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New Hanover County school officials are asking for parents help

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

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Schools officials in New Hanover County need your help.

Parents with students in New Hanover County schools are being encouraged to attend a district improvement meeting Thursday night.

Parents can offer suggestions and ideas to administrators on how to better area schools. This is the third year the Department of Public Instruction has placed the county under improvement status for not meeting their annual yearly progress.

New Hanover County Schools spokesperson, Valita Quattlebaum said, “Parental involvement is the biggest piece. We need parents to get involved and take it seriously and make sure to do things like making sure your child do his homework. If there is a problem, make sure the child gets that extra help they need, go to the school, talk to the principal. We need to improve in parental involvement.”

Parents will also be presented with information on the progress the district has made.

The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Dale Spencer Education Building.

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Parents with students in New Hanover County schools are being encouraged to attend a district improvement meeting Thursday night.

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Titan, unable to meet deadline, declines state rail access funds

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Titan America will turn down a $200,000 grant from the state that would have helped pay for railroad access to the proposed cement plant.

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3 UNCW students snared in drug raid, heroin seized

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Three University of North Carolina Wilmington students were arrested on heroin trafficking charges Wednesday when agents from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Squad raided a condominium behind campus.

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A Wilmington adult store is left wondering why it is being forced to close

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

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The city has closed the doors on a Wilmington adult entertainment store, despite the fact that similar shops operate less than a half a mile away.

“If we’re in violation, I know the other stores are,” said Jeanne Sutton, Intimate Bliss manager.

Intimate Bliss was slapped with a zoning violation in November. Sutton said about 6 months ago, 16 detectives, policemen and city zoning people spent four days inside the store, investigating; taking with them DVD’s and other merchandise. After putting up a six month fight, its owner decided to give in and shut down.

The business was called to the city’s attention by a citizen complaint. “In this particular case, the business had said they were going to be a lingerie store, not an adult establishment,” said Malissa Talbert, Wilmington spokesperson.

According to city zoning laws, adult establishments are not allowed in that area of the city, yet there are at least four adult stores within two miles of Intimate Bliss; and some as close as half a mile away.

Intimate Bliss had been, licensed and operating here for more than two years. But what is classified as an adult establishment gets a little tricky. “You’re not only looking at the type of materials, but how much and where within the business. So there are a number of different nuances, you almost have to look at each case individually,” Talbert said.

Still, some even use adult as a selling point along the stretch of Market Street. Malissa Talbert said it may just be as simple as less retail space is devoted to adult materials, or maybe other stores are even operating illegally and just haven’t been caught.

In the meantime, Jeanne Sutton said, the city has required Intimate Bliss to shut its doors on or before March 31st. “It’s been really sad. We’ve been here a long time, we have a lot of regulars, and when we tell them what’s happening, they say what about the other places, you know?”

As part of the agreement, Intimate Bliss is not allowed to advertise a going out of business sale. Instead, it must say it is closing because the store violated the city’s zoning codes.

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videoThe city has closed the doors on a Wilmington adult entertainment store, despite the fact that similar shops operate less than a half a mile away.

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Instead of a phone call, a father and son reunion

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Brennen Kosmeh expected to spend a few minutes on the phone with his father Thursday. Instead, his teacher at Belville Elementary School had a surprise waiting for him, all the way from Iraq.

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