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Archive for February, 2009

Goodyear plant to receive financial aid

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

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The city of Fayetteville officials will get a million dollar boost to help retain jobs. The funding is part of a $37 million incentives package provided to the Goodyear company by Cumberland County and the state.

Funds will be provided over the next 10 years to upgrade the Goodyear Plant. This will help retain jobs and improve the quality of production.

The plant employs 3,000 people.

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The city of Fayetteville officials will get a million dollar boost to help retain jobs. The funding is part of a $37 million incentives package provided to the Goodyear company by Cumberland County and the state.

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Records: Slave cemetery on site of planned school

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Neighbors of a proposed North Carolina high school say they have more evidence that a slave cemetery is on the land.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that residents living near the site in Raleigh said they found property records that show it was once owned by a family that operated a plantation.

They said headstones on the land indicate more graves are on the site and plan to present their findings to Wake County school officials this week.

Neighbors first made their claims last year, and the Wake County school system paid nearly $10,000 for a South Carolina-based preservation group to investigate. The group said it found no evidence that slaves were buried there, but graves may have belonged to “Euro-American individuals.”

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Neighbors of a proposed North Carolina high school say they have more evidence that a slave cemetery is on the land.

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UNC budget cuts could cause waves in Wilmington

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

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Colleges in the University of North Carolina school system are facing state proposed budget cuts that could cause drastic changes statewide, including here at UNCW.

Campus officials are already dealing with budget cuts from this past year. The new proposal in Raleigh could reduce the school budget by six percent, or about six million dollars.

The result would bring restricted travel, less spending, and a reduction in operations like library hours and computer replacements.

Students would be affected by tuition increases, and less financial aid.

The administration isn’t safe either; they could face lay offs.

UNCW Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Charles Maimone said, “What we imagine happening if the reductions are significant, we will see higher numbers of students in each classroom, we’ll have to reduce the number of sections that we’ll have to teach, faculty members will teach more, as a result they will have less time for research and community outreach, which many of our faculty members are involved in.”

Faculty will have a better understanding of how this will affect the university as the changes develop. The board of governors has to approve tuition and fee increases, then the legislature will decide the state’s budget for the 2009 to 2010 year.

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Colleges in the University of North Carolina school system are facing state proposed budget cuts that could cause drastic changes statewide, including here at UNCW.

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Cause of fire remains undetermined

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

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Oak Island fire officials wrapped up their investigation into that marina fire last week that sank one boat and damaged several others.

The cause of the fire remains officially undetermined.

Oak Island Fire Chief John House said the damage to the boats was too extensive to reach any sort of conclusion.

Four boats were damaged in the fire, all of which were insured. House doesn’t suspect foul play.

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Oak Island fire officials wrapped up their investigation into that marina fire last week that sank one boat and damaged several others.

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Judge: 300 dogs won’t be returned to NC kennel

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

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GOLDSBORO, N.C. — A judge has decided not to return nearly 300 dogs that were seized from an alleged puppy mill last week in eastern North Carolina.

A Wayne County judge ruled Tuesday that the county could keep the roughly 283 dogs seized from Thornton Kennels. The county later signed the animals over to the Humane Society of the United States.

Authorities said the kennel’s owner, Virginia Thornton, appeared to be running a puppy mill. A message left for Thornton at her home Friday was not immediately returned.

Humane Society spokeswoman Jordan Crump said the dogs are being treated for various infections, though two young puppies have died. Most of the dogs are shih-tzus, chihuahuas and lhasa apsos.

Crump said the dogs should be ready to be adopted in two to three weeks.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A judge has decided not to return nearly 300 dogs that were seized from an alleged puppy mill last week in eastern North Carolina.

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