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Pender County News

After year of controversy, Topsail principal Skipper quits, says time for change

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video Topsail High School's principal is leaving his job after a year of controversy. Marcus Skipper has resigned effective June 30. The principal, who had issues with the Pender County School Board earlier this school year, says he is planning to continue a career in education elsewhere. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Former church pianist pleads guilty to sex crimes

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A former church pianist arrested on sex-related charges involving a high school student has pleaded guilty to charges of crimes against nature, statutory rape, and indecent liberties with a minor. Full story...
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Burgaw attorney enters pleas to embezzlement

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A disbarred Pender County attorney has pleaded to embezzlement and other charges. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Pender Health Dept. issues lead to war of words

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video The Health Department issues in Pender County continue to heat up after a "he said she said" battle on Facebook. Topsail Online printed an article today claiming County Commissioner Chester Ward said he was misrepresented on a story we ran yesterday. But that's not what he told us. Full story...
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Pender Health Department again at center of political controversy

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videoThe Health Department in Pender County is sparking tensions among county commissioners. Both the Health Board and Health Department have had issues in the past. This time questions about the board brought a heated exchange at a County Commission meeting. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Pender Co. commissioner's DWI case dropped

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Prosecutors in Charlotte have dropped a DWI charge against a Pender County Commissioner. A spokesman for Mecklenburg County Courts says the District Attorney voluntarily dismissed the charge against David Williams Friday. READ THE ORDER TO RULING THE CHARGES INSIDE Full story...
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UPDATE: Pender wildfire contained

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For the second spring in a row, there is a wildfire burning in the Holly Shelter Game Land. This time it's significantly smaller and continues to weaken. Full story...
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Parents and teachers agree new schedule would be "fresh start"

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video Students in Pender County may be heading back to class early next school year. High schools starting the first week of August is one option under a proposed school calendar waiver. Both parents and teachers say they like the idea. Full story...
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Pender school board seeks input on shifting high school calendar

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video It could be a short summer for high school students in Pender County. Starting classes the first week of August is one option under a proposed school calendar waiver. The reason: the school district wants to implement the Career and College Promise program. Full story...
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Surf City building memories one brick at a time

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You can soon share your treasured memories of Surf City for everyone to see. The town is selling commemorative brick pavers. Full story...
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