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Archive for March, 2009

NC police looking for man after finding 4 dead

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

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CONOVER, N.C. — North Carolina authorities are looking for a man who may have information about the deaths of four people found in a Catawba County home.

WSOC-TV reports that the bodies of a woman and her three children – two girls and a young boy – were found around 7 a.m. Thursday in a home just north of Conover. Authorities say the
victims all had been either shot or stabbed to death.

Officials say a neighbor called 911 after seeing the mother attacked on her front porch.

Authorities are looking for a man in his late 30s or early 40s, about 5-foot-4 who was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweat shirt. Officials say he may be in a black or dark blue Toyota Camry.

Four nearby schools have been put on lockdown while authorities search the area.

Conover is about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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North Carolina authorities are looking for a man who may have information about the deaths of four people found in a Catawba County home.

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Report praises NC’s improved graduation rate

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A new report shows North Carolina is among the top 10 states where high school graduation rates dramatically improved between 2002 and 2006.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University released a report Thursday that said North Carolina’s graduation rate improved from 68 percent in 2002 to 72 percent in 2006. The state ranked eighth among states that saw gains and had a net gain of 3,900 graduates.

But the report warns that North Carolina still has an overall graduation rate below the national average of 75 percent. Yet it’s an improvement from 2002, when the state’s graduation rate ranked among the nation’s lowest.

The report says North Carolina’s improvement appears to have been partially offset by declines in the percent of seniors receiving diplomas, which fell 1.9 percent.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A new report shows North Carolina is among the top 10 states where high school graduation rates dramatically improved between 2002 and 2006.

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NC’s Ghost Town files for bankruptcy protection

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

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MAGGIE VALLEY, N.C. — A mountaintop tourist park in North Carolina that has struggled financially since reopening almost two years ago has filed for bankruptcy protection.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Thursday that Ghost Town in the Sky filed Tuesday for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Old West-themed amusement park in Maggie Valley reopened in May 2007 after being closed for five years. The park is scheduled to reopen
May 15.

One of Ghost Town’s five managing partners said the U.S. Agriculture Department holds a 70 percent guarantee on the primary loan facility held by a bank. Lynn Sylvester said the USDA has indicated it’s willing to participate in a restructured debt arrangement.

Ghost Town employs more than 200 people during the season and has an annual payroll of more than $2 million.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A mountaintop tourist park in North Carolina that has struggled financially since reopening almost two years ago has filed for bankruptcy protection.

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Passengers with Pierce get charged

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

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Anthony Pierce was driving the car police were chasing when Officer Matthews was responding as back up. There were two male passengers in the car with him. They are not facing murder charges.

Eric Smith and Matthew Hendy have been charged with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and as felons in possession of a firearm.

Smith, who is from Winston-Salem, has previous offenses for marijuana and paraphernalia possession.

Hendy, who is from Hampstead, has also been on probation as well as convicted of trafficking cocaine.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Anthony Pierce was driving the car police were chasing when Officer Matthews was responding as back up. There were two male passengers in the car with him. They are not facing murder charges.

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NC’s High Point University continues to grow

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — High Point University’s president says the private school in North Carolina is weathering the economic storm so well that it continues to hire new staff and expects more students on campus this fall.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported that High Point President Nido Qubein told the board of trustees Wednesday that the school’s growth numbers are “phenomenal.” The school has hired 35 faculty and staff members this year and plans to hire 60 more before August.

High Point University had 1,900 students on campus this year and predicts 2,300 next session.

Qubein says the school’s endowment has lost 30 percent of its value, or $16 million. But he says only about 1 percent of that endowment is used for operational costs.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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High Point University’s president says the private school in North Carolina is weathering the economic storm so well that it continues to hire new staff and expects more students on campus this fall.

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