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Archive for June, 2013

Berger gets court date, commissioners must wait to fill seat

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Brian Berger will get a chance next month to argue his case against the amotion hearing that ousted him from office. In the meantime, the New Hanover County Commission must wait to fill his seat.

An order issued last week by Special Superior Court Judge for Complex Business Cases James Gale granted Berger a July 16 hearing date at the North Carolina Business Court in Greensboro. According to the order, the hearing will address whether amotion was the proper procedure to use to remove an elected county commissioner, whether the procedures the board used in the amotion procedure complied with due process and whether if amotion was a valid procedure, if superior court has jurisdiction or power to consider Berger’s appeal.

Judge Gale also ordered that the commission not fill Berger’s seat at least until after the hearing.

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NC charter oversight board pulled by House panel

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — An effort to create a state panel separate from North Carolina’s State Board of Education to oversee charter schools is apparently over in favor of beefing up a current advisory panel.

The House Education Committee gave bipartisan support Tuesday to a new version of a Senate bill that originally would have created a new Public Charter Schools Board to approve and reject charter applications. But some Republicans and new State Board of Education Chairman Bill Cobey raised constitutional questions.

The new version replaces the current advisory council with an 11-member advisory board that will continue to recommend charter school changes to the state education board.

Senate bill sponsor Jerry Tillman of Randolph County says he thinks Republicans in the Senate will support the changes.

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Belville residents make known they want curbside recycling

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Also at Monday’s meeting, the commissioners learned that plans for a new town hall are at a standstill

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ONLY ON 3: 40 years later, Vietnam vet gets Bronze Star

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a military honor four decades overdue. Lost in paper work for years, a Leland man discovered accidentally he was awarded one of the army’s top honors, which he finally received today.

Clint Cuthriell served in the Army’s 60th Assault Helicopter Company. He fought in Vietnam for a year and had 1,062 combat hour and countless memories.

“Some of those are poignant, and some of them are a little bit hard to think about,” Cuthriell said.

A year ago Cuthriell went to a reunion with some of the men he served with. They suggested he request his health and flight records from the Army.

“They sent me back a package that included a letter listing all the awards I had received, including the Bronze Star,” he said.

At first he thought it was an error but, soon he realized it was not.

“They were dated about a week before I left ‘Nam, and they never caught up to me,” Cuthriell said.

The award finally caught up to him Tuesday. Rep. Mike McIntyre presented Cuthriell the Bronze Star as family, clients and co-workers looked on.

“Clint again, he kind of downplays this,” coworker Frank Voli said. “‘It’s not that big of deal. It’s not that big of deal,’ but it is.”

The hero’s proud family tried not to tear up and could not help but wonder how the delay affected their lives.

“If he would have known more about it, he could have had a whole other military career, and who knows what could have happened today,” Cuthriell’s son Ryan said.

What did happen is that Cuthriell’s family got to share in this special day.

“It’s been a real honor,” he said. “I am just so excited my grandchildren could be here, too.”

Cuthriell can only guess why the army awarded him the Bronze Star, but he says he thinks his age was a factor. He was 19 years old when he served as an aircraft commander.

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Report ranks Wilmington No. 7 for risk of storm-surge damage

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

The report is compiled by Irvine, Calif.-based analytics company CoreLogic

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