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Archive for April, 2009

Laney High students back to a cleaner school

Monday, April 13th, 2009

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Laney High School students are headed back to class Monday after some major spring cleaning during their spring break.

A health department inspection found a long list of problems in the school. There were also four internal inspections by the school’s maintenance department.

The health department gave Laney a score of 70.5, citing sanitation problems in the bathroom, floors and walls and even finding roaches. Many of the problems were repeat violations.

Laney’s usual custodial staff of twelve recently dropped to nine. They are responsible for cleaning ten buildings with 90 classrooms. Laney High’s assistant principal Gene Rivenbark said, “If you are in a situation where you don’t have the number of custodians to do a thorough job on a regular basis, things tend to build up.”

“We want to have a clean facility,” said New Hanover County Schools Assistant Superintendent of Operations Bill Hance. “We have certain standards and we are trying to maintain those standards. If we need to do something of this nature to do that then we will.”

While students were on spring break last week, more than 40 custodians from the county worked on the clean-up.

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Laney High School students are headed back to class Monday after some major spring cleaning during their spring break.

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Wilmington man cuts his way through a major milestone

Monday, April 13th, 2009

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Last week a Wilmington man passed a major milestone: 50 years doing the same job in the same place. Harry Pope said he became a barber because his father told him people will always need a haircut. But all these years later he said time is trimming his profession.

Every day except Wednesdays and Sundays, Harry Pope unlocks the doors at his Sunset Barber Shop and waits for customers to trickle in. “My biggest competition now is death. I may about outlive my customers,” Pope said. “When you read the obituaries every morning, that’s the first thing I look at. You look in there and you see another customer has passed on.”

But the loyal still come in for a trim, as they have for 50 years. Pope bought everything in his shop on April 7th, 1959, for $1000.

A lot has changed since he graduated from barber college and started cutting hair in 1953. The Coastline Railroad and his customers that worked for it are long gone. The price for a haircut has jumped from 85 cents to ten dollars. And the color of the hair he cuts matches his.

Pope asked, “Who wants an old, grey-headed man to cut their hair? Another old, grey-haired man, I guess.”

Pope said the barber business started receding as men’s hair got longer; their haircuts became less frequent, and boys started going to the salon with their moms.

“People want jobs that have benefits, and barbers work on commission. They don’t work on salary,” said Pope. Still, he likes what he does, and said the best thing is his customers. But, he said making it as a barber requires adapting to change, having the right personality and the right conversation. “When you’re a barber, you’ve got to be able to talk anything they want to talk. And they say you’re not supposed to argue with your customers, but I do some times, and that’s not good.”

The work must be good, because Pope said he has no plans to retire. “I enjoy being around people. And if I retired, I’d be bored to death.”

Harry Pope said he still has one customer left from the beginning whose hair he’s been cutting since 1953. He said he’s cut hair at his Carolina Beach Road Shop for four generations of some families.

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videoHarry Pope said he became a barber because his father told him people will always need a haircut. But all these years later he said time is trimming his profession.

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School bus hits truck in Wilmington intersection

Monday, April 13th, 2009

There were no injuries, and no children were inside the bus during the wreck at Dawson and 16th streets, said Wilmington police officer Larry Zettelmaier.

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Beautiful Easter weather brings out vendors along Riverfront

Monday, April 13th, 2009

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Sunday may have been the holiest day of the year for Christians, but some of them spent the day working.

It was a busy scene along the Riverfront in downtown Wilmington. The riverside vendors were out taking advantage the weather that brought out more families. Almost all of the vendors WWAY spoke with were Christian, but did not mind spending the afternoon working.

Claudia Bustamante of Lativa Accents and Art said, “Normally I work on the weekends for me it is like a regular job but I wish I can go and spend some time with the people.”

The riverside vendors are able to sell their handmade goods every day of the week for four hours. They said they usually come out only when the weather is nice.

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2 shot, wounded at Wilmington cookout

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Two people were shot when a fight broke out at a cookout Saturday night, though neither was critically injured, authorities said.

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