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Topsail HS EV team wins 7th national title

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The team collected 11 trophies including first and third overall. This was the seventh year in a row that the EV Team won first overall in the SMARTT Challenge competition against high schools from as far away as Iowa and Miami. Full story...
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Oil threat affecting vacation plans

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videoThe explosion that caused what could turn out to be the worst oil spill in history is impacting vacationers not just along the Gulf Coast, but here in southeastern North Carolina. Full story...
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UPDATE: After "thorough investigation", Pender Board of Health says no Health Dept. workers taking illegal drugs

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video We also asked how she could call it a "thorough" investigation when no one was drug tested and if she actually expected someone to admit to using drugs during a question and answer session. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Topsail High student arrested for sexual assault at soccer game

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Brady Douglas Greathouse, of Hampstead, has been charged with one count each of 2nd Degree Kidnapping and 2nd Degree Sexual Offense. After his arrest, Greathouse was held in the Pender County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. Full story...
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$10,000 reward offered in sea turtle's death

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video Wildlife investigators say someone tortured and killed a rare sea turtle. Now they're offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information. Full story...
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Questioning the Pender County Board of Health

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Pender County Health Department employees say administrators ignored notices that some employees were using drugs, violating confidentiality and not properly training workers. After hearing the complaints, commissioners asked for an investigation. But now there are some questions about the board appointed to monitor the health department and Dr. Jack Griffith. Full story...
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More drama at the Pender County Health Department

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video Members of the Pender County Board of Health and the County Commission have decided to heighten an investigation into the health department. Full story...
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Pender company to pay up for consumer violations

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The attorney general alleged H.A.R.D. Top Asphalt Maintenance and its owner Henry Heil regularly targeted seniors, charging high prices and then performed shoddy work. Full story...
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Town of Burgaw will discuss expanding zoning jurisdiction beyond corporate limits

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The Town of Burgaw Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday at 900a to discuss expanding its zoning jurisdiction beyond the town's corporate limits. The move would give the town zoning rights in the area - but would not mean those living in the area would have to pay town taxes. Full story...
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Pender's Leah Mackley named state Athlete of the Year

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video For the second time in three years, a Pender High School Patriot is the state Athlete of the Year. Leah Mackley received the top award from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association at its annual meeting in Chapel Hill today. Full story...
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Titan breaks silence on superior court ruling

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Titan America issued a statement Wednesday, May 5, calling a recent court decision to apply a lengthy environmental review to its proposal in Castle Hayne “regrettable” - reports the Lumina News. Full story...
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Early college high school grads get jump start on future

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video It's not every day a student has her high school diploma and college degree by the age of 18. Alexandra Lyons started Pender Early College High School at the age of 15. The program gives high school students the chance to pursue an associate degree from cape fear community college. Full story...
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Movie set, shot in Burgaw hits national screens

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video "The Jailhouse" is based on events that happens in the mid-1900s at the Pender County Jail. The whole movie was shot in Burgaw. Full story...
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Pender school leaders don't like Perdue's budget

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The school system's finance director says about nine percent of full-time teachers could be cut due to budget reductions. Many say they've suffered enough from past budget cuts. Full story...
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Soles looking to life after politics

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We've known for months that after 42 years in political office, Sen. R.C. Soles is calling it quits. Tuesday will mark the first Election Day in 42 years Soles could run but will not be on the ballot. Full story...
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