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Archive for July, 2009

School budget shifting gears to save on transportation

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

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Hundreds of students in New Hanover County will have to find another way home other than the bus next year. Budget cuts are making the going rough when it comes to some transportation options for students.

Victoria Singletary encourages her kids to get involved in extracurricular activities from tennis to extra tutoring after school. She appreciated the option of using the after school bus system to get them home, but next year that option will be off the road.

“I’m very disappointed, I’m very upset because now it doesn’t give me an option now I have to be there and it’s going to take away some of the things that I can’t get to that they want to do,” Singletary said.

The after school bus program is just the beginning when it comes to transportation budget cuts for New Hanover County schools.

The transportation budget is being reduced by more than $800,000.

Early college high school students will now have to ride their district buses and be shuttled to their early colleges.

Buses will no longer be provided for students who attend Virgo or Williston middle schools, and New Hanover High School under the open enrollment program.

Buses will also no longer be provided for all after school athletic and remediation programs like tutoring and clubs.

In New Hanover County, more than 600 students from elementary to high school, hop on the after school bus every day.

“We’ve been able to come alongside the parent and help them out, as a parent that is going to hurt and I can understand how other parents my feel, but unfortunately given the economic climate today we can’t afford it,” said Elizabeth Redenbaugh of the school board.

New Hanover County schools will still provide busing for athletic competitions and school field trips.

School officials are hoping parents will go the extra mile to keep their kids involved.

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videoHundreds of students in New Hanover County will have to find another way home other than the bus next year. Budget cuts are making the going rough when it comes to some transportation options for students.

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GE uses recession to its advantage

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

By Jim BrummStarNews Correspondent

The recession may prove to be a blessing for GE Hitachi’s most advanced reactor design, providing more time for the technology to be approved by regulators.

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Oak Island Bridge sees more delays

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

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There are more issues with the Oak Island Bridge. The Department of Transportation said that construction of the bridge will be put on hold again – this time due to hairline cracks in the girders.

Last fall, a girder collapsed and killed construction worker Jose Montalvo.

A spokesman for the DOT told WWAY that the department is inspecting the cracks and will resume construction when they are sure it is safe.

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There are more issues with the Oak Island Bridge. The Department of Transportation said that construction of the bridge will be put on hold again – this time due to hairline cracks in the girders.

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Whiteville gets safety tips from former NYC detective

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

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A former New York City detective who worked on cases like the Son of Sam was in Whiteville today educating business owners on protecting themselves from property crimes.

Did you ever know that putting signs in the windows of your store could actually tempt a criminal to break-in?

Bad visibility for workers is something criminals look for.

Business owners like Terry Mann already take steps to protect his business, but there is more he could do. “The few break-ins we’ve had over the years have been rocks or bricks thrown through the windows. And people just pull things out of the showcases and leave with them,” Mann stated.

Business owners in Whiteville heard tips from former New York City Detective Bob Poisella. One way he suggests business owners stay safe is to keep their storefronts clear and tidy.

“This person who maintains his property is territorial and will defend it,” Poisella said.

One tip for business owners is to put things like tables and chairs and benches outside their stores. It encourages people to sit down, and typically people won’t commit crimes if there are witnesses around.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, in Columbus County there are anywhere from five to eight breaks-ins in a given week.

They hope by educating business owners to be proactive, their property crime rates will eventually go down.

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videoA former New York City detective who worked on cases like the Son of Sam was in Whiteville today educating business owners on protecting themselves from property crimes.

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Winner announced in ugly website contest

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

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The winners have been announced for the ugliest website contest – Communities in Schools of Cape Fear. The local non-profit organization focuses on keeping kids in school and reducing the drop out rate.

Wilmington Design Company sponsored a three-month long contest to find the ugliest site on the internet. Communities in Schools Program Director, Lisa Brewster, submitted their website after the old one got hacked into. “It’s a dubious distinction to have your website bite, but we’re really serious about making sure that all the information about our agency is in the public that we can educate people about our services to youth, and about volunteer opportunities, what we do here as a non-profit,” she said. “We’re really excited about having a real quality website.”

Communities in Schools won a free website make-over worth $5,000. Wilmington Design Company said it will take a couple months to complete the makeover.

The runner-up is the website for Haunted Pub Crawl in downtown Wilmington. They will be awarded a sack of lemons.

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The winners have been announced for the Ugliest Website Contest – Communities in Schools of Cape Fear. The local non-profit organization focuses on keeping kids in school and reducing the drop out rate.

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