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Archive for July, 2009

DMV to temporarily close driver license offices

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Beginning next week, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will close area driver license offices in 10 Southeastern North Carolina counties for a half-day each as it changes the way new licenses and ID cards are issued, according to a news release.

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Southport settles on plan for seven-acre Lowe-White Memorial Park

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

By Amanda WilsonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

The city of Southport has settled on a plan to transform seven acres in an area on East Leonard Street into a park featuring walking trails, marsh overlooks, sports courts, picnic shelters and restrooms.

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Students plan return to debt-ridden NC school

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

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GREENSBORO — Students return next week to Greensboro College, a school that has laid off staff to deal with a debt of more than $19 million.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Tuesday that the small Methodist college has laid off 10 more staff members, including three part-time music teachers and the band director. The school is down to 68 full-time faculty members.

College officials say the part-time faculty budget has been eliminated, meaning some classes may be canceled and others added.

The school has put most of its campus and its $17 million endowment up as collateral to Bank of America. The bank has extended the college’s line of credit, allowing it to meet payroll through the summer as it restructures.

The school’s longtime president, Craven Williams, retired earlier this month.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Students return next week to Greensboro College, a school that has laid off staff to deal with a debt of more than $19 million.

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Update: Traffic back to normal on N.C. 211 in Brunswick County after truck overturns

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Traffic is back to normal on N.C. 211 near Midway Road where a construction pickup truck overturned around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.St. James Fire Department closed the westbound lane heading toward Supply and alternated traffic until the road was cleared, Assistant Fire Chief John Bahill said.

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New ways to fight symptoms of the flu

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

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There may be a new way to fight the irritating symptoms of the flu. New research suggests that probiotics, or good bacteria, can have a preventive effect when it comes to fighting the seasonal flu virus.

Researchers found that treating toddlers and kindergarteners twice a day with a combination of two common probiotics resulted in the children missing fewer days of school or childcare due to the flu. They had significantly reduced cases of fever, coughing, and runny nose when compared to kids who received a placebo.

A high percentage of our immune cells are associated with our stomach. Boosting the immune system by supplementing the existing bacterial defenses in our guts makes sense. With a stronger immune system, the body is more capable of fighting off infections and can reduce the length and severity of flu symptoms.

The practice of incorporating probiotics into foods has just begun to gain awareness in the US, most notably with probiotic yogurt. However, getting the flu vaccine is still the single most important step families can take to prevent the flu.

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There may be a new way to fight the irritating symptoms of the flu. New research suggests that probiotics, or good bacteria, can have a preventive effect when it comes to fighting the seasonal flu virus.

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