A cost-cutting council is set to introduce new policies that will force disabled people with high-cost support packages out of their own homes and into residential and nursing institutions.Labour-run Southampton city council wants to cut its adult social care budget by £1.5 million in 2016-17.As part of those cuts, it wants to increase the use of telecare – such as personal alarms and sensors – so that it can reduce the need for visits from care workers and routine “wellbeing” checks, while also increasing care charges.But it also plans to review the personal budgets of every disabled person with a package of more than £500 a week, and consider if it would be cheaper to fund them for extra care housing, or nursing or residential care.A new council consultation – which ends on 31 January, or 14 January via an online survey – points out that 212 people in the city have care packages of more than £500 per week, which is “much higher” than the standard rate for residential care of £369 per week.If the proposals go ahead, the council would consider if extra care housing, residential or nursing care would be a more “cost effective” way to meet these individuals’ needs.The consultation document says: “If this is the case, we would typically set the personal budget at a level which would fund the identified extra care housing scheme, or appropriate residential or nursing placement.“The service user can then choose to either enter residential or nursing care, or to use their personal budget towards the cost of receiving care and support at home or in an alternative placement.”Ian Loynes (pictured), chief executive of Spectrum Centre for Independent Living, a user-led organisation which campaigns and provides services in Southampton, said the proposals were “deeply concerning” and “pretty bleak”.He said: “We need to fight this assault on people’s liberty and independence.“It’s pretty bleak already, but any prospect of moving people living independently in the community into residential care – it is impossible to see how that would be effectively meeting their needs.”Loynes said that disabled people in Southampton would be unlikely to have any extra resources they could use to top-up the council funding because the council’s charging policy meant that it already takes 100 per cent of their disposable income.He added: “Southampton have a very poor record of consulting and changing anything.“Their results of consultation normally change nothing in the way of policy.”Meanwhile, local media have reported that the council plans to build a £12 million “super care home”, with accommodation for up to 95 disabled people.Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)*, said: “This is particularly worrying because Southampton have spent so much money building their new ‘super care home’ and it is also against all the principles of independent living to impose an illegal ceiling on the amount of funding people are allowed to have.“We are obviously concerned that if Southampton are able to do this then other local authorities will do the same.”Cllr David Shields, the council’s cabinet member for health and adult social care, said: “It is very important to remember that no decision on this issue has been made.“The council is engaged in an open and meaningful consultation exercise and consequently welcomes all views on the proposal to inform its decision.”But a council spokesman said it was faced with “difficult decisions” in meeting a budget shortfall of £39 million next year and £90 million by 2020-21, while the measure would affect less than five per cent of adults receiving council-funded care, and the council would “consider individual circumstances on a case by case basis”.He added: “The council has to balance an individual’s preferences with its requirement to use its fixed budget to support everyone in Southampton who has eligible adult social care needs and we consider the proposed approach to be more equitable.”He denied that the policy would breach article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which says governments should ensure that disabled people have “the opportunity to choose their place of residence and where and with whom they live on an equal basis with others and are not obliged to live in a particular living arrangement”.And he said that the development described by local media as a “super care home” would in fact provide “extra care housing” and so was not a care or residential home, and would allow individuals “the independence of living in their own flat, but with the reassurance of on-site support and 24 hour care”.He said: “This is consistent with the council’s policy of exploring whether an individual’s needs can be met in appropriate extra care housing before residential or nursing care is considered.”*Anyone from Southampton who thinks they might be affected by the changes and would like to take action to prevent the policy being carried out can email DPAC at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Disabled young people have told MPs how they have been “cheated” by the government’s new system for supporting pupils and students through school and college.MPs on the Commons educationcommittee heard howdisabled pupils were being denied a voice in drawing up their education, healthand care plans (EHCPs), and how they were not receiving what had been promisedin those plans.Thecommittee also heard that EHCPs were too focused on education, rather thanbeing “life focused”.Thecommittee heard from seven disabled young people on Tuesday as part of itsinquiry into the impact of the special educational needs and disabilities(SEND) reforms introduced by the government through its Children and FamiliesAct 2014*.Three of them – Jordan, Ben and Eva (pictured, centre, left and right) – were part of the RIP: STARS research team, a project led by disabled young people and researchers at Coventry University, which also included support from The Alliance for Inclusive Education, and looked at the quality of EHCPs and whether they met disabled children and young people’s rights.Jordan saidsome of their findings had been “stunning”, and that he and many other disabledyoung people “feel we were cheated out of the education system and treatedpoorly by them”.He said theymade the “atrocious” discovery that disabled children “weren’t actually beinginvolved in the process of their EHCPs”, with the main discussions taking place“without talking to the child themselves”.He saidplans were “either being delayed, mistaken, poorly done and they are notmeeting the needs of the child”, and he called for something to be done toensure that plans “are being carried out correctly by staff” and “not justignored and forgotten”.Eva, anothermember of RIP: STARS, said: “We found out that what was written in the plan wasnot being followed through, so many children aren’t receiving the support andthe correct education that they need and they are missing out on theireducation and childhood.”She said theplans were not preparing disabled children and young people for independenceand adulthood.Eva said theplans should use the language of the social model of disability “so childrenare not defined by labels and they are not seen as a problem”. She added:“Disabled children have a right to mainstream education, so they should achievesupport to achieve this and be in mainstream education if they choose to doso.”Ben, a thirddisabled young person from RIP: STARS, said EHCPs were “too educational focusedand not life focused, so children are not receiving the support they need inother important areas such as developing independence, having choice andcontrol, achieving aspirations, life goals, friends, access in the community.”He said itwas not right that disabled pupils who do not fit in with the “norms and rolesand rules of education” were often “shipped off, excluded, offloaded, or hiddenin other places” and “forgotten about”.Francesca,one of two deaf pupils on the National Deaf Children’s Society’s (NDCS) young people’s advisory boardwho gave evidence, told the committee that a lack of support at school meantshe missed out on social situations and on learning “how to be confident andempowered”.She said shehad even been encouraged to use a separate “SEND room” at lunch, which alsomade it harder to build friendships with non-disabled pupils.She said:“It’s showing to the other students that these people need to be kept separate,which I feel is the wrong attitude completely. “It shouldbe about inclusivity and empowering those people.”Francescasaid that meetings about EHCPs sometimes happened without the disabled youngperson being present.She said:“It’s really frustrating because you feel you can make your own decisionsbecause it is your own support.”Anothermember of the NDCS advisory board, Ella, said she was “really struggling” tosecure the support she needed through the EHCP process, with the local councilcurrently refusing to provide her with a plan because it did not think she wasdeaf enough. As a result,she said, her grades were “far below what they should be”.And she saidthe only people the council would listen to were her parents, and not her.Simran, whois studying accountancy and management at Queen Mary University of London and waswith the charity my AFK, said: “As a disabled woman, I have to work harder thaneveryone else to achieve anything.“I thinkit’s a great shame that young people with SEND are left unsupported and theirachievements are unappreciated. “I’m a 21-year-oldstudying accountancy and I want to be an accountant, I want to work, I want tocontribute to the economy and society, but I feel like there’s not very manyopportunities for me to do so.”Kashifa, whois studying at college and was also with my AFK, said she had received “a lotmore support” when she was at school.She said:“Even though we had meetings about me going to college, I’m not sure theyreally understood my needs when I got there. “I thinkpeople make a judgement about what you’re capable of based on your appearance. “I knowpeople mean well and they know you get anxious in certain situations, and theywant to try to protect you, but this just means you won’t be able to tryanything because people think you won’t be able to cope, so the opportunitiesstop.”She added:“I don’t need people to tell me I need to be realistic, either. “I want towork things out for myself and then be able to make the choice. “I don’tneed to be protected all the time, I just need the chance to try differentthings and then I can decide.”*Under government reforms which came into effect in September 2014, local authorities in England had until April 2018 to move all disabled children and young people eligible for support from SEN statements to new EHCPs. The plans last from birth to the age of 25 and set out all the support they should receive across education, health and social care.A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…
A group of homeowners surrounding Dolores Park are unhappy with fellow residents’ plans to form a so-called Green Benefit District — a program that would tax those homeowners to provide additional civic services. The Mission Dolores Green Benefit District (GBD) has been in the works since last spring, and its proponents support the extra taxes because they argue that city services are not adequately addressing what they feel are chronic problems around the park: namely, an excess of trash, “public safety” concerns, and neglected green spaces. “We are a group of local residents and business owners who love our neighborhood and are motivated to make a difference,” said Conan McHugh, speaking on behalf of benefit-district backers.But the idea is far from amenable for some — possibly many — homeowners in the area. They are not thrilled by the notion of paying hundreds of additional dollars in property taxes for services they argue would be duplicative. Residents like Peter Lewis of the Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association — whose board voted to oppose the effort in Mission — questioned how the money would be used, pointing to the $126,100 the Dogpatch GBD executive director, former District 3 supervisor Julie Christiansen, earned in 2017. That GBD in 2017 had revenues of $698,605. Lewis speculated that would-be executive director of the proposed Dolores GBD would make the same, if not more. “But they’re not talking about that,” Lewis said. Others, like Leane Collins, who also owns a home on Cumberland, questioned the level of support the GBD actually has received so far, despite claims by its proponents that interest was “robust.” Out of the 4,338 parcels in the survey area, 612 people responded to the survey, with 36 percent of them supporting it and 46 percent wanting more information. “I wouldn’t have interpreted those as ‘robust’ at all,” Collins said. Collins said she’s trying to keep an open mind, “but so far I can’t see what they’re putting forward and how this benefits people who own property here.” Like others, she rated the extant city services as adequate, even “excellent.” She also worried about what it meant for people who are unhoused. “There’s this implication in what they write that somehow this is going to remove the homeless people,” she said. The GBD’s powerpoint slides, indeed, show a picture of a homeless person’s tent included under the caption “things we don’t love.” In a comprehensive so-called “engineer’s report” detailing the plan, proponents call for “staff ambassadors” to do outreach to connect the homeless with “services.” Steve Moss, who lives near Dolores Park and is the editor of the Potrero View, said the Dogpatch GBD is working well for the erstwhile industrial area with “a significant lack of green space and amenities that could come along with a residential area.” But “this area is a significantly different kind of place,” he said, referring to the Mission Dolores neighborhood. “It doesn’t suffer from the same weakness that the Dogpatch has.” Moss added that the influx of people using Dolores Park on weekends has created a perceived need for additional services, but a “green benefit district is a round peg for a square hole.” “It’s unfortunate that this is looking like an internecine neighborhood war,” he added. Many of the residents Mission Local spoke to also wondered why the city was pushing for the districts, which would provide private services supplementing its own. San Francisco Public Works, indeed, has a staffer dedicated to coordinating GBD implementations, and the Dolores GBD has received roughly $133,000 in city funds for the GBD’s promotion. The project budget for the GBD is $1.11 million in the first year, with the vast majority paid out of homeowners’ taxes. Responding to why San Francisco Public Works is pushing for GBDs in certain areas, spokeswoman Rachel Gordon said that GBDs pay for services above and beyond what the city provides.“And, while property owners already are paying for services through their property taxes,” she said, “the benefit district approach allows people to assess themselves to pay for the extras they want to directly benefit their community.” McHugh, who is in favor of the GBD, argued that, for an unsolicited study, the 12.6 percent response rate was high and indicated that it was at least worth taking a vote on the GBD. He noted that satisfaction levels of the 36 percent that support the GBD are similar to the 46 percent that wanted more information. “Like any major policy issue, there’s going to be a wide variety of opinions,” he said. McHugh also said that, despite the tent imagery, the GBD would not be a “homeless exclusion zone,” and the so-called ambassadors would be “going around engaging with homeless residents to make sure they know the services are out there.” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address “My question is: What are these people going to do that city agencies aren’t already doing?” said Rick Carrel, who lives on Cumberland Street, near the park. The criticism isn’t uncommon. San Franciscans have tried to establish Green Benefit Districts on four prior occasions, but only one attempt succeeded, in 2015, in the Dogpatch. Wary homeowners scuttled attempts in the Inner Sunset, the Haight, and Golden Gate Heights. “What most people said is, ‘those things are being done right now,’” affirmed John Hooper, an opponent of the Greater Buena Vista GBD, echoing Carrel. “The committee didn’t have a convincing argument for me.” That GBD proposal, which would have covered parts of the Haight, died in January. The Mission Dolores GBD still has a long way to go. A forthcoming “weighted” vote — homeowners with more property, who would be taxed more, get more sway — requires 30 percent of respondents to vote to tax themselves. That would kick off a second weighted vote that would require a majority vote to pass. It would then require the approval of the Board of Supervisors. If the process succeeds the benefit district would be established by January 2020. A meeting regarding the GBD will take place tonight, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Dolores Park church (455 Dolores St.). The proposed area is pictured below:
SAINTS eased to their fifth win in a row thanks to a comfortable 52-6 victory over Wakefield Wildcats.24 points from Jamie Foster complemented by some fantastic and exciting attack from his colleagues saw Royce Simmons’ men keep up the pressure at the top of the table.Saints cruised to a 24-0 lead at the break thanks to a brace from Foster and his able boot converting four from four.Jonny Lomax also crossed whilst Michael Shenton showed all his strength to grab his fifth of the season.Chris Dean bagged one against his former employers as the second half began, but further scores from Ade Gardner, a wonderful team move finished off by Gary Wheeler, Paul Wellens’ sixth in five games and a stunning finish from Tommy Makinson sealed a superb win ahead of the Derby next week.Saints made two changes from the side that beat Crusaders – Scott Moore coming in for Matty Ashurst and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook replacing the injured Josh Perry.Not that it made a scrap of difference as Saints tore into the Wildcats from the off.They forced a drop out right from the kick off but after four solid drives a chip through went dead.Moments later another high ball caused havoc in the Wildcats defence and Gary Wheeler grabbed Saints another set from the drop-out.And on eight minutes, Jonny Lomax chipped through but Chris Flannery just couldn’t put it down as it went dead.But nine minutes later, after yet another drop out, Saints got in.The ball was kept alive and with Paul Wellens taking on the line, Jamie Foster had too much for Kevin Penny.Foster bettering it with a wonder conversion from the touchline.On 25 minutes, the lead was increased when James Roby’s quick pass found Lomax jinking his way over from short range. Foster making it 12-0.Moments later Saints found space down the left hand side and Foster was in for his second.Jon Wilkin taking all the plaudits for the run and pass.Saints then chalked up their fourth after another drop out. Fast passing to the right found Roby who easily fed Michael Shenton who was in support.The former Castleford favourite then twisted and used his strength to bring up his fifth in Saints’ colours. Foster converting again.Half Time: Saints 24 Wakefield 0Royce Simmons called for his side to cut out the post half time blues during the week – so he would have been annoyed with Chris Dean latching on to an interception and crossing after just a couple of minutes.Saints almost hit back immediately when Scott Moore showed tremendous strength to cut through the defence and stretch over. But the video referee ruled it out for a knock on.But they weren’t to be denied again and after Blaymire dropped a high ball Saints made him pay from the scrum. This time fast handling saw Ade Gardner cross for his third in two matches.Tony Puletua then showed why Saints want him to stay another two years. Brought in by Lomax, he broke the line, fed Roby who then sent Gary Wheeler away from 40 yards out. Foster with the conversion.Paul Wellens nabbed another before a break from inside the Saints half saw Tony Puletua get his second of the season.Gary Wheeler showing great feet to set the big man away!And as the hooter went Tommy Makinson latched on to a loose ball and flew in from distance.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Foster (2), Lomax, Shenton, Gardner. Wheeler, Wellens, Puletua, MakinsonGoals: Foster (8 from 9)Wakefield:Tries: DeanGoals: Griffin (1 from 1)Penalties:Saints: 5Wakefield: 2HT: 24-0FT: 52-6REF: Steve GansonATT: 7003Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 17. Gary Wheeler, 22. Jamie Foster; 25. Lee, Gaskell, 20. Jonny Lomax; 10. James Graham, 9. James Roby, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 13. Chris Flannery, 4. Sia Soliola, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Scott Moore, 21. Shaun Magennis, 28. Tommy Makinson.Wakefield:1. Matt Blaymire; 2. Kevin Penny, 18. Chris Dean, 5. Luke George, 29. Josh Griffin; 6. Ben Jeffries, 14. Tommy Lee; 31. Kyle Amor, 9. Julien Rinaldi, 17. Paul Johnson, 33. Tyrone McCarthy, 21. Frankie Mariano, 22. Stuart Howarth.Subs: 10. Paul King, 11. Kevin Henderson, 25. Liam Higgins, 26. Matt Wildie.
NATHAN Brown was pleased with how his side adapted to beat Bradford on Saturday but knows more improvement is required.Jonny Lomax scored a hat-trick in the win at Odsal from an unfamiliar position of full back – and Jon Wilkin also played in the halves.“It seemed to work ok,” Brown said. “It helped our team and we were happy to get the win. Wilko is an experienced player who controls the play well, is a good talker and can kick well. You can’t underestimate how important a player like that is to your team.“Jonny Lomax did well too. It is a different responsibility; full back is a tough position in many different reasons to half back. Modern day full backs are athletic, can catch, pass and kick, and with Lance Hohaia and Paul Wellens injured it made sense to put him there.“I’ve got my feelings where he is best suited, but it is what best suits the team at the moment. Wello is an important player for the club though in the way he competes hard and displays his leadership. When everyone is fit then I will have to see what our best side is.”Another move saw Gary Wheeler come into the halves for his first appearance of the season.“Wheeler has trained really well for last month and did well at Rochdale,” he added. “He earned a chance through doing the right things and he was pretty confident. Gary Wheeler on the field is a real threat, he is an exciting player.“I don’t think any coach has ever doubted his talent and hopefully for his sake he can get some flow in his game.”Saints head into Friday’s match in fifth spot looking to stretch their unbeaten run to four.“It’s always exciting playing Leeds,” Brown said, “it was the same when I was at Huddersfield as they are generally the champions from the year before. Everyone wants to play them and play well don’t they? Brian Mac does a great job and he has lots of really experienced players who have been good for a long period of time. People get excited to play Leeds as everyone wants to beat them.”Tickets for Friday’s match between Saints and Leeds at Langtree Park are now on sale.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052. There will also be turnstiles open on the day.
Again missing numerous first choice starters, the Saints outplayed their opponents both with and without the ball, writes Graham Henthorne.The game started poorly for the Saints conceding a try to the home side’s first real attack. A poor last tackle kick saw the Tigers quickly on the offensive and scoring on the last from dummy half as the marker defence went to sleep.But the response of the side was wonderful and from that point on the Tigers were kept at bay.On their next set a Ryan Horne 50 metre break went begging as the support failed to materialise but a Jack Welsby grubber keenly chased as ever by Josh Simm got the saints a repeat set.Another repeat set followed causing the defence to finally crack. Jake Wingfield was held up over the line and as the ball was spread wide to the right Joe Sharratt forced his way over in the corner.The Saints were on top now charging down the slope at the Jungle forcing error after error from the Tigers.Firstly, Tom Nisbet went close down the left but lost the ball at the line before another knock on led to the Saints second try. From the scrum under the posts on the Cas 10 metre line Jack Welsby went over handing off the would be tackler.Despite all the Saints dominance it was nip and tuck going into the final ten minutes but all that pressure finally tolled yielding two tries.The first was Sharratt’s second as the big centre strolled under the posts untouched from 30 metres out taking a delightful short ball from Callum Hazzard.The second, and the Saints fourth of the half, came on the half-time whistle with Tom Nisbet stepping his way through the defence after yet another Tigers error.Knowing that the Tigers had been heavily beaten in their previous game against Widnes, it was even more evident that they would be smarting from their first half display and would come out all guns blazing in the second. So it was even more essential not to throw that advantage away by starting poorly after the interval.The game was effectively put to bed two minutes in as the U19s much maligned short kicking game again produced the goods with another repeat set from Welsby.Four tackles later and Nisbet was sending Simm into the corner.Ryan Horne showed his increasing awareness on the pitch as he shot out of defence to save a certain try. But from the resulting scrum the Tigers moved the ball quickly to the right scoring on the overlap.The game remained scoreless for the next 20 minutes with the Tigers throwing everything at the Saints disciplined defensive line to little effect.However, as the game entered the final 10 minutes the Tigers gave themselves a glimmer of hope scoring under the posts to get within two scores.But any lingering hope was soon extinguished. Hazzard missed with a penalty for holding down but won a repeat set having kicked it dead.The Saints showed maturity driving the ball to the Cas posts before Welsby coolly slotted the drop goal from 30 metres out.The final act of the game saw Simm go over benefitting from his own hack and chase to get yet another repeat set.Make no mistake this was a good Castleford side which was made to look average by a great Saints display.Completion rates of 90% in both halves were the cornerstones of the dominance.Big minutes from Brandon Scully and Ben Sims off the bench backed up the good work of Jorge Lewtas and Sam Royle.Paul Nash and Jake Wingfield gave good direction from dummy half, coupled with yet another good performance from Ryan Horne giving Jack Welsby free reign to do his thing.There was also yet another Captain’s knock from Callum Hazzard again leading by example.Match Summary:Castleford U19s: Tries: Jacques O’Neill (4), Lewis Carr (50), Eddie Wilcock (69). Goals: Harry Williams 2 from 3.Saints U19s: Tries: Joe Sharratt (11 & 32), Jack Welsby (24), Tom Nisbett (39), Josh Simm (42 & 79). Goals: Callum Hazzard 5 from 6. Drop Goals: Jack Welsby (75).Half Time: 6-22 Full Time: 16-35Teams:Castleford: 1. Calum Turner; 5. Lewis Carr, 4. Jack Render, 3. Jacob Doyle, 2. Tom Crossland; 6. Joe Fella, 7. Harry Williams; 8. Sam Dore, 9. Jacques O’Neill, 10. Shay North, 11. Robbie Storey, 12. Lewis Peachey, 13. Ben Dobson. Subs: 14. Eddie Wilcock, 15. Liam Slicker, 16. Tom Hall, 17. Evan Morris.Saints: 1. Tom Nisbet; 5. John Hutchings, 3. Joe Sharratt, 4. Josh Simm, 2. Sean Croston; 6. Jack Welsby, 7. Ryan Horne; 8. Jorge Lewtas, 9. Jake Wingfield, 10. Callum Hazzard (C), 11. Kye Siyani, 12. Sam Royle, 13. Chris Follin. Subs: 14. Paul Nash, 15. Ben Sims, 16. Brandon Scully, 17. Chris Kellett.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It is a high school unlike any other across the Cape Fear and one New Hanover County Board of Education members say they have been talking about for 20 years. Now, Southeast Area Technical High School, or SEA-TECH in Castle Hayne, is finally here.Dozens of students and parents came out to SEA-TECH’s open house Thursday night. The event gave them a chance to check out the new school that is aiming to shape student’s education in a unique way. The high school is made up of four classrooms and 44 students. New Hanover County Board of Education member, Bruce Shell says it is an amazing accomplishment.- Advertisement – “If we could find a way to train young people for these jobs, we could bring more business here. We could create more jobs, we’d be in a position to truly make a difference,” Shell said.Students like Haya Odeh, still can’t believe a school like SEA-TECH exists.“Just to know that this is a real thing and this is something that I can do, that’s something I could love, and is something that gives me a heart warming place. Because I don’t do good with big crowds like other people since society is just changing everyday,” Odeh said.Related Article: UNC Chancellor Folt to step down, issues decision on Silent SamThe school gives students the opportunity to choose from several careers and earn college credits so that way they are ready to head into the workforce as soon as they graduate. It is a new way of learning for the area and one many students, and parents, are excited for.“Man, well you know when I first walked in I felt the difference,” parent, Leon Murphy said. “You know, I kinda wish that I could have gone to a school like this. The building itself kind of gives you the energy to do well.”SEA-TECH is a partnership between New Hanover and Pender counties, as well as Cape Fear Community College. The first day of school for these students is Monday.For more information about the school, click here.
Mysterious booms have happened along the coast for decades, but some said this one was a little different.Vicki Baird lives in Caswell Beach and compared it to a small earthquake.“More intense, it was a lot louder and before when I felt it what they call the Seneca? What do they call them, Seneca Guns, anyhow it’s always I’ve been on the beach you hear it, your first thoughts always they’re doing something at one of the military bases or whatever. But this literally shook everything,” Baird said.Related Article: Camp Lejeune police officer accused of having sex with teenShe might be right. Camp Lejeune Public Affairs confirms the base is currently conducting artillery training exercises at sea with the Navy. They were doing this at the time of the boom.But some still are not sure what the noise was.“The first time we heard it we really thought the terrorist are here, something’s going to get us. But then after speaking to several of our friends we figured out it is some kind of boom that occurs in the water.” Oak Island resident Sandra Cheek said.“I heard this big boom and shutter and I actually thought something hit the building, like a car ran into it or something,” Baird said.Something out there caused the ground to shake whether it was the mysterious Seneca Guns or military training, we might not ever know for sure.Sunny Point Public Affairs confirmed they were not doing any training last night.No damage or injuries were reported during the boom. 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1508364742-df5193271b4590aefd8aaf49cbc3953271958dd0_fl9-720p.mp4 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 BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Here comes the boom! Last night people reported hearing a loud boom and feeling the ground shake.“It was a big boom,” Southport resident Ricky Vance said.- Advertisement –
Neighbors tell WWAY’s Andrew James they’ve wanted something like this for years. However, neighbors like Joel Sanders think the DOT is not looking at all forms of traffic with this project.“Just today we were cited as the fifth worst place to bicycle or walk in the state of North Carolina,” Sanders said. “This is going to make it very hazardous. I like the overpass, I think it’s great, but I think they forgot something.”Sanders wants to see a separate overpass that allows cyclists and pedestrians safe passage over Military Cutoff Road.Related Article: NCDOT suspends Ocracoke, Currituck ferries due to high windsThe interchange is unconventional. Northbound drivers on Military Cutoff will have to take the Drysdale Drive extension to connect west, and southbound drivers will have to take Commonwealth Drive to head east. To make this interchange happen, NCDOT is looking at three actual projects in one.Public input session at College Acres Baptist Church (ANDREW JAMES/WWAY)“We’re going to be living in a construction zone for many years,” said Truett Degegare who lives in Landfall near the intersection. “This is not going to start tomorrow and it’s going to be going on a long time after it does start.”NCDOT plans to begin the Drysdale project in 2020 one year before this interchange but possibly in the midst of major developments coming to Eastwood and Military Cutoff Road.“I can see the day coming where they build this and then they go, ‘oops this was not really a good idea’,” said Sue Degegare.The DOT estimates traffic in the next twenty years could be more than 39,000 cars on Eastwood and more than 64,000 cars along Military Cutoff Road.Public comment for this planned interchange ends on July 16th. 00:00 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 NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – It is a project drivers along Military Cutoff Road and Eastwood Road have wanted to see for years.NCDOT believes the answer to the heavy traffic will be an interchange. They gave the public a chance to see the plans and let their voices be heard. The transportation department plans to build a $22.5 million interchange raising Eastwood Road over Military Cutoff Road.- Advertisement –
Dennis Baxley (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A dispute allegedly led to multiple people being stabbed in Wilmington.It happened Friday night in the 100 block of Hall Street.- Advertisement – Wilmington Police say when officers arrived, they spotted Dennis Edward Baxley, 54, with injuries as he tried to leave the scene.Police then found two people with stab wounds inside the home.EMS took the two victims to the hospital.Related Article: At least 2 handguns used in school shooting near ColumbineBaxley is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injuries and assault with a deadly weapon.He is being held under a $40,000 bond.