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Archive for March, 2009

Special Olympic athletes go head-to-head in the pool

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

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It was head-to-head competition for some Special Olympic athletes Tuesday. One hundred thirty high school and college athletes showed off their stuff by taking a dip in the pool. It was part of the annual Special Olympics competition at the YMCA in Wilmington.

Thirteen schools were represented from New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties. Tough competition between schools gave each student with disabilities the chance to be equal in the pool.

Special Olympics coordinator Dot Lee said, “Our athletes are pumped. They’ve trained hard, they are doing things they have never done before and just watching them swim and be so proud of themselves is wonderful.”

Students have been training since October to participate in the backstroke, freestyle and relay competition.

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One hundred thirty high school and college athletes showed off their stuff by taking a dip in the pool. It was part of the annual Special Olympics competition at the YMCA in Wilmington.

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Boseman pushes bill for erosion-control structures

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

State Sen. Julia Boseman has entered legislation that would – with regulatory approval – allow low-slung groins to be used to stabilize beachfront areas near inlets.

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Feds watch how NC is spending stimulus money

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Eight federal officials are in Raleigh to watch how North Carolina spends stimulus funds.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday that North Carolina is one of 16 states being reviewed for stimulus spending.

Gov. Beverly Perdue said she hopes that North Carolina will be a good example in its spending of $6 billion.

The eight employees work for the Government Accountability Office, which investigates for Congress how tax dollars are spent.

Team leader Terry Dorn says the group hopes to find examples of states doing things well that can be shared with other states.

North Carolina is using the money over the next two years for highways, bridges, vocational training, schools, water systems, energy conservation, foster care, child immunizations, crime victim assistance and Medicaid.

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

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Eight federal officials are in Raleigh to watch how North Carolina spends stimulus funds.

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One of a kind specialist is improving lives of local children

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

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A new medical specialist in our area is changing the lives of families in more ways than one. It started with New Hanover Regional Medical Center recruiting a one of a kind specialist to improve the lives of some children.

The Picken family had no idea just how much the diagnoses of diabetes would not only change the life of seven-year-old Madison, but their entire family. Earlier this month, Madison was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Since, the Nunnelee Pediatric Clinic at New Hanover Regional Medical Center has become her family’s safe haven, and their saving grace has been pediatric endocrinologist Doctor Kateryna Kotlyarevska.

“Every week we are getting more patients,” said Dr. Kotlyarevska. The reason, Doctor K is the only specialist of her kind in the Wilmington area. She was recruited from UNC Chapel Hill to treat children diagnosed with diabetes, thyroid disorders and disorders of puberty. Before, families like the Pickens would have had to make the journey to Chapel Hill for care.

“Driving 150 miles to see somebody else – that’s more than an inconvenience,” said father, Craig Picken. “We are very fortunate.”

Madison’s mother, Lisa said, “It’s just so comforting to know that if anything arises, it’s not a phone call to Chapel Hill, but there is somebody here.”

Since February, Doctor K has seen patient registration sky rocket. After just two months at New Hanover, she is already treating more than 100 patients.

“It’s more accessible for the whole community to have an endocrinologist,” said Dr. Kotlyarevska. “I hope I will be the first in a chain of many other specialists coming to this new hospital.”

Dr. Kotlyarevska hopes to expand the endocrinology program to include specialized nutritionists and psychologists to cater to families.

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The Picken family had no idea just how much the diagnoses of diabetes would not only change the life of seven-year-old Madison, but their entire family.

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Bobby Seale to speak at Guilford College

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

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GREENSBORO — A co-founder and former chairman of the Black Panther Party will speak on “The Liberation of a People” at Guilford College in Greensboro.

Bobby Seale will speak March 25. The News & Record of Greensboro reported that a brief book signing and question-and-answer session will follow the talk.

Seale and Huey Newton founded the Black Panther Party in 1966. Seale has focused on community activism in recent years, forming the youth education group REACH! and publishing the REACH
Chronicles, an online magazine.

Guilford’s Native American Club and Blacks Unifying Society are sponsoring the event.

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

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A co-founder and former chairman of the Black Panther Party will speak on “The Liberation of a People” at Guilford College in Greensboro.

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