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Archive for July, 2009

Area supporters for Obama health plan seek ideas

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

When Mindy Totten took a job teaching overseas she thought her home country had the best health care system in the world.But after years of living abroad, Totten, who now lives in Wilmington, said she thinks health care in the United States could be better.

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More schools make the mark on tests

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

By Ana Ribeiro and Chelsea KellnerAna.Ribeiro@StarNewsOnline.com

Brunswick, Pender and New Hanover counties made big strides this year. But the same was true around the state, as the state school system started counting the better of two scores for retested elementary and middle school students.

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Veterans look to Post 9/11 GI Bill to jumpstart career

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

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The cost of higher education can sometimes be discouraging, especially for veterans coming back from serving overseas, and looking to jump start their futures. “When you come back, you really want to re-enter life, and have the skills to support yourself and your family,” said Cape Fear Community College Dean and veteran Robert Philpott. “The best way to get those skills is to come back to college.”

Justin Labrake is a student at Cape Fear Community College, and an Army veteran. He used the first GI Bill to help pay his tuition at CFCC. Now he wants to use the Post 9/11 GI Bill to pursue a degree at UNCW. “Once you get out of the Army, anything is possible. You can pursue a career, you can pursue educational goals,” he said.

The new GI Bill will open more education doors for veterans. Unlike the old one, the new bill will pay for tuition plus a stipend for housing, books and supplies. “Tuition is one thing, but you’ve also got to have a place to live, if you’ve got a family, you’ve got medical bills and you’ve got to buy food,” Philpott said.

The new Post 9/11 GI Bill applies to individuals who entered the military after September 11th, 2001, and spent at least 90 days on active duty, or who were discharged with a service-related disability. In a time when finding a job is tough, the new bill will help ease the financial burden for those who have put their education on hold – to serve our country.

“We’ve heard from other colleges and the services that we should anticipate what some call a tidal wave of returning veterans because again they are intelligent, they are motivated they want to get the skills and they want to get a start and what a better place to start,” Philpott said.

The original GI Bill is still available for those who entered the military after 1985, and were honorably discharged less than 10 years ago.

The major difference between the two programs is that the Post 9/11 bill includes funding for school-related expenses beyond tuition.

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videoCome next month, veterans will have more resources to continue their education. The new GI Bill starts August 1. Experts anticipate an influx of veterans at area colleges and universities.

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Lumina Station filling up with new business

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

By Wayne FaulknerWayne.Faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

You’ve got to hand it to them: Opening a retail business in a time of tight pocketbooks is nothing if not optimistic.But several more Wilmington-area merchants have taken the plunge.Their ideas range from “gifts, fudge and fashion” to “fabulously funky affordable footwear.”Let’s get started.

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‘One Tree Hill’ actress Bethany Joy Galeotti talks about adapting ‘Notebook’ into a musical

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

By Amy HotzAmy.Hotz@StarNewsOnline.com

“One Tree Hill” actress Bethany Joy Galeotti and music producer/songwriter Ron Aniello have teamed to create a new musical based on Nicholas Sparks’“The Notebook.”The duo plan to present a musical workshop of the production in early October in Wilmington. Auditions will be Aug. 1, 2 and 8 at Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.

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