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Pair of veterinarians battle for 8th District NC Senate seat

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Early voting has been going on for a week now, and Election Day is right around the corner.

We sat down with the candidates for NC Senate District 8 candidates to see what issues they want to see fixed.

Both candidates have several issues on their mind.

Incumbent Republican Sen. Bill Rabon says he has accomplished a lot, but more needs to be done.

“Jobs and education. From there then we’ll go into regulatory reform, energy, transportation. We have a ways to go in transportation,” Rabon said.

His challenger Ernie Ward says he has three main goals.

“We need to raise teacher pay to at least the national average. We need to do a better job of recruiting good paying jobs to our area. Third we need to make sure that we protect our environment and our seniors,” Ward said.

One main focus they both say they have is education.

“We’ve spent a lot of money on administration and the Department of Public Instruction, but we have not spent enough money on the kids,” said Rabon, who has served two terms in Raleigh.

But Ward says the recent teacher pay raise needs to be fixed.

“It’s important that we level the playing field and that we respect and value all teachers regardless of how long they’ve been there,” Ward said.

The candidates have at least one thing in common. They are both veterinarians in Brunswick County. They each say they bring a lot to the table.

“I tend to try to bring everyone to the middle as much as possible and try to get as many votes for the bills that run as we can and listen to the folks back home, of course, and pass legislation that’s good for the state as a whole,” Rabon said.

Ward said, “I’ve been a local community leader for many many years. I’ve been involved with the schools and different outreach programs, so we know what southeastern North Carolina needs.”

There are still two days left in early voting before Election Day on Tuesday.

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Former Brunswick Co. deputy convicted on prostitution charges

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County jury has convicted a former deputy on two counts of soliciting a prostitute and one count of soliciting crimes against nature.

Superior Court Judge Gail Adams sentenced Timothy Paul Caulder to a suspended sentence of 45 days with 18 months of unsupervised probation.

Caulder’s crimes happened on two separate occasions in August 2013. He was fired after an internal investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

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SBI finishes investigation into Leland Police Department

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The State Bureau of Investigation has finished its investigation into the Leland Police Department, according to District Attorney Jon David.

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Resident: Greenway project too close for comfort

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Changing plans for a greenway bike path and fence have folks in one Carolina Beach neighborhood asking what happened.

The Island Greenway Project began in 2007 and the intention was to extend the Carolina Beach Greenway all the way from Snows Cut Trail to Fort Fisher. Part of the path runs along the Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal buffer zone and right behind the backyards of people in the Carolina Sands neighborhood.

Residents like Dori Schoonmaker said the plans originally presented have now changed. The fence is now going to be lining a path just yards from homes, rather than on the other side of a pond.

“Maybe this isn’t so friendly. Maybe this isn’t so safe. How negatively will this impact our property values? How will this negatively impact our community at large?” Schoonmaker said.

Town Manager Michael Cramer said he and Mayor Dan Wilcox will meet with residents to explain the changes.

“We didn’t take it upon ourselves to go out and tell the public, ‘Hey, this has changed and this is why.'”

Cramer added that unfortunately, the town can’t do much to change it.

“If it were up to the town, we wouldn’t have any sort of fencing there,” Cramer said.

That adds to the frustration of residents like Schoonmaker.

“How is this stretch of barbed wire fencing at all providing security for Sunny Point?” Schoonmaker said.

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WECT Investigates: Columbus County candidates pay to ‘Get out the Vote’

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Some local candidates spend big bucks paying campaign workers to get voters to the polls. WECTs investigates the practice known as “Get out the vote.”

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