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Archive for June, 2009

Seawitch Cafe fire deemed suspicious

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

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Carolina Beach fire officials are investigating a suspicious fire at the Seawitch Cafe.

Carolina and Kure Beach fire departments responded to the 200 block of Carolina Ave. at about 1:30 Monday afternoon.

Chief John Rorie says thanks to quick notification, the fire was contained within three minutes.

He says the fire started at the restaurant’s tiki bar, but has not yet identified the cause.

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Carolina Beach fire officials are investigating a suspicious fire at the Seawitch Cafe.

Carolina and Kure Beach fire departments responded to the 200 block of Carolina Ave. at about 1:30 Monday afternoon.

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Huskins Program may get cut as education budget shrinks

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

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The Huskins Program has allowed students at the high school level to earn college credit, but with state budget cuts on the way, this program maybe on the chopping block.

The proposed House version of the state budget eliminates funding for the Huskins Program, which allows high schoolers to take college classes free of charge.

The students get both college and high school credit.

Cutting the program would save the state more than $17 million, and would impact about a thousand students in Pender and New Hanover counties.

It could also affect the jobs of 80 community college teachers.

“You’re basically closing the door to education to students who really need it especially in these economic times when education is needed more than ever, especially to high school students who are in that transition when they don’t know what they are going to be doing in the future. It’s better to see them in college or employed than anyplace else,” said CFCC spokesperson David Hardin.

Funding would continue for students enrolled in the early college high schools.

Community colleges statewide are already facing their own funding challenges. The state has already proposed to cut between ten and twenty percent of their funding and it is feared there won’t be enough money to support the influx of newly enrolled students or hiring new staff.

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The Huskins Program has allowed students at the high school level to earn college credit, but with state budget cuts on the way, this program maybe on the chopping block.

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Churches help those praying to find a job

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

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Catholic or Protestant, Jewish or Buddhist, it doesn’t matter what your religion is, area churches are answering financial questions aimed at a higher power right here on Earth.

The bible says if you give a man a fish, you’ve fed him for a day…if you teach a man to fish you’ve fed him for a lifetime. At Scotts Hill Baptist Church they’re teaching community members to fish for a job in a troubling economy.

“Jesus was a really practical guy and a lot of times he would meet the physical need, sort of the perceived need before he would try and teach spiritually. And people can’t here the good news over the rumbling of their stomachs,” said Elisabeth Sanders-Park.

After hearing an overwhelming number of people struggling to find jobs, career development author Elisabeth Sanders-Park volunteered to teach a three-day series on job hunting and interview etiquette at her church.

For many community members struggling with unemployment, it was the good news they needed to hear. “I just thought ‘oh thank God’ somebody who is going to help me who is coming from the same perspective maybe,” said Susan Melton who attended the seminar.

It doesn’t matter whether you share Christian views, Sanders-park says the program is open to the entire community. “We’re doing it with the church, I would like to think that the people who are supposed to be here, that God wanted to be here, are here.”

Churches aren’t just helping with job interviews to deal with the tough financial times at New Beginnings Christian Chruch, Reverend Robert Campbell is partnering with other churches to organize a financial summit to deal with the slumping economy.

“We’re finding that it’s our role to help those who don’t have food, it’s our role to help those to pay their rent, it’s our role to just help them to understand and get the information about what they can do in this tough season,” Reverend Campbell said.

The Scotts Hill job seminar will run one more day, this Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

As for the financial summit, Reverend Campbell says the event is tentatively scheduled for July 11th. The location is still to be determined.

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videoCatholic or Protestant, Jewish or Buddhist, it doesn’t matter what your religion is, area churches are answering financial questions aimed at a higher power right here on Earth.

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Two cases verified as H1N1

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

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Those suspected flu cases at two New Hanover County schools are indeed the H1N1 virus.

Two more students have been added to the list as contracting the illness, one at New Hanover High School and another at Roland-Grise Middle School.

This brings the total to eight across the county.

Officials have notified parents and anyone who may have come in contact with the infected students.

Neither case is believed to be life threatening.

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Those suspected flu cases at two New Hanover County schools are indeed the H1N1 virus.

This brings the total to eight across the county.

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Police search for missing man

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

City police are looking for a 24-year-old man who could be in danger without proper medication.

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