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Archive for December, 2013

Brunswick Co. building permits made easier online

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Brunswick County officials are rolling out a new program to make building applications easier to achieve.

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New year brings new NC law to protect pets

Monday, December 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With the new year comes new laws, including one designed to protect animals.

State leaders amended the existing law on animal shelters, in an effort to help owners find lost pets and relieve overcrowding at shelters among other things.

“Most of these changes are trying to get animal groups and animal services up to a certain level,” said Sgt. Jerry Brewer, spokesman for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees the county’s Animal Services Unit.

The changes, which go into effect Wednesday, will allow animal control and animal cruelty investigators to take action when an animal locked in a car is in danger.

“Animal control officers, if they are dispatched to a scene or a situation if there is an animal in a car, after they have exhausted all their reasonable expectations for trying to find the owner, they can enter the car,” Brewer said.

Sgt. Brewer says this will help law enforcement save the lives of many animals.

“That really helps out us and helps the community, so if there was a dog or cat that’s in distress during our hot summers, which we all know about, you know, they can enter that car if need be,” Brewer said.

The changes also put a cap on the reimbursement amount available from the state spay and neuter program and requires a minimum holding period of 72 hours for all animals received by a shelter.

While these changes may affect certain parts of the state, Brewer says Sheriff Ed McMahon already sets the bar high for New Hanover County.

“For us, it didn’t really affect us too much here at Animal Services Unit, but it just goes to show you the level of expectations sheriff mcmahon is holding for animal services unit,” Brewer said.

Brewer also says most of their procedures and policies were already well above the new standards and in place before the changes even came about.

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NC community college faculty member wins Porsche

Monday, December 30th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A faculty member at Johnston Community College in Smithfield is the winner of a new Porsche, courtesy of an NC Museum of Art raffle.

The museum said in a news release Monday that Bill Gregory Jr. won the red 2014 Porsche Cayman. The museum sold 2,500 tickets at $100 each.

Gregory’s name was electronically chosen at random by an accounting firm. The college’s website says Gregory is coordinator of the school’s Frank Creech Art Gallery.

The museum said the raffle was so successful that it’s selling tickets to win another Porsche. The museum will sell 2,000 tickets at $100 each to win a sapphire blue metallic 2014 Boxster S.

The raffles are being held in conjunction with the museum’s Porsche by Design exhibition, which closes Jan. 20. Proceeds support museum exhibitions and programming.

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


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2 Onslow Co. children dead in southwest Alabama crash

Monday, December 30th, 2013

ATMORE, AL (AP) — Two children from North Carolina died in a five-vehicle crash in southwest Alabama.

State troopers said 7-year-old Naziya Gillis and 9-year-old Nadir Gillis of Camp LeJune were killed when the Dodge Challenger in which they were riding was struck by a tractor-trailer truck.

The driver of the Dodge, 28-year-old Isom Hodges, and a passenger, 30-year-old Labricia Hodges, both of Camp LeJune, were injured. The driver of another car, 42-year-old William Rousey of Lexington, KY, was also injured. No other drivers, including the truck driver, were injured.

State troopers said they are investigating what caused the collision at 10:50 p.m. Sunday on Interstate 65 about three miles south of Atmore. The wreck tied up traffic for several hours.

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


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Report of someone who fell off Wrightsville Beach jetty leads to empty search

Monday, December 30th, 2013

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — In Wrightsville Beach around 1:30 p.m. someone on the beach called the Coast Guard after they thought someone fell off the jetty and never resurfaced.

Coast Guard crews and the SABLE helicopter searched for more than two hours, but did not find anyone.

A Coast Guard spokesman say it could be a case of mistaken identity or the person simply made it to safety.

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