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New Hanover County Commission

ONLY ON 3: Berger's e-mail, accusations show divided commission

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video In his short time on the New Hanover County Commission Berger has certainly made his mark; much of it controversial. He's been reluctant to sit down and talk with us about much of that. So after his latest controversy involving an e-mail tirade launched at county staff and fellow commissioners, News Director Scott Pickey and News Content Manager Kevin Wuzzardo decided they would go to Berger. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: County manager responds to Berger allegations

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We followed up with New Hanover County Manager Bruce Shell today and asked him about the allegations County Commissioner Brian Berger made in an email Monday saying county staff was withholding or filtering information that he requested and approving secret meetings that he was not invited to. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Berger now wishes he hadn't sent "manifesto" email

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"It does read like a manifesto," Berger said, "And it is certainly conducive to to creating the perception that I'm a crazy person, because it's typically crazy people that write manifestoes, but I don't live in a log cabin in the woods in Montana." Full story...
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Catlin, Thompson react to Berger's repetitive, rambling, ripping email sent to county staff

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"Normally I try not to weigh in on things Brian does or doesn't do, but in this case, after reading his six-page very angry tirade I had to defend county staff," said Commissioner Rick Catlin 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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Berger flips out on fellow commissioners, county manager and staffers

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video New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger sent a scathing email on Monday to members of the county staff, ripping them apart for not getting information to him he requested regarding an air-quality issue. Full story...
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Airlie oaks honor former county commissioners

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Airlie dedicated live oaks in honor of Bobby Greer and Bill Caster to represent the work they did in office to make sure the public garden was not developed. 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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FIRST ON 3: New Hanover Co. Commissioners vote NO on funding Arts Council

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After about an hour-long presentation on the benefits of funding a local arts council, New Hanover County Commissioners voted unanimously to not approve giving the group $50,000 in seed money. Full story...
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New Hanover co. commissioners en route to control money spent in school systems

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New Hanover county commissioners are discussing a resolution that would require the school board to request permission to move any money between account. The New Hanover County school board says this proposal would hurt its accountability to effectively help its students. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: County releases R3 from garbage contract; Will cost taxpayers more to keep current system in place

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video New Hanover County has released R3 from its contract to take over the county's solid waste management, County Manager Bruce Shell announced at a Friday morning news conference. R3 now forfeits its bond that guaranteed its work. Full story...
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R3 calls "being held accountable" Yellow Journalism

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R3 finally spoke up today. But not to taxpayers of this county via the media about missing deadlines or the lack of financing. No, it chose to lash out at the media via Facebook. Full story...
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State Recycling Director warned New Hanover County last summer that R3 was a risk

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"New Hanover County is going to be taking a risk. I would be the last to say it can't work. It may, but there's not a proven track record. If I was going to buy the newest car with the best gadgets, that could also fly and go underwater, I would make sure it worked first." Full story...
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