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Pender County News

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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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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