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Archive for March, 2009

Students discover learning about pi can be fun

Friday, March 13th, 2009

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Today, the Cape Fear Museum honored the famous number pi.

Not pie that you eat, but the pi you learned about in math class; you know, the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle which is about equal to 3.14.

Hundreds of New Hanover County elementary students celebrated the math formula for finding the circumference and diameter of a circle with fun and games. The event included hands-on activities to help kids appreciate math.

“Pi is about circles and the circumference is the outside of the circle,” said Ellie Landis, a third grade student at Winter Park Elementary.

Pi day is officially tomorrow for March 14th. “We are learning about math and different things, and we are learning about Pi Day which I get it now is on March 14th ( 3/14) and that equals pi,” explained Cameron Howard, a Gregory Elementary fifth grader.

So today, it was pi minus .01.

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Today, the Cape Fear Museum honored the famous number pi.

Not pie that you eat, but the pi you learned about in math class; you know, the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle which is about equal to 3.14.

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NC Maritime Museum trying to stay afloat

Friday, March 13th, 2009

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The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Southport could be on the chopping block because of state budget cuts.

Museum supporters pleaded their case at last night’s Board of Aldermen meeting. They want to house the museum in the city’s parks and recreation building, and are asking the city to lease it to the state for one dollar a year, for ten years.

The board didn’t vote one way or another, but passed a resolution of intent to authorize the lease.

Supporters say that vote is better than nothing. “It’s not an adversarial thing, it’s just that there’s a lot of requests and representing the museum, the state museum here, we are appealing to have this building. If we don’t get it, the museum goes away. It’s been here for almost 20 years now,” said Walt Madsen who is a member of the Friends of NC Maritime Museum at Southport.

The board plans to do some more research on the issue. Looking into other ways of keeping state funding for the museum, and possibly looking for other locations, so the Parks and Rec Department won’t have to move. They’ll vote on the issue at their next meeting.

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The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Southport could be on the chopping block because of state budget cuts.

Museum supporters pleaded their case at last night’s Board of Aldermen meeting. They want to house the museum in the city’s parks and recreation building, and are asking the city to lease it to the state for one dollar a year, for ten years.

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Two injured in Pender County crash

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Two people are recovering after a wreck Thursday evening in Pender County.Trooper Long with the N.C. Highway Patrol said a vehicle traveling westbound on N.C. 53 ran off the right side of the road, over-corrected and then traveled over the center line and hit a vehicle traveling east.

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Should background checks be done for school volunteers?

Friday, March 13th, 2009

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At a New Hanover County PTA meeting this week, some said background checks shouldn’t just end with principals and teachers. They said it might be a good idea to check up on school volunteers, and chaperones as well.

Bill Garmon volunteers at his daughter’s school in New Hanover County every chance he gets. He said he has never been asked for a background check. “It wouldn’t bother me a bit. It shouldn’t bother anyone who volunteers with the school system. If you have something in the past that you don’t want to have come out of the closet so to speak, it makes you wonder if that person should be volunteering to begin with.”

Before having direct contact with a child, every school employee in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties all undergo a background check.

“We know that the adults that interact with them have to be checked just to make sure they are not in a dangerous situation,” said John Welmers, the NHC Assistant Superintendent.

Officials in Pender and Brunswick counties said volunteers and chaperones are also required to have criminal checks.

This is not the case in New Hanover County. John Welmers said it’s not necessary. “As long as there is a teacher present with the students and visitor then we feel like we are in good shape.”

Checking into someone’s past does not come cheap. Each school district sets aside thousands of dollars for criminal background checks.

A county check costs just a few dollars, but a nation-wide criminal check can run into the hundreds.

More than one hundred people volunteer at New Hanover County schools each year. With numbers like that, parents like Bill Garmon still think the county should take the extra precaution. “I think that is still needed, just for the safety for our children. Not that I think a volunteer would do anything, but in this day and age the question is still on the edge of your mind.”

New Hanover County Assistant Superintendent John Welmers said it is a touchy issue to check every parent that wants to visit their student. It can become a privacy issue and a slippery slope.

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videoAt a New Hanover County PTA meeting this week, some said background checks shouldn’t just end with principals and teachers. They said it might be a good idea to check up on school volunteers, and chaperones as well.

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Cape Fear Memorial Bridge among worst in state

Friday, March 13th, 2009

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According to a survey done by AAA, more than 46,000 cars travel over the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge each day — that’s more than 300,000 cars a week. Still, the drivers we spoke with say they weren’t surprised to find the bridge among the ten worst in the state of North Carolina.

“From time to time it is pretty bad; traffic is bad, they need another bridge,” said Clifford Richards who travels over the bridge frequently.

AAA ranked the North Carolina bridges based on government sufficiency ratings and vehicle traffic. The survey is an effort to show the need for legislative funding.

But DOT Division Engineer Allen Pope said drivers shouldn’t be concerned about the poor ranking. “It has shown some age, we’ve done some things to give it some face lifts, but the bridge is still safe to travel across or we wouldn’t allow folks to travel it.”

The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge was built in 1969 and has definitely had some wear and tear. This year, the bridge fell five spots from last years ranking.

The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge’s two upgrades in 2008 were not factored into the survey, which means the bridge could already be on the road to recovery.

Nearly thirty percent of North Carolina bridges received a sub-standard rating, but none pose an immediate threat to drivers.

Governor Bev Perdue recently said seventy highway and bridge projects will be funded by money from the economic stimulus, however the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is not one of them.

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videoAccording to a survey done by AAA, more than 46,000 cars travel over the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge each day — that’s more than 300,000 cars a week. Still, the drivers we spoke with say they weren’t surprised to find the bridge among the ten worst in the state of North Carolina.

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