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Ferry service limited

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

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If you’re planning on taking the Southport – Fort Fisher ferry this weekend, you may want to re-think your route.

The DOT has suspended half of its runs while mechanics work on the engine of one of the two ferryboats.

Normally, ferries run every forty-five minutes, but due to the repair work there are gaps in the run times during the middle of the day.

You can check the schedule by calling 1-800-NCFERRY. The repair work is expected to last through Monday.

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If you’re planning on taking the Southport – Fort Fisher ferry this weekend, you may want to re-think your route. The DOT has suspended half of its runs while mechanics work on the engine of one of the two ferryboats.

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Future scientists match wits at Olypiad Science Fair

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

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UNCW hosted their annual Olympiad Science Fair on Saturday. It was a chance for area middle and high school students to be creative and competitive.

Future scientists and engineers spent their day creating and developing things like catapults made from PVC pipes and cars they made from scratch.

The competition was stiff, but Clay David was happy because his catapult worked just right. “I did really good, I hit the first target and the second target,” the sixth grader said.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for Jeremy Ring and William Wagner. Their catapult threw the ball too far.

“There were a lot of variables, because we had people doing it, instead of something mechanical,” Wagner said.

“We had to think about how to keep it steady,” Ring added.

Other participants were testing out their homemade rocket. “It’s really engaging and it’s nice to see kids get respect for developing academic knowledge and skill sets.”

Volunteers from General Electric were on board to try all the inventions and give some real life advice on the world of engineering.

A total of 21 middle school and 17 high school teams from the five county area participated.

Top winners of Saturday’s Olympiad will qualify to compete in the state fair in April.

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UNCW hosted their annual Olympiad Science Fair on Saturday. It was a chance for area middle and high school students to be creative and competitive.

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Fake disaster may make for real careers

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Friday night, Stacy Cable and her daughter tried tango lessons. Sunday, they planned to do some gardening. But on Saturday morning, Cable stood very still in a bathroom at the University of North Carolina Wilmington while her daughter, nursing student Amanda Kurtz, finished embedding a piece of glass in Cable’s forehead.

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Brunswick’s mental health court a treatment for strained judicial system

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

When Sam Randall told Ola Lewis there was a problem with the court system and she had to fix it, Brunswick County’s senior resident Superior Court judge agreed. She was up to the defense attorney’s challenge, but under one condition: He had to help.

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Here Now: Effort fights panhandling by targeting homelessness

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

If a panhandler approaches this summer as you stroll downtown, you’ll have a new option. You can look him or her in the eye, smile and say, “Instead of giving this change to you, I’m going to put it in this yellow meter, where it will be used to reduce homelessness.”

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