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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday May 25, 2018 -- and as we head into a three-day weekend, it would be a good idea to keep an eye on the weather. Toward the end of the weekend, we could be seeing the effects of a tropical system in the Gulf... stay tuned. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Firefighters in Crains Creek rescued a dog trapped under the floor of a workshop Thursday morning. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports that a note was left at the fire station from a woman who said she had no phone, and that her dog was stuck under the floor... They immediately responded, and wound up cutting the floor boards with a saw to free the dog. The dog had been trapped since Wednesday afternoon, but came through its ordeal unscathed. State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler has appointed Dr. Alexander “Sandy” Stewart of Carthage as assistant commissioner of agricultural services for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Stewart replaces Dr. Richard Reich, who retired in February. Stewart’s appointment is effective May 29. William Franklin Adams has been charged by Fayetteville Police with defrauding a number of local businesses and workers. An investigation has found that Adams had services provided for his company and failed to pay for any of them. He's accused of paying with bad checks, resulting in more than 450-thousand dollars in losses. Police believe there are at least nine businesses and 53 workers defrauded by Adams, and are encouraging these victims to contact local police. And anyone with information as to Adams' wherebouts is asked to contact Fayetteville Police. (AP) - Republicans at the General Assembly say the school safety funding package within the upcoming state budget is a good first step that will address critical needs, but Governor Roy Cooper thinks it comes up short. House and Senate GOP leaders announced Thursday that 35 million dollars in the budget adjustment bill are dedicated to safety improvements. Cooper sought 130 million dollars toward school safety next year. (AP) - Thousands of the lowest-paid state employees would receive substantial salary increases in the North Carolina state budget bill moving quickly through the General Assembly. Republican budget negotiators announced Thursday that rank-and-file workers in state agencies would receive 2 percent raises, with all worker salaries reaching at least 31-thousand, 200 dollars. Raises could approach 30 percent for those near the current minimum. Starting next month, North Carolinians are invited to express their opinions about which regional and local transportation projects should be top priorities in the State Transportation Improvement Program -- a 10-year plan that identifies funding for projects and schedules them for construction. NCDOT will collect feedback at public meetings, online, by phone or in writing. The NC-DOT Division 8 public meeting will be held on June 7, from 5 – 7 PM at the DOT conference room on Sandhills Boulevard in Aberdeen. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a 50-year-old North Carolina man who reportedly went overboard from the Carnival Paradise cruise ship. Commander David Aldous said in a news release that the agency has been in touch with the family of Brian Lamonds of Greensboro, and that suspending the search is one of the most difficult decisions first-responders have to make. Today: Mostly cloudy, with isolated showers and thunderstorms... High near 84. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms... Low around 68. Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms...High near 86.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday May 24, 2018 -- and it's National Asparagus Day. Oh boy. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: The Moore County Courthouse was evacuated Wednesday morning after a bomb threat was phoned in. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports the call came at about 9:30, from an unknown person. A specialized bomb squad from Cumberland County was brought in to assist local officials in searching the courthouse... a search which came up empty. The area around the courthouse was re-opened just before noon. An investigation has begun. Frank Theatres Sandhills Cinema 10 on Brucewood Road has been closed by the Southern Pines Fire Department because of what are said to be unsafe conditions. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports that the Fire Department has been working with theater management for a few months to see that safety problems were corrected. But after another failed inspection the cinemas were closed on Wednesday morning until further notice. Pinecrest High School Principal Bob Christina is retiring. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports that Christina sent an email to parents announcing his retirement effective July 20th. Christina was named principal for the 2015-2016 school year. A search for his replacement will begin immediately. (AP) - Republicans in the legislature are fast-tracking this year's budget adjustments so quickly they're preventing rank-and-file members from formally offering their own changes. House and Senate GOP leaders have been meeting privately for weeks on adjusting the second year of the two-year government spending plan approved last summer. House Republicans says a yet-to-be released compromise plan will be voted on next week, and no amendments will be allowed. (AP) - Democratic legislative candidates plan to make school safety a fall campaign issue if Republicans won't consider legislation that includes gun-control provisions backed by the governor. A key House Democrat made the comment during a Wednesday news conference in which several House and Senate Democrats promoted legislation mirroring Governor Roy Cooper's proposals. Legislative Republicans have avoided gun restrictions. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a man wanted after a chase that led to the death of a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper in a wreck. The patrol said in a news release that 22--year-old Dakota Kape Whitt of Elkin was arrested early Wednesday. Twenty-four-year-old Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard died in a wreck Monday night during a chase. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging people to speak with their physicians about hepatitis A and B vaccine, viral hepatitis screenings and treatment options. From 2012 to 2016, newly diagnosed cases of hepatitis B increased by 62 percent and newly diagnosed cases of hepatitis C increased by 200 percent. Untreated hepatitis B and C may result in long-term liver problems, chronic liver disease and elevated risk of liver cancer. Today: Partly sunny, with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms... High near 84. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Friday: Partly sunny, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms... High near 85.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday May 22, 2018 -- and we are actually going to see some sun today! But tomorrow, apparently, it's back to clouds and rain. Sigh. Anyway, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A man was airlifted to a trauma center after he ran off the road on his moped outside of Robbins on Monday afternoon. AberdeenTimes-dot-com says he drove around a curve on Talc Mine Road, went off the road and into a ditch, and struck a culvert, throwing him off the moped... another person was airlifted from a second accident Monday, when the vehicle overturned on Highway 22. Four passengers were taken to the hospital. Southern Pines Police request the assistance of the public to identify three persons of interest in a May 12 theft at Kay Jewelers. You can see their pictures and more information on our Sunrise in the Sandhills Facebook page, or Southern Pines Police Facebook page. Pinehurst Village Council will hold its regular meeting this afternoon... among issues being considered is an ordinance to reduce the speed limit on Midland Road from 45 to 35 miles per hour, and there will be a presentation by NC-DOT on proposed improvements at the Pinehurst Traffic Circle. There will also be a Public Hearing to discuss the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Village Budget, The meeting gets underway in the Assembly Hall at 4:30. 15-thousand veteran paratroopers marked the start of All American Week at Fort Bragg, with a four-mile run Monday morning. As WRAL-dot-com reports, All American Week is a celebratory event leading up to Memorial Day weekend, which includes sporting events, special exhibitions and social gatherings for 82nd Airborne Division soldiers and vets. Ten experienced emergency managers and fire service officials from North Carolina departed Saturday for Hawaii, to serve on an incident management team, as response continues to the erupting Kilauea volcano. The North Carolina team will work from an emergency operations center in Hilo, on the big island of Hawaii. Team members come from six North Carolina counties, including Moore and Lee. (AP) - More than a dozen people have been arrested at North Carolina's Legislative Building while demonstrating against Republican policies and supporting a long list of liberal-leaning demands. Authorities led away 13 protesters associated with the national Poor People's Campaign on Monday. Nearly 50 people involved in the campaign were cited by police last Monday in front of the building. (AP) — Officials in Polk County are assessing damage from floods and mudslides in hopes of qualifying for federal disaster aid. The Times-News of Hendersonville reports Polk County crews and engineers with the state Transportation Department were assessing damage to homes, roads and bridges. One person died in the storms, which dumped up to 6 inches of rain in three hours Friday night. Today: Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Tonight: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with showers and thunderstorms likely... High near 86.
Sunrise in the Sandhills CAN YOU HELP IDENTIFY THESE MEN?
Southern Pines Police Department The Southern Pines Police Department is requesting the assistance of the community to identify three individuals of interest in the following photographs. The three men pictured are persons of interest in a theft that took place at Kay Jeweler’s on May 12, 2018. If anyone has information leading to the identification of these men, please contact the Investigations Division of the Southern Pines Police Department at 910-693-1481, or leave a message on the Tip Line at 910-693-4110. As always, anonymous information is both helpful and welcome.

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