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Archive for July, 2009

Ocean Island Beach holds fundraiser for turtles

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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The Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Patrol held a fundraiser on Wednesday at the community center. There was a silent auction, educational programs, even a meet and greet with April the sea turtle.

The money collected today will go to benefit the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital in Topsail Beach.

”One of the reasons why we do this here so our great grand children and our grandchildren can come back and see this over and over like we’ve been able to enjoy it. These turtles are very threatened,” said Gloria Hillenburg.

Don’t worry if you missed today’s event at Ocean Isle Beach, there are more turtle activities throughout the week.

On Sunday there will be a turtle parade, a turtle presentation on Tuesday, and even the chance to see live turtles next Wednesday.

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The Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Patrol held a fundraiser on Wednesday at the community center. There was a silent auction, educational programs, even a meet and greet with April the sea turtle.

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Funeral of Wilmington sergeant could tie up traffic Thursday

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Wilmington | Friends and members of the public wishing to honor Sgt. 1st Class Edward Kramer, who was killed last week in Iraq, are asked to line the side of roads Thursday morning as the funeral procession makes its way to the Wilmington National Cemetery.

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Fire destroys Hampstead doctor’s office

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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A Hampstead doctor is looking toward the future after his family practice was destroyed by fire over the weekend.

Doctor Shyam Garg had patient records on paper and on the computer, many of which were lost in the fire.

Since the fire, a number of Dr. Garg’s patients have contacted us, wondering what to do about their records and prescriptions, and asking if they need to get a new doctor.

Mary Sheffield needed her medication. “I just wanted to get a refill on one of my prescriptions and I was coming by here, and I saw it had burned completely up.”

Woody Martin’s wife was supposed to have an appointment on Monday. “I’d asked a lot of people, asked the fire department, nobody seemed to know.”

Dr. Shyam Garg wants his patients to know he’ll still be there for them. “I’m not crying. I don’t look sad. I’m not angry. I’m just empty, I just feel empty. There’s no emotions here. When I walk around all I see is just empty, I can’t believe it.”

At Garg’s office, there were over 5,000 patients’ medical records, many of which are completely destroyed, but some possibly salvageable.

Some patients’ medical records were a computer that Dr. Garg is going to send to data recovery experts who seem to think they’re going to be able to retrieve them.

But Dr. Garg says not to worry. “The biggest record is my brain. My patients will tell you if I saw them 15 years back, I would remember exactly what they came for, so one record is my brain.”

Dr. Garg is now asking his patients to be patient. He’s already signed a lease to open up an office just down the road at Hampstead Village Complex. He will start seeing patients as early as Monday, which comes as welcome news for his patients.

Doctor Garg says if his patients have any questions, they can call the old office number and leave a message.

He says he’ll get back to them by the end of the day. Dr. Garg says he’s also happy to call pharmacies to help people with their prescriptions.

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videoA Hampstead doctor is looking toward the future after his family practice was destroyed by fire over the weekend.

Doctor Shyam Garg had patient records on paper and on the computer, many of which were lost in the fire.

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Cape Fear Community College offers participants chance to create wooden vessel

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

By Carolyn Bowers,StarNews Correspondent

Assuming you could even find one for sale, the retail price of a 7 1/2-foot wooden pram would be more than $1,000. But this month, you could own one for only $400 and a little sweat equity.

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Major layoffs announced for PPD

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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PPD announced they laid off approximately eighty workers from their Wilmington office on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the company confirmed that PPD cut approximately 270 employees from their North American staff overall.

The spokesperson attributed the reductions to the recession, saying the size of their workforce no longer matched the demand for their services.

Approximately 1,600 people are employed at the Wilmington facility.

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PPD announced they laid off approximately eighty workers from their Wilmington office on Wednesday.

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