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Archive for May, 2009

GE shows off nuclear technology at UNCW

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

GE Hitachi and its subsidiary, Global Laser Enrichment LLC (GLE), have applied to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build and operate a large-scale commercial uranium enrichment plant on their Castle Hayne campus.

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Thirteen recent fatal accidents in Columbus County have officers concerned

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

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More than a dozen people have died in fatal accidents on Columbus County roads in the past month, the majority of whom weren’t yet out of their 20’s.

“I keep thinking he’s going to come through that door, but I know he’s not,” said Gaynelle Freeman.

Gaynelle and Julius Freeman lost their 22-year-old son Jeremy in a car accident last month.

Jeremy was driving on Blacksmith Road near Bolton with two passengers. His car collided with an ATV. Jeremy, his two friends, and the ATV driver were all killed.

That accident was just one in a string of fatal Columbus County car crashes. In the past month, thirteen people died in seven accidents beginning county roads since mid-April.

“This is a lot. This is higher than normal for sure,” said Brian Ezzell of Highway Patrol.

Trooper Ezzell said speed has played a factor in many of the accidents and that fatalities could have been avoided. “Several of the occupants out of the thirteen would have probably been alive today if they had their seat belt on.”

Highway Patrol officers are stepping up efforts to make sure drivers and passengers buckle up.

In the month of April, troopers wrote 479 seat belt tickets in Columbus and Bladen counties compared to 286 this time last year, about a 70 percent increase.

Columbus county sheriff’s deputies are cracking down as well.

“We’re going to step up in Columbus County and make our citizens and our young people more aware that seat belt safety and driving while impaired will cost you your life,” said Sheriff Chris Batten.

But law enforcement can’t do it alone. While the Freeman’s mourn the loss of a son, they also make a tearful plea to others on the road. “I just hope and pray that these youngins, the rest of the them, the need to obey the law.”

In all of last year, Highway Patrol for Columbus and Bladen counties wrote 975 seatbelt tickets.

So far this year, troopers have already cited more than 1,300 drivers for failing to buckle up.

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videoMore than a dozen people have died in fatal accidents on Columbus County roads in the past month, the majority of whom weren’t yet out of their 20’s. “This is a lot. This is higher than normal for sure,” said Brian Ezzell of Highway Patrol.

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West Brunswick students remembered Thursday night

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

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Students are gathering at First Baptist Church in Shallotte Thursday night to remember two West Brunswick high students who lost their lives in a fatal car crash.

The death of the two teenagers comes right around graduation time, a time when students usually gather to celebrate.

However, two young lives were lost on Royal Oaks Road in Brunswick County.

Jacob Moseley and Caleb Hawkins were passengers in a car driven by 17-year-old Joseph Moreno.

They had just left a party not far from the crash site. The cause of the crash was speed.

This all comes at a time when these students would normally be celebrating high school graduation, and the start of summer, but instead, West Brunswick students and friends and family of Jacob and Caleb are mourning.

Keith Wilson is a youth pastor at First Baptist Church in Shallotte and encourages his young church members to make smart and safe choices when out with their friends. “We really need as a community to provide a safe place to go. Without the pressures of the world, doing the things they shouldn’t have been doing.”

The church is hosting its own graduation celebration for members and West Brunswick High School students with hopes of encouraging safe celebratory practices.

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videoStudents are gathering at First Baptist Church in Shallotte Thursday night to remember two West Brunswick high students who lost their lives in a fatal car crash.

The death of the two teenagers comes right around graduation time, a time when students usually gather to celebrate.

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Coty Incorporated to shut down

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

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Two local facilities will close their doors, leaving more than 500 people without jobs.

Coty Incorporated, formally known as Del Laboratories, will close down its Leland facility by December and stop manufacturing at its Rocky Point facility by next May.

Coty manufactures and distributes cosmetic products for Sally Hansen and New York Color Nail line.

General manager for the Rocky Point facility, Cary Newman, said employees were notified today and severance packages will be available. “The thing I feel most is real empathy for so many people that are really talented that have done really great work here and really it has nothing to do with their work or their effort that we are where we are today, so that hurts.”

While manufacturing will be shut down at the Rocky Point facility, distribution will continue for the time being.

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Two local facilities will close their doors, leaving more than 500 people without jobs.

Coty Incorporated, formally known as Del Laboratories, will close down its Leland facility by December and stop manufacturing at its Rocky Point facility by next May.

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Supply Elementary hosts pep rally for EOG testing

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

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It is that time of year again. End-of-Grade testing is underway at area schools. Supply Elementary decided to host a pep rally before the testing week starts. They want to reward the kids who have already passed their tests, and encourage other students to study hard.

“It was sort of difficult, because some of the stuff we didn’t go over. We both managed, and we both got a 4,” said 5th grader, Devin Pritchard.

A 4 is the highest score you can get. Scoring a 3 also means you can pass on to the next grade.

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It is that time of year again. End-of-Grade testing is underway at area schools. Supply Elementary decided to host a pep rally before the testing week starts.

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