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Archive for August, 2013

CFCC Barber School students getting hands-on training

Monday, August 19th, 2013

A big part of the program is actually cutting hair, shaving and dyeing on real human beings.

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Moral Monday meets opposition in Southport

Monday, August 19th, 2013

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Moral Monday has swept across the Tar Heel State: from Raleigh, to Charlotte, even Wilmington, and now it has hit the streets of Southport, where protestors for and against the policies of Sen. Bill Rabon have come together and peacefully stated their opinion outside of his veterinary clinic.

The Brunswick County NAACP organized a protest of Sen. Rabon (R-8th District) for his support for voter identification laws, which they feel suppress votes for seniors, students, low wealth people and people of color.

“By reducing the number of hours that the early voting is open it makes it more difficult for people to get from rural places particularly to polling places,” protestor Jim McNeil said.

After hearing about the planned rally some of Sen. Rabon’s supporters organized a rally of their own. The two sides took the time to share their opinions with each other as well as our cameras.

“I just feel like the people in our area need to stand up and say, ‘Hey, we want our votes to be valid and our votes to count,'” Rabon supporter Elyse Brown said.

Rabon’s office was closed for lunch as protestors and counter-protestors faced each other outside.

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Area flood advisory until 1:30 p.m.

Monday, August 19th, 2013

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NC Zoo, museum caring for seized reptiles

Monday, August 19th, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More details about two people arrested for housing more than 80 snakes, some of which were venomous.

This all begin when New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies started out looking for marijuana plants Thursday night, but ended up finding much more than they bargained for.

Officers arrested John Adam Kamm, 31, and charged him with felony possession of marijuana and manufacturing drugs. Deputies also arrested Laura Luke, 44. Both Kamm and Luke were charged with numerous counts of mishandling reptiles.

Some of the snakes were kept in plastic containers.

Dean Ripa of the Cape Fear Serpentarium was at the scene Thursday night and says all the snakes appeared to be in good condition.

“They were small containers, typical containers that you would keep snakes in,” Ripa said. “There was nothing unsafe about the way they were housed, but they did not meet the requirements of the new state law.”

That new state law also defines who gets custody of the animals. The venomous snakes were sent to the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. A museum spokesman declined comment citing the on-going investigation.

A 12-foot python and a 3.5-foot smooth-fronted caiman, a crocodile-like animal, are in quarantine at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. A zoo spokesman says a vet checked out the animals and says they are in good health. If the reptiles are not returned to their owners, the zoo will help find a home for them at another zoo. The NC Zoo does not have an exhibit for those two species.

Kamm and Luke are due back in court next month.

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Berger files employment discrimination charge against New Hanover

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Former New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger has filed an employment discrimination charge against the county

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