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Archive for January, 2014

Five more flu deaths in NC

Friday, January 24th, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – State health officials say five more people died last week from flu-related illnesses in North Carolina, bringing the total this season to 33 statewide.

The statewide figure runs through Jan. 18 and includes one previously unreported death from an earlier week. It also includes the death of one child, but not that of an Alamance County child whose death was reported Wednesday.

Fifteen people ages 25 to 49 have died of the flu in North Carolina, along with nine between ages 50 and 64. Eight people age 65 or older also have died.

The state began counting flu deaths in October. The flu season typically peaks in January and February.


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With no political experience, newcomer has eyes set on Washington

Friday, January 24th, 2014

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Come May your vote to go to an unlikely candidate, running in the Democratic Primary election for US Senate.

Will Stewart says he can be the voice of the people in Washington regardless of his lack of political experience.

“People in Washington generally have a disconnect with the people. I mean, I don’t feel like they are representing the everyday, ‘Average Joe’,” said Stewart.

Aside from fixing computers, the 31-year-old takes online classes at West Governors University. The political newcomer is on track to receive a degree for business management information technology this year.

“I am a hard working guy,” he said.

This guy is going to put plenty of hard work into competing with Senator Kay Hagan to win the Democrat nomination.

“Too many of our politician’s opponents go unnoticed because they do not have the financial support,” said Stewart.

Stewart will run a low budget campaign completely alone, but said that might appeal to constituents.

He says corporations throw millions of dollars to fund incumbent’s campaigns to keep their hands on powerful seats.

“People don’t want corporations to be represented on Capitol Hill,” said Stewart. “They want people to be represented on Capitol Hill.”

Stewart said he plans on going door-to-door to meet as many people as possible before the ballots are cast.

“I’ve had people that feel this is absolutely the best thing that could happen in North Carolina and I’ve had others that think I’m just absolutely crazy. You know, I can’t say that I blame them,” said Stewart.

We reached out to Senator Hagan’s office but her communications director said they had no comment on Stewart’s candidacy.


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New tourism branding initiative in Columbus Co. will be announced next week

Friday, January 24th, 2014

A new way tonight to attract visitors to Columbus County. The Columbus County Tourism Bureau and Greater Whiteville Chamber of Commerce will reveal a new logo and new message next Monday night.

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Burgaw Police see increase in credit/debit card fraud

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

First Target, then Neiman Marcus, it seems like no credit and debit card information is safe anymore.  For some in Pender County, the thefts are hitting close to home. The Burgaw Police Department says in the past year the amount of financial fraud has tripled.

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Sheriff shoots own deputy, K9 killed in standoff

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Davie County Sheriff Andy Stokes says he accidentally shot one of his deputies after a suspect began firing during a standoff.

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