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Archive for July, 2009

Food lovers gather once a month around Wilmington to eat, drink and be merry

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

By Lori Kennedy,StarNews Correspondent

The Dine Wilmington Foodies Meetup Group was established in July 2008, the creation of Lisa Layman, who is determined to fight the masses’ misconceptions about dining.

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Man detained by NC police dies after taking drugs

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — A man who swallowed drugs when police in North Carolina served a search warrant on him has died several hours after leaving hospital.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police searched the room at a hotel about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. When the officers entered the room a man told them he had swallowed drugs.

The man was detained but not arrested. Paramedics took him to a hospital, but he left before being treated. Several hours later a man flagged down an officer. Police said the man was vomiting small baggies.

Police say the man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officers didn’t disclose what was in the baggies or the man’s name.

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

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A man who swallowed drugs when police in North Carolina served a search warrant on him has died several hours after leaving hospital.

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Pender County residents say no to public boat ramp

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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Residents of the Moore’s Landing neighborhood in Hampstead gathered at Gary Webb’s house Wednesday night, to learn about how a public boat ramp has been proposed in their backyards.

“It would totally destroy our community. It would take a community that’s residential waterfront, take 40 percent of it, and turn it into a parking lot and boat ramps,” said Webb.

Webb and Cole Porter have gathered signatures on a petition against a ramp in their community. “I can’t even believe that the county commissioners would even entertain going into a residential neighborhood, tearing down three, million dollar houses, to put in a public boat ramp,” Moore’s Landing resident Cole Porter said.

The closest public ramps are in Wrightsville Beach and Surf City. Les Wyatt chooses to pay to use Scott’s Hill Marina. “I think more public ramps would be great,” he said. But he understands the concerns of Moore’s Landing residents. “It is perfectly understandable. It is like a highway anytime you do anything for the public good.”

The other option on the table, which many people support, including commissioner David Williams, is a ramp on Lewis Road. The property owner had been in a lawsuit with a homeowner’s association, but said that has been resolved, and now it is up to the state to decide the best location.

The Moore’s Landing residents sure hope it’s not in their community. “It’s just a nice peaceful area, and we want to keep it that way,” Webb said.

Pender County commissioners will discuss this topic at their August 3rd meeting. A big concern of some commissioners is that they will lose the grant money if they do not pick a location soon.

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Pender County has $3.8 million in grant money from the state for a public boat ramp. Most everyone agrees the area needs one. It is just a matter of where. Residents at one spot are determined not to have a public boat ramp in their neighborhood.

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Get Healthy: Health education center hosts grand opening

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

The South East Area Health Education Center, or SEAHEC, will hold a grand opening ceremony for its new location at 2511 Delaney Ave. The event will start at 2 p.m. July 30.

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Camp Lejeune named one of military’s top bases

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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The Marine base on North Carolina’s coast won the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence on Wednesday. The award recognizes bases that have managed their resources, improved the quality of life and maintained readiness.

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