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Archive for April, 2009

What are local schools doing to protect students?

Monday, April 20th, 2009

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The Columbine anniversary prompted us to take a closer look at what local school officials do to protect our students.

Brunswick and New Hanover County schools have school resource officers stationed at every middle and high school on a daily basis. Some schools in Pender County have to share resource officers.

Resource officers are responsible for developing security checks and undergoing hours of training in case an intruder makes their way on campus.

Brunswick County schools also have two school lockdown drills a year. “They would rather have us than not have us and need us. We hope we never have to be put in that situation, but we are the first line of defense if anything actually happens in the school,” said Brunswick County Deputy Jason Fennell.

School resource officers in Brunswick County will undergo SWAT team training next month.

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The Columbine anniversary prompted us to take a closer look at what local school officials do to protect our students.

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Fugitive from Colorado stopped at traffic stop in Wilmington

Monday, April 20th, 2009

A reckless driving complaint on Sunday afternoon led police to a traffic stop and the capture of a man who is wanted in Colorado, officials said.

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Jury selection begins for Wilmington murder case

Monday, April 20th, 2009

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A trial is underway for a local eighteen-year-old facing murder charges.

Jury selection started this afternoon for Joseph Terrell Gregory of Wilmington.

Gregory faces first-degree murder charges for allegedly shooting twenty-three-year old Robert Lee Marshall last March.

Marshall was found lying on the road between 13th and Marstellar streets last year.

Gregory also faces charges of shooting into a vehicle and attempted robbery.

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A trial is underway for a local eighteen-year-old facing murder charges.

Jury selection started this afternoon for Joseph Terrell Gregory of Wilmington.

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New Hanover County names Ed McMahon new sheriff

Monday, April 20th, 2009

An executive committee of the New Hanover County Democratic Party chose Ed McMahon on Monday to replace retiring New Hanover County Sheriff Sid Causey, who leaves office July 1.

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Websites Askpatty.com and Janeslist.com just for women

Monday, April 20th, 2009

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Changing a tire or using a power drill doesn’t have to be “a man’s job”. Askpatty.com and Janeslist.com are two websites that may have the woman in the house changing the oil.

Askpatty.com is dedicated to teaching women about the automotive industry. The site reports the majority of car buyers are female. While they maybe the majority, many are admittedly not the best informed.

“I know nothing about cars, basically, it has four wheels, that’s basically it,” said Kara Falsetti of Wilmington.

Askpatty aims to help. The website has put together a panel of 50 experts from the automotive industry to offer women advice and tips on some of the challenges, such as finding the right car, negotiating price, and checking the oil and tires.

A local website launched last month is also devoted to women. Janeslist.com is for military wives whose husbands have been deployed.

Kelly Stivers is one of the founders. “We’ve lived through a lot of the challenges that military wives face every day and we really wanted to create a go-to resource for them, the kind of resource that we never had.”

Janeslist.com offers advice on everything from using power tools, to staying busy while your husband’s overseas. The site also focuses on helping military wives find jobs.

“It’s very difficult for people to find a job in today’s economy and what people don’t realize is other military wives, they face that challenge in a good economy because depending on where they’re stationed, there may not be a lot of opportunities that are open and available that match their background and experience,” said Kelly Stivers.

Kara Falsetti said these two websites help her feel more knowledgeable and in control. “It’d make me feel more powerful, more like ‘yeah I got this’.”

You can follow Janeslist on Twitter. Right now, they’re talking about 101 things to send an overseas husband. They’re releasing ten items a week for ten weeks.

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