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Archive for February, 2009

Four suspects arrested in crime spree

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

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A collaborative investigation between three local law enforcement agencies has cracked six armed robbery cases.

Turns out it was a robbery spree that started on Monday in Columbus County, then moved over to Wilmington, where there were three incidents in three hours yesterday.

The Wilmington Police Department, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office helped each other bring in four suspects; Norman Dixon, Richard Simpson III, Anthony Little, and Yvette Simpson.

They’ve all been charged with numerous counts of armed robbery and felony conspiracy and remain in the New Hanover County Jail.

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A collaborative investigation between three local law enforcement agencies has cracked six armed robbery cases.

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Budget shortfall means ‘difficult decisions’ for New Hanover schools

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

A souring economy that’s generating less tax revenue for state and local governments could mean fewer teacher assistants, counselors, custodians, nurses, mentors and assistant principals in New Hanover County schools.

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Print postage from home and avoid the lines at the post office

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

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You may never need to wait in line at the post office again. A website called stamps.com allows you to buy and print postage directly from your computer.

Hunter Ford said, “I’ve got a little surf and skate shop on 5 North Front and I’ve also got an online store. We sell a lot of skateboard bearings, wheels, surfboard apparel, surfboard accessories.”

So Hunter has to spend a lot of time at the post office. “I probably send out about 10 to 15 packages a week and I come down here to the post office for all of them.”

Like Hunter, many would like to find a way around the lines at the post office. Stamps.com may be a helpful alternative. The website allows you to get your mail ready to send off, right from your desktop.

You can print official United States Postal Service stamps and shipping labels directly from your PC and printer. The service costs eighteen dollars a month, which includes software to create the postage and a scale to weigh your packages. That way, you know the exact amount of postage needed to send your mail. That postage amount is automatically deducted from your account. You can also personalize your stamps with a family photo or business logo.

Once your letter or package is ready to go, give it to the mail carrier or drop it in a mailbox. You can add insurance to protect your valuables. Priority mail includes free delivery confirmation.

Hunter said he is ready to skip the post office and give stamps.com a try. “There’s one lady in post office that’s rude to me every single time I come in there, and just by default, I always end up in her line even if three windows are open. I’d be glad to do all my postage at the house and not have to walk down here to the post office.”

Right now, stamps.com has a four week free trial, but they require a credit card number. The company says you can cancel it at any time before the four weeks end and you will not be charged. If you like the service, do nothing and it will continue automatically.

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You may never need to wait in line at the post office again. A website called stamps.com allows you to buy and print postage directly from your computer.

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Whats Happening: February 27 – March 1

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

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Anderson Elementary School is holding it’s first Womanless Beauty Pageant Friday night, featuring male staff members. The school’s Relay for Life team is hosting the pageant. It begins at 7:00 p.m.

It is not spring yet, but Azalea Festival activities are already underway. Saturday night, it is the Azalea Princess Pageant. It starts at 7:30 p.m. at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. Tickets are ten dollars.

Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Wilmington will offer free health screenings this weekend. The event is for men with minimal or no health insurance. Screenings include blood pressure, cholesterol and HIV testing among others. The event is Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church is located at 812 Harnett Street in Wilmington.

Rock and roll inside a high school usually does not mix, but Saturday, a rock-a-thon takes place at Laney. The event raises money for the Civitan International Research Center. You can enjoy food, games, and of course music. It runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Speaking of music, recording artist Edwin McCain will fill your heart with song when he appears at the 2009 Cape Fear Heart Ball. It takes place at the Coastline Conference and Event Center Saturday night. For $150 dollars you get dinner, dancing and a silent and live auction. What more could you ask for? It begins at 6:00 p.m. For tickets, call 910-794-5507.

On Sunday, take advantage of where you live and save some valuable money. It is the 14th Annual Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown Day. More than thirty local attractions, like the battleship Bellamy Mansion and Airlie Gardens will be free to the public. Only a few select events are free for New Hanover County residents only. Times vary according to each attraction.

Also Sunday, it is the Second Annual A Taste of Southport. The event celebrates the diversity of food, with area restaurants showcasing their cuisine. It runs from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Southport Community Building. Tickets are $25, numbers are limited. For more information, call the Southport Visitors Center at 457-7927.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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It is pageant weekend. In one, men put their best foot forward; in the other, young ladies vie for a top spot in the Azalea Festival. But it is not all about tiaras.

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Fire destroys abandoned restaurant near Snow’s Cut Bridge

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

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New Hanover County fire fighters are investigating a fire that destroyed an abandoned restaurant last night.

The blaze broke out around 1:30 a.m. on Seabreeze Avenue South near Snow’s Cut Bridge. Three county departments responded.

Officials said the flames reached as high as fifty feet and were not put out until around 6:30 Thursday morning.

Authorities tell us the homeless sometimes seek refuge in the old restaurant. It does not appear anyone was hurt in the fire.

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New Hanover County fire fighters are investigating a fire that destroyed an abandoned restaurant last night.

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