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Annual Home Tour sneak peak

Monday, March 30th, 2009

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Owners of ten of downtown Wilmington’s most historic and unique homes will open their doors to the public this weekend as part of the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Annual Home Tour.

Lynne Boney and her husband have lived in their South Front Street home for 23 years. During that time, they’ve spent countless hours restoring it. “Looking back, you can honestly say that we really bought a shell of a house.”

The house was built around 1890 and the walls hold precious history, especially in the unique double parlor. “I saw in the plaster, written in beautiful handwriting on the plaster walls in pencil, Caroline’s wedding and it was a date like October 1914 or something,” Lynne said.

She said her kitchen, as well as the well-lighted open space, are her favorite parts of her beloved home.

Not far from the Boney’s home is the Spetrino’s house on Church Street.

Although built in 2007, it’s praised for being a charming addition to the historic neighborhood. “I can’t imagine, not only as a builder, but as a homeowner, a greater compliment than having our very important and well defined Historic Wilmington Foundation considering our home as being part of history,” said David Spetrino.

David Spetrino said he and his family enjoy the family room and kitchen, but his favorite part of his house is outside. “We spend a lot of time on the porch, it’s a great relaxing comfortable feeling,” David said.

All of the homes on the tour offer their own unique qualities visitors will be able to enjoy. The historic home tour is Saturday and Sunday.

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videoOwners of ten of downtown Wilmington’s most historic and unique homes will open their doors to the public this weekend as part of the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Annual Home Tour.

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Star-News forges advertising partnership with Yahoo

Monday, March 30th, 2009

The Star-News has teamed with Yahoo to offer technology that allows advertisers to target and track local online customers according to their interests and demographics.

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Money Monday: Saving money on healthcare

Monday, March 30th, 2009

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In this week’s Money Monday we talk with Carol Highsmith from UNCW School Of Nursing about ways people can save money on health care.

Below are a list of some useful links and information to find out more about saving on health care in your county.

New Hanover County

New Hanover County Health Department
Cape Fear Health Net
Tileston Health Clinic
New Hanover Community Health Center

Brunswick County

Brunswick County Adult Health
Cape Fear Health Net

Pender County
Pender County Health Department

Columbus County
Columbus County Health Department
– Columbus Community Health Center – 910-641-0202
– Whiteville Urgent Care (Columbus County) 910-640-2611

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In this week’s Money Monday we talk with Carol Highsmith from UNCW School Of Nursing about ways people can save money on health care.

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Friends and family mourn drowning death of Cody Hammond

Monday, March 30th, 2009

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A 15-year-old West Bladen High School student drowned Sunday afternoon, and on Monday, friends and family mourned his passing.

Ken Hammond was overcome with emotion, struggling to accept the death of his 15-year-old son Cody.

Friends said Cody and three other boys went for a swim in a reservoir next to Big Swamp Sunday afternoon. They were attempting to swim from an island in the middle, back to shore. But Cody Hammond didn’t make it.

“The loss hurts bad. I worry a whole lot about his dad, Ken. He’s very close to me,” said Steve Thurman, Cody’s coach and teacher.

Cody was a sophomore on the varsity baseball team at West Bladen. Friends and family said playing baseball was what Cody lived for. “He was the kind of person that just had a vision and once he locked onto it that was it; and baseball was it for him,” said family friend Russell Benson.

“Win or lose, we always had a good time, we always had each other’s backs, on and off the ball field,” said Cody’s teammate Zachary Davenport.

It took four water rescue teams about four hours to find Cody’s body.

At his school, the flags flew at half-staff Monday.

Classmates say he was an overall good guy.

“He was the kind of kid that everyone knew. He was real real nice, always happy, always had a joke to tell you never really see him upset or anything,” said classmate Nicole Thompson.

Friends said Cody knew how to swim, and had a pool in his backyard, but the distance the boys were swimming on Sunday seemed to pose a problem. Friends said another one of the boys needed help making it to shore, and when they turned back to look for Cody, he was under water.

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A 15-year-old West Bladen High School student drowned Sunday afternoon, and on Monday, friends and family mourned his passing.

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Online tips from the iDesk

Monday, March 30th, 2009

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Making big money from home sounds like a dream job, but often times, work from home ads are scams. There are plenty of scams to go around on the internet, so how do you know if an online ad or e-mail is legitimate?

Scammers are getting pretty inventive with their tricks so it is best to do some research first. Scammer-Alert.com is a website dedicated to exposing the truth about online money making scams. It is run by a man named Frank Matthews. We are not quite sure where he gets his information from, but he does offer some good tips.

The North Carolina Department of Justice also keeps track of online job scams. Visit the Consumer Protection Division where you can see a list of the most recent scams, or file a complaint about a scam you have found. If you are not sure, you can always call the DOJ’s toll free number, 1-877- 5-NO-SCAM.

Monday is National Doctor’s Day, so make sure to say thanks to your doctor. If you are looking for a physician you can trust, head to the web for plenty of resources.

The first place to go is the North Carolina Medical Board‘s website. You can search by a doctor’s name, or by location. For example, if you need a cardiologist and you live in Wilmington, NC Medical Board online shows a list of 17 physicians specializing in cardiology, along with license details, and contact information.

ABMS.org offers a similar service, along with explanations of what being board certified means. They also offer advice on how to be a smart patient.

Vitals.com is another site where you can research a doctor’s experience, license, and training. But since the site isn’t regulated by a government agency, the results are not guaranteed to be one hundred percent accurate.

If you are still not sure if the physician you’ve chosen is legit, check them out with the Better Business Bureau, to see if other patients have issued formal complaints.

Want to know what’s happening in our state government? A new website aims to help.

NCOpenBook.gov was created by an executive order signed by Governor Bev Perdue. The website’s intent is to make state government more transparent, and allow residents access to what is going-on in government.

The website has a searchable database of about 2,500 state contracts and 5,000 available grants. The site also features detailed information about the performance of state agencies.

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There are plenty of scams to go around on the internet, so how do you know if an online ad or e-mail is legitimate? Plus, how can you find a physician you trust, and how you can follow the state government.

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