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Archive for April, 2009

NC agency spends on trip amid budget cuts, layoffs

Friday, April 10th, 2009

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Transportation has laid off temporary workers and slashed budgets but still footed a bill of more than $1,000 to send an employee to a conference at a resort.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that the DOT sent the manager to an executive networking conference at a Pinehurst hotel last week. The conference was organized by the Durham-based N.C. Institute for Minority Economic Development.

DOT paid a $1,000 conference fee as well as room charges for Shelton Russell. He is the DOT’s director of work force opportunity and development.

DOT spokeswoman Greer Beaty said Russell’s office provides technical assistance and training to firms owned by minorities, women and the disabled.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation has laid off temporary workers and slashed budgets but still footed a bill of more than $1,000 to send an employee to a conference at a resort.

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NC lake boat access area remains closed

Friday, April 10th, 2009

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RALEIGH — State officials say a boating access area at Lake James State Park will remain closed because of work on the dam spillway by Duke Energy Corp.

The state Division of Parks and Recreation said Thursday the closure applies to the Hidden Cove boat access area. The division also said the work means water levels in the park’s swimming area will be lower by about 3 feet.

Contractors have used the boat access area as a staging area for heavy equipment.

Park Superintendent Sean McElhone said the boat area will be closed for safety, but that it will be reopened as soon as possible.

The state said Duke Energy expects to complete the spillway project by July 1.

The Canal Bridge boat access area will remain open.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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State officials say a boating access area at Lake James State Park will remain closed because of work on the dam spillway by Duke Energy Corp.

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Wounded NC principal sends message to students

Friday, April 10th, 2009

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FAIRMONT, N.C. — The North Carolina middle school principal who was shot in the face while driving to work has sent a message from his hospital bed to students and staff at his school.

Robeson County school officials said James Hunt sent the message “2-12.”

School system student services director Brenda Deese says the message referred to a book, “2-12: The Extra Degree,” that Hunt used to inspire his school community, and it means he is going to be all right.

The former Marine was hit by a shotgun blast fired from another vehicle Thursday morning as he drove to work on a rural road.

Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said investigators were working on the case with assistance from the State Bureau of Investigation.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The North Carolina middle school principal who was shot in the face while driving to work has sent a message from his hospital bed to students and staff at his school.

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Brunswick school board’s contract decision draws criticism

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Brunswick County school board member Scott Milligan says the board should have told the public at Tuesday’s meeting why it was choosing a local architect’s proposal over a cheaper one, especially in this economy.

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Cape Fear Roller Girls prepare for battle this Saturday

Friday, April 10th, 2009

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This is not your grandmother’s roller derby, but that is okay, it is still entertaining and competitive.

“This is our first bout, down at the Schwartz Center downtown,” said Kelsey “Psychodelic” Lingerfelt of the Cape Fear Roller Girls. “We’re really excited. We have been working a long time to get this to happen. We are pretty stoked about it.”

Modern day roller derby is predominantly female. There is a bit of satirical punk mixed in with pure athleticism.

In roller derby there are “jammers”; you can also find tripping and illegal blocking, but you probably won’t see a fight. “When most people think about derby they think about the banked tracks. A lot of it in the past was staged. It was the WWF of the derby world,” Kate “Truck Nuts” Goodnight said. “We’re sort of like the Ultimate Fighting Challenge, but we have more rules and less cage.”

Fight or not, roller derby is physical, especially the bouts. Practice can be rugged as well. Caroline “Dixie Diesel” Cooley said, “This is our first game of the season, we have a lot of good & new girls. It should be an exciting game.” This sport is more than just power though; it takes strategy and skill to come out with a victory.

Currently there are over a hundred roller derby leagues across the nation. These girls hope to see you on Saturday! “These are real hits. This is real athletes. It’s like a good game of rugby,” described Renee “Crash Nasty” Newton.

Tickets are ten dollars in advance at Doublewide Skate & Surf Shop on Front Street, as well as Gravity Records on Kerr Avenue. Otherwise, it is 12 dollars at the door Saturday night at the Schwartz Center.

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videoRoller derby is a sport that was pretty popular three decades ago, but it is making a comeback. In fact, there will be a roller derby bout at the Schwartz Center in Wilmington Saturday night.

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