around 7:00PM. The driver of the motor vehicle was not injured in the crash.

The bicyclist was transported to New Hanover County Regional Medical Center where he later died.

No charges have been filed at this time.

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GE Foundation presents surprise check for $75K

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — GE Foundation presented a surprise check of a $175,000 to New Hanover Community Health Center. The grant money is a part of GE’s Developing Health effort in support of providing quality healthcare to underserved residents.

Developing Health is a three-year, 25 million dollar program created by the GE Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm.

“This donation was huge. It was absolutely huge for us because we want to continue to provide services for the uninsured and the underinsured so it was a major event for us today,” New Hanover Community Health Center CEO Aganette Young said.

Developing Health is a three-year, $25 mil program created by the GE Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm.

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