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Archive for February, 2009

Early retirement a difficult choice for county workers

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Ann Barkley is one of an estimated 215 county employees facing a difficult decision: Retire early, take a sweet pot of incentives and help the county deal with a budget shortfall, or continue working?

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Funeral arrangements announced for WPD officer

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Funeral arrangements were announced Friday for the Wilmington police officer who died while responding to a call.

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Jump Rope for Heart takes place at Alderman Elementary

Friday, February 20th, 2009

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Kids at Alderman Elementary School were jumping out of their chairs today, and that was a good thing!

During gym class, students in every grade took part in Jump Rope for Heart. It is a national program sponsored by the American Heart Association.

There were several stations set up, including Single Dutch, Double Dutch, and Limbo. The students said they had a good time, and learned a lot about physical fitness.

“It helps people to get interactive and it helps you pump your lungs and your heart to get flowing,” said Ciriniti McCain.

Amanda Gilmore added, “We’re supposed to Jump Rope for Heart to make people feel better and it’s all about having fun today.”

All students were encouraged to collect donations from family and friends. The proceeds will go to benefit the American Heart Association.

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Kids at Alderman Elementary School were jumping out of their chairs today, and that was a good thing!

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System gives top marks to most NC homes evaluated

Friday, February 20th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Virtually all of North Carolina’s adult care homes included in a new rating system are getting top marks under a system that awards stars to the homes.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the ratings don’t include any serious violations that happened before Jan. 1.

Ratings for more than 60 centers were to be available online at noon Friday and the newspaper said about 95 percent of them get top ratings. North Carolina has about 1,2000 adult care homes, including family-care homes for six or fewer residents, as well as
assisting living centers which are usually much larger.

State Rep. Jennifer Weiss says under the new system, the ratings only reflect inspections that have been conducted this year. Weiss says the new star-rating system will encourage the homes to work hard for positive inspections.

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

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Virtually all of North Carolina’s adult care homes included in a new rating system are getting top marks under a system that awards stars to the homes.

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Southeastern N.C. experiencing drought conditions again

Friday, February 20th, 2009

The Wilmington area and the rest of the state are now back in drought conditions.The designation by the U.S. Drought Monitor comes as the region endures La Nina conditions, a weather pattern prompted by a cooling of the waters in the equatorial Pacific that generally means drier conditions in the Southeastern United States.

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