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Archive for May, 2009

Visit appears to cement maritime museum pact

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Top officials from the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the division of state government that oversees the state’s museums, traveled to Southport on Wednesday in a visit that seemed to underscore a strong degree of cooperation between state and local officials as a new plan for the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport moves forward.

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Many buying generics over name brands

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

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In an economy where consumers are trying to stretch every dollar, many people are changing their buying habits. Some say buying generic makes a little more sense.

“Price per pound, I am just going to go with generic and in today’s market I can’t really afford to buy name brand things,” said Nora Schmid.

The price tag explains it all. Generic is almost always cheaper than name brand alternatives.

In a side-by-side comparison, products like store brand acid reliever came in dollars less than the name brand.

But price isn’t everything for customers. “I look for name brands that I am familiar with,” said Margaret Barron.

While brand name is a big factor in the price, another thing that drives the cost of name brand products up is the fancy packaging.

What you might not know, is that often times the same company that makes a name brand product, may also have a partnership to package a generic version.

But consumers are beginning to catch on. “If you even look at the ingredients, sometimes word for word it’s exactly the same, but about two bucks cheaper,” said Joleigh Lewis.

No matter the price, some say there is a difference.

“Maybe it’s the quality of the ingredients or something. It’s not the packaging, I could care less about the packaging I just think it’s strictly flavor,” said Clare Wadsworth who prefers name brands.

Greg Matheson agrees. “When it comes to flavor, I don’t skimp on price.”

UNCW business professor Jonathan Rowe says to make an educated decision, pay attention to the label. “There might be some differences between generics and brand names and so consumers need to be aware of some of the decisions that they are making if they are choosing generic because of a cost reason, it might be a perfect substitute but you want to make sure.”

Both Walgreens and Harris Teeter said they have seen a spike in sales for their generic brands for the past few months.

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videoIn an economy where consumers are trying to stretch every dollar, many people are changing their buying habits. Some say buying generic makes a little more sense.

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Pender boy released from hospital, a reminder of ATV safety

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

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A Pender County boy is home from a three month the hospital stay, after an accident in February nearly took his life.

The four year old is just one of a growing number of children hurt or killed in all terrain vehicle accidents; in fact one-third of all ATV accidents involve children. An event in Wilmington today promoted ATV safety and education.

Four-year-old Jones Carr has suffered multiple strokes, has had part of his brain removed, eats through a feeding tube, and its partially paralyzed.

“It’s been an unspeakable heartbreaking experience with a very vibrant little boy who now has to fight for his life,” said Jones’ grandfather Check Noe.

In February, Jones was on an ATV with his dad.

The vehicle was stopped, Jones got his hand on the throttle and cranked it. The ATV flipped, injuring the little boy permanently, nearly taking his life.

Jones’ grandparents have already spoken to State Representative Carolyn Justice about drafting a bill in their grandson’s name promoting all-terrain-vehicle safety.

The Noe’s say much needs to be done to prevent further tragedies.

Some local agenices, inlcuding the hospital, agree as they held an ATV safety event. “If you are going to own an ATV, make sure that you get educated and you wear protective gear at all times,” said Tina Poole of NHRMC Injury Prevention.

Just like riding bikes and motorcycles, experts say when you get on an ATV, you need to wear a helmet. In fact it’s the law, but according to hospital trauma admissions, not even half of ATV riders abide by it.

The Noe’s have set up a fund for their grandson. For donations, you can mail the Noe’s at their place of business, Dorothy’s originals, which is located at 6721 Market St. They can also be reached through the website dorothysoriginal.com.

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videoA Pender County boy is home from a three month the hospital stay, after an accident in February nearly took his life.

The four year old is just one of a growing number of children hurt or killed in all terrain vehicle accidents; in fact one-third of all ATV accidents involve children.

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NASBLA urges boaters to “Wear It”

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

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For many, Memorial Day weekend means gassing up the boat and hitting the water. With this being National Safe Boating Week, what better time for Todd Radabaugh of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission discuss boating safety?

The National Safe Boating Council is promoting boating safety and life jacket safety by encouraging boaters to “Wear It!” during National Safe Boating Week May 16-22. Boating is a safe and fun recreational activity enjoyed by thousands every year, however, in 2009 there may still be more than 600 boating fatalities from boating accidents.

Wearing a life jacket can make the difference between life and death. According to the most-recently reported official U.S. Coast Guard statistics:

• 90 percent of drowning victims in recreational boating accidents were not wearing a life jacket in 2007.
• Drowning is the reported cause of death in two-thirds of all boating fatalities.

That’s why boating safety advocates continue to push for increased and consistent life jacket wear on the water.

“The consequences are too grim for anyone to afford to ignore the “Wear It!” message,” says Virgil Chambers, executive director of the national safe boating council, an umbrella group representing boating safety advocates throughout North America. “However, for whatever reason, every year some boaters choose to go without wearing a life jacket.

“We want to prove that life jackets not only save lives, but that today’s life jackets are comfortable, stylish and easy to wear,” says John Johnson, executive director of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). “In fact, they don’t even have to be ‘jackets’ anymore. The old-fashioned, bulky orange life jacket most people are used to has been replaced with innovative new options we want all boaters to know about, including the new inflatable styles.”

Life jackets are available in a wide variety of compact, lightweight and attractive styles suitable for constant wear. Many are partially or wholly inflatable, and resemble a wide set of suspenders or even a belt pack. Special varieties are made for anglers, hunters, skiers and other sports enthusiasts. The view the many different life jacket varieties, visit http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/choose.htm

“Life jackets today not only look cool and feel more comfortable, even on those hot summer days, but most importantly, they’re saving lives,” Chambers says.

National Safe Boating Week is part of the North American Safe Boating Campaign, which unites the efforts of a wide variety of boating safety advocates, including NASBLA, the Canadian Safe Boating Council and the many members of the National Safe Boating Council. The campaign is produced under a grant from the sports fish restoration and boating trust fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. Partners hold local events, teach classes, distribute educational materials and perform free vessel safety checks, among other activities.

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The National Safe Boating Council is promoting boating safety and life jacket safety by encouraging boaters to “Wear It!” during National Safe Boating Week May 16-22.

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Troubleshooters: Mail mix ups in Brunswick County

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

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In tonight’s Troubleshooters report, the story of a Brunswick County woman who’s having problems getting her mail delivered.

Judy Andricak says her mail carrier is getting her mail mixed up with her neighbors. Sometimes it gets returned to her, sometimes it doesn’t, and not getting her mail on time is starting to affect Judy’s finances.

“When you don’t get the bills on time or when your car insurance gets canceled, because you don’t get a bill on time, it causes issues,” Judy Andricak said.

Judy Andricak has good reason to be frustrated. She’s had late fees on her credit card bill, insurance cancellations, and hits to her credit score.

Judy lives in a neighborhood in Ocean Isle Beach, and her mail often gets mixed up with the lady on the next street over, who has the same street number, or with a gentleman on another street who’s street number is one digit off from hers.

She’s getting their mail, too. “I have received retirement checks for one person, I’ve received an insurance check for another person, and these were substantial amounts I opened them unknowingly because they were in my mailbox,” Judy said.

This isn’t a new problem. Judy says it’s been going on for more than nine years, and the same carrier has been delivering her mail the whole time.

She says she’s driven to the post office about 30 to 40 times over the years to complain, but it’s not working. “The Post Office says they’ll warn her, they’ll talk to her, but obviously something isn’t happening because the same mistake occurs over and over and over again.”

The postmaster said that he was aware that Ms. Andricak was having problems with her mail, but had no idea it had been going for this long. He says they’ve had about half a dozen postmasters over the last nine years, and with all the turnover, they may not have realized the magnitude of the problem.

Enola Rice, a Post Office spokesperson, assured us that they have put some procedures in place to double check the carriers work, and will make sure this gets resolved one way or another. “That’s our obligation to the customer, to make sure that her mail is delivered correctly, so we certainly apologize for the misdelivery that she is experiencing.”

Since we got involved, the Post Office has offered Ms. Andricak a free PO Box and offered to write letters to her credit card companies and insurance providers explaining their role in her late payments.

While credit card companies hear the “I didn’t get my bill” excuse all the time, it’s rare for the Post Office to issue a letter taking blame for the problem.

The Post Office says a letter from them should carry some weight when it comes to getting a late fee waived.

Post Office officials say if you’re having a problem with mail delivery, the best way to get it resolved is by filing a complaint through 1-800-ask-usps.

While you might think it would be more effective to complain in person, using the 1-800 number ensures there’s a record of your complaint.

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videoJudy Andricak says her mail carrier is getting her mail mixed up with her neighbors. Sometimes it gets returned to her, sometimes it doesn’t, and not getting her mail on time is starting to affect Judy’s finances.

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