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Taxi drivers take scenic route around permits

Monday, February 16th, 2009

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There’s a lengthy waiting list to become a taxi driver in the city of Wilmington. Rather than waiting in line, some cabbies are turning to other ways of registering within the city.

The city of Wilmington registers it’s taxis by assigning drivers what are called “W Numbers.”

Jimmy Allen owns and operates Allen’s Taxi company. He’s been waiting for a W Number for over a year.

The city issued permit that allows cab operators to pick up and drop off passengers within city limits, but without that number, taxi’s can only take on riders in New Hanover County, outside the city limits, and the airport.

Allen said some taxi companies are going about getting W Numbers the wrong way. “Basically it’s like black market. Smaller companies that aren’t doing the right thing, or can’t sustain business, are selling their W Numbers which is totally illegal but no one is responding to that.”

The city of Wilmington has a taxi inspector whose job is to keep track of what cars are registered within the city by pulling over taxis, and checking their W Numbers.

Those taxi’s serving New Hanover County don’t need to register with the county at all. They just need a car with insurance and a taxi sign.

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There’s a lengthy waiting list to become a taxi driver in the city of Wilmington. Rather than waiting in line, some cabbies are turning to other ways of registering within the city.

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School bus hit from behind

Monday, February 16th, 2009

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A New Hanover County school bus was involved in a traffic crash this afternoon.

The bus was rear-ended by a white sedan, when it stopped to drop kids off at the 400 block of Racine Drive.

No injuries were reported, but the accident did hold up traffic while cleanup crews cleared the roadway. No word as to whether the driver of the car will be charged.

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A New Hanover County school bus was involved in a traffic crash this afternoon.

The bus was rear-ended by a white sedan, when it stopped to drop kids off at the 400 block of Racine Drive.

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Need for financial aid on the rise

Monday, February 16th, 2009

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Applications for financial aid have spiked 30 percent since last year in North Carolina, as more students seek help amid the economic recession.

North Carolina is expected to offer about $300 million in need-based aid this year.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, deadline is March, and a college foundation spokesperson says the earlier applicants turn in the paper work, the better their chances for receiving aid.

If you’re a high school senior needing help filling our your FAFSA, you can participate in FAFSA Day this Saturday. For more information, contact your school’s guidance counselor.

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Applications for financial aid have spiked 30 percent since last year in North Carolina, as more students seek help amid the economic recession.

North Carolina is expected to offer about $300 million in need-based aid this year.

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Admitted burglar gets jail term, drug rehab

Monday, February 16th, 2009

An admitted drug addict will undergo treatment during the last two years of his prison term after he admitted to breaking into nearly a dozen homes last year.

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Belville panel puts spotlight on safety

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Belville | This small northern Brunswick County town has decided it doesn’t need its own police force yet but wants residents to map out how it can be safer.Led by town commissioner Mark McAllister and with area residents from different walks of life, the Belville Citizen Safety Committee began by defining safety at its recent first meeting.

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