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  • Supreme Court allows DA’s traffic court; will hear case

    RALEIGH—The North Carolina Supreme Court has issued an order allowing District Attorney Jon David’s administrative traffic court to resume.

    David’s traffic court program has been on hold since April, when Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly issued an administrative order, which halted traffic court.

    In the April administrative order, Jolly criticized David for implementing a new administrative traffic court program, which utilized a driving school program called StreetSafe.

  • Incumbent Mike McIntyre disappointed with new Congressional lines

    After 14 years in Congress, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., may have been drawn out of his district.

    The new proposed congressional maps released on July 1 don’t just split the Lumberton Democrat’s home county of Robeson, he says they split his hometown and home voting precinct.

    “It is extremely disappointing that the proposed congressional redistricting map is so blatantly and brazenly done for purely political motives,” McIntyre said.

  • Brunswick Novant Medical Center to open July 31

    BOLIVIA—From her new office in her new hospital, Denise Mihal reflected on the past five years since Novant Health took over Brunswick Community Hospital.

    Before being named president and CEO of Brunswick Community Hospital in March 2006, Mihal served as president of Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville, a Novant-owned hospital Mihal opened.

    Since 2006 when Novant took over the hospital operations in Brunswick County, it’s been a whirlwind of activity, and when Mihal sat down with the Beacon, she was a mere 19 days from opening her second hospital.

  • UPDATED: New state House, Senate districts unveiled

    Note: The General Assembly released new redistricting maps Tuesday evening after the Beacon went to press. The following story contains corrected information.

    Every 10 years, after a U.S. Census takes place, members of the North Carolina General Assembly are charged with re-drawing the lines of state house and senate districts as well as U.S. House districts.

    This year, the legislature led redistricting committees helmed by Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, and Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg.

  • House Bill 824 would create a nonpartisan redistricting process

    RALEIGH—A bill that would develop a nonpartisan redistricting process in North Carolina is stalled in a Senate committee.

    House Bill 824, the Nonpartisan Redistricting Process, was introduced in the House by Reps. David Lewis, William A. Current Sr., Rick Glazier, and Ray Rapp.

    Lewis, who chairs the House Redistricting Committee, and Current are Republicans, while Glazier and Rapp are Democrats.

  • ‘Skeleton session’ to begin Wednesday in Raleigh

    RALEIGH—Members of the North Carolina General Assembly have planned to return to Raleigh on Wednesday, July 13, to convene a “skeleton session.”

    House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said he planned to return to the General Assembly Wednesday to convene the limited session.

    “It is a procedural move that requires only a handful of members to be present,” Tillis said.

    Tillis said the General Assembly would continue with the limited sessions until July 25, when the formal redistricting session is scheduled to begin.

  • UPDATED: Rescue efforts stopped for man who jumped from pier

     SOUTHPORT—The body of Eddie Hill was recovered Wednesday morning.

  • Charter school sues board of education for student money

    Charter Day School, Inc., the nonprofit charter school in northern Brunswick County, has sued the Brunswick County Board of Education, claiming the board has withheld state-required student funding to charter school students.

    The lawsuit, filed in Brunswick County Superior Court on June 30, names both Charter Day School, Inc., which is run by the Roger Bacon management company, and more commonly referred to as Roger Bacon Academy in Leland, as well as Columbus Charter School in Whiteville as plaintiffs.

  • UPDATE: Ash mom granted visitation with sons

    Ash mom Amy Smith has agreed to regular visitation with her two sons, which includes having them return for regular visits with her in the United States.

    “Court did not go as planned,” Smith wrote on her Facebook page following her hearing Friday afternoon in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

    “I was backed into a wall and had to sign visitation papers and abandon the Hague Hearing,” Smith wrote, referring to an international child-abduction treaty she had hoped would help her regain custody of 8-year-old Brody and 6-year-old Nathan.

  • Calabash man hits lottery jackpot

    John Butler, a retiree from Calabash, strolled into the Minuteman Food Mart on Beach Drive in Sunset Beach this past Monday, the Fourth of July, expecting to claim a $2 Cash 5 prize.

    He was surprised when the clerk announced he had matched all five numbers in the previous night’s drawing, winning $138,513.

    Butler had one of two tickets that matched all five numbers in the July 3 drawing, earning half of the $277,026 jackpot. Butler said the clerk started jumping up and down, and other customers in the store cheered for his win.