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New Hanover County Commission

THE RANT: Those comical county commissioners, bless their hearts

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I'm surprised anything gets done at the county level in both New Hanover and Brunswick Counties. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: Commissioner Berger has worst attendance record of all commissioners

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Mr. Berger has pointed out an inaccuracy in this story that we would like to correct. Both he and New Hanover County Commissioner Rick Catlin missed a CFPUA meeting in February because they were in Washington, DC at another meeting. However, Berger is late to commission meetings at least 25 percent of the time, according to attendance records requested from the county clerk's office. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Commissioner Berger's work history

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While New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger has tried to keep his work history and status under wraps from the media and the public, there is an online and paper trail that outlines where and when he's worked. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Unemployed county commissioner retains huge legal gun

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videoHow does a county commissioner who claims "it's (been) impossible for my business to maintain itself" and admits to drawing unemployment for at least the last six months afford to retain one of the highest profile trial attorneys in the state? Full story...
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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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New Hanover Commissioners vote against hospital's partnership with Charlotte system

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New Hanover County Commissioners made the final decision Monday night and voted 4 to 1 against the agreement with Commissioner Jonathan Barfield casting the only vote for the contract. Full story...
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Berger admits to collecting unemployment; Thompson says Berger owes community an explanation

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video New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger has been collecting unemployment benefits for months according to a employer wage audit notice sent to the New Hanover County Government Center. We attempted to catch up with Berger Thursday at an agenda-briefing meeting to get his side of the story. Full story...
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Despite mystery job, Brian Berger received unemployment

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New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger has been drawing unemployment benefits from an unknown company in Washington, DC. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Berger late to County Assembly Day at General Assembly

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videoBrian Berger's issues with attendance continue. The New Hanover County Commissioner arrived more than an hour late to County Assembly Day at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. 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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Berger admits he's not aware of commissioner meeting rules

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New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger told the Star News today that he didn't know not saying anything during a vote would be considered a 'yea' vote. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Berger refuses to explain his absence during Friday meeting

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videoThe New Hanover County Commission met today, and this time all the commissioners were there. After Brian Berger was absent from Friday's meeting with the school board, many wondered if the commissioner is dedicated to his constituents. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Ben McCoy whining on behalf of Brian Berger

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Several initial reports stated that the vote was unanimously in favor of the expenditure; however, upon close examination, it was noticed that the call for "all those opposed" by Chairman Barfield was apparently never made, and therefore the lone dissenting vote of Brian Berger, was never heard. Full story...
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Berger MIA as Commission, School Board talk money

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video It was supposed to be a chance for New Hanover County Commissioners and School Board members to try and get on the same page about the school district's budget. Instead, a Friday morning meeting may show the continued problems among the County Commission. Full story...
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THE RANT: Someone please buy Brian Berger an alarm clock

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video It's going to be a very long three-and-a-half-year term if you keep this up, Mr. Berger. You're quickly losing any credibility you may have had as an outsider wanting to initiate reform. May we suggest showing some respect for your constituents? Buy an alarm clock, use it, and try to be on time from now on. If not, please step aside and let someone more professional, more capable and more punctual do the job! Full story...
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