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Archive for March, 2009

Man hospitalized after threatening to jump from Murchison Building

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

A man who threatened to jump from the top of the 11-story Murchison Building on Front Street in downtown Wilmington was taken to a hospital about 5:45 p.m. today, a police department spokeswoman said.

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Local leaders meet with members of Congress in DC

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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This week county leaders from around our area are in the nation’s capital. Bacon and eggs were on the breakfast menu for Congressman Mike McIntyre Tuesday at the new US Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, but there’s little doubt the subject on the mind of the county leaders from southeastern North Carolina is trimming the fat from their budgets.

“It all boils down to economy, and the money. Anything in the world that either the house or the senate or both can do together to get us whatever funds we need just to keep going,” said New Hanover County Commission Chairman Ted Davis.

The county leaders had a chance Tuesday morning to lobby their congressman for help.

They are in Washington for the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference, which is a chance to meet with their representatives

This is Charles Warren’s first trip as a Brunswick County Commissioner. “I came up to bring a package to Congressman McIntyre regarding water and sewer for the town of Caswell. And also I brought up a proposal for the senior citizen home in Leland.”

While the leaders may not find all the answers their looking for, they hope their meetings in Washington can get things moving in the right direction.

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videoThis week county leaders from around our area are in the nation’s capital. Bacon and eggs were on the breakfast menu for Congressman Mike McIntyre Tuesday at the new US Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, but there’s little doubt the subject on the mind of the county leaders from southeastern North Carolina is trimming the fat from their budgets.

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More delays possible with Wrightsville Beach bridge

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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Construction on the Wrightsville Beach bridge could be extended once again.

Construction was scheduled to be completed by the end of February with carry over dates scheduled for the first week in March.

Last week the Department of Transportation said they would need four more days for repairs the week of March 15th.

Now officials say the work could continue until March 29th.

“The time frame has been extended because we’ve had some conflicts with the fender system piling that is at an angle is conflicting with the sheet piling they’re driving to install the coffer dam basically to enclose the area of repair,” said engineer Amanda Glynn.

During construction the bridge will again be closed from 11:30 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.

The DOT has reserved eight more construction days in case more time is needed. After that, one lane could be closed over night if more construction is needed.

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Construction on the Wrightsville Beach bridge could be extended once again.

Now officials say the work could continue until March 29th.

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Free websites that allow you to swap items

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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Instead of old books and movies sitting on a shelf collecting dust, how about swapping them for something more useful?

With the World Wide Web at your fingertips, the saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” takes on a whole new meaning. So here are some sites that offer you the opportunity to clean out the closet, and make room for your new recycled riches.

For the book worms, PaperBackSwap.com is a world wide online library. With more than three million choices, you should have no problem finding a story to wrap up in. There are no late fees – mail a book and get a book in return. You can print the postage directly from your computer.

SwapTree is a place you can not only trade books, but CDs, DVDs, and video games for free. So if you are ready to retire the classics and pick up the latest hits, this is could be your swapping stop shop.

If you want to get rid of an old car, cell phone, or appliance FreeCycle is a great place to do so. The FreeCycle network is made up of individual groups across the globe that are giving and getting stuff for free in their own towns. The only rule; everything posted must be at no cost, legal, and appropriate for all ages.

You can even swap your home online for free when you go on vacation. And it is becoming a very popular practice. Itamos.com offers home swaps in more than 60 countries. Instead of staying in a hotel when you travel abroad, you can stay in a private home, and the owners can stay in yours.

There are plenty of other sites where you can swap your stuff:

Bookins.com
SwitchPlanet.com
BarterPalace.com
and TradeGamesNow.com

Based on what we have seen from the user reviews, these sites seem to be effective, but as with anything on the internet, use caution and common sense before sending anything off.

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videoCan the internet help you clean out the garage? From used cars and cell phones to old furniture and bicycles, we all have stuff we no longer use that clutters up our lives.

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Woman charged in Church Street stabbing

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Wilmington police charged a woman in connection with the stabbing of a man Monday night in a Church Street home.

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