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first_imgA council has been forced to launch an inquiry into the death of a terminally-ill disabled woman, after a public meeting heard how all her personal care had suddenly been withdrawn just a few days before she died.Portsmouth City Council was shamed into acting after councillors heard how 18 different care agencies withdrew their services from Anne Savidge (pictured) on 10 December, because of claims that she had been verbally abusive to care workers.In the following few days, the council appears to have abandoned her without any back-up personal care.Although Savidge, who had no close relatives, continued to receive healthcare treatment from a district nurse, all the council-funded help she had been receiving with washing, dressing and toileting, and support with food and medication, was withdrawn.Just six days later, she was rushed to hospital, where she died on 21 December.The council was confronted with its apparent failings at a public meeting last week by disabled sailor Geoff Holt, a close friend of Savidge, who described her ordeal to city councillors.Holt has since shown Disability News Service (DNS) an email sent to him by the council’s chief executive, David Williams, two days after his friend’s care was withdrawn and just nine days before she died.In the email, Williams says that while the council was seeking to resolve the situation, “we cannot always guarantee meeting residents [sic] expectations”.Williams is now commissioning the inquiry into Savidge’s death, and a spokeswoman for the council has so far failed to explain how that would be appropriate when Holt believes that the chief executive’s actions, and the email he sent, should be a key part of the investigation.In his presentation to the council, which was discussing its budget for the next financial year, Holt described to councillors how Savidge, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer last October, suddenly had her personal care cut off in December.He described his friend, who he had known for five years, as “cantankerous, often short-tempered, considered by some to be rude”, but he said she had been given less than a year to live and was “in terrible pain and frightened”.He said that all 18 care agencies that were contracted to deliver council-funded services in Portsmouth had suddenly withdrawn those services from Savidge, even though she had been assessed by the council as needing two-and-a-half hours of care a day.DNS has seen an email from a council employee that appears to confirm these facts.Savidge continued to receive healthcare from a district nurse, who dressed her tumour wound, but no personal care.Holt said he had received numerous emails and text messages from his friend, begging him for help in the days before she was admitted to hospital.He and his wife, who lived six miles away, had provided some emergency personal care – even though his wife was recovering from a shoulder operation and he is paraplegic – and Holt had written “in desperation” to the council, her GP, Solent NHS Trust, and to Savidge’s MP, Stephen Morgan, warning them that her life was in danger.He said: “I was in disbelief Portsmouth City Council had no plan B to provide care.“Anne sat there, mostly in her wheelchair, for five days, in pain, her bladder tumour now oozing blood on her clothes, no food, frightened to drink because she would wet herself, not even having her hands and face washed. “She was dehydrated through not drinking, she was toxic with drugs, including morphine, not to mention the toxicity of her cancer.”He added: “Of course it is not OK to shout or be rude at care workers. But Anne was never physically violent or abusive.  And she always said sorry.“She was dying, she was frightened, she was in pain, she was alone with reduced mental capacity, and she had no one to even come in and fulfil her basic care needs.”Holt also told the council that an independence support assistant from the council had brought her a leaflet explaining how she could sell her property to pay for residential care.He told DNS this week that he believed his friend had previously turned down a council suggestion that she move into residential care.By 12 December, he said, there had been “washing-up growing mould in the sink and soiled clothing and bedding cluttering up her home” and his friend had not washed for days.Three days later, her GP visited and said she needed to be admitted to the oncology ward at Queen Alexandra Hospital.Holt told the council meeting: “Adult Services were off the hook, she was no longer a social problem.”She was admitted to hospital the next morning and died five days later.Holt told the council that he was convinced that the lack of care “exacerbated and accelerated” the decline in her health.He added: “I am in no doubt whatsoever Anne’s lack of care over that period was to blame.“I would go further, I would say it was negligence and I would call upon this council to launch an enquiry into Anne’s death.”Cllr Donna Jones, leader of the Conservative-led council, immediately agreed that the council should investigate the death.Holt told DNS that he wanted answers to two questions: how 18 agencies could suddenly withdraw their services from a terminally-ill disabled woman; and why the council did not appear to have had a back-up plan or “safety net” when that happened.He said he had felt that he owed it to his friend to highlight her case after she died.He said: “I felt she was let down by the system. We had different disabilities, but I know how much care is important to me and I know the knife-edge that people with disabilities live on with their care.”Morgan told DNS that he had replied to Holt’s letter and asked if there was anything he could do to help, but by the time he replied she had been admitted to hospital.The Portsmouth South MP said the claims were “shocking” and added: “I am fully in support of an inquiry into what happened and what lessons can be learned by the city council and other partners.”He said he did not know much more about the “incredibly tragic incident” than the details passed by Holt to councillors at last week’s meeting.He said: “As I understand it, 18 different agencies had declined support. It is a concern to me if that is the case. I have said we need a full inquiry.”Morgan said it was too early to know if Savidge’s death was connected in any way to the country’s social care funding crisis.But he said: “As a new MP I have been pushing for increased funding for social care in the city and I am really concerned about its future.”He has been in contact with Portsmouth Disability Forum and is arranging a focus group with disabled people to discover their concerns, including whether they are worried about social care in the city.A council spokeswoman said in a statement: “At the meeting of full council on Tuesday 13 February 2018, it was agreed that an investigation into the care received by Anne Savidge should take place.“Cllr Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, has asked David Williams, chief executive, to set up an investigation which will be reported back to members of the city council. “It would be inappropriate to comment until this investigation is complete and the findings have been published.”She added later: “David Williams has been mandated to commission an appropriate investigation into the circumstances of this case.“The organisation or individual appointed will decide the scope of the investigation and will actually deliver the work involved.”Solent NHS Trust confirmed today (Thursday) that Anne Savidge had been one of its patients.A spokesman added: “It is inappropriate for us to comment until the investigation is complete and the findings have been published.“For now, we can only add that we are fully cooperating with the Portsmouth City Council-led investigation.”last_img read more

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London Breed Muni ads clearly violate Muni policy will come down

first_imgThis is about as clear a prohibition on candidate ads as you could ask for. Muni’s policy also goes on to ban ads that are “political in nature or contain political messages,” or “expresses or advocates an opinion, position, or viewpoint on a matter of public debate about economic, political, religious or social issues.”  When asked how this ad could possibly have slipped through the cracks, Rose directed blame upon Clear Channel, which he said made this call. Breed’s campaign also put the onus for this situation on Clear Channel.“Clear Channel has apologized to our campaign for mistakenly hanging London Breed for Mayor posters at bus shelters,” spokeswoman Tara Moriarty wrote us. “The obligation falls upon Clear Channel to ensure compliance and it failed to do that.”Breed added a joke: “I guess I just can’t get comfortable anywhere without someone trying to throw me out.”And succeeding, for good or ill.Rose added that these ads for Supervisor Jeff Sheehy will also be removed. Calls and messages to Clear Channel have not yet been returned.Muni’s buses, trains and shelters have, through the years, served as unlikely venues for political warfare. Last year, at the urging of then-Mayor Ed Lee, Muni booted pot ads (if not pot) from its vehicles and shelters. Muni has already banned cigarette and booze ads, and also “any advertisement that encourages or depicts unsafe behavior with respect to transit-related activities, such as non-use of normal safety precautions in awaiting, boarding, riding upon or disembarking from transit vehicles.” Newer, less-inclusive ad policies have precluded ongoing competing Israeli-Palestinian ads, some of which potentially veered into the realm of hate speech. Muni will, furthermore, not accept ads depicting “lawless action” or plugging firearms, which has led action-movie purveyors to disarm their billboards.And yet, when highly litigious gun enthusiasts submitted this ad, Muni accepted it. Candidate ads, however, are far less ambiguous — and far less ambiguously banned by Muni. Famously, during Harry Callahan’s jaunt through the city in Dirty Harry, he hops a J-Church streetcar emblazoned with an ad for the candidate “Peter Finnegan!” That was permitted back in 1971. Obviously, it no longer is. Years later, Finnegan lamented to me that the epochal film hit theaters only after the election concluded — and he came up short. Sadly, Dirty Harry didn’t make his day.Update, 3:20 p.m.: Jason D. King, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications & Marketing for Clear Channel Outdoor, e-mailed us this statement:“We value our business relationship with the City of San Francisco and the SFMTA. We respect the established advertising standards and to honor this commitment today we removed all ads that were placed on bus shelters in error.”He confirmed that Clear Channel removed “all 70” of these ads. Tags: Elections • London Breed Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address 0% Clear Channel claims it has removed 70 pro-Breed ads it placed in violation of Muni policyMayoral aspirant London Breed’s new billboards portray her as “a mayor for all San Francisco” — but that won’t include Muni shelters. The ads, which were spotted at 18th and Guerrero and 18th and Diamond, among other spots, “clearly violate our advertising policy,” confirmed Muni spokesman Paul Rose. “We are asking the vendor to remove them immediately.” The vendor in this case is Clear Channel. And the policy in question bans “any material that promotes or opposes a political party, promotes or opposes any state or local ballot measure or the election of any candidate or group of candidates for federal, state, judicial or local government offices … “last_img read more

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Franciscas a chef reemerges in SFs Mission

first_imgThe ultimate in tenderness, napped with a little jus and topped with chimichurri. I loved the flavor but BF disliked it, saying it tasted “fishy,” like mussels. I personally think this was due to the power of suggestion, as we were debating about ordering the mussels as our starter. Also on his plate were some rather strange and yet quite delicious little gnocchi de yuca, but there were only about 6 or 8 pieces. There were also some salad greens and favas. A mish-mash indeed, but not unenjoyable, to me.I got the carbonara.Carbonara. Tags: restaurant reviews Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Chef Manny Torres Gimenez has owned four restaurants in the Mission now, with different degrees of success (arguably, Mr. Pollo — his tiny, ridiculously affordable, wonderfully quirky, prix-fixe place — may have been his most popular.) Francisca’s, named after his grandmother, is his and wife (and FOH staffer) Katerina de Torres’ latest endeavor, billed as an Italian/Venezuelan restaurant.The food is meant to reflect Torres Gimenez’ South American background, as well as his travels in Europe after closing his last restaurant, Coco Frio. The chef’s illustrious background cooking at Coi, Spruce, Quince, A16 and SPRQ precedes him. (Two of his protégés own and run the Guamanian restaurant down the street, Prubechu.) And his passion for cooking is evident. He often helps out with service, warmly greeting his guests and explaining the dishes.That Francisca’s has risen in the space of another of his former restaurants, The Palace — which closed after a fire — is emblematic to me that Torres Gimenez wants to continue to reinvent himself. The space (which “officially” opened four months ago, according to his wife Katerina, though I think they’ve been operating since late 2017) was completely remodeled and is modern and, for me, a bit cold, with concrete floors and restrained décor. There is a bar area where you can sit and watch the kitchen’s goings-on, or indulge in happy hour, which I believe features a $35 prix fixe menu (normally $65, and the whole table must participate.)On our first visit, we ordered the Forager salad to share. It was perfectly cooked, despite the skin being perhaps a bit dark. I actually said to the server when she brought it, “Is that burned?” She didn’t really answer, so I went for it. While there was a slightly acrid flavor to the skin, it was perfectly crispy and the fish itself was tender as butter, sweet, just lovely. Underneath was a beurre blanc (a French wine/butter sauce, here annoyingly called “burro” — the Italian word for “butter.” Again, trying to tie to the Italian theme, I guess), which was absolutely delicious. I could have rolled around that plate and licked myself clean.My market vegetables, however, while nicely al dente and tasty — especially the fabulous one bite I got of a nutty sunchoke slice — were nevertheless an odd component of the plate. The zucchini, the one Brussels sprout, and whatever other veggies there were, were lukewarm, and mixed into them were even colder bits of tomato, and avocado — almost like a salsa had been tossed in as an afterthought. It didn’t work, and was unnecessary. I would have much preferred a simple, elegant side of those sunchokes with the fish.But, since we were mostly happy with our dinners, we thought we’d push our luck and try dessert.“Tres leches” tiramisu. The pasta was rich and funky from the guanciale, but it was a little tight — I think I prefer a slightly looser sauce. Still, I had no real complaint about it, but ended up bringing most of it home for the BF to finish.The restaurant was only half full on a Friday night. And while the service was warm and friendly, it was a little slow. Not terribly, but with it not being crowded, we had to wonder why. Nonetheless, we went with open minds for our second visit.We started with the allium soup, which the kitchen kindly split for us.Allium soup. Another looker. The soup was described as a blend of ramps, leeks, etc. — you know: alliums. I found it very mild in flavor, not oniony at all. Also, I found it curious that a chef would use a relatively difficult-to-find, short-seasoned ingredient like ramps that people go nuts for on the East Coast, and would not feature them more prominently, make them the main attraction, or at least not put them in a muddle of a cream soup that could have been peas, could have been asparagus. It was a tasty, inoffensive dish, but … you want more than that, right?Luckily, the BF’s pork shank was TO. DIE. FOR.Pork shank with polenta. Look at that beauty! Fall-off-the-bone tender (we didn’t need the steak knife they provided), flavorful, in a wonderfully homey broth, over super-cheesy polenta.  The only quibble the BF had was the red -eaf lettuce strewn over the top as garnish, which became unpleasantly wilty in the heat. But, overall, it was really very good, the BF loved his dish. I did too. It reminded me again what Chef Manny can do.For my main, I had the cod.Cod with beurre blanc. A beautiful plate, but for some reason, the word “forager’ had me thinking it would be primarily a mushroom starter. Instead, there was only a tiny pile of mushrooms on either side of the plate, atop a cream of asparagus. This was curious, as there was also a cilantro cream dressing for the salad greens and roasted cauliflower. There was no evidence of the balsamic listed on the menu, and we found it odd to have essentially two competing dressings on the plate. It was all tasty enough, just a bit confounding. Plus, unless I ask for dressing on the side, please dress my salad in the kitchen.The BF ordered the Kobe steak.Kobe steak with yucca gnocchi. Forager salad Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter 0% “Tres leches” tiramisu. Despite de Torres informing us that the Chef’s take on tres leches (“three milks”) consisted of condensed milk (no dulce de leche here), evaporated milk and cream, this tasted like any normal tiramisu, no more, no less. The strawberries were particularly good, at least.Service on our second visit was, again, slow — we were there for more than an hour before our entrees came. Ms. De Torres was apologetic and gracious, and it gave me enough time to have a second glass of a very good Tempranillo.We really wanted to be big fans. I’ve been rooting for Chef Manny for years now, ever since Mr. Pollo. For both of us, the problem seems to be one of focus. Many dishes suffered from having too many disparate things on the plate. Perhaps Chef Manny could take a hint from that old Coco Chanel adage, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”  There seems to be an over-reach, a desire to do too much — to put too much — on a plate. But we want to keep rooting for him, following his career, seeing his smiling face in the kitchen, cheering him on.And you should, too. We all should go out and support our local chefs, particularly those who keep trying to stay in our neighborhood. The rewards may be uneven, but they are there.Francisca’s3047 Mission St.San Francisco, CA 94110415-374-5747last_img read more

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The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence paint Dolores Park with a full palette

first_img Email Address Tufts of hot pink feathers float gently through the air as a woman proudly shows off her twirl-worthy green tutu. Behind her, a man with a multi-colored unicorn hat adjusts the purple feather boa around his neck.A boy blocks his face from the sun with his mom’s hands, while a group of nearby children inspect their candy-filled Easter eggs.An attendee in a tie-dyed veil meets her friends, who are sitting on a black-and-white spiderweb-patterned blanket. Upon closer inspection, the veil reads, “Don’t ever let your fear decide your fate!”An older gentleman in a red baseball cap laughs to himself as he watches the crowd’s contentment and joy. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img A congregation of locals and tourists, young and old, painted Mission Dolores Park in shades of rainbow and pastel colors on Easter Sunday for the 40th anniversary of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of queer and trans drag nuns dedicated to community service and human rights.“We’re celebrating 40 years of history,” says Sister Ray Dee O’Active. “For some of us, this is the first time we’ve ever seen so many sisters in one place, and I think it’s the best kind of family reunion.”It’s time for the Easter bonnet contest.“This is where it’s up to you. This is where it gets real serious,” says Sister Roma. “We need you [the audience] to please cheer for your absolute favorite.”A father lifts his daughter on his shoulders for a better view of the stage. “Don’t you want to see who wins?” he says. She crinkles her nose as the faint smell of marijuana wafts through the air.The two finalists, Henny Penny and the Fabergé Egg of the Inquisition, compete for the love and applause of the crowd.“Wow, it was really close… not!” says Sister Dana.By a landslide of audience cheers and applause, the 2019 Easter Bonnet contest winner is, much to Sister Roma’s bewilderment: the Fabergé Egg.As live music plays, attendees — with their neon outfits, iridescent faces and wildly creative Easter headwear — return to the lawn to sit in circles on blankets and chairs scattered across the grass.In their appropriately-themed button-up shirts and hats, Todd Smith, David Powell and Gary Brownen gather amongst themselves to revel in the festivities and share deviled eggs.“We’re here for Hunky Jesus,” says Smith, causing the three friends to laugh.Back on stage, the hopeful Hunky Jesus contestants convened for the last competition of the day. The finalists included Historically Accurate Jesus and Forrest Gump Jesus, the latter earning the highly sought-after title.“Life is a box of chocolates,” says the announcer. “You’ve got it, Forrest Gump!” The audience rejoices, as the two finalists hug it out on stage.As the Easter in the Park celebration came to a close, the Trash Can Marching Band exuberantly parades through the audience — enveloped by lime greens, muted lavenders, and cotton candy pinks.“What we’re doing is expiating stigmatic guilt and promulgating universal joy, which is flowery words for teaching everybody and reminding them that they were born perfect,” says Sister Lida Christ of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. “And anything else they learned along the way that makes them less than or marginalized, that doesn’t count and it’s not important.”Evan Kaminsky shows off his bunny ears during Easter in the Park. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.The Fabergé Egg of the Inquisition observes the audience’s reception as they vote for their favorite Easter bonnet contestant. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.A contestant in the Foxy Mary contest applauds for her fellow competitors. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.Attendees at Easter in the Park cheer and applaud for their favorite Hunky Jesus contestants. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.The crowd at Easter in the Park cheer and applaud for their favorite Hunky Jesus contestants. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.An attendee flashes a peace sign while out celebrating Easter in the Park. Photo by Jennifer CortezThe winner of the Easter bonnet contest: the Fabergé Egg of the Inquisition. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.An attendee snaps a photo of her favorite Easter bonnet contestant. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.Sister Roma and Sister Dana of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the hosts for Easter in the Park, share a few announcements to the crowd. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.The Secs Devil perform for the audience after the Easter bonnet contest. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.Todd Smith, David Powell and Gary Brownen, in their appropriately-themed button-up shirts and hats, are enjoying the day at Easter in the Park. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.“It’s a wonderful Easter event. I couldn’t miss it! Everyone’s so beautiful,” says Bridget Harrison.” It’s really liberating and unconventional. I went to a Catholic all-girls school growing up, and so I just feel really free and can be myself.” Photo by Jennifer Cortez.Sister Ova D’Rainbow poses for the camera at Easter in the Park. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.Sister Chava Kiki in a monochromatic and pastel blue outfit for Easter in the Park festivities. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.Sister Lida Christ, Sister Tearyn Upinjustice and Sister Ray Dee O’Active at Easter in the Park. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.“I love the community that you find here, all the happy faces,” says Harmony. “Everyone’s just celebrating.” Photo by Jennifer Cortez.The crowd’s applause declares the Forrest Gump Jesus contestant as the 2019 Hunky Jesus. Photo by Jennifer CortezThe Trash Can Marching Band exuberantly parades from the stage through the crowd. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.Cheryl Fralick and Rebecca Anders are at Mission Dolores Park to “enjoy the 40th anniversary of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence!” Photo by Jennifer Cortez.Felix and Toxzema show off their Easter accessories. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.The Foxy Mary contestants pose for the audience. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.Two attendees in their creative outfits greet each other as they make their way through the crowd. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.An Easter in the Park attendee reaches for the streamers during the GayC/DC performance. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.Warm weather and an extravaganza of costume contests and musical performances brought out bumper crowds of families and friends to Mission Dolores Park on Sunday. Photo by Jennifer Cortez. last_img read more

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SAINTS take on Catalan Dragons this Friday in a Ro

first_imgSAINTS take on Catalan Dragons this Friday in a Round 12 Super League clash.Nathan Brown’s side return to Langtree Park aiming to bounceback following the disappointment at Hull KR last weekend.And it’s sure to be a fantastic match as both sides push for a top two spot.Catalan lie just below Saints in the league table on points difference and produced a memorable try in the dying seconds of last year’s game at Langtree Park.Lance Hohaia said: “It will be a big test on Friday and we are looking forward to it. They are a dangerous side who are a genuine top four or five team. They came to Langtree Park last year and put in a good performance to win the points.“We know it isn’t going to be an easy task but we will continue to work hard in training and know we have to up our game.”Tickets for the match are now available from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

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Brunswick Community College students crochet hats for American Heart Association

first_imgBOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick Community College students joined American Heart Association, in connection with The Children’s Heart Foundation, to celebrate American Heart Month by crocheting red hats for babies born in February at hospitals.More than 100 tiny red hats were crocheted, by the BCC Crochet Club, in support of the Little Hats, Big HeartsTM program, which honors babies, moms, and heart healthy lives.- Advertisement – The organizations are working to raise awareness, provide resources and inspire moms to be aware of their family’s heart health while also raising awareness about Congenital Heart Defects.BCC students included students Anna Trivette and Sarah Velasco and staff sponsors Nancy Hewett and Cindy Sterling. “Our crochet club was very excited to participate in this project and plan to provide little red hats again next year.”last_img read more

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911 kidnapping call Theyre wanting some money is what it is

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Grabbed from a car, beaten, and threatened with a gun, that’s what an elderly woman was told her son went through, she explains in a call to Pender County 911.The unidentified woman tells 911 ‘they’ got her son and threatened to kill him, but doesn’t identify who ‘they’ are.- Advertisement – “Where do they have your son?” the operators asked.“He stopped at Johnson’s to take them back home and they grabbed him out of the car, she said. Started beating him up and putting a gun to his head,” the woman said, relaying information an unidentified woman told her.“Then she said they threatened to kill them if I didn’t give them the money to take back and I don’t have it.. they’re wanting some money is what it is,” the woman said.Related Article: WPD gets warrant for teen who hit Panera drive-thru menu“Ok, and you don’t know where they have him right now?” the operator replied.“No… they hit me at the wrong time. I don’t have no money right now. I know it’s probably because he owes them probably but this has happened before, they’ve made these threats.”After the operators asks for her son’s name, the woman tells her it’s David Lee.The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says there was no kidnapping. Investigators say the story that drug dealers kidnapped Lee was made up, in order to get $60 from Lee’s elderly mother.Investigators say both Lee and Christopher Haltom face several charges, including filing a false police report.They received a $5,000 bond.A third person is expected to be charged.last_img read more

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Whiteville to begin reviewing bids for new city hall

first_imgWHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The Whiteville City Council will have a few important topics to discuss at their meeting tonight.First the council will discuss progress on the new city hall. Bids for the project will be opened today, but they will not appear on the council’s agenda until February 13. That’s to allow the architect to review them and see if costs can be reduced.- Advertisement – The city is currently tearing down city hall. The city decided last year to demolition the 80-year-old building, which had a major mold problem.Council will also talk about the city’s new welcome signs.They meet at 6:30 p.m. in City Council chambers at 24 Hill Plaza.last_img read more

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Hundreds of pieces on display at annual art show

first_img There are around 275 pieces of art work on display. The art work can be purchased and 30% of the money will go to the Wilmington Art Association.“I just love people coming to an art show. It’s just so pleasing as an artist. It’s just a pleasure for us to have people come in, know they’re interested. If they are looking at something and don’t understand what the art is about, we are here to help them talk about it, it’s just delightful,” Art Show Chair Patti Chisholm said.The art work that is in the show was selected by a judge. Chisholm said she thinks this is the best show yet.Related Article: WANTED: Suspect identified in Port City Java hit-and-runThe Juried Spring Art Show and Sale will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7th through Wednesday, April 11th, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12th through Saturday, April 14th and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 15th. People enjoying art show (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  The 36th Annual Juried Spring Art Show kicked off this weekend. It is the official art show of the Azalea Festival.The show is free to the public and runs until April 15th at the Hannah Block Historic USO Community Arts Center.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Increased rainfall affects outdoor jobs

first_img Bowman’s Best Lawn Care says while the increased rainfall has not caused them to lose money, it is having a negative impact on time management.Typically, they send out a couple crews five days per week to take care of their customers.Now, when the weather is nice, they have to send out more crews so they can get the work done in a shorter period of time.Related Article: Southeastern NC under ‘moderate drought’ as rain chances improveOne man, who owns a handyman company in Leland, says he’s thankful he doesn’t rely solely on landscaping.“Usually this street is, there’s quite a few guys out doing lawns, but today, you don’t see anybody. Until things dry out, things will be slow. That’s the nature of the business,” said Sterling Anderson.Anderson says it’s just too sloppy to get any landscaping done when the weather is like this, and he ends up doing more indoor projects.Although everyone seems to be ready for a break from the rain, it does not look like it will be slowing down any time soon. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — As heavy rainfall continues with no end in sight, some area businesses are seeing negative impacts. We have seen about 10 more inches this month than the average for July.Landscapers cannot cut wet grass, and are having to adjust how they conduct business.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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