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Archive for April, 2009

‘Forgotten’ graves discovered at Pine Forest Cemetery

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Volunteers were surprised to find more than 100 graves dated between the mid 1800s and the 1960s hidden away in vines and bushes.

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Troubleshooters update: No-go on new park

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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Last month, Troubleshooters looked into the status of the New Hanover Parks Bond.

People in the Monterey Heights neighborhood who had voted for the 34 million dollar bond called us to complain that years after it had passed, their park still hadn’t seen any upgrades.

In March, the county assured us that Monterey Heights Park was slated for big improvements this summer. Now, we’re being told those upgrades have been put on hold.

Even though the bonds have been approved, commissioners have decided not to issue the remaining $18 million dollars worth of bonds until the economy improves, and the county is in a better position to pay them back.

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People in the Monterey Heights neighborhood who had voted for a 34 million dollar parks bond called us to complain that years after it had passed, their park still hadn’t seen any upgrades.

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Oak Island physician serves medical board with ‘excellent leadership’

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

After running his own practice, George Saunders III now works as medical director of a Shallotte nursing home.

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Record year for Columbus County Relay for Life

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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It was a record year for the Columbus County Relay for Life. The American Cancer Society fundraiser had more participants than ever before.

Participants in Columbus County reached their fundraising goal of $125,000 during the 2-day event April 24-25.

May 1-2, it’s Brunswick County’s turn. Relay for Life takes place Friday and Saturday at West Brunswick High School.

If you can’t participate, you can still donate to the American Cancer Society. Send your donation to 2202 Wrightsville Ave., Ste 111, Wilmington, NC 28403. Don’t forget to note which county’s Relay you’d like to support.

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The American Cancer Society fundraiser had more participants than ever before.

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Bladen County weighs in on state budget

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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There are plenty of complaints with all of the budget cuts in our state. North Carolina is facing a $3-billion dollar shortfall. Tuesday night, the state House held a public hearing on the new budget. At ten sites across the state, residents 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 8 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 forum for their opinion on the state budget,” said Bladen Community College 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, it was more than the college expected.

All but two of the participants live in Bladen County – a fireman from Robeson County attended, and 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,” said Britt.

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At ten sites across the state, North Carolinians participated in a hearing sponsored by the State House of Representatives through a video hookup. In our region, it was in Bladen County.

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