A look back on 2012

Published: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:40 AM.

— Fleet Readiness Center East extends early retirement to 140 civilian workers as part of a re-organization, with 100 accepting.

— N.C. Rep. William Wainwright, who had served Craven County and eastern North Carolina in the General Assembly for more than two decades, dies July 17 at the age of 64.

— A 16-car train full of coal derails at the entrance to Cherry Point blocking traffic on Fontana Boulevard.

— The city announces plans to dissolve the Havelock Historical Preservation Society and take over the historic Trader Store and railroad freight depot.

— Tyler Horner and Conner Heath of New Bern and Joshua Melkonian of Havelock are arrested and charged in a series of vehicle break-ins in Havelock.

— Cherry Point Marine Staff Sgt. Jessie C. McDonald is named Marine of the Year by the Marine Corps Times.

— Former Gurganus Elementary School teacher, Matthew Metcalf, 40, of Carolina Pines, pleads guilty to a charge of producing child pornography over the Internet and receives a sentence of 17 1/2 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised probation.

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