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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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Barfield refuses to raise property taxes during his first State of the County address

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video We've heard the State of the Union, the State of the State and the State of the City. Now it's time for an update on New Hanover County. Full story...
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New Hanover County Commissioner Berger hacks off fellow commissioners calling last minute news conference

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video “First this is crap for a notice! 2 hours really?? I have a 1130 NHC meeting so I cannot attend. I would caution you to make sure you are speaking as an individual and not for the (County Commissioners) as I dont believe we took action on any of these issues." -- Jason Thompson to Brian Berger on calling a news conference without giving commissioners ample notice. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: So much for transparency; New Hanover County Commissioners able to conduct county business in secret

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videoWe discovered a disturbing loophole this week in New Hanover County policy that's allowing County Commissioners to conduct county business in secret on their county cell phone with no accountability. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Barfield responds - Making cell phone records public is "going too far"; Plays on constituents' fear

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Even though the county bought commissioners the phone - and pays each $75 per month in tax payer money - and even though County Attorney Wanda Copely told us the county bought them the phones so they could conduct county business - since Barfield also uses the phone for personal business running his real estate company, he says turning over his records is "going too far." Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Commissioner Barfield threatens to remove Mayor Futch from Transportation Advisory Committee

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"Walter, the games have got to stop, if you cannot control yourself, I request that the Leland Town Council appoint another member to take your place and then you can follow up all of your unfounded accusations as a citizen seeking answers." Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: County Commission chair says military service justifies Gravely spending

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video Together, the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County paid $50,000 to help fund the USS Gravely Commissioning. But city and county leaders say their slim budgets might not be able to support other groups looking for a boost. Full story...
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Commissioner looking for ways to pay for Wave

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Paying for Wave transit could hit your wallet a little harder, even if you do not ride the bus. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: DA to check out commissioners' e-mails

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We spoke with District Attorney Ben David today. He didn't want to comment on camera, but he said he will look into the claims. That's not to say the commissioners did anything wrong, but David says there is a law that county employees cannot use a public server for political use. Full story...
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LaNasa plans to continue tax vote challenge

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LaNasa says he has evidence county commissioners committed voter fraud. Full story...
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Regional planners move on without Wilson

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A Wilmington developer tied to the federal indictment of a former Mike Easley aide is out of another job. Today the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization picked a new chair to replace Lanny Wilson. Full story...
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