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Archive for February, 2009

Boiling Spring Lakes getting traffic signal at site of fatal wreck

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

State legislators announced Wednesday that a traffic signal will be placed at an intersection in Boiling Spring Lakes, where a city employee’s son was killed in an accident.The N.C. Board of Transportation approved the traffic signal at N.C. 87 and East Boiling Spring Road, an intersection near the City Hall.

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Early Risers with a Valentine’s Day twist

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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Our weekly Early Risers series has focused on people who have to be at work a littler earlier than normal, but this week, a Valentine’s twist.

Florists do not usually work extremely early in the morning, but wait until the holiday of love comes around. That’s when their hours become thorny.

The parking lot at Fiore Fine Flowers is usually empty early in the morning. But on this day, preparations for Cupid’s big day are well underway.

Lonnie Taylor, a floral designer at Fiore said, “We’ll probably work all night Wednesday night, Thursday night, and probably most of the night Friday night. Hard labor, hard labor.”

Lonnie began designing floral arrangements 23 years ago. With nearly two dozen Valentine’s days under his belt, he knows which day of the week the holiday falls upon can be good or bad for business.

“Usually, if it’s Monday through Friday, it is a wonderful Valentine’s for florists but a Saturday or Sunday Valentine is typically half of what it normally is,” Taylor said.

But that does not mean they are not getting ready in the hopes of Cupid’s arrow spurring lovebirds to do more than just stop and smell the roses, because there will be plenty of them.

The cooler isn’t packed right now, but soon they’ll be receiving a shipment of 700 roses plus your garden variety flowers like tulips and irises.

The long hours during the week of Valentine’s Day gets prickly, but florists say that’s a good thing. Florist, Jean Rosenberg said, “I am hoping we get a lot of phone calls and we get a lot of orders and we have a lot of people coming through the doors cause we’re prepared for them, we are ready.”

Even if it means opening two and a half hours earlier than they usually do. “That means we’re coming in a little bit earlier so we may have our hair standing on end by the end of the afternoon but we’re happy to do it,” added Rosenberg.

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videoFlorists do not usually work extremely early in the morning, but wait until the holiday of love comes around. That’s when their hours become thorny.

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McIntyre selected as vice chairman

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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Local Congressman Mike McIntyre has been unanimously selected as the vice chairman of the Armed Services Terrorism Subcommittee.

McIntyre will be in a key position to work on national defense issues in the global war on terrorism.

The subcommittee is charged with oversight of all special operation forces, including the
Green Berets, Delta Force, Army Rangers and Navy Seals.

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Local Congressman Mike McIntyre has been unanimously selected as the vice chairman of the Armed Services Terrorism Subcommittee.

McIntyre will be in a key position to work on national defense issues in the global war on terrorism.

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Hospital system hurt by economy

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Dosher Memorial Hospital administrators will try to save the annual barbecue in May, but the employee-appreciation gifts won’t be coming this year.Neither will pay raises for the Southport hospital’s 300 workers, nor travel money for its board members.

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Coats for Kids a warming tale

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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A recent coat drive coordinated by the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was a huge success.

“Coats for Kids” has collected over five hundred coats that are ready to be distributed to children in need.

Jackets range in size from children’s small through adult extra-large.

If you know any kids in need from pre-school to high school, please contact the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office to find out how to get them a coat.

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A recent coat drive coordinated by the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was a huge success.

“Coats for Kids” has collected over five hundred coats that are ready to be distributed to children in need.

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