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  • NC House to vote Wednesday whether to override Gov. Cooper vetoes

    NC House to vote Wednesday whether to override Gov. Cooper vetoes

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:29 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:29:09 GMT
    GOP lawmakers could vote Wednesday to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill making changes to judicial districts across the state.GOP lawmakers could vote Wednesday to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill making changes to judicial districts across the state.
    GOP lawmakers could vote Wednesday to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill making changes to judicial districts across the state.GOP lawmakers could vote Wednesday to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill making changes to judicial districts across the state.

    A bill to make a change to judicial districts in New Hanover and Pender counties could become law, if state House lawmakers follow the Senate on Wednesday and vote to override vetoes by Governor Roy Cooper. Gov. Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 757 last week, after it passed the General Assembly ten days earlier. The bill changes the makeup of judicial districts in several counties, including Mecklenberg, Wake, New Hanover and Pender.

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    A bill to make a change to judicial districts in New Hanover and Pender counties could become law, if state House lawmakers follow the Senate on Wednesday and vote to override vetoes by Governor Roy Cooper. Gov. Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 757 last week, after it passed the General Assembly ten days earlier. The bill changes the makeup of judicial districts in several counties, including Mecklenberg, Wake, New Hanover and Pender.

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  • Judge Lewis to run for re-election as judicial filing period begins

    Judge Lewis to run for re-election as judicial filing period begins

    Monday, June 18 2018 2:33 PM EDT2018-06-18 18:33:53 GMT
    Even though she is undergoing treatments at the Mayo Clinic for liver cancer, Judge Ola Lewis plans to file Tuesday to run for re-election. (Source: WECT)Even though she is undergoing treatments at the Mayo Clinic for liver cancer, Judge Ola Lewis plans to file Tuesday to run for re-election. (Source: WECT)

    Judge Ola Lewis plans to file for re-election on Tuesday as the filing period for judicial candidates in North Carolina gets underway ahead of the 2018 General Election. Lewis, who is the senior resident superior court judge in the 13th district, has been undergoing treatment for liver cancer at the Mayo Clinic.

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    Judge Ola Lewis plans to file for re-election on Tuesday as the filing period for judicial candidates in North Carolina gets underway ahead of the 2018 General Election. Lewis, who is the senior resident superior court judge in the 13th district, has been undergoing treatment for liver cancer at the Mayo Clinic.

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  • UPDATE: Amended rape kits bill headed to governor's desk

    UPDATE: Amended rape kits bill headed to governor's desk

    Thursday, June 14 2018 9:45 PM EDT2018-06-15 01:45:50 GMT
    The vast majority of rape kits collected from Wilmington victims in recent years were never tested. (Source: WECT)The vast majority of rape kits collected from Wilmington victims in recent years were never tested. (Source: WECT)

    A bill amended by the state Senate to address the backlog of untested rape kits sitting in evidence rooms across North Carolina is headed to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk for his signature.

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    A bill amended by the state Senate to address the backlog of untested rape kits sitting in evidence rooms across North Carolina is headed to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk for his signature.

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  • Azalea Festival bill clears NC House with new language

    Azalea Festival bill clears NC House with new language

    Thursday, June 14 2018 4:13 PM EDT2018-06-14 20:13:14 GMT
    House lawmakers have approved a bill designating the Azalea Festival in Wilmington as the official azalea festival in the state of North Carolina. (Source: Azalea Festival/Facebook)House lawmakers have approved a bill designating the Azalea Festival in Wilmington as the official azalea festival in the state of North Carolina. (Source: Azalea Festival/Facebook)

    Lawmakers in Raleigh have changed the language inside a bill originally designed to proclaim the North Carolina Azalea Festival as the official celebration of spring in the state. An amendment approved Thursday included the substitution. The amended bill, which went on to pass by a vote of 104-1, now makes the “Azalea Festival in Wilmington the official azalea festival in the state of North Carolina”. 

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    Lawmakers in Raleigh have changed the language inside a bill originally designed to proclaim the North Carolina Azalea Festival as the official celebration of spring in the state. An amendment approved Thursday included the substitution. The amended bill, which went on to pass by a vote of 104-1, now makes the “Azalea Festival in Wilmington the official azalea festival in the state of North Carolina”. 

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  • Azalea Festival bill moves forward in General Assembly

    Azalea Festival bill moves forward in General Assembly

    Jun 06, 2018 04:16 PM2018-06-06 20:16:00 GMT
    A bill to make the N.C. Azalea Festival the state's official spring celebration has moved forward in the General Assembly. (Source: WECT)A bill to make the N.C. Azalea Festival the state's official spring celebration has moved forward in the General Assembly. (Source: WECT)

    The bill would allocate $10,000 from the state's general fund to help promote the festival. If enacted, the bill would become law on July 1.

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    The bill would allocate $10,000 from the state's general fund to help promote the festival. If enacted, the bill would become law on July 1.

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  • Speaker Paul Ryan to attend fundraiser in Wilmington

    Speaker Paul Ryan to attend fundraiser in Wilmington

    Friday, June 1 2018 11:31 AM EDT2018-06-01 15:31:32 GMT
    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) will be in Wilmington early next week for a GOP fundraising event. (Source:  paulryan.house.gov)House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) will be in Wilmington early next week for a GOP fundraising event. (Source: paulryan.house.gov)

    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) will be in Wilmington on Tuesday, June 6, for a private fundraising event hosted by Live Oak Bank.  According to an aide for Rep. Ryan, the event will be one of several stops he will make in North Carolina to raise resources for House Republicans and help the party ahead of the November mid-term elections. 

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    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) will be in Wilmington on Tuesday, June 6, for a private fundraising event hosted by Live Oak Bank.  According to an aide for Rep. Ryan, the event will be one of several stops he will make in North Carolina to raise resources for House Republicans and help the party ahead of the November mid-term elections. 

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  • Democrats upset over GOP moves for 2018 state budget plan

    Democrats upset over GOP moves for 2018 state budget plan

    Tuesday, May 29 2018 2:26 PM EDT2018-05-29 18:26:34 GMT
    Democrats in the NC General Assembly are upset over a move by GOP leaders to put the 2018 spending bill into a conference report. (Source: WECT)Democrats in the NC General Assembly are upset over a move by GOP leaders to put the 2018 spending bill into a conference report. (Source: WECT)
    Elected leaders often get a bad rap for dragging their feet. (Source: WECT)Elected leaders often get a bad rap for dragging their feet. (Source: WECT)

    Democrats in the General Assembly are upset over GOP leaders putting the 2018 budget proposal inside a conference report, cutting out any opportunity the opposing party members would have to offer amendments to the spending plan.  “The North Carolina GOP super-majority is invoking an unprecedented move to cut every democrat out of the budget process,” Rep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover) said in a video post on her Facebook page Tuesday morning. 

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    Democrats in the General Assembly are upset over GOP leaders putting the 2018 budget proposal inside a conference report, cutting out any opportunity the opposing party members would have to offer amendments to the spending plan.  “The North Carolina GOP super-majority is invoking an unprecedented move to cut every democrat out of the budget process,” Rep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover) said in a video post on her Facebook page Tuesday morning. 

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  • GOP leaders release details of 2018 state budget plan

    GOP leaders release details of 2018 state budget plan

    Tuesday, May 29 2018 3:45 AM EDT2018-05-29 07:45:23 GMT
    GOP leaders in the state house and senate released the details of the 2018 budget plan which will be introduced this week. (Source: WECT)GOP leaders in the state house and senate released the details of the 2018 budget plan which will be introduced this week. (Source: WECT)

    Republican leaders in the General Assembly released details of the compromise budget proposal that will be introduced this week in Raleigh.   In a news release, GOP leaders Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) say adjustments bring the budget to $23.917 billion, constituting an increase of almost four percent over the plan approved in 2017.   

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    Republican leaders in the General Assembly released details of the compromise budget proposal that will be introduced this week in Raleigh.   In a news release, GOP leaders Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) say adjustments bring the budget to $23.917 billion, constituting an increase of almost four percent over the plan approved in 2017.   

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  • Beach nourishment efforts get a boost in Congress

    Beach nourishment efforts get a boost in Congress

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:36 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:36:57 GMT
    The efforts to secure funding for future nourishment projects in Carolina Beach got an assist Wednesday by a committee in Congress. (Source: WECT)The efforts to secure funding for future nourishment projects in Carolina Beach got an assist Wednesday by a committee in Congress. (Source: WECT)

    Beach renourishment efforts in Carolina Beach got some help from Congress Wednesday when the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018.

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    Beach renourishment efforts in Carolina Beach got some help from Congress Wednesday when the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018.

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  • Recount requested in Pender County commissioners race

    Recount requested in Pender County commissioners race

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 10:16 AM EDT2018-05-22 14:16:27 GMT
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)

    There will be a recount in the Pender County Commissioner District 3 Republican primary race.

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    There will be a recount in the Pender County Commissioner District 3 Republican primary race.

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  • Rep. Jones frustrated at slow pace of relief for Hurricane Matthew victims

    Rep. Jones frustrated at slow pace of relief for Hurricane Matthew victims

    Monday, April 30 2018 9:08 PM EDT2018-05-01 01:08:57 GMT
    The community of Fair Bluff in Columbus County is one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. (Source: WECT)The community of Fair Bluff in Columbus County is one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. (Source: WECT)

    After walking out of a committee meeting Monday discussing funds for victims of Hurricane Matthew, Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Columbus) says he did not get the answers to his questions. “To be honest with you, we saw a lot of pretty charts and a lot of pretty graphs, but we still have no answers,” Rep Jones said about the meeting of the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief. 

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    After walking out of a committee meeting Monday discussing funds for victims of Hurricane Matthew, Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Columbus) says he did not get the answers to his questions. “To be honest with you, we saw a lot of pretty charts and a lot of pretty graphs, but we still have no answers,” Rep Jones said about the meeting of the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief. 

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  • Meet the 7 Republicans vying to become Pender County sheriff

    Meet the 7 Republicans vying to become Pender County sheriff

    Monday, April 30 2018 6:16 PM EDT2018-04-30 22:16:22 GMT

    The current Pender County Sheriff, Carson H. Smith Jr., has held the position for 16 years. Smith was first elected in 2002, and he is not running for re-election this cycle.

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    The current Pender County Sheriff, Carson H. Smith Jr., has held the position for 16 years. Smith was first elected in 2002, and he is not running for re-election this cycle.

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  • WECT hosts forum featuring candidates for NC House District 20 seat

    WECT hosts forum featuring candidates for NC House District 20 seat

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 9:31 PM EDT2018-04-12 01:31:26 GMT
    Candidates John Bauer (left), Leslie Cohen (Center) and Gary Shipman are running in the democratic primary for the N.C. House of Representatives District 20 seat. (Sources: John Bauer, Leslie Cohen, Gary Shipman)Candidates John Bauer (left), Leslie Cohen (Center) and Gary Shipman are running in the democratic primary for the N.C. House of Representatives District 20 seat. (Sources: John Bauer, Leslie Cohen, Gary Shipman)

    With the May 8 primary elections drawing closer, WECT and the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear are bringing candidates together to share views on important issues. 

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    With the May 8 primary elections drawing closer, WECT and the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear are bringing candidates together to share views on important issues. 

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  • Rep. Rouzer says school shootings would happen even with ban on guns

    Rep. Rouzer says school shootings would happen even with ban on guns

    Thursday, March 29 2018 2:03 PM EDT2018-03-29 18:03:47 GMT
    Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC7) talked about ways to keep schools safer from future shooting incidents. (Source: WECT)Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC7) talked about ways to keep schools safer from future shooting incidents. (Source: WECT)
    Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC7) (Source: WECT)Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC7) (Source: WECT)

    Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC7) said he welcomes the input of students across the country on how to keep schools safe but does not support tougher gun control measures to do it. “This is an issue that has a lot of complexities to it,” Rep. Rouzer said. “If you were to ban all guns tomorrow, I think you’d still have school shootings.".

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    Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC7) said he welcomes the input of students across the country on how to keep schools safe but does not support tougher gun control measures to do it. “This is an issue that has a lot of complexities to it,” Rep. Rouzer said. “If you were to ban all guns tomorrow, I think you’d still have school shootings.".

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  • Filing period ends, check the 2018 candidate lists

    Filing period ends, check the 2018 candidate lists

    Wednesday, February 28 2018 4:27 PM EST2018-02-28 21:27:21 GMT
    Candidates in most 2018 elections have until Noon on Wednesday to file.Candidates in most 2018 elections have until Noon on Wednesday to file.

    A pair of incumbent District Attorneys and one incumbent Sheriff will be unopposed as they seek new terms in the 2018 elections. The filing deadline passed at Noon on Wednesday, bringing a flurry of new candidates into races for local and state elected offices.  Incumbent Sheriff Ed McMahon of New Hanover County. along with District Attorneys Ben David (5th Judicial District) and Jon David (13th Judicial District) did not receive any challengers during the filing period.

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    A pair of incumbent District Attorneys and one incumbent Sheriff will be unopposed as they seek new terms in the 2018 elections. The filing deadline passed at Noon on Wednesday, bringing a flurry of new candidates into races for local and state elected offices.  Incumbent Sheriff Ed McMahon of New Hanover County. along with District Attorneys Ben David (5th Judicial District) and Jon David (13th Judicial District) did not receive any challengers during the filing period.

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  • Candidate filing begins for 2018 elections

    Candidate filing begins for 2018 elections

    Monday, February 12 2018 6:26 PM EST2018-02-12 23:26:38 GMT
    Candidates have started to file for run in 2018 elections.Candidates have started to file for run in 2018 elections.

    The filing period is underway for candidates wanting to run in 2018 General Elections across North Carolina.  Voters will be electing candidates in several offices, including county commissioners, school board members, district attorneys, sheriffs and members of the state house and senate. All legislative seats are up for election in 2018, along with two congressional seats.

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    The filing period is underway for candidates wanting to run in 2018 General Elections across North Carolina.  Voters will be electing candidates in several offices, including county commissioners, school board members, district attorneys, sheriffs and members of the state house and senate. All legislative seats are up for election in 2018, along with two congressional seats.

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  • Burr, Rouzer, Tillis respond to State of the Union

    Burr, Rouzer, Tillis respond to State of the Union

    Tuesday, January 30 2018 11:52 PM EST2018-01-31 04:52:44 GMT
    Members of Congress send reactions to President Trump's State of the Union Address. (Source: Associated Press)Members of Congress send reactions to President Trump's State of the Union Address. (Source: Associated Press)

    Lawmakers that represent southeastern North Carolina in Congress released statements following President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union Address on Tuesday night. Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, along with Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC 7th District), had comments following the president's speech. .

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    Lawmakers that represent southeastern North Carolina in Congress released statements following President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union Address on Tuesday night. Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, along with Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC 7th District), had comments following the president's speech. .

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  • Julia Boseman to run again for county commissioner

    Julia Boseman to run again for county commissioner

    Friday, January 12 2018 3:40 PM EST2018-01-12 20:40:38 GMT

    Julia Boseman told WECT Friday that she will run again this year in the New Hanover County Commissioners' race. 

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    Julia Boseman told WECT Friday that she will run again this year in the New Hanover County Commissioners' race. 

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  • Former NHC Sheriff's Office Lieutenant plans to run for Pender Sheriff's seat

    Former NHC Sheriff's Office Lieutenant plans to run for Pender Sheriff's seat

    Thursday, December 7 2017 1:08 PM EST2017-12-07 18:08:55 GMT
    Joseph Cina, a former WPD officer and NHC Sheriff's Lieutenant, says he plans to run for Pender County Sheriff in 2018. (Source: Joseph Cina)Joseph Cina, a former WPD officer and NHC Sheriff's Lieutenant, says he plans to run for Pender County Sheriff in 2018. (Source: Joseph Cina)

    Joseph A. Cina, who has law enforcement experience with the Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, said in a news release that he plans to run for Sheriff in Pender County in 2018, to succeed the retiring Sheriff Carson Smith.

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    Joseph A. Cina, who has law enforcement experience with the Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, said in a news release that he plans to run for Sheriff in Pender County in 2018, to succeed the retiring Sheriff Carson Smith.

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  • Rev. Clifford Barnett joins Wilmington City Council

    Rev. Clifford Barnett joins Wilmington City Council

    Tuesday, December 5 2017 11:36 PM EST2017-12-06 04:36:46 GMT
    Rev. Clifford Barnett takes the oath of office from District Court Judge James Faison to become the newest member of Wilmington City Council. (Source: WECT)Rev. Clifford Barnett takes the oath of office from District Court Judge James Faison to become the newest member of Wilmington City Council. (Source: WECT)

    The Wilmington City Council welcomed a new member Tuesday night, and welcomed back three others for new terms.

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    The Wilmington City Council welcomed a new member Tuesday night, and welcomed back three others for new terms.

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  • Rouzer on tax reform bills, Congressional misconduct allegations

    Rouzer on tax reform bills, Congressional misconduct allegations

    Monday, November 27 2017 2:46 PM EST2017-11-27 19:46:07 GMT
    Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC 7) talks with WECT about the competing tax reform bills in Congress, and his take on allegations of misconduct brought against members of the House and Senate. (Source: WECT)Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC 7) talks with WECT about the competing tax reform bills in Congress, and his take on allegations of misconduct brought against members of the House and Senate. (Source: WECT)

    Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC 7) on Monday said if sexual misconduct allegations leveled against members of Congress are true, those members should step down from their seats. The second-term congressman also said if similar allegations are true against Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore, Rouzer believes Moore should remove himself from next month’s special election. 

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    Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC 7) on Monday said if sexual misconduct allegations leveled against members of Congress are true, those members should step down from their seats. The second-term congressman also said if similar allegations are true against Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore, Rouzer believes Moore should remove himself from next month’s special election. 

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  • Voter turnout increases for 2017 municipal elections

    Voter turnout increases for 2017 municipal elections

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 6:42 AM EST2017-11-08 11:42:26 GMT
    Voter turnout was up in nearly all Wilmington-area counties in 2017, compared to municipal races in 2015.Voter turnout was up in nearly all Wilmington-area counties in 2017, compared to municipal races in 2015.

    Voter turnout for the 2017 Municipal Elections increased in nearly all counties in the Wilmington area, according to results posted on the North Carolina State Board of Elections website late Tuesday night. The biggest increases came in New Hanover and Pender counties.

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    Voter turnout for the 2017 Municipal Elections increased in nearly all counties in the Wilmington area, according to results posted on the North Carolina State Board of Elections website late Tuesday night. The biggest increases came in New Hanover and Pender counties.

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  • Former WECT reporter lands a seat on Whiteville City Council

    Former WECT reporter lands a seat on Whiteville City Council

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 6:38 AM EST2017-11-08 11:38:15 GMT

    Political newcomer and former WECT reporter Justin Smith made big strides during the municipal elections.

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    Political newcomer and former WECT reporter Justin Smith made big strides during the municipal elections.

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  • Check one-stop voting dates, times and locations for municipal elections

    Check one-stop voting dates, times and locations for municipal elections

    Wednesday, October 11 2017 4:43 PM EDT2017-10-11 20:43:02 GMT

    One-stop voting for 2017 municipal elections in North Carolina will begin on Thursday, Oct. 19, and run through Saturday, Nov. 4. Area counties each have one location where voters can cast ballots before Election Day.

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    One-stop voting for 2017 municipal elections in North Carolina will begin on Thursday, Oct. 19, and run through Saturday, Nov. 4. Area counties each have one location where voters can cast ballots before Election Day.

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  • H2GO candidates participate in forum

    H2GO candidates participate in forum

    Thursday, October 5 2017 8:10 AM EDT2017-10-05 12:10:42 GMT

    Six candidates vying for three seats on the H2GO Board of Commissioners answered questions at a community forum on Wednesday night.

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    Six candidates vying for three seats on the H2GO Board of Commissioners answered questions at a community forum on Wednesday night.

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