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Archive for February, 2009

Parties meet on Thursday to discuss purpose and need for Titan plant

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

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Carolinas Cement, a subsidiary of Titan America, plans to open a cement plant in Castle Hayne. To say the plan is controversial is an understatement. On Thursday, interested parties discussed the purpose and need for the plant.

Before Carolinas Cement obtains permits for the proposed Castle Hayne cement plant, the Army Corps of Engineers has to issue an environmental impact statement for the area.

Thursday the Corps of Engineers took the first step in that process. Interested parties including the federal government and wildlife agencies met to discuss the new plant.

For Penny Schmitt of the Army Corps of Engineers, the meeting served one purpose. “Getting all the information we need to have a good scope of work for this environmental impact statement to make sure that we address all the legitimate interests and concerns.”

Carolinas Cement used the meeting to show the purpose and need for the new plant. “I think it showed that the level one work that’s been done so far, still shows there’s a need for a cement plant in North Carolina,” said general manager Bob Odom.

Those opposed to the cement plant say they want more than the minimum standards. The environmental impact statement won’t be issued any time soon. Schmitt said the process usually takes more than a year-and-a-half to complete.

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Carolinas Cement, a subsidiary of Titan America, plans to open a cement plant in Castle Hayne. To say the plan is controversial is an understatement. On Thursday, interested parties discussed the purpose and need for the plant.

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911 calls depict events leading to capture of suspect

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

By mid-day Thursday, authorities had been told Altman was alone, that he had a black backpack, even that he’d been sleeping under a blue blanket.

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Catch the Sea Dawgs right from your home

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

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The Wilmington Sea Dawgs are scoring big, even off the court. If you can not make it to the game, don’t worry. You can catch all the slam dunks on the web.

There is nothing like being in the stands in the middle of all the action. But if can not make it to the Schwartz Center to watch the Sea Dawgs play, you can still cheer for them on from your computer.

Log on to the official home of Sea Dawgs’, goseadawgs.com. Click on the link to watch the games live. You will even hear the play-by-play from a color commentator.

The Sea Dawgs are taking on Augusta Grove Friday at 6:30, at home. The team is making upgrades to the website, so this game won’t be streamed on the web. But the rest of the season, you should be able to watch online.

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The Wilmington Sea Dawgs are scoring big, even off the court. If you can not make it to the game, don’t worry. You can catch all the slam dunks on the web.

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Social networking website gathers locals to raise money for charity

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

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Ever heard of a Twestival?

Next Thursday, 120 cities around the globe are taking part in the social and charity event.

The name Twestival comes from the popular short-hand messaging website, Twitter. The public can come out from behind their computer screens and socialize, or “tweet” the old-fashioned way.

The purpose is to raise money to help bring clean and safe drinking water to the billion people around the world who need it.

Wilmington’s Twestival is Thursday, February 12th, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Port City Pub.

Tickets are fifteen dollars ahead or twenty at the door. Beer, food, and entertainment are included.

To find out more information, visit Wilmington’s Twestival website.

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Next Thursday, 120 cities around the globe are taking part in the social and charity event. Wilmington’s Twestival will be hosted at the Port City Pub.

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Rural dentists few and far between

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

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In this long stretch of rural Bladen County, an area with more than 30,000 people, there are only six dental practices.

“It’s staggering; it’s a lack of providers per population,” said dentist Matthew Fell.

The US average is 6 dentists per 10,000 people; however, Bladen County is well below that.

Part of the problem is a lack of federal funding. Medicare doesn’t cover dental care and Medicaid reimburses well below what it costs to run a dental practice.

Elizabethtown is the hub of Bladen County, and believe it or not, there are only four dentists there. Dentists say once they graduate from dental school, they owe thousands of dollars and can’t afford to set up shop in rural communities.

Dr. Fell is avoiding that problem. He’s part of a loan forgiveness program, in which the government helps pay his school loans in exchange for his services in small, rural communities.

The cost to start a practice is about $400,000. So until dentists can come up with that money, practices in rural area will remain few and far between.

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videoElizabethtown is the hub of Bladen County, and believe it or not, there are only four dentists there. Dentists say once they graduate from dental school, they owe thousands of dollars and can’t afford to set up shop in rural communities.

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