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One woman’s trip to Holden Beach was anything but a vacation

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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A beach vacation is supposed to be a quiet escape from reality. For Julia Mittelberg, her visit to Holden Beach was anything but. The Illinois woman did not expect this.

“I felt like something was grabbing me really quick, and it chomped down for a second bite. I realized those were teeth and I swam away as fast as I could and was screaming very loud,” described Mittelberg.

That chomp, was a shark bite. It is a threat not often thought about on a trip to the beach. But off many area beaches, it is swimmer beware. “There are no lifeguards here,” said Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne. “It is swim at your own risk, which is pretty much the way it is in the state of North Carolina.”

One day later at the scene of the attack, swimmers still ventured into the water, not phased by the threat of sharks. Vacationer Stanley Jones said, “The sharks were here yesterday, just like they are today and just like they will be tomorrow. And probably this water’s the safest on the coast today, because how many times do you hear of getting bit twice?”

But sharks are not the only seaside danger posed by Mother Nature.

Chief Layne said he is more concerned about the high risk of rip currents than he is about shark bites. “You’re much more likely to get caught in a rip current than get bitten by a shark,” he said.

While dozens of people lose their lives in rip currents off southeastern North Carolina each year, shark bites are rarely fatal.

As far as Julia is concerned, she’s recovering just fine. “I’m very thankful. The Lord has definitely blessed me. I have full mobility and sensation. So I’m very thankful for that,” she said.

Julia is now on her way back to Illinois. She said she plans to make her annual trip to Holden Beach again next year.

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A beach vacation is supposed to be a quiet escape from reality. For Julia Mittelberg, her visit to Holden Beach was anything but. The Illinois woman did not expect this.

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Man charged with firing air rifle at vehicle on Sheffield Drive

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

A New Hanover County man was charged Tuesday with firing an air rifle at a vehicle.At 12:43 a.m. Tuesday, a woman driving near 900 Sheffield Drive reported hearing a loud bang before her rear window cracked, according to a news release from Deputy Charles G. Smith with the New Hanover Sheriff’s Office.

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Marino on Money: July 23

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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This week I am talking about adoption. Here is a brief review:

Adoption costs can vary from $0 up to tens of thousands. Adopting a child who is in foster care is usually the least expensive. Foreign adoptions are usually the most expensive.

There is plenty of help for people who want to adopt. The government offers multiple tax credits, assuming you do not make too much money. Employers may also offer help. Many families just finance the cost.

Most of all, you should be prepared to work. Adoption is not always easy, but it is worth it. There are many toddlers or older children who want to be adopted. Providing a home for them is a great way to change the world. So I hope you consider that.

For new born babies, adopting can be hard. You must understand there is no such thing as an unwanted baby. There are families all over this town, and all over America, who would adopt a new born baby today. They don’t care about the sex, and they don’t care about the race of the baby. They just want to adopt.

I’ve heard people say that there are all these unwanted babies being born. I can promise you, that is not true. There are homes everywhere who would welcome a new born baby through adoption. So if you want to adopt a new born baby, understand that it may take some time.

If you have a financial question for Ross, you can use the Marino on Money page.

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videoIf you are in the market to adopt children, you know how financially straining it can be to sort through the legalities of providing a good home for a child that needs it. Thursday night, financial planner Ross Marino has more advice on how to make the whole process more cost effective.

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Surfing gator taken to Holly Shelter

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

An alligator spotted in the surf at Topsail Beach on Wednesday was captured overnight by members of the town police and volunteer fire departments.

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More vacant homes, ‘no spray’ requests complicate mosquito mission

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.Mcgrath@StarNewsOnline.com

The federal government has its “no fly” list to protect airline passengers, and the state has setup its “no call” list to stop telemarketers from terrorizing consumers.Not to be left out, New Hanover County has its “no spray” list.

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