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Archive for April, 2009

Looking for warning signs of swine flu

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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There are still no confirmed cases of the swine flu in North Carolina, which is now being called the H1N1 flu.

Fifteen people were tested at New Hanover Medical Center Wednesday alone. All tests came back negative.

Still, it’s important to review the warning signs. “It’s not your usual run of the mill cold, or regular mild virus, you really appreciate how bad you can feel,” explained Doctor Sam Spicer.

The flu we all know usually comes in the fall and winter when the temperatures start to drop. That’s why this new H1N1 flu is alarming so many doctors. Technically, flu season is over.

Doctors said the symptoms, like high fever, cough and aches and pains can affect people in different ways. One day you may not have symptoms at all, but when the symptoms hit, doctors say you should be aware.

Hospitals are prepared for the worst; like all epidemics, they’ve got a plan and medication.

Tamiflu is the medication for H1N1 flu. It can be taken 48 hours after a person is diagnosed.

Only a doctor can diagnose H1N1 flu, so if you feel any severe symptoms of the flu, you should get it checked out.

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There are still no confirmed cases of the swine flu in North Carolina, which is now being called the H1N1 flu.

Fifteen people were tested at New Hanover Medical Center Wednesday alone. All tests came back negative.

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Kure Beach condos ordered to rip out sandbags — again

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Beaufort | For the second time in 15 months, state regulators have ordered The Riggings to remove the sandbags that have protected the Kure Beach condominium complex from the encroaching ocean since 1985.

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Judge-to-be pays taxes, still has critics

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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Our viewing area is getting a new judge with some significant tax issues.

On Friday, Sherry Dew Tyler will be sworn in as judge for the 13th Judicial District, presiding over Bladen, Brunswick, and Columbus counties. She was appointed by Governor Bev Perdue, and already has some vocal fans, and critics.

Sherry Dew Tyler was born and raised in Tabor City. She got her bachelor’s degree from UNC-Pembroke, and her law degree from Campbell University.

For the last 21 years, she’s been a law partner of Senator RC Soles. “I am delighted that she is going to be a judge. She’ll make an outstanding judge, and she truly looks forward to serving as judge. At the same time, I’m sad and disappointed that she’ll be leaving our law office,” Senator Soles said.

During her years as an attorney, Tyler has handled everything from minor traffic offenses to major criminal cases, as well as personal injury claims and civil matters.

But her record isn’t without blemish.

When Governor Perdue chose her for the judgeship, Tyler had a huge overdue tax bill. With interest included, she owed the federal government about $76,000 in back income taxes.

“I had a federal tax lien. It’s been a matter of public record for a period of time. My plan had been to take care of that. It was the right thing to do before I was being considered as a district court judge,” Tyler said.

When we caught up with Ms. Tyler outside the courthouse Wednesday afternoon, she told us she had just paid her overdue tax bill in full.

But that wasn’t enough to silence her critics.

“I don’t think she would have paid it unless she was forced to do it,” said Dorris Strickland, a Columbus County resident.

Sherry Tyler was one of several attorneys nominated by the local bar association for the judgeship, and Governor Perdue chose her from the nominees.

The governor said she was aware of Ms. Tylers’ tax problems, and had been assured they would be resolved before she was sworn in.

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On Friday, Sherry Dew Tyler will be sworn in as judge for the 13th Judicial District, presiding over Bladen, Brunswick, and Columbus counties. She was appointed by Governor Bev Perdue, and already has some vocal fans, and critics.

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Bladen Community College hosts statewide town meeting through video

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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There are plenty of complaints with all of the budget cuts, but the state is in a deep economic hole that’s approaching $3 billion.

Tuesday, the state house held a public hearing on the new budget. There were ten sites across the state where you could participate in the hearing through a video hookup. In our region, it was in Bladen County.

Through the magic of video technology you could hear and watch people in Charlotte, Winston-Salem and eight other locations make appeals to the state house.

Bladen Community College was the only place to participate in southeastern North Carolina.

“This is the first time in history that the state house or senate has asked North Carolina citizens in a public for forum for their opinion on the state budget,” said Bladen CC Dean of Evening Programs Ann Russell.

With drastic budget cuts approaching the Tar Heel state, this town hall setting at Bladen Community College attracted 17 participants. As low as that number may seem, that’s more than the college expected.

All but two of the participants live in Bladen County. A fireman from Robeson County attended, along with Connie Parker who drove up from Wilmington.

“There is a core of school based and school linked health centers in the state that are in danger of closing their doors due to a lack of funding and that’s particularly troubling now due to the increased demand from the uninsured,” Parker said.

Jason Britt, a Bladen Community College student also had to opportunity to address a statewide audience. “I was asking for more funding for the community college here and the community colleges all across the state.”

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Tuesday, the state house held a public hearing on the new budget. There were ten sites across the state where you could participate in the hearing through a video hookup. In our region, it was in Bladen County.

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Two men sentenced for roles in slaying

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

On Wednesday, a couple’s quest for closure continued when two of the co-conspirators in their son’s shooting were sentenced for their roles in the crime.

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