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Multiple fires keep officials busy

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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Firefighters and the Red Cross were busy today responding to fires in two counties. Not only was it a busy day on Monday, but it’s been a busy month for both teams.

One of today’s fires was the third multi-unit fire in Wilmington in the past month. The other was a trailer home fire, one of many as of late.

Victims of two fires on Monday are seeking shelter, as their homes are virtually unlivable.

“The support for food, clothing and shelter, the immediate disaster cause needs, of those that are affected,” said Victoria Kling of Red Cross Emergency Services.

The Red Cross started the morning at the Lakeside Apartments off Oleander. It is the third fire at an apartment complex in the past month. Officials said this one was caused by a cigarette.

“Smoking or leaving barbecue on the front porch, that’s the biggest problem,” said Alex Fulcher, a Red Cross volunteer.

A few hours later and more than 30 miles away, the Red Cross was en route to a mobile home fire in Shallotte.

Officials said the fire started in the kitchen and the family was lucky to get out alive.

No one was hurt in either fire.

Victims were too shaken up to speak with us on camera.

Fire officials say recovering from blazes like these is not easy…

Chris Elrod of the Wilmington Fire Department said, “We encourage and recommend especially those college students to have renters insurance, many people do not have renters insurance, and in this case they could lose everything they have and have no way to recoup their loss in that.”

Officials said, however, renter’s insurance is some of the most inexpensive coverage you can get in the state of North Carolina.

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videoFirefighters and the Red Cross were busy today responding to fires in two counties. Not only was it a busy day on Monday, but it’s been a busy month for both teams.

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Graduation coaches help prevent drop outs

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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WWAY reported last week, for the first time in years the number of high school students dropping out of school in North Carolina is declining. Monday, we look deeper into the cause and effect.

School districts in our area are seeing positive trends and that may be due to new methods to keep students on the right track.

Beth Scheirer considers herself a motivator. She works as a graduation coach at Laney High School, and is the first line of defense in keeping kids in school.

“I look at their attendance, I look at their behavior and I really do motivate. I just tell them everyday they can do it and if they need anything come see me,” Scheirer said.

Scheirer has an open door policy for more than 50 students at Laney who are at risk of dropping out.

Senior Jodi Knopf said her graduation coach kept her on the right track. “If I need anything, I can always ask her, she can go talk to people or help me with references.”

New Hanover, Pender and Columbus counties all have graduation coaches in high schools whose purpose is to jump in when a student is thinking of dropping out.

Some reasons for leaving school include academic problems, or attendance issues.

Scheirer said the tough task schools have is keeping students engaged. “Attendance is also showing that if there was something here that they were really into or someone they wanted to see everyday then they would come.”

Scheirer said she will continue to keep kids focused on their future so when they get older, they’ll have a positive reflection on their past.

In addition to graduation coaches, area school districts have implemented strategies like providing alternative learning programs, early college opportunities and offering online classes.

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videoWWAY reported last week, for the first time in years the number of high school students dropping out of school in North Carolina is declining. Monday, we look deeper into the cause and effect.

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Risk and reward when buying foreclosed houses

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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For people looking for a new home, the increase in foreclosures could mean a good deal.

Real estate broker Bob McCorkle said if you’re willing to take on the clean-up, the best deals can be found at courthouse foreclosure auctions.

However, before you buy, make sure you know what you could be getting yourself into as foreclosed homes can have serious problems. At the auctions you buy the property as is.

“You have no opportunity to inspect the house, see it in advance, and no ramifications if you discover something is wrong. You pretty much buy whatever it is,” McCorkle explained.

Houses often go into foreclosure because the previous owner was unable to sell it, which sometimes that can mean structure problems or damages within the home.

While you might be able to get a deal, buying the property at auction can also be risky.

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Real estate broker Bob McCorkle said if you’re willing to take on the clean-up, the best deals can be found at courthouse foreclosure auctions.

However, before you buy, make sure you know what you could be getting yourself into as foreclosed homes can have serious problems. At the auctions you buy the property as is.

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Woman wins $1 million on scratchoff in Ocean Isle

Monday, February 9th, 2009

A woman in Ocean Isle recently won $1 million playing the 130 Million Blockbuster instant win scratch-off game, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Education Lottery said Monday.

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PPD buys business in central, eastern Europe

Monday, February 9th, 2009

PPD Inc. said Monday that it has agreed to acquire a contract research organization that operates in central and eastern Europe.

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