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Archive for March, 2009

Being proactive can save your kids from the dangers of sexting

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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This week, we have been talking about a disturbing new trend among teenagers. It is called sexting, the act of sending nude or partially nude pictures or videos via cell phone.

Right now, law enforcement is dealing with several sexting cases in New Hanover and Pender counties. If teens get caught with these nude pictures, the charges can be devastating. They could face child pornography charges, a felony, and possibly have to register as a sex offender.

These cell phone photos are generally meant for a boyfriend or girlfriend, but if they get out, they can lead to public humiliation.

Cincinatti teen, Jesse Logan, committed suicide after a nude photo of her leaked out. She was tormented by her classmates, and ended up hanging herself.

Law enforcement officers and school officials are being proactive in New Hanover and Pender County schools by teaching kids about the severe consequences they could face if they get caught sending these nude photographs, but the responsibility for educating these kids about sexting starts at home.

“Parents should be police officers in their own home,” said district attorney Ben David. “Know what’s going on in the life of their children and know that the fourth amendment which keeps people free from unreasonable searches and seizures does not apply to parents looking into what’s going on in their children’s lives.”

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If teens get caught with these nude pictures, the charges can be devastating. They could face child pornography charges, a felony, and possibly have to register as a sex offender.

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Fire damages house in northern New Hanover County

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Fire damaged a one-story house at 7907 Placid Drive in New Hanover County on Thursday afternoon, but there were no injuries reported, a fire official said.

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Crews uncover a piece of American history at GE-Hitachi

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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A piece of American history was unveiled Thursday on the grounds of the GE-Hitachi plant.

Years ago, several grave markers were identified on the property. A ground-penetrating radar, along with a dog team, have since been used to uncover exactly what was there. What crews found were gravesites of soldiers who fought during the American Revolution and Civil War, members of the original British family who owned the property during colonial times, and the slaves who worked there.

Thomas Lockhart, a direct descendent of the Quince family, said it is important to him to know about his family’s history. “On a personal level it means I know something about where I came from and what the people I came from stood for,” he said. “They stood for liberty, freedom, fighting for their rights which is what they did their whole lives, and that’s important to me.”

Speakers at Thursday’s unveiling ceremony included Lockhart, New Hanover County Commissioner Bobby Greer, and Jack Fuller, president of GE-Hitachi.

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A piece of American history was unveiled Thursday on the grounds of the GE-Hitachi plant. A ground-penetrating radar, along with a dog team, have since been used to uncover exactly what was there.

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Georgia-Pacific will close its doors in May

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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Despite best efforts to stay afloat, more layoffs are coming for Georgia-Pacific employees.

Georgia-Pacific was at one time, Columbus County‘s fifth largest employer, providing about 450 jobs. But beginning in October, it has been rounds of layoffs; now the end is in sight.

“They will be in production for another 60 days. That will be about the middle of May,” said Whiteville Mayor, Dial Gray.

Gray received letters from the plant’s managers detailing Georgia-Pacific’s probable fate, unless the market takes a dramatic turn for the better. What is left of Georgia-Pacific will shut down and the remaining 90 plus workers at the facility’s last two operating divisions will be out of a job.

“They were also one of the better paying employers,” said Charles Garrett from Columbus County Job Link Center. “And those wages will be sorely missed.”

Garrett said with the housing market in a slump, Georgia-Pacific has taken a huge hit. The lumber company sites present market conditions as the reason for the looming layoffs. It’s exact last day is unknown. It could be anywhere from mid to late May. Georgia-Pacific will pay its employees and their benefits through May 31st.

Georgia-Pacific managers said the plant will stay closed indefinitely.

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videoGeorgia-Pacific was at one time, Columbus County’s fifth largest employer, providing about 450 jobs. But beginning in October, it has been rounds of layoffs; now the end is in sight.

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Boswell Capital scam widens, losses mount

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Boswell Capital Group gives clients a contract telling them if customers don’t make good on their obligations, then the deal’s off. Now several of Boswell’s clients are wondering why they haven’t received the same consideration.

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