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Archive for March, 2009

Swap and Shop time nears for prom night

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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Wilmington Health Access for Teens is sponsoring its sixth annual Prom Dress Swap and Shop on Friday.

Girls will be able to bring a dress to swap for another one, and if they do not have a dress to bring, it is only twenty dollars to buy one.

Girls will also have the chance to visit with health vendors and pick up information about making healthy decisions on prom night. “Prom time, there’s a lot of opportunities to engage in riskier behaviors and what we want to do is give them the information they need so they can lower their risk and try to minimize those risky situations,” said WHAT Education Director, Geoff Zuckerman.

Friday’s event will be held at the First Baptist Church Activity Center on Independence Boulevard from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

You can drop dresses off at the Wilmington Health Access for Teens office on Oleander Drive through Friday morning.

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Wilmington Health Access for Teens is sponsoring its sixth annual Prom Dress Swap and Shop on Friday.

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Perdue focuses on education at State of the State

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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“Education is the engine that propels North Carolina’s future. It cannot and it will not be sacrificed,” said Governor Perdue.

In her inaugural State of the State address Monday night, Governor Bev Perdue, a former teacher, said focusing on education will allow North Carolina to continue to be competitive in the global market place.

“Even in these tough times, we will increase per pupil spending in our public schools this year,” she said.

Governor Perdue said she plans to go after every federal recovery dollar available. “We’ll put our people back to work by building bridges and paving roads and expanding and renovating our infrastructure,” said Perdue. “It’ll take engineers and architects and contractors and technology experts and laborers.”

Rep. Danny McComas said, “Just throwing money at the problem is not enough, we need to have something more and she was very clear about the fact that she wants accountability and that made me feel good.”

Governor Perdue assured efficiency and transparency when spending taxpayers’ dollars. To help tackle a more than three billion dollar shortfall, the governor said next week she will announce programs and services that will have to be cut.

“I would have liked to heard more about specifics on programs and other areas of the state budget that are going to be affected,” added McComas.

In these tough times, Governor Perdue said she will do whatever it takes to move the Tar Heel State forward. Governor Perdue assured she will not let citizens’ dreams die, and she will work to create ways for people who are out of work to learn new skills.

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videoIn her first State of the State address Monday night, Governor Bev Perdue said it is no longer business as usual in North Carolina.

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Study to track bacteria makes a colorful splash at Wrightsville Beach

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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The water at Wrightsville Beach turned red and green Tuesday. Wrightsville Beach and UNCW performed a companion study to track bacteria found in the water.

Researchers used red and greed dye in Motts Channel and Banks Channel to identify the waters flow pattern. Wrightsville Beach Storm Water Manager, Steve Dellies, said the tests should help with water clean up.

“If we can find where the source is maybe we can do something about it,” said Dellies. “For instance, if it happens to be coming from a human source we don’t know whether it’s coming from a boat or whether it’s a septic system, a sewer system or what it would be.”

Dellies said the bacteria is most likely caused by birds.

It will take at least a week, and one more test, before researchers determine the source.

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The water at Wrightsville Beach turned red and green Tuesday. Wrightsville Beach and UNCW performed a companion study to track bacteria found in the water.

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Pierce indicted on murder charge in police officer’s death

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

A New Hanover County grand jury Tuesday indicted 40-year-old Anthony Pierce on a second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of Wilmington Police officer Richard Matthews on Feb. 18, prosecutors said.

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NC town will allow small chicken farms

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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CHAPEL HILL — The town that’s home to the University of North Carolina’s flagship campus says its OK for homeowners to operate small chicken farms.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Chapel Hill Town Council voted Monday night to allow small-scale chicken farming in the town limits.

The vote will allow people to keep hens in any of the town’s residential districts, affecting about 7,700 households. But no roosters will be allowed.

Until now, up to 20 chickens were permitted in low-density zoning districts that covered only about 140 households. Town planner Rae Buckley estimated that 10 to 20 households in Chapel Hill had been raising chickens.

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

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The town that’s home to the University of North Carolina’s flagship campus says its OK for homeowners to operate small chicken farms.

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