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Archive for July, 2014

Missing boy located near Ocean Isle Beach

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says Skyler Wade Peacock was safely located in the Ocean Isle Beach area.

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UPDATE: Missing Brunswick Co. teen found

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office are searching for a missing teen.

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Surf camp instructors save swimmers

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Some swimmers are lucky to be alive tonight, thanks to some surf instructors from Topsail Beach. What happened can only be described as heroic, but if you ask them it was all in a day’s work.

Today was anything but normal for these WB surf camp instructors. When they got out to the beach they saw a pretty gnarly rip current and pointed it out to the kids.

Then, just before lunch, instructors noticed some people struggling in a rip current. Turns out, two separate families were fighting to stay afloat and these guys jumped into action. Are they heroes?

“I wouldn’t really call us a hero,” said surf instructor Deaton Wright. “I would just say we’re doing our job and what we’re trained to do.”

“I don’t know, heroes have to talk bold and daring action, this wasn’t really bold or daring, it’s just kinda what we do,” added instructor Elisabeth Smith.

They credit the rescue to impeccable teamwork and training, adding the rescue is just all in a days work.

No word on who the victims were. The instructors say they were all shaken up, but doing fine when they got them safely out of the water.


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ONLY ON 3: Former fire chief says something strange about Pender audit delay

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Pender County is nine months behind on its annual audit. In the last two months the county manager and the finance director resigned, but some taxpayers say they lost trust in their government long before that.

Pender County resident and former Surf City Volunteer Fire Chief Demetrius Batts says weird things have been going on in the county for the past three years.

“I can stand here today and tell you that I cannot trust all of them,” Batts said. “No, I cannot.”

Batts says it all began when he was forced to retire as chief from the volunteer fire station that’s right next door to his house when the county started consolidating the volunteer fire stations into the county fire stations.

“A lot of the taxpayers didn’t know what was going on,” he said.

Then the county came in and built a privacy fence between his house and the fire station. He says it’s just gotten worse.

“With the county manager leaving and the county finance director leaving, I would say so, yes,” Batts said.

Batts decided he wanted to know where his tax dollars were being spent.

The county was supposed to submit its annual audit back in October. Interim Finance Director Mike Apple says he’s not sure why the audit has just now been sent to officials for review.

“I can’t say for sure,” Apple said. “I just know that the finance officer apparently was not getting the books in shape for the auditor to come in and audit them.”

None of the county commissioners wanted to go on camera, but Commissioner Fred McCoy says this will not happen again.

The county will review the first draft of the 2013 audit monday before it is released to the public.


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UPDATE: High school student receives 17 stitches for shark bite wound

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

A high school senior from Raleigh is recovering after being bitten on the foot while on vacation at Sunset Beach in Brunswick County.

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