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Archive for July, 2009

Grievance filed against Brunswick County superintendent and school board

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

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The executive assistant to the Brunswick County Schools superintendent filed a formal grievance against her and the school board.

Many speculate the grievance against Katie McGee was filed over a violation of policy or a personnel matter.

The board has had several closed session meetings regarding the complaint from a long time school employee, but so far, no one is commenting on the details.

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The executive assistant to the Brunswick County Schools superintendent filed a formal grievance against her and the school board.

Many speculate the grievance against Katie McGee was filed over a violation of policy or a personnel matter.

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Resistance to Pender public boat landing ramps up

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

Cole Porter doesn’t want a public boat ramp located “10 feet from my bedroom.”So he and neighbor Gary Webb have been collecting signatures on a petition opposing the potential ramp site on Moores Landing Road.

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Inclusive Health provides options for those with pre-existing conditions

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

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There is an option for North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions looking for coverage. Inclusive Health is a state-subsidized program that offers coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, who don’t have coverage from an employer, among other terms of eligibility.

Inclusive Health held an event at the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital Tuesday to inform people of their options.

Jill Notter was one of the program’s first members when it went into effect in January. She had trouble getting coverage after a hip replacement. “I got the coverage immediately on day one when it went into effect and I was able to have my second hip replacement this past April and get on with my life,” she said.

Inclusive Health also provides health insurance for people who have lost their jobs, and their health coverage through COBRA has expired.

You can find more information on Inclusive Health at www.inclusivehealth.org or call 1-866-665-2117.

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There is an option for North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions looking for coverage. Inclusive Health is a state-subsidized program that offers coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, who don’t have coverage from an employer, among other terms of eligibility.

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Military members hope waiting period is put in the past

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

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To enjoy a night out on the town in Wilmington, you have to read the fine print. To enter some downtown bars and clubs, you must become a member. Controversy over the law came to a head when some military members claimed they were singled out, and not let in.

“I live here in Wilmington. I’m a resident, I pay taxes here, so therefore I should be able to go downtown and have a good time,” said Marine Sgt. David Kallam.

Others agree.

Marine veteran Adam Casteel said, “I personally put my military ID behind my driver’s license because I have an Ohio driver’s license.”

The current law requires a three-day waiting period for club membership. Bar owner Owen Dunne said, “Sometimes, bar owners use the membership as an excuse. Overall, I think it’s good that it is disappearing, people can just walk into the bar and have a drink and you don’t have to go through this process.”

A push to change that law started last year when the USS North Carolina was commissioned. Dozens of sailors poured into Wilmington, only to be refused entry into some downtown establishments. That got the attention of city leaders.

“That taint of discrimination will be eliminated and we want to be a friendly city, we want to be an open city,” said Mayor Bill Saffo. “We are a tourist community we have a lot of people come here from all over the state of North Carolina to enjoy the coast, the river, and downtown. We want them to be able to go anywhere they want within our community.”

And feeling welcomed is something area military members are looking forward to.

In the past, some bar owners have said Marines can be rowdy and disrupt business. It will still be up to the clubs and their bouncers to keep things orderly inside their establishments.

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videoAn old state law could soon be history. If Governor Bev Perdue puts her stamp on it, the three-day waiting period to get into area bars and clubs would give way to an open door policy. The issue is being watched closely by the military.

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A day aboard the Dan Moore

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

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Three miles off the coast of Morehead City, as sun comes up, eager Marine Technology students on board the Dan Moore prepare for the final stretch of their five-day training voyage. “What we have planned today, are a couple things. The first thing we’re going to do is we’re going to steam a little bit north, up towards Cape Lookout, toward the actual lighthouse itself. We have a trawl, a 20-foot trawl we’re going to drag, looking for anything – fishes or other invertebrates that might be on the bottom. Many of our students who get fisheries jobs will actually tow a trawl just like this. So this gives them the hands-on experience that they need when we’re out at sea they see how a trawl works, how you rig it, how you fish it, and then identification of all the animals that come on board, after it’s been fished,” describes department chair Jason Rogers.

Students gather around a bucket with their chosen catch to learn about the behavior and characteristics of the different species. “If we go to work for National Marine Fisheries or any other type of fisheries agency, we have to be able to deploy the nets, haul them in, and identify the catch,” said Marine Technology student Marissa Salvitti.

Around lunchtime, it was time for the second experiment – the side-scan sonar. “This is a piece of instrument; it looks like a little torpedo. It is hooked to the computers that we have in our lab, and it actually sends out ‘pings’ on either side. it listens for the returns and it paints impressive images of structures that are on the bottom,” describes Rogers.

Bright and early the following morning, students prepare for their last mission – it is a tricky one. The first day of the trip, students threw a sonar device overboard to measure the speed and direction of the current. It is called an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler and it is sitting on the ocean floor 25 miles offshore. Now, their job is to locate and retrieve it.

“What we want to do today, is send a transducer to send a signal to it, to wake it up, tell us where it is, and then we’ll send another signal to it, to have it come to the surface,” Rogers said.

On board the Dan Moore, the work load is tough, the days and nights are long, but there is not one complaint. The students feel at home on the open waters. They know this training determines their future, and they embrace it.

Wednesday we will learn more about the students and find out what it’s like living aboard a research vessel, crammed alongside 2 dozen other people.

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videoSince its inception in 1964, the Marine Technology program has been a major part of Cape Fear Community College. Students board the research vessel Dan Moore for days and weeks at a time to train to be marine technicians. It’s funding for that training that is in limbo.

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