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Archive for August, 2014

N.C. legislative session adjourns, but McCrory could call special session

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The governor’s office declined to comment Wednesday afternoon on whether a special session was in the cards.

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Whiteville Mayor invites residents to input at community forums

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The City of Whiteville is sponsoring two forums for community input on where residents think the city's plans should be headed.

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Man pleads guilty to murder

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY)– A man Chadbourn police say is a known gang member has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Dehundra Spearman killed Rasheed Cherry last August. Tuesday, Judge James Ammons sentenced Spearman to between 12 and 15 years behind bars.

Investigators say in the weeks leading up to the murder, Cherry and Spearman exchanged fire multiple times, reportedly over a girl.

Police say both Cherry and Spearman were known members of the local gang Zone 6.

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Brunswick County dealing with ‘mass exodus’ of teachers

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Schools experienced a huge loss in teachers this past school year. More than 180 teachers left the district, and with the first day of school fast approaching, Brunswick County still has more than ten spots to fill.

According to the HR department lost an average of 10 teachers per month.

“We did lose 181 teachers,” said HR Director Mark Pasier, who labeled it a mass exodus.

About a third of the teachers who left during the 2013-2014 school year were from elementary schools, and 40 percent were from high schools.

District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki says it’s definitely been an issue.

“Our numbers this past year are slightly higher than they have historically,” she said.

But she says Brunswick County is not alone.

“Teacher attrition rates in North Carolina, across the entire state, could be described as a mass exodus,” Swencki said.

In the briefing the school board got Tuesday night on the issue, it was noted many of the teachers leaving were relatively new. Swencki says this is because they have not built deep roots, so it is not surprising for teachers to head to, say, South Carolina for a pay raise.

“They pay a different rate for their teachers so you can earn more money if you cross the state of North Carolina lines,” Swencki said.

Brunswick county wants to focus on the teachers coming into the area rather than leaving. They currently have 12 empty spots to fill but Swencki says they are not rushing anything.

“We still have a very high standard,” she said. “We want to make sure the teachers that are in those classrooms are the right fit.’

It may not take long to fill those jobs. Since this news broke last night, the district has already received an influx of applications from teachers looking for work.

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UPDATE: CFPUA lifts boil water advisory for part of Wilmington

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) says the boil water advisory is now LIFTED.
Emergency repairs required a service outage and a subsequent precautionary boil water advisory for a portion of Wilmington.

The water service outage affected the following areas:

-1300-1600 Blocks of Castle, Church, Nun, Ann, and Orange Streets;
-1300-1400 Blocks of Glenn St.
-1400 Block of Norman St.
-1300 Block of Marsdon Ave.
-100–200 Blocks of Kendall Ave.
-200-500 Blocks of S. 13th, S. 14th, S. 15th, and S. 16th Sts. and all alleys located therein

The previous warning:
A precautionary boil water advisory will be issued after the outage is over because periods of low or no pressure increase the potential for the introduction of bacteria into the water system. CFPUA customers in the above described area will be asked to boil their water for one minute then allow it to cool prior to consumption or utilize another water source such as bottled water. Consumption includes drinking, brushing teeth, making ice, food preparation, fruit and vegetable washing and the preparation of baby formula. Customers do NOT need to boil water prior to using it for showering or bathing.

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