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Archive for March, 2009

Weaker storms, fewer landfalls predicted for this season

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

With the memories of hurricanes Fran, Bertha and Floyd still fresh for many residents, it’s not too early to start thinking about what might be in the works for the upcoming hurricane season.

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Two more cases of rabies in New Hanover County

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

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Two more rabies cases have been confirmed in New Hanover County. That makes seven cases in the past month.

The map shows where all the rabid animals were discovered. You can see they are concentrated in the northeastern part of Wilmington.

Tuesday, Animal Control found two more rabid raccoons by Tidefall Court and Edgewood Road.

New Hanover County residents can take advantage of a free rabies clinic this weekend. It is taking place Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Animal Control on Division Drive. Dogs, cats and ferrets are welcome.

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Two more rabies cases have been confirmed in New Hanover County. That makes seven cases in the past month.

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Utilities officials eye stimulus money

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority hopes to get some federal economic stimulus money to help pay for critical water and sewer projects.

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Sexting awareness

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

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Yesterday, we introduced sexting, which is the act of sending nude or partially nude photos via cell phone. Teens may not realize they could face child pornography or sex offender charges if they get caught sexting.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office is currently dealing with several cases involving teenagers, and risqué photos they’ve sent through cell phones.

Julie Askew is the director of student services for Pender County schools. She said sexting is a fairly new issue, and not something school officials were familiar with.

But that’s changing, and quickly. “We have to make sure that we can infuse this understanding into our curriculum on a routine basis and communicate with kids on a daily basis that this kind of activity has the consequences that you cannot foresee,” Askew said.

Law enforcement officers are already taking steps to teach teens about the dangers of sexting.

“One thing we’re doing to try and prevent this is going into all middle schools and high schools, I personally attend them, and have a very adult conversation about choices and consequences and what the law is,” said DA Ben David.

David also encouraged parents to be proactive. “Young people know more about cell phones and computers than their parents but their parents know a lot more about life.”

Pat McCormick knows this all too well. She has a 12-year-old daughter. “It’s a fine line to walk between that privacy of your child and also protecting them which is your job as a parent.”

Ultimately, teaching teens about the severity of sexting is a collaborative effort.

A website parents can introduce to their kids is thatsnot cool.com.

The site deals with all kinds of harassment they might face, including sexting.

Thursday, Detective Scott Lawson of Pender County will join WWAY at the i-Desk to talk about some of the legalities surrounding sexting, and what parents can do to keep their kids safe.

If you have a question about sexting you would like Detective Lawson to address, e-mail Hailey Winslow at hwinslow@wwaytv3.com.

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videoYesterday, we introduced sexting, which is the act of sending nude or partially nude photos via cell phone. Teens may not realize they could face child pornography or sex offender charges if they get caught sexting.

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Pender County lays out plan to unclog waterways and save soggy farmland

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Pender County’s creeks are choking on alligator weed and other vegetation and stopped up with beaver dams and tree limbs, causing farmland to lie soggy and idle.

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