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ONLY ON 3: Barfield reneges on interview; Apparently doesn't want to answer tough questions

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New Hanover County Commission Chairman Jonathan Barfield told us Thursday he would be happy to talk to us today about the drama that's surrounded his commission this week. But then, he disappeared - just like I predicted to the newsroom yesterday. Full story...
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Less than 12 hours after gentlemen's agreement, Berger lets loose with another critical post; Barfield praying for him

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"All do respect, politicians with nice hair deferring to WID to make decisions hasn't worked out well for the County so I'd rather see the Board of Commissioners make a decision without letting WID drive the bus. Near as I can tell that's the best way to describe NHC policy on non-attainment." - Brian Berger Full story...
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Commission explores Berger censure

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video Much controversy has surrounded the New Hanover County Commission and their e-mail exchanges this week. After Commissioner Brian Berger publicly accused fellow Commissioner Rick Catlin of holding secret meetings and stealing his notes, Catlin decided to send a few e-mails of his own. Full story...
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"Vagina Monologues" TONIGHT at Community Arts Center to help Rape Crisis Center & Carousel Center

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Tonight's the final night to catch the "Vagina Monologues" at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center. One hundred percent of tonight's ticket sales will go to help support the Rape Crisis Center and the Carousel Center. The two organizations operate on almost $45 a day for two counties. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Barfield on the record "loving" neighborhood schools

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We found an email on the county server from New Hanover County Commission Chairman Jonathan Barfield to a constituent that says he supports neighborhood schools. Full story...
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District Attorney suing Rhino Club

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The Wilmington Police Department has responded to numerous calls for service at the club including fights, assaults and a fatal stabbing that occurred in January. The civil nuisance abatement action is the first step in permanently eliminating criminal activities on the property. Full story...
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Commissioners continue to avoid media

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video This has been a stressful and emotional week for New Hanover County Commissioners. An agenda briefing earlier this afternoon was the first time all five have been in a room together since County Commissioner Brian Berger's scathing email, bashing other commissioners. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Commission chairman threatens New Hanover County school board members

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video Jonathan Barfield is not a fan of neighborhood schools and some school board members say he's threatening their budget to get what he wants. School Board Member Janice Cavenaugh says she feels pressured by statements made by Barfield. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Barfield too busy ironing shirt to talk about commission imploding

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He said he was unavailable because he had several meetings and had "to iron a shirt." When we asked if we could e-mail him some questions to get some sort of response, he said, "I'd rather not e-mail. The e-mails go everywhere." Full story...
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Beating the odds, New Hanover student runs varsity track despite cerebral palsy

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video Doctors told the Swann family that Bonnie & Maggie Swann would never walk or talk sixteen years ago. It turns out they were wrong. The Swann twins talk up a storm. In fact Maggie Swann is a proud member of the New Hanover High School varsity track team. Full story...
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