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Local middle school dresses up its policies

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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Something new is coming this fall to D.C Virgo Middle School; a dress code.

Students will be required to wear khaki, navy blue or black bottoms, collared shirts, and no flip-flops.

School officials hope by enforcing a dress code the students will be better focused and get them ready for high school.

”Most of the middle schools have followed suit with that because they feel into the high schools. All four high schools are going into a standardized dress code so they feel like it’s going to make it easier for the kids,” said Virgo PTA President Edwina Marbley.

It’s also going to be easier for the parent’s wallets. Students may wear any color shirt, as long as it’s collared, allowing them to have a broader variety of choices.

Also local stores are giving discounts to dress code shoppers during these financially tough times.

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Something new is coming this fall to D.C Virgo Middle School; a dress code.

Students will be required to wear khaki, navy blue or black bottoms, collared shirts, and no flip-flops.

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CFCC offers construction program

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

By Chelsea Kellner,Chelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

A new construction management program starting at Cape Fear Community College in the fall will offer local workers a chance to rise through the ranks without quitting their day jobs.CFCC worked with local construction companies on the program, which will teach skills from construction supervision to blueprint reading.

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Renters swamped with flooding issues

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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The Campus Walk Apartments’ drains were still clogged with debris from Monday’s rain on Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, many residents are trying to mop up the damage the floods left behind.

Brian Sapracino was out of town during Monday’s extreme rain. He returned to his Campus Walk Apartment to find water squishing from his bedroom carpet. “I have flies accumulating in here now; it’s as if you were to have a hot humid swamp next to you mixed with wet trash.”

Next door neighbor Naqusha Cokeley was home during the flood. She and her daughters were forced to evacuate.

Soaked carpet sits outside the apartment of Randy Loaiza. “I mean it was pretty bad in there, it was up to ankle high. All the stuff that was on the bottom is soaking wet so you might as well throw that out.”

The three Campus Walk renters say they have no place to live, and are getting little help from the property owners.

Campus Walk managers declined to appear on camera, but issued a statement: “We have set up temporary storage containers and have been working to assist our residents, to expedite the repair process.”

Campus Walk goes on to say they will review each situation. Residents could receive either hotel accommodations or have their rent waived while they are displaced.

But renters say that’s not enough. “Are they going to help us with food and shelter, and pay the motel? Because right now they’re telling us after three days, we’re on our own, that’s it,” said Cokeley.

That has forced some tenants to find other accommodations. “Basically my car has become my hotel for the next day,” said Sapracino.

Lawyer Tom Goolsby said landlords are only responsible for reimbursing renters for each day they are out of the apartment.

Unless the residents had flood insurance, they will not be paid for their damaged property, but the landlord is responsible for the condition of the apartment.

The renter can have the apartment inspected by the Health Department to make sure it is safe before they move back in.

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videoThe Campus Walk Apartments’ drains were still clogged with debris from Monday’s rain on Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, many residents are trying to mop up the damage the floods left behind.

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Brunswick schools continue grievance hearing against superintendent McGee

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Brunswick County | The Brunswick County school board will continue a hearing July 23 on a grievance a longtime employee filed against Superintendent Katie McGee.

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Physician trying to bring sophisticated heart surgery to poor countries

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

When Dr. Howard Marks learned that a 24-year-old woman’s heart was close to bursting because of an aneurysm, he thought he could save her life.After all, Marks, who works at Coastal Thoracic Surgical Associates in Wilmington, has been in private practice here since 1988 and has performed more than 3,000 heart operations here.

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