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Pender Health Director claims independent assessment lied

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An independent assessment of the Pender County Health Department was criticized Tuesday for presenting a skewed picture of the agency and its director - reports the Pender Post. Full story...
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Review pinpoints Pender Co. Board of Health problems, members fight over results

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video A health department divided. That's how an independent review described the Pender County Health Department. Monday night the Pender County Board of Health held a special meeting to discuss the report sparked by employee allegations. Full story...
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Pender Co. parents want answers regarding principal's suspension

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The Pender County School Board heard from frustrated parents Monday night regarding the suspension of Burgaw Middle School Principal M.D. Coleman. Full story...
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Pender teen arrested for indecent liberties with child

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Pender County deputies have arrested a 16-year-old Rocky Point boy for indecent liberties with a minor. Investigators says the charge requires that the defendant be at least five years older than the victim. Full story...
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Sex offender facing pot charges

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Detectives with the Pender County Sheriff’s office Narcotics Unit arrested 41-year-old David Gerald Batts, a convicted sex offender, at his residence at 308 Oakmont Dr. Hampstead... Full story...
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Rocky Point man charged with arson

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Investigator’s With the Pender County Sheriff’s Office arrested 32-year-old Edward Lee Lippard III with Fraudulently Burning A Dwelling after he set fire to a residence that he was occupying in the 2800 Block of Clarks Landing Rd. in Rocky Point. Full story...
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Reward increased in turtle death investigation

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Investigators still don't know who tortured and killed a rare sea turtle on Topsail Beach, but the reward has increased for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Full story...
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UPDATE: DOT apologizes to Rocky Point family

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The Swopes say the DOT ripped up part of their yard, taking sod and reflectors they had put up. Full story...
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Gulf oil a concern as rehabbed turtles go back to wild

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videoThe Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital released 15 turtles back into the wild this even at a time where an ongoing oil spill leaves an uncertain future for their kind. Full story...
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Burgaw Middle School PTO demands explanation for principal's suspension

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It bothers us that our good principal would be suspended without any explanation for this action. We (Parents, teachers, and students) have worked hard at BMS to improve the negative image that the school had before his arrival. Full story...
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Former Pender jail officer pleads guilty

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A former Pender County detention officer has been ordered into a sex offender treatment program after pleading guilty today. Full story...
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Justice pulls Topsail Beach recall bill after Soles drops support

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Citing numerous complaints from Topsail Beach residents stemming from a controversy about beach renourishment, Rep. Carolyn Justice filed a bill to let voters recall public officials in the town. Full story...
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UPDATE: Superintendent says NAACP had nothing to do with principal's suspension

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video "It has nothing to do with the NAACP," superintendent Allison Sholar. "I don't cower to them, and they don't make my decisions for me." Full story...
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Burgaw Middle School principal suspended

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Pender County Schools said in a statement today that Major Coleman was suspended Friday. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Inside the Pender County Health soap opera

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video Pender County Commissioners have asked an independent agency to conduct a review of the Health Department. Now a letter from health director Jack Griffith with comments targeted at one commissioner may have gone too far. Full story...
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