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Archive for February, 2009

Just enough snow to cancel school for some on Wednesday

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

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Whiteville wasn’t too white today, but white enough.

A light dusting of snow was enough to close Whiteville and Columbus County schools.

Columbus County started on a two-hour delay and then closed.

Whiteville city schools had a routine start, with school buses in route. They picked up students, brought them to school, and then decided to close for the day.

City School Superintendent Randy Shaver said it’s never an easy call, but its better to be safe than sorry. “It is a superintendents nightmare to have the snow start after the buses have started their morning runs. We decided it was best to bring them to schools and unfortunately during that 40 minute period the snow got really thick and really heavy, it really didn’t impact the roads very much but we thought it might.”

Today’s snow day will have to be made up either sometime in April, during Easter break, or on Memorial Day. The school board will decide tomorrow.

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Whiteville wasn’t too white today, but white enough.

A light dusting of snow was enough to close Whiteville and Columbus County schools.

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Time Warner announces layoffs

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

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Time Warner Cable said it is laying off more than 1,200 people over the next few weeks due to slowing growth.

The layoffs are in addition to the 500 jobs lost last year. A regional spokesperson said about 150 people will be laid off across North and South Carolina.

Time Warner expects to save $90 million a year from the job cuts.

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Time Warner Cable said it is laying off more than 1,200 people over the next few weeks due to slowing growth.

The layoffs are in addition to the 500 jobs lost last year. A regional spokesperson said about 150 people will be laid off across North and South Carolina.

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Deputies arrest two, seize 10 pounds of marijuana

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

An anonymous tip led to two drug arrests and the seizure of 10 pounds of marijuana by New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday night.

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Threat shuts down Brunswick newspaper, doctor’s office

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

A threatening phone call Wednesday morning caused employees at a Brunswick County newspaper and a doctor’s office to be evacuated for a couple of hours.Sarah Hiatt, a customer service representative at the Brunswick Beacon, said a man called The Beacon and threatened to blow up some of the newspaper boxes in Brunswick County.

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Jobs with New Hanover County schools few and far between

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

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For college grads looking to start their careers at New Hanover County schools, they might be out of luck.

To match their shrinking budget, New Hanover County schools are being forced to tighten their belts.

Zac Singleton graduated from UNCW in 2004. He’s back at the career center trying to land a job as a teacher at New Hanover County schools, but he’s not having much luck.

UNCW Career Center Director Diane Reed said, “It’s very tough to get an education position.”

That’s because there are no jobs openings at New Hanover County schools. They’re facing major budget cuts, and were forced to cut back.

“We are not going to grow, not looking to expand any programs, we are cutting a little bit, and think about how we distribute the workload,” explained Susan Hahn, NHC School Human Resources Director.

Part of NHC’s budget cuts include cutting back on any non-essential travel, but school board members are still headed to San Diego for a national conference that they say is going to get the school system out of something they are calling school improvement status.

That means right now, some students are testing below their grade levels. The cost to send three board members to the conference is more than $6,000

School board member Elizabeth Redenbaugh said it’s well worth it. “The price is miniscule compared to what Dorothy, Nick and I can bring back to the county.”

Another part of the budget cuts includes canceling their private job fair at UNCW. Typically each school in the county sets up a booth, but how can you hold a job fair, with no jobs?

UNCW will be holding their annual job fair as scheduled in March. They anticipate more than forty schools in the area to attend, which they said is a good number considering the economy.

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videoFor college grads looking to start their careers at New Hanover County schools, they might be out of luck.

To match their shrinking budget, New Hanover County schools are being forced to tighten their belts.

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