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D.C. Virgo teacher charged with DWI, driving 103 mph

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A New Hanover County Schools teacher was arrested near Leland Saturday and charged with DWI. Trooper Sanders said William Bessmer was riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle and had been traveling at 103 mph in a 55-mph work zone. Full story...
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Former Bladen superintendent avoids penalty at sentencing

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videoA former Bladen County Schools superintendent has avoided prison time and any penalty after pleading guilty to a crime. Full story...
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Students hit the pavement to celebrate National Walk to School Day

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videoIt's National Walk to School Day, and students all over the Cape Fear area hit the pavement this morning in an effort to raise awareness about pedestrian safety. Full story...
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Teacher of the Week: Benji Horrell

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videoBenji Horrell, our Teacher of the Week, brings sweet music to the halls of Hoggard High School. With a performer's heart and an educator's head, Mr. Horrell is an inspiration to both past and present students. The Choral Director says performing, not teaching, is his favorite thing because that's when everyone is singing at one time and that means there are sometimes as many as 150 singers on stage. Full story...
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NC SAT scores slightly higher, below national rate

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Average scores for public school seniors taking the SAT rose two points in 2014, but their overall scores were slightly below the national average. A statement from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction on Tuesday said the state's critical reading score of 499 surpassed the nation's reading score of 497. Full story...
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Abortion, schools featured in new NC Senate ads

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Close to $2 million is being spent by outside groups on new television advertisements in North Carolina's U.S. Senate race - one from anti-abortion forces and another from the nation's largest teachers union. Full story...
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UNCW receives $1M grant

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videoUNCW students will soar to new heights with a $1,000,000 grant to partner with the International Islamic University in Islamabad. Full story...
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Belville plans to add more to riverwalk

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videoThe town of Belville held their ground breaking event for the new riverwalk addition. Belville received a grant from duke energy to put in walking trails along with an educational center. Full story...
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Former headmaster accuses Nicholas Sparks of being racist, homophobic

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videoBest-selling author Nicholas Sparks is being sued by a former Jewish headmaster of his school in New Bern, who accuses him of being a homophobic, anti-Semitic racist, according to a lawsuit. Full story...
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North Carolina considers changing grading scale

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North Carolina education leaders are considering changing the grading scale for high schools in the state. Full story...
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