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Wilson Times (Newspaper) - June 3, 2015, Wilson, North Carolina Audit Eastpointe official took or kickbacks ski investigates dominate meeting he by Janet Conner Knox by Rochelle Moore times staff writer the former chief financial officer for Eastpointe human services took nearly $550,000 in kickbacks and used close to $160,000 in taxpayer funds for personal expenses according to a scathing state audit released tuesday. The investigative report released by the office of the state auditor also found that the sex co omitted $547,595 from personal tax returns and circumvented state bidding requirements. The co and chief executive officer Ken Jones also made questionable credit card purchases the report found. The audit does not identify the Agency a co who was terminated after the irregularities were found said Jonathan Charleston of the Charleston croup the Agency a attorney. The ceo also appealed the firing alleging wrongful termination according to the audit. Agency records show that Bob Canupp was previously employed As the Agency a co during the time of the financial irregularities. Canupp worked for Eastpointe 15 years until june 2013, said Kathy Baker Eastpointe Public information officer. Jones who is not related to the Ken Jones of Wilson said tuesday he regrets that he did no to Monitor the actions of the co More closely. A while the former co clearly violated Eastpointe a code of ethics and circumvented our policies and controls i personally regret not managing the former ceo More closely a Jones said. A i can assure you this won t happen the audit found that the ceo failed to adequately oversee the former co s activities and the area Board tailed to adequately perform duties As outlined in its bylaws. Eastpointe which is based in see audit Page 3a kist we dont want it Richard herring addresses residents tuesday during a Public meeting at Unity free will Baptist Church to answer questions about a proposed solar farm. Brad Coville times residents gather Over proposed solar farm Developer suggests improvements by Rochelle Moore times staff writer homeowners concerned about a solar farm locating along Downing Street questioned Why another location be selected during a Community meeting tuesday night. Nearly 50 people attended the meeting at Unity free will Baptist Church and Learned that the Developer plans to offer the addition of a 6-foot-High, White Vinyl Fence alongside a residential area next to the proposed site. Richard herring with her ring Sutton and associates who represents the solar development company passed out a picture of the Fence and other drawings of the project. A the picture helps what we think will be Good for the Community a herring said. Sutton also spent the majority of the meeting detailing the project and answering questions. A a in a not sure some of the questions Are directly related to that property a said Joyce Jones a Downing Street resident. A a in a More interested in Why there Why build fences when you can stick it out on . 301 where the Purina place is or somewhere out there a Sutton explained the need to locate near an electric substation on a suitable property. A now there Are citizens in the Community who done to want it and you say its a Good Choice a Jones said a we done to want the 44.5 acre property at 2109 Downing St. Is currently zoned residential agricultural along the backside of Homes on Silver Leaf Road. The remaining property is zoned Light Industrial. Property owners Susan Davis and Ruth Breedlove Are seeking to rezone the entire site As Light Industrial which allows Solai development in the City limits a to megawatt solar farm is proposed on the site the rezoning was first reviewed by the Wilson plan Ning Board in Early May. The planning Board voted 3-2 against recommending the rezoning to the Wilson City Council. The vote was based on concern that the solar farm is proposed in a heavy residential area of the City. The Wilson City Council see solar Page 4a 4a arson investigation Wilson county investigators Rule House fire arson. Thunderstorms i 71 to 64 by Janet Conner Knox times writer Wilson county commissioners voted monday night to begin putting Money toward an animal shelter. An amount of $50,000 will by taken out of this year s fiscal funds and put in a special account just for the shelter commissioners did not decide How much would be taken from the upcoming fist Al year that begins july i. Solar farms but the majority of monday nights three hour Long meeting was spent talking to landowners neighbors and business people about proposed solar farms. Several Public hearings had been scheduled for the evening i he first Public hearing for solar farms was for a farm at 6166 . 42 f and would be operated by Fra renewable. During May s meeting neighbors said they were concerned about an easement to get to their own property and other neighbors were concerned about How Tho panels would look and about property values. They returned for this month s meeting. Ken Teoff who owns properly behind where the proposed solar farm would go. Told commissioners that i a renewable did agree to have an ease see meeting Page 2a up starts june 11th All Day a 6 30am-6 30pm $120 per week it includes Field trips child care inc. 3424 Airport blvd. A 291-1990 brewmaster tin cum no no Crim main til in tit Mara putt imn a free

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