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Archive for April, 2009

UNCW attempting to cut energy costs

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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With education budget cuts on the state level, school officials at UNCW are finding ways to save money.

UNCW is working to drop their energy consumption by twenty percent next year.

The majority of costs on campus are generated from heating and cooling buildings. To cut costs, officials have replaced old equipment, switched light bulbs to more energy efficient ones and put motion censor lighting controls in classrooms.

“Costs continue to increase and this is one area where we have control over and we can make savings,” said Tom Freshwater, the UNCW maintenance director.

By reducing energy consumption by twenty percent, the university will save over $1 million in energy costs.

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With education budget cuts on the state level, school officials at UNCW are finding ways to save money.

UNCW is working to drop their energy consumption by twenty percent next year.

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Grouper haul lands crew in hot water

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

A stakeout along the Brunswick County coast last week netted four fishermen with illegally caught grouper.

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Fish confiscated, donated to local charity

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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During March and April, fishermen aren’t allowed to sell or purchase black, or gag, grouper because it is their spawning season.

According to North Carolina law, every commercial fishing boat must have a commercial fishing license. Marine patrol officers say the boat Captain Star violated both of these laws.

Marine Patrol had received several reports indicating that the ship was bringing back to many black and gag grouper. But it took nearly a week stake out at Star Seafood before the officers were able to reel in the crew and its captain.

“If there had been a licensee on board, and it had been valid, they would have been able to keep those fish and there would have been no violation except the grouper,” reported Captain Jim Kelly of Marine Patrol.

Marine patrol auctioned off most of the catch, worth more than $6,000.

Captain Star and Star Seafood owner William Greer said the penalty is too harsh for some missed paperwork. “Well a long story short, it didn’t get done, but to take all my fish on a license violation that’s ridiculous.”

As for the grouper, “They legally could have had two a piece, there were four people on board, so they could have had a total of eight and they had twelve,” said Jim Kelly.

“During the course of a trip you lose count. Because you’re catching all these other fish and…they just made a mistake,” Greer.

Ocean View Methodist Church in Oak Island and Word Changing Heart Ministry were the lucky recipients of more than 200 pounds of grouper.

“When he told me how much there was, I thought oh my goodness, and I told him I would find a way to use it,” said Elizabeth Hartsell of the Ocean View Church Meals on Wheels program.

Greer acknowledged he was wrong for not transferring his license over to one of the crewmembers.

Hartsell said the church will fry up the fish for Meals on Wheels, and serve it with some corn on the cob and fresh coleslaw.

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videoDuring March and April, fishermen aren’t allowed to sell or purchase black, or gag, grouper because it is their spawning season.

According to North Carolina law, every commercial fishing boat must have a commercial fishing license. Marine patrol officers say the boat Captain Star violated both of these laws.

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Saving beaches of high concern

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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Beach renourishment is high on the priority list for our representatives in Washington.

Congressman Mike McIntyre has asked for more $6 million in federal renourishment money for Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties.

Senator Kay Hagan told WWAY she’s trying to get beach money fast tracked as part of the stimulus plan.

In addition to the tourism impact, Hagan and McIntyre are pushing the point that healthy beaches also play a role in protecting the coast from hurricanes.

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Beach renourishment is high on the priority list for our representatives in Washington.

Congressman Mike McIntyre has asked for more $6 million in federal renourishment money for Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties.

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NC traffic-related fatalities have decreased over the past year

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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North Carolina roads and highways are getting safer. Tuesday, State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced that traffic-related fatalities in North Carolina have significantly decreased over the past year.

From 2007 to 2008, traffic-related fatalities decreased 17 percent from 1,705 to 1,406; alcohol-related fatalities decreased 19.8 percent from 489 to 392; and motorcycle fatalities declined 26 percent from 192 to 142.

One possible reason for the decline? Fewer people on the roads after the spike in gas prices over the summer.

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North Carolina roads and highways are getting safer. Tuesday, State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced that traffic-related fatalities in North Carolina have significantly decreased over the past year.

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