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Archive for October, 2014

UNCW students will be running to the polls

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

With the midterm election’s just around the corner; UNCW students are lacing up their shoes to spread the word. 

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Authorities investigate shooting near Creekwood

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The victim was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center

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State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson tours schools, speaks about lottery and taxes

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — State Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson visited Bladen County schools Tuesday. Bladen County is one of three counties in the area asking voters to help pay for school improvements in the upcoming election.

In November, Bladen County voters will see a quarter-cent sales tax referendum on the ballot. It’s the second time this year voters have had to decide whether the sales tax passes.

New Hanover and Pender counties have school bonds on their ballots as well. When asked why the North Carolina Lottery doesn’t cover the capital expenses these counties are hoping to pay for with these taxes and bonds, Dr. Atkinson used a Thanksgiving analogy to explain the issue.

“The lottery dollars are really like the cranberry sauce. There’s not enough of that condiment to feed the entire family, and that’s not the main menu. So the lottery funds, by virtue of it’s development, is not set up to provide the necessary funds for all the needs for public education in North Carolina,” Dr. Atkinson said.

Five years ago, the lottery was created with the plan to use 40% of the funds going toward building projects and capital funds. Today, that amount is down to 17%.


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PPD founder donates $3 million to UNC school of pharmacy

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The pharmacy school at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has received a $3 million gift from a man with Wilmington connections.

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Wilmington man charged with child porn

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man has been charged after investigators say they found an image of a naked child on his computer.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office charged Charles Graham Yarborough with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, according to spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer. He says deputies arrested Yarborough at his Alex Drive home this morning. He bonded out of jail a short time later, Brewer says.

The StarNews reports Yarborough is a transportation mechanic for New Hanover County Schools. District officials did not immediately return a request for confirmation.


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