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Archive for July, 2013

NC Senate approves GOP-backed election changes

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Republican-dominated North Carolina Senate has given preliminary approval to sweeping election law changes, including requiring voters to present photo ID and shortening early voting by a week.

The bill approved Wednesday in a party-line vote also ends same-day voter registration and eliminates a high-school civics program that encourages students to register.

North Carolina’s presidential primary would be moved earlier to closely follow South Carolina’s vote. The bill also weakens disclosure requirements for those underwriting campaign ads and increases the ability of political parties to rake in corporate donations.

Republicans claim the bill will prevent voter fraud and restore faith in elections. Non-partisan voting rights groups, Democrats and Libertarians say the true goal is suppressing voter turnout.

The bill faces another Senate vote Thursday before heading to the GOP-controlled House.

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Rep. Hamilton will pass on Carolina Beach town manager job

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

A meeting had been scheduled for Friday to confirm Hamilton as town manager.

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Bald Head Island Ferry delayed due to dredging concerns

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

The ferry to Bald Head Island, which is a life line for many locals, has been docked until further notice due to the inability to dredge the channel entrance.

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Nuts and bolts: The legislature’s budget for 2013-14

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Tuition to rise at UNCW for out-of-state students

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Owner goes to extreme lengths to find missing dog

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013


PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An owner’s love for her missing dog has carried her the last six months and inspired her to go to great lengths to bring him home.

Homer, a 5-year-old pup went missing in Rocky Point after he was spooked by the noise of near-by fireworks.

Since January 1st, Susan Walsh has spent her days talking to strangers and spreading the word that her dog is missing.

“We know he is a survivor,” Walsh said.

Walsh says even though her extensive search has been emotionally draining and extremely time consuming, she cannot walk away.

“He’s very much part of our family. We don’t have children, so he is very much a child to us.”

The golden retriever mix has been part of her family since he showed up on her door-step years ago, with a fractured leg.

“One big vet bill later, we had a new pet,” she laughed.

To find her long-lost pet, Walsh set up three trail cameras in the woods. These cameras have actually captured pictures of the dog and so have neighbors.

“A guy who has cameras up in the area stopped by and said ‘I want you to take a look at something,’ and he pulls out this shot,” Walsh said. “This is obviously Homer.”

The first of two images Walsh has was taken in early February. The picture gave her hope and inspired her to hire a private investigator.

“He is getting hints of Homer’s smell here and there,” she said.

Walsh has put up hundreds of lost dog posters as well, which have also lead to tips of the dog’s whereabouts.

There have been up to 30 citings of Homer crossing Highway 210.

Walsh says there has been some good to come from this unfortunate situation. Through her search she has assisted two other pet owners find their missing dogs.

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