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Archive for February, 2009

Investigation into Oak Island marina fire suspended until Friday

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Flames engulfed three boats at South Harbor Village Marina in Oak Island early Thursday morning, sinking one. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

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Several controlled burns take advantage of cool, dry weather

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

It could be a smoky few days, starting Thursday, in Southeastern North Carolina.Several groups are planning to take advantage of the cool, dry conditions to conduct prescribed burns to improve forest habitat and reduce the threat of wildfires.

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Official proposes rules on NC horse-watching tours

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

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COROLLA, N.C. — There’s talk along the northern Outer Banks of North Carolina about starting to regulate the tour operators who guide visitors along beaches and back roads to look at wild horses.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reported Thursday a Currituck County commissioner wants to meet with tour operators, residents and other officials. Commissioner Vance Aydlett said he
doesn’t want to end the tours, but sees a need for some controls.

Some ideas that have been proposed include designating specific tour areas and creating an easy system to report violations of whatever rules are created.

At least six companies operate tours to see a wild herd of about 100 horses that roam on about 12,000 acres of the northern Outer Banks. The horses are believed to be descended from Spanish mustangs.

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

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There’s talk along the northern Outer Banks of North Carolina about starting to regulate the tour operators who guide visitors along beaches and back roads to look at wild horses.

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NC woman returns library book, 7 years later

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

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NEW BERN, N.C. — Seven years ago, Rachel Kwasnick checked “Crime and Punishment” out of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library for a school project. She returned it Wednesday.

The New Bern Sun Journal reported Thursday that the 23-year-old woman said she only read the first two chapters when she was a student at West Craven High School.

The book came back during a library program that forgives fines for overdue books in return for food donations to Religious Community Services.

She said fear of punishment kept her from returning the book and thought the fines would be too high. She was surprised when she learned that the library caps fines at $5.

Kwasnick donated several cases of canned goods.

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

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Seven years ago, Rachel Kwasnick checked “Crime and Punishment” out of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library for a school project. She returned it Wednesday.

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NC waterpark resort hiring for 500 jobs in Concord

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

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CONCORD — A new waterpark resort in Concord is searching for employees to fill more than 500 jobs.

Great Wolf Lodge holds a job fair Thursday through Saturday at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. It offers an 80,000-square-foot indoor water park and more than 400 hotel rooms.

Available jobs are in all departments, and the company needs people in hourly, salaried and supervisory positions. The jobs include hospitality positions like front desk, housekeeping, and spa services. There are also jobs for retail clerks, maintenance workers, and food and beverage servers.

The resort off Interstate 85 opens at the end of March.

The job fair at the speedway will be noon-8 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

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

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A new waterpark resort in Concord is searching for employees to fill more than 500 jobs.

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