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New Hanover Co. schools talk money with commissioners over budget discussion

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video Funding for education was one of the main issues discussed during the New Hanover County Commission meeting Monday night. Tim Markley, the New Hanover County Schools superintendent, requested $1 million for their operating budget, the same amount that was allotted last year. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: As New Hanover Co. looks to make cuts, commissioners run up tab

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video New Hanover County Commissioners are wrestling with a budget filled with cuts. But they may be guilty of not cutting back on their own spending. We requested recent travel expenses from several county commissioners who left the state on county business. The public records reveal $299 a night hotel stays, room service and golf gear. Full story...
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THE RANT: New Hanover Co. goes from "financially strong" in February to $1.8 million in the hole in April. How???

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Two months ago, Commission Chairman Jonathan Barfield said New Hanover County was "financially strong." Now Barfield says the county is almost $2 million in the hole and wants to raise property taxes. MR. BARFIELD, WHAT IS GOING ON? Full story...
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UPDATE: Study Barfield cited on Gravely impact doesn't exist

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This morning on "The Big Talker FM," New Hanover County Commission Chairman Jonathan Barfield referenced an economic study the county did on the USS Gravely's visit. He said the commission used the study to help justify giving the commissioning committee $25,000 to help host their parties. Problem is, no one knows what study he's talking about. Full story...
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Barfield hopes for commission harmony

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With all of the drama and controversy surrounding the New Hanover County Commission, you might wonder if they will ever just get along. Tonight will be the first full County Commission meeting since all of last week's drama. Full story...
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Less than 12 hours after gentlemen's agreement, Berger lets loose with another critical post; Barfield praying for him

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"All do respect, politicians with nice hair deferring to WID to make decisions hasn't worked out well for the County so I'd rather see the Board of Commissioners make a decision without letting WID drive the bus. Near as I can tell that's the best way to describe NHC policy on non-attainment." - Brian Berger Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Barfield on the record "loving" neighborhood schools

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We found an email on the county server from New Hanover County Commission Chairman Jonathan Barfield to a constituent that says he supports neighborhood schools. Full story...
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Commissioners continue to avoid media

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video This has been a stressful and emotional week for New Hanover County Commissioners. An agenda briefing earlier this afternoon was the first time all five have been in a room together since County Commissioner Brian Berger's scathing email, bashing other commissioners. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Commission chairman threatens New Hanover County school board members

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video Jonathan Barfield is not a fan of neighborhood schools and some school board members say he's threatening their budget to get what he wants. School Board Member Janice Cavenaugh says she feels pressured by statements made by Barfield. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Barfield too busy ironing shirt to talk about commission imploding

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He said he was unavailable because he had several meetings and had "to iron a shirt." When we asked if we could e-mail him some questions to get some sort of response, he said, "I'd rather not e-mail. The e-mails go everywhere." Full story...
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Berger sends second scathing email Tuesday to Barfield, Thompson and Catlin

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After seeing an email that New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger sent to County Manager Bruce Shell and other county staffers, Commissioners Jonathan Barfield, Jason Thompson and Rick Catlin sent Berger an email calling him out for his unprofessionalism. He fired back Tuesday with this email: Full story...
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COMMISSIONER BARFIELD vs. SCHOOL BOARD: Hayes says Barfield threatened him

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New Hanover County School Board Chairman Don Hayes says County Commission Chairman Jonathan Barfield recently got in his face a threatened him about redistricting. Hayes says Barfield is now making good on that threat, trying to take control of the school board's budget. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Commissioner Berger apparently enjoying perks of office; Updated with Berger's response

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When two county commissioners, from the same town, go to the same city to attend the same meeting, how many vehicles do you think they should take? And how long do you think they should keep them if they're owned by the county? Full story...
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One day after garbage contract falls apart, New Hanover County wants to micro-manage school spending

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video The New Hanover County School Board Chairman got his toes stepped on this week by the newly appointed New Hanover County Commision Chairman. Full story...
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Mr. Chairman, we're flattered, but we don't want to date

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As New Hanover County Commission Chairman Jonathan Barfield wrapped up his State of the County address Monday night, he invited Wilmington media to partner with the county to showcase all of the great things it's doing for citizens. Full story...
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