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Archive for March, 2009

Burn gets out of control in Boiling Spring Lakes

Monday, March 9th, 2009

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A prescribed burn in Brunswick County got out of control Monday afternoon. Although there are several nearby homes, none of them had to be evacuated.

The fire happened off Polaris Drive, which is off East Boiling Spring Road in Boiling Spring Lakes, not far from the Camp Pretty Pond Girl Scout Camp.

Fire officials said the National Conservancy was conducting an annual controlled burn, when strong winds picked up and carried the fire. Fifteen acres were out of control, although about 100 acres were blocked off. Several fire departments responded to contain the fire.

“Usually the burn all the time, but they don’t have a lot of problems with fires getting out of control, but the winds picked up to about 20, 25 miles an hour and jumped all the fire lines they had in place,” said Eddie Garner of the Boiling Spring Lakes Fire Department.

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A prescribed burn in Brunswick County got out of control Monday afternoon. Although there are several nearby homes, none of them had to be evacuated.

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NC sheriff defends immigration deportation program

Monday, March 9th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — A North Carolina sheriff says he’ll continue to use a controversial program that allows deputies to report suspected illegal immigrants after they’re arrested on other
charges.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Chip Bailey said Monday that deputies don’t actively look for illegal immigrants. He said all individuals are asked about their citizenship while being booked into jail. If they say they’re not a U.S. citizen, they are reported to immigration officials.

The sheriff’s office is among more than 60 state or local law enforcement agencies that participates in the federal program, which was criticized last week by the U.S. Government
Accountability Office.

The agency said the program is being used to round up minor offenders instead of serious criminals, a criticism echoed by Latino advocacy groups in North Carolina.

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

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A North Carolina sheriff says he’ll continue to use a controversial program that allows deputies to report suspected illegal immigrants after they’re arrested on other
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New Hanover County puts off layoffs

Monday, March 9th, 2009

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New Hanover County employees will have to wait another week to find out if they’ll keep their jobs.

The county had planned to announce layoffs to make up a $3 million budget deficit by today.

A county spokesperson says officials will need more time to figure out how much money still needs to be cut to make up the remaining deficit.

The county has already cut travel expenses and offered early retirement to eligible employees.

Layoffs could be needed to fulfill any remaining budget gaps.

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New Hanover County employees will have to wait another week to find out if they’ll keep their jobs.

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Google’s Tip Jar serves as a forum to share economic advice

Monday, March 9th, 2009

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It seems everyone’s looking for ways to save these days. Google’s new application “Tip Jar” might help us do just that.

The purpose of Tip Jar is to help people share ideas on how to save money.

You can contribute your own money-saving tips and vote on the merit of others, and the most useful tips rise to the top of the list.

The motto behind Google’s new Tip Jar is “take a tip, share a tip.”

Tips are divided into eight categories: home, work, finance, kids and family, shopping, food, cars and transit, and travel.

Some of the top ranked ideas…
“Go to the grocery store with your belly full, you won’t buy too many things because you just ain’t hungry.”
“Take advantage of free entertainment in your community- parks, museums, exhibits.”
“Buy a water filter and take your own water to the gym. Bottled water is expensive, unnecessary and bad for the environment.”

The tip jar is only four days old, and nearly 3,000 tips have already been submitted and 42,000 votes have been tallied.

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It seems everyone’s looking for ways to save these days. Google’s new application “Tip Jar” might help us do just that.

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UNCW education job fair hosts record number of teachers-to-be

Monday, March 9th, 2009

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With the national unemployment rate over eight percent, competition for jobs is becoming even fiercer.

A record number of future teachers did their homework at UNCW’s education job fair.

“You realize you have a lot of competition in this competitive market, you never know who’s going to get the jobs. So it’s been eye opening,” said Zack Grant, a UNCW education major.

More than 400 educational hopefuls shook hands and handed out resumes to representatives from 50 North Carolina county school districts.

Monica Goza of the NHC school system said, “Well your always going to need classroom teachers. So the classroom teacher positions for our county, we continue to fill them as we have vacancies.”

This year more than 150 out of state applicants attended the career fair.

“I am more optimistic about getting a job here than I am in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is very competitive and I just feel like I would have a better opportunity in North Carolina,” said out-of-state job hunter Jennifer Lau.

Diane Reed of the UNCW Career Center understands Lau’s plight. “Unfortunately, other states are having more teacher layoffs than North Carolina is right now.”

But even some counties in the Tar Heel state are failing to make the grade when it comes to hiring new teachers.

With more people attending UNCW’s education job fair this year, it’s even more important that applicants do their best to try and stand out from the rest of the crowd.

“I think the excitement that I bring to it, that may set me apart. I hope it does. We’ll see what happens come job time,” Grant said.

Most of the future educators are confident they’ll find a spot at the head of the class.

Despite announcing a hiring freeze just last month, New Hanover County was one of the most visited sites at the job fair. A county spokesperson said the freeze would only effect non-essential positions like teaching assistants. The hiring freeze won’t apply to classroom teachers.

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videoWith the national unemployment rate over eight percent, competition for jobs is becoming even fiercer.

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