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Archive for August, 2013

Smithfield, Food Lion donate to Food Bank

Thursday, August 29th, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two North Carolina companies are giving back to the needy in the state.

Smithfield and Food Lion donated 80,000 pounds of protein to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. It will ultimately provide more than 300,000 meals to families in our area.

The joint effort is part of Smithfield’s “Helping Hungry Homes” program.

“We decided that turning these donations into a media event, maybe other people will give, people will volunteer or start a food drive,” Smithfield’s Dennis Pittman said. “So this is about raising awareness about homeless and helping hungry people.”

If you’d like to get involved, click here to visit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

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New Hanover property assessors set to begin revaluation

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

New Hanover County property assessors will hit the streets in a couple of weeks

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Man put in cell with, attacks suspect charged with trying to kill him

Thursday, August 29th, 2013


BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The past of two Bladen County men found them squaring off behind bars yesterday.

Eric Bennett, 27, was arrested and charged with attempted murder back in February. Yesterday one of his alleged victims wound up in his jail cell.

Bladen County Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Rodney Hester says the jailer was not aware of the history between Bennett and Shawn Melvin, 39, and had no idea things would get so violent.

Deputies arrested Melvin yesterday for failure to appear in court, failure to pay child support and driving with a revoked license.

The jailer said when he put Melvin in the cell, Melvin attacked Bennett.

Capt. Hester says they asked Melvin when he was book if had any problems with any of the other inmates.

“Elizabethtown Police Department investigated the original case back in February,” Hester said. “Mr. Melvin was asked if he had anyone in the jail that he would not want to be in the same cell with, and he answered no to that question.”

Bennett was taken to the hospital, where was treated for a laceration on his head from the fight.

Melvin is charged with assault. Hester says he bonded out of jail.

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Pantano to earn $90,000 a year in state job

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The former Marine was vice chairman of Veterans for McCrory

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Residents near New River warned of loud explosions

Thursday, August 29th, 2013


CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (AP) — Officials at Camp Lejeune are warning nearby residents that they might hear periodic explosions as unexploded ordnance is destroyed.

Marine Corps spokesman Nat Fahy says the explosions are scheduled for Thursday between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. near the training area of Camp Geiger and its old entrance gate off US 17. There will be explosions on Friday and Saturday during the same time frame near the F-5 range off NC 24 east of Piney Green Road.

Fahey says Marines are blowing up mostly old rifle and rocket grenades or mortar rounds used on the training ranges. The spokesman says many are training or inert rounds, but some could be high-explosive, so they are all being safely detonated before planned construction in the area.

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

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