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MECKLENBURG COUNTY — There’s a new sheriff in town and Chipp Bailey is leaving the office behind.
Bailey was appointed to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office by county commissioners in 2007.
He won re-election in 2010.
He has overseen nearly 400 deputies in the department and jail central in uptown and jail north.
The number of inmates in the last few years dropped from nearly 3,000 to fewer than 1,500.
He says his proudest accomplishment is the work they did with inmate programs.
“Seeing the success that we’ve had with some of the inmates, especially the youthful offenders who have graduated from high school or even been accepted into college, after making bad decisions, but I feel like they were all here for a purpose and this gave me an opportunity to make a difference in some people’s lives,” said Sheriff Bailey.
Irwin Carmichael will be sworn in as sheriff next week.
Bailey plans to relax and then move to the coast and continue his writing.
It’s only six miles from Surf City to Topsail Beach — a short drive that Lori Fisher hopes more area residents will take as they tackle their Christmas lists.
Fisher’s store, Quarter Moon Books, is one of the more than 20 businesses taking part in this year’s Topsail Chamber of Commerce Hometown Christmas campaign, which encourages holiday shoppers to find the unique gifts offered in area shops.
“We’re trying to draw in potential shoppers who don’t think about beach bags and nautical wear until they’re on vacation at the beach,” Tammy Procter, director of the Topsail Chamber, said. “We have a lot of unique shops in this area.”
Fisher said it’s difficult to compete with the likes of Amazon and Barnes and Noble, despite Quarter Moon’s online presence. To keep commerce active in the Topsail Beach area, Fisher said it’s necessary for locally owned businesses to work together. She hopes more people will visit her bookstore and coffee shop near the New Topsail Inlet.
“We’re six miles from Surf City, and people aren’t sure what’s out here,” Fisher said. “I’m hoping more people that haven’t ventured to the south end of the island will discover us.”
Hometown Christmas is in its second year and involves more than 20 local businesses affiliated with the chamber, which will promote the businesses and any special deals they might offer through Dec. 26. Procter said this year’s Hometown Christmas will expand on last year’s as more stores participate and more time is devoted to the campaign. Last year’s Hometown Christmas started the day after Thanksgiving with 15 stores participating. Procter took over her current position with the chamber last October and saw the campaign as a personal challenge to forgo box retailers and do the “majority” of her Christmas shopping at locally owned stores.
“The goal is to promote businesses,” Procter said. “We need to get the information out.”
One of the event’s coordinators and participants is Amber Asisy, owner of Bella Vie Boutique in Hampstead. Asisy said it’s her hope to improve upon last year’s campaign, which only promoted participating stores instead of offering incentives or holding promotional events like the recent Holiday Open House.
“It was kind of a, ‘Here’s a brochure, consider them for shopping,’” Asisy said about last year’s Hometown Christmas. “There was never any incentive for the shopper to shop. This year, it’s a brochure and there are incentives. (Customers) are getting something in return. We’re not just pushing the shop local idea.”
Topsail Island Trading Company owner Claire Noto said her business plans on offering sales on T-shirts, toys and holiday-themed items. Noto hopes the campaign will bring customers to her shop at a time when business is slower during the tourism off-season.
“We don’t want (shoppers) to go all the way out to Wilmington,” Noto said. “We’re hoping to get some new customers who don’t know what we have to offer as well as show appreciation for customers that do shop with us.”
To find out more about Hometown Christmas, visit its Facebook page or call the Topsail Chamber of Commerce at 910-329-4446.
An Onslow County commissioner has passed away after an extended battle against cancer. Plans to commemorate the life of Honorable Lionell Midgett have been made.
Lionell Midgett died Monday at the age of 76, according to a news release from Todd Lyman, the public information officer of Onslow County.
County Manager, Jeffrey L. Hudson says, visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 28, from 5:00 p.m. To 8:00 p.m. At Jones Funeral Home at 303 Chaney Ave., in Jacksonville.
Hudson also announces that a memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 11:00 a.m. at Brookwood Baptist Church at 903 Henderson Dr., in Jacksonville.
The family ask that in lieu of flowers, donations in Midgett’s honor be made to the Wounded Warriors Foundation.
Commissioner Midgett was serving his third term on the Onslow County Board of Commissioners, the news release says. He was a past chairman of the board who had also served as a councilman of Surf City.
In addition, Midgett had served on the Topsail Island Shoreline Protection Commission, the Aging Planning Board, the Down East Rural Planning Organization, the Onslow County Partnership for Children, the Tourism Advisory Board, the Eastern Carolina Council of Governments, the Highway 17 Association, and KIWANIS.
Commissioner Midgett was a native of Onslow County, according to the news release. Board of Commissioners Chairman Paul Buchanan has ordered the Onslow County flag be flown at half-staff until sunset on Nov. 29.
Midgett is survived by his wife of 57 years and his family. Details on his memorial service will be released when they become available.
On Capital Tonight: We continue our conversations with newly-elected legislators. Republican Senator-elect John Alexander won a tight race to represent Wake County in the state Senate. We talk about his goals for the upcoming legislative session. Our Advocates Montica Talmadge and Brian Balfour debate the issues of the week.
Photo by flickr user J.E. TheriotVandals weren’t yolking when they called police.The Weekly has stumbled upon Orange County’s next MacArthur genius grant recipients: They are the fellows who called Huntington Beach Police for help Monday night, explaining they were being chased by the owner of a truck they had just dumped paint over while out vandalizing random vehicles.
The call came in around 10:55 p.m. and sent officers to the area of Magnolia Avenue and Hamilton Street, where three guys in the car–a juvenile and two adult males–and the truck owner were rounded up.
Further investigation revealed the driver of the car and his two buddies had been out egging cars in a nearby neighborhood when they decided to, uh, graduate to pouring paint on a truck parked outside a home on Crailet, according to Huntington Beach Police’s Facebook page.
The owner of that truck saw what was happening and began following the trio, who in turn called police to say they feared for their safety. Now they are fearing the justice system. The male juvenile was arrested and released to his parents. The two adult males were arrested and booked into the city jail. All three face felony vandalism and conspiracy to commit a crime charges.
It will be tough for them to prove their innocence as, according to HBPD, the dude with the truck informed the officers that the security cameras on his house captured the whole thing.
Take it away, Homer.
GUILFORD COUNTY — Football programs in the Guilford County School District are being watched.
Violations in seven schools were found. Three football programs were placed on a one year probation.
Dudley, Andrews and Southeast High Schools are on probation and were fined. Northeast, Western, Ragsdale and Page were fined.
The NCHSAA found the schools did not file required paperwork correctly related to the eight-quarter rule.
Each school is responsible for paying the fines that add up to nearly $10,000.
School leaders say that will potential have an impact on other sports.
“It is going to have an impact on the budgets carrying out through this year and how they’re going to be able to afford a set of uniforms for a team that is a non-revenue sport or the balls for the tennis team. It could be anything. It’s definitely going to have an impact on that,” said Leigh Hebbard, GCS athletic director.
As a result of these findings, school athletic directors will now receive additional training on the NCHSAA rules.
Hebbard says there are eight other schools within the district that have been following the rules and will serve as examples as the district moves forward.
GREENSBORO — While many of us will be busy prepping piles of food for the family over the next few days, there are some dishes that can be dangerous for your dog.
It might be your dog’s favorite holiday but before you cave in to the begging there are some very common Thanksgiving foods that are off limits to your pup.
Dr. Courtney Pierce from Greensboro Veterinary Hospital offers some great information and tips on how to navigate the holidays with your dog.
“Most of the things on our Thanksgiving table are not safe for our dogs, so despite how hard they beg, we should avoid giving them things like turkey skin, onions and garlic are also very toxic. Many nuts can also be toxic to dogs, so think about that before giving them stuffing,” says Dr. Pierce.
Dr. Pierce says foods with high fat content, like turkey skin, can land your dog in the vet office.
She says other things to avoid feeding your dog include undercooked meat, turkey bones and bread dough which can cause all kinds of problems and messes.
She says it’s key to inform your guests of the dangers.
“The dog will look at them with those sad puppy eyes, so it’s important to offer your guests something they can give your dog if they’re begging,” says Dr. Pierce.
Vets say if you notice any changes in your dog whatsoever, the best thing to do is take them in immediately. Otherwise, you could be spending your black friday with a sick dog.
“We see a lot of dogs feeling sick after a Thanksgiving day indulgence. You might see GI issues, vomiting, diarrhea. Some other toxic symptoms might be more subtle, so be sure to contact your vet for advice,” says Dr. Pierce.
Pierce says if you must give your dog a Thanksgiving treat that’s not made for them, stick to a small piece of white turkey meat, or steamed carrots…no matter how much they beg.
Foods to avoid: Turkey skin and undercooked meat, stuffing and gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, turkey bones, bread dough and cake batter, mashed potatoes, fruit salads, walnuts and macadamia nuts – and pumpkin and sweet potato pie
Registration is underway for the 19th annual Surf City USA Marathon Half Marathon.
The annual event is Feb. 1 (Super Bowl Sunday) on Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. The race draws more than 21,000 participants each year and serves as a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.
For registration information, visit http://www.runsurfcity.com.
— From staff reports
Improvements are in the works at Lehigh Valley International Airport.
The Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority has awarded a $12.92 million contract to improve runway safety.
The construction contract was given Tuesday to L.R. Costanzo Co. Inc., with offices in Orefield, Lehigh County, Scranton, Luzerne County and Surf City, New Jersey.
L.R. Costanzo will install Engineered Material Arresting Systems (EMAS), which consists of crushable concrete placed at the end of a runway to stop an aircraft that overruns the runway.
The tires of the aircraft sink into the lightweight concrete and helps slow down the vessel.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration officials, “To date, there have been nine incidents where EMAS has safely stopped nine overrunning aircraft with a total of 243 crew and passengers aboard those flights.”
The funds are through Federal Department of Transportation grants administered through the FAA.
L.R. Costanzo successfully installed an EMAS system at the Wilkes-Barre International Airport.
For our final piece of “Silicon Valley of the South,” Time Warner Cable News Business reporter Andrew Sorensen shows us what technology means for other North Carolina industries, and how our growing influence on the scene will transform lives around the world.
MATTHEWS– It was halfway around the world Shailendra Suman came up with his bright idea, and it’s really taking off.
“So when power goes out, if switch was off, the light will not turn on automatically. But when you flip the switch, it will turn on. Even if there’s no power,” said Suman.
When Suman was at a business meeting in India and the power went off, and the smart charge light was born.
“So basically a small computer with a very intelligent control circuit with a rechargeable battery all inside the lightbulb,” he said.
A kickstarter campaign later, they have shipped to 32 countries, and they are finalists for a state grant.
“It will refine my tooling, I can create a new model,” said Suman.
There are hundreds of entrepreneurs like Suman across the state, changing the way things are done. It’s Brooks Raiford’s job as President of the North Carolina Technology Association to keep up.
“It’s not that I care so much about technology. I care about what technology can do,” said Raiford.
That’s the reality of the tech landscape now.
“When you say technology, it really is everything,” said Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker.
Decker said the state is paying attention because the future is in tech jobs, though each region has it’s own idea of what that means.
“We talk a lot about the importance of manufacturing and agriculture as core industries for North Carolina. Those are technology jobs now,” she said.
Data drives biotech to real estate, even textiles are high tech. In the Charlotte area, the focus falls on energy. A lot of the progress is with start-ups like International Thermodyne.
Co-Founder Tim Russer said a Power Felt case could soon power your cell phone or even your home. But big companies are shifting weight too.
Michael Jones is in charge of manufacturing engineering at Siemens. They make generators which weigh hundreds of tons.
“And we’re having to measure down to half the thickness of a human hair for example,” said Jones.
They’re collaborating on new technologies every step of the way, and in that way, piecing industries together across the state.
“And that’s good for North Carolina, that’s good for me, my family, and everyone around me,” Raiford said.
It may be hard to tell exactly where we’re going, but in Suman’s office, the future looks bright.