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Archive for February, 2009

With a mechanical voice, Reena Roberts tells TRU story of smoking dangers

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

With a Southern-drawled but mechanical voice, Reena Roberts told the teens how she was smoking and already sick when she was their age.

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Parents concerned about school redistricting in Brunswick County

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

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Two new schools are set to open next year, Town Creek Elementary and Cedar Grove Middle. Redistricting lines have been drawn for four different scenarios by the Brunswick School Board and not all parents are pleased.

Many Brunswick County parents are concerned about keeping their children close to home.

So far, the school board has held a planning meeting and two public forums to hear from parents. Still, parents say they haven’t received any information until this week on any possible changes.

Executive Director of Operations, Stephen Miley said even though options are on the table, nothing is final. “We will be considering the additional comments as they are coming in and perhaps even developing a fifth, or even a sixth scenario.”

Miley said district lines will be drawn that make the most sense for transportation reasons as well as not intentionally dividing communities. “It’s a matter of finding the one that is the best for the most people.”

But when most of the students are concentrated in the northeastern part of the county and a school needs to be filled in the middle of the county, someone will have to move.

Once redistricting is complete, 1200 students will have to be shifted in some way, a shift these parents say has to make sense.

Parents can give school officials their concerns through email on their website and by phone. So far, more than 60 emails have been received from concerned parents.

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videoTwo new schools are set to open next year, Town Creek Elementary and Cedar Grove Middle. Redistricting lines have been drawn for four different scenarios and not all parents are pleased.

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Cooperative Bank in “troubled condition,” FDIC says

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Regulators have classified Cooperative Bank as in “troubled condition” and undercapitalized, the bank’s interim CEO, Todd L. Sammons, said Wednesday.The Wilmington-based bank was notified of the actions earlier this month, Sammons said.

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Fayetteville considers free wireless for downtown

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

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FAYETTEVILLE — Fayetteville officials are considering how to turn the city’s downtown into a hotspot with free wireless Internet service.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday that the service would make the city more attractive to the soldiers and their families who will move there as part of base realignment by 2011.

The chief of the city’s information technology system is studying the issue. Stanley Victrim says for a community not to have full broadband access now is almost like saying the city doesn’t have paved roads.

The Fayetteville Public Works Commission and elected officials have discussed the issue for the past year but haven’t decided on specifics for cost or design.

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

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Fayetteville officials are considering how to turn the city’s downtown into a hotspot with free wireless Internet service.

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NC man pleads not guilty to shooting father

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

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HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — A North Carolina man has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity for the shooting death of his father and opening fire at his former high school.

Alvaro Castillo entered the plea Wednesday morning in Hillsborough after Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour ruled Castillo was competent to stand trial for the August 2006 shootings.

The 21-year-old Castillo is charged with shooting and killing his 65-year-old father and then driving to Orange County High School, where he fired at the school with a rifle and a shotgun.

Castillo entered not guilty by reason of insanity pleas to all of the charges, which include first-degree murder. He has been in Central Prison in Raleigh since the shootings. Trial is set for July 27.

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

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A North Carolina man has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity for the shooting death of his father and opening fire at his former high school.

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