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Ashley, Laney inspect stadium light poles

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued an alert on stadium light poles manufactured by the Whitco Company out of Fort Worth, Texas. Two New Hanover High Schools have Whitco poles; both Ashley High School and Laney. All the Laney poles passed inspection late Tuesday afternoon. None of their athletic contests will be re-scheduled. Ashley High School had 20 light poles inspected early Tuesday afternoon. A written report will be filed tomorrow for Ashley, but one high ranking official at Ashley said all the poles passed the inspection. The Consumer Products Safety Commission alert was issued in August, but New Hanover County did not find out about it until this week. “As soon as we found out we did immediately start to make arrangements for analysis for the poles and at the same time we've restricted access for students and staff around those poles,” said assistant superintendent of New Hanover County Schools, Bill Hance. “The company made and manufactured the poles is out of business. It was a Texas company and there have been incidents in Texas and Virginia where the poles have failed and have fallen.” Despite a thumbs up from the inspector, the JV football game on Thursday between Ashley and West Brunswick has been moved from Ashley's field to Shallotte.

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