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Archive for April, 2009

WPD looking for surfboard pawners

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

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The Wilmington Police Department needs your help tracking down two people who tried to pawn a stolen surfboard.

Several surfboards were reported missing from a house on March 6th and March 16th. Police said a man and woman tried to sell one of them at College Road Pawn.

An employee recognized the stolen property and refused to buy it, so the suspects ditched it behind the store and left the premises in a small red sedan.

Police are also looking for a man who stole a cell phone from Best Buy on February 10.

If you have any information about the people in the photos, please call Crime Stoppers at (800) 531-9845.

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The Wilmington Police Department needs your help tracking down two people who tried to pawn a stolen surfboard.

Several surfboards were reported missing from a house on March 6th and March 16th. Police said a man and woman tried to sell one of them at College Road Pawn.

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Police name arrested protesters

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Wilmington Police identified the two men arrested during Tuesday’s City Council meeting as Dana Carlton Cook, 29, and Gregory Gene Crews, 33, both of New Hanover County.

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High school students see dangers of driving first hand

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

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Students at East Columbus High School got a reality check from a staged traffic fatality Wednesday afternoon.

The demonstration was vivid and at times difficult to watch making it near impossible to ignore the VIP Program’s message: bad choices before getting behind the wheel…can be deadly.

Its a sobering reminder drinking and driving don’t mix.

The reenactment was designed to look and sound exactly like a fatal car wreck.

The idea is to remind students of the consequences of bad choices. “If we can prevent all of them that’s great, but if we can prevent one, that’s what we’re out for,” said Waccamaw Fire Chief Eddy Morgan.

The program travels to schools across the country and in Columbus County, it is well needed as the county ranks 9th out of 100 North Carolina counties for young drivers accidents.

Master Sergeant Mark Lewis said 60 to 65 percent of the fatalities he responds to involve teens. “It is very heart breaking because you may not know the kid, you know its hurt someone, and it iss going to destroy someone’s life.”

The demonstration came at an important time; the East Columbus prom is Thursday, a time when drivers are more likely to drink and drive.

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videoStudents at East Columbus High School got a reality check from a staged traffic fatality Wednesday afternoon.

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Get your business found easily on the web

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

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Ever wonder why certain websites pop up at the top of a Google search? It’s no accident.

There are a few ways a business can get to the top of a search list.

The first way is by paying for exposure. Companies can set a pre-determined fee with Google; if it is 25 cents, then every time someone clicks on that site, the company pays Google a quarter.

“Paid search is certainly an area where companies can utilize their marketing dollars fairly effectively to drive traffic to their sites,” explained Thom Porter, a UNCW internet marketing professor.

The second way is by companies registering with the local business directory. Their website pops up in the middle of a search and is pin-pointed on a map. Businesses can register their company with most of the major search engines for free.

A company can reach the top of the list through “search engine optimization” which is done by making its site the most relevant result for a given search.

For SEO success, valuable content is a must. A title with strong keywords for the website and descriptive headings for each web page are also important factors.

“It’s important to have that well-crafted, because you only get so many characters and you’ve got to make sure you’ve got a well-thought out message that’s going to help inspire people to click on your website,” said marketing specialist Bryan Kristof.

Businesses can also track the traffic on their website. Google has a free tool called “Google Analytics” which gathers general traffic data and also where visitors spend the most time on the site so the company knows exactly where to spend marketing dollars.

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videoEver wonder why certain websites pop up at the top of a Google search? It’s no accident.

There are a few ways a business can get to the top of a search list.

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Clean up crew tries to get Laney a passing grade

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

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The laundry list of things to clean at Laney High School is long. When it comes to cleanliness, the New Hanover County Health Department basically gave Laney a “C”.

After four internal inspections from the school’s maintenance department, and one by the health department, Laney got a score of 70.5 citing sanitation problems in the bathroom, floors and walls that needed cleaning, and even finding roaches.

Now, 40 custodians from all over the county are helping to tidy up. Laney’s usual custodian staff of 12 has recently dropped to only nine who are responsible for cleaning ten buildings with 90 classrooms.

With the current budget crunch and a hiring freeze, less people are having to clean more.

“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,” said Gene Rivenbark, Laney’s assistant principal.

In current budget proposals, school officials may have to cut back on custodian positions in the upcoming year, but for now, cleaning up the mess is most important.

Many of the problems found were repeat violations. “We had an issue at Laney. We needed to address it, and spring break gave us the opportunity to do that,” said NHC Superintendent of Operations Bill Hance.

The NHC Health Department is in the process of inspecting 62 public and private schools in the county. So far, Laney has the lowest score.

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videoThe laundry list of things to clean at Laney High School is long. When it comes to cleanliness, the New Hanover County Health Department basically gave Laney a “C”.

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