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Archive for November, 2013

$2.2 million in grants awarded to area college students who quit or failed

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

The federal government awarded $2.2 million in grants last year to area college students who failed or withdrew from all their classes – and most of that money won't be repaid, a WECT investigation uncovered.

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News & Notes – Chorale to hold auditions; Children’s Champions sought; Holiday Train Expo to be held

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Cape Fear Chorale is performing Handel’s “Israel in Egypt” in April, and holding auditions Monday, Dec. 2.

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Thursday, November 21st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In Wilmington there are plenty of watering holes to choose from and many with colorful pasts. This one is the oldest bar in town with a history that gets better every time it’s told.

”The Barbary has been here almost 72 years as the Barbary Coast,” Co-owner Eli Ellsworth told us. “Back in the early 40’s, Paul Best’s father opened it; he was a famous boxer and tug boat captain.”

Eli along with Co-owner James Van Wagner run the bar now.

People love stories about the Barbary, the more unusual the better.

”You always hear how pirates would Shanghai people out the back door and into the river. Personally I have had weird anomalies like the juke box turning off and on,” Ellsworth said.

The true stories tend to follow a familiar theme.

”Most common stories I hear is somebodies dad or granddaddy had their first beer in here. You hear that a lot,” Ellsworth said.

One of the most famous parts of the bar are the parts it has played in the movies. The Barbary Coast was a key location in Blue Velvet.

The Barbary Coast sells more Pabst Blue Ribbon than any place in North Carolina. And, Blue Velvet was the source of the sign over the front door. “This is it.”

The front door is another icon.

”The door was painted that way when we bought it,” Ellsworth demonstrated. “It’s been that way as long as I can remember in the mid 90’s. It was done by a local artist from Carolina Beach, Thomas Fitzpatrick.”

It was a staple of downtown Wilmington, Eli and James have cleaned the bar up but kept it true to its roots. These days at the Barbary Coast everyone is welcome.


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Ex-NC sheriff’s workers face embezzlement charges

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Two former Pitt County Sheriff’s Office workers are accused by authorities of taking money paid to the county for gun permits and other civil services.

The Daily Reflector of Greenville reports (http://bit.ly/HZQacC) 60-year-old Evon Garris of Ayden and 40-year-old Melissa Peaden of Winterville turned themselves in at the Pitt County Detention Center Tuesday after warrants for their arrest were issued last week.

The women were indicted on Nov. 12 by a grand jury. Garris is charged with 14 counts of embezzlement, and Peaden is charged with 12 counts.

According to a news release, an investigation began several months ago when the sheriff’s office discovered discrepancies in the civil processing receipts. A State Bureau of Investigation probe determined that two employees had “systematically taken money” received for civil services.


Information from: The Daily Reflector, http://www.reflector.com

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

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Teacher pay some of the concerns commissioners share with state advocacy group

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Teacher salaries have sparked debate all across North Carolina. Wednesday, Columbus county commissioners met with a state advocacy group and shared their concerns with how teacher pay is affecting their county.

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