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Faster than normal growth, staff turnover contribute to Wilmington VA delays

April 12, 2015 — WILMINGTON | The percentage of veterans waiting at least 31 days for care at the Wilmington Veterans Affairs Health Care Center has been double or triple the national rate for the past several months, according to data from The Associated Press.
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$4 million in unpaid property taxes owed to New Hanover County

March 25, 2015 — NEW HANOVER COUNTY | New Hanover County property owners with delinquent tax accounts owed a total of $4 million on about 4,200 parcels as of Monday morning.
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New Hanover officials want residents’ input for long-term plans

Feb. 26, 2015 — NEW HANOVER COUNTY | Marion Kreh wants to see agriculture remain in the Castle Hayne area. Emerson Whitted hopes to see more recreational areas in the northern end of New Hanover County so kids aren’t playing in the streets. JoAnn Swart also stresses the importance of more recreational sites in that area. MaryAnn Werner wants to see Castle Hayne given the opportunity to grow while maintaining its low-density character.
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State official OKs petition to remove New Hanover elections director

Feb. 4, 2015 — Marvin McFadyen is no longer New Hanover County’s elections director after a decision by state board of elections Deputy Director Amy Strange granted the county board’s petition to remove him.
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Elections chief McFadyen says claims in petition false

Jan. 28, 2015 — NEW HANOVER COUNTY | The petition to remove Elections Director Marvin McFadyen, supported 2-1 by the New Hanover County Board of Elections, is riddled with false accusations, unsupported claims and personal attacks, according to the official response filed Wednesday by McFadyen’s attorney.
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New Hanover elections chairman in hot seat

Jan. 8, 2015 — More allegations are being brought against New Hanover County Board of Elections Chairman John Ferrante.
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New Hanover elections board petitions to remove director

Jan. 7, 2015 — The New Hanover County Board of Elections has requested the state remove Marvin McFadyen from his position as the county’s elections director.
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Protest questions delay in ballots from Williston precinct

Nov. 19, 2014 — An elections protest filed in New Hanover County calls into question the ballots cast on Election Day at Williston Middle School, the precinct that, at the last minute, launched Democrat Rob Zapple into the lead after he and Republican Derrick Hickey had been neck-and-neck.
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Justice Reinvestment Act leads to increasing local jail population

Nov. 10, 2014 — The number of inmates serving sentences in the New Hanover County jail has more than doubled in the past five years partly because of two aspects of the 2011 Justice Reinvestment Act.
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Same-sex weddings mean more opportunities for businesses

Oct. 27, 2014 — The equation is quite simple: Now that same-sex couples can legally marry in North Carolina, more people are planning weddings.
More weddings equals more business for caterers, florists, DJs, planners, venues, bakers, photographers and officiants.
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Same-sex marriages have diverse effect on houses of worship

Oct. 16, 2014 — The Rev. Cheryl M. Walker of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wilmington has been performing same-sex wedding ceremonies for the entire decade she’s been a minister.
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Judge hears permit case for Porters Neck project

Oct. 8, 2014 — Whether New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger voted at a meeting from which he was absent is at the core of a court case heard Wednesday morning in New Hanover County Superior Court.
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