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Archive for June, 2013

FIRST ON 3: Former Brunswick Co. School Board member charged with stealing from PTA

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A former member of the Brunswick County School Board has been arrested and charged with embezzling from a school PTA.

Ray Gilbert, 46, is accused of taking money from the PTA at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School, where he served as the organization’s president, according to the school’s website.

Investigators say Gilbert stole $3,678 from the organization over a three-year period.

Gilbert served one term on the Brunswick County School Board as a Republican. When he lost the Republican primary in 2008, he ran in the general election as a Libertarian. He ran again last year as a Democrat.

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Wilmington-based actor busy saving the world

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

David Andrews plays a Navy captain in ‘World War Z.’

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Sen. Hagan disappointed by DAK Americas closure

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (WWAY) — From Capitol Hill, North Carolina’s Democratic senator reacted to the plant closure in Brunswick County.

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-North Carolina) said Thursday she’s disappointed to see that 600 workers will lose their jobs when DAK Americas shuts down in Navassa come fall.

It’s one of many reasons she said she’s focused on creating jobs by encouraging small business growth and promoting job-specific education in Southeastern North Carolina through her America Works Act.

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“It works closely with our community colleges. We’ve got Cape Fear. We’ve got a number of community colleges in the area that really are doing a great job. We need to be sure they have the funds for training, they have the funds for the equipment so they can teach the programs that are really available for the jobs that are at hand right now and do away with that mismatch of skill sets.”

Hagan said she’s also pushing congress to keep student loan interest rates at 3.4 percent so more people can learn those skills. If congress doesn’t act, those interest rates would double to 6.8 percent July 1.

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Family, friends mourn Southport’s first black police chief

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Southport's first black police chief died in his sleep Monday.

Today, friends and family gathered to mourn the loss of George McCracken, 72. They say he was a family man who excelled in all aspects of his life, especially his police work.

"Right now I'm just thinking about what I'm going to do now that he's gone," McCracken's window Addie said.

Addie was George's high school sweetheart, and they had just celebrated their 50th anniversary earlier this month.

"He gave me this card, and when I opened it, lottery tickets fell out, and I just bust out laughing," she said. "I said, 'Well, he did get me something I like.'"

But she had no idea that would be the last anniversary they would spend together.

"It would touch my heart when I read it, but I didn't know it would be the last," Addie said.

George McCracken was more than just a family man. Those who knew him as police chief say he would try to stop trouble before it happened.

"He handled the position even handedly," family friend Tommy Harrelson said. "No matter who you were, what race you were, what class you were, how rich or how poor, he treated everybody the same."

And back in the '70s, a time when racial tension was high in the area, it was not always an easy job.

"He served in challenging times, too. He stood with the innocent against the guilty, the peaceful against the violent, and the righteous against the unjust," current Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove said.

Family members say he spent his last day doing exactly what he loved to do: watching sports and spending quality time with his friends and family.

Even his dogs sits by the door waiting to join his master for their daily ritual of sitting on the front porch together.

Family members say McCracken had many health problems that caused him pain over the years. They say they will miss him deeply, but are happy that he no longer has to feel any pain.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Brown's Chapel AMEZ Church at 745 Jabbertown Road. The funeral is tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Southport Baptist Church on Howe Street.

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Police recover two guns at scene of fatal shooting

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

One man was killed and a second was shot in the leg.

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