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Archive for July, 2009

Waiting period for club membership could be history

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

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A rule requiring a three-day waiting period to join a private club that sells alcohol could soon be history in a bill going to Governor Bev Perdue’s desk.

The Senate gave final approval Monday night to a House bill eliminating the membership wait. Proponents said the bill would allow tourists and the military looking for a night out to drink at social or fraternal clubs.

The push for the change in law started last year after members of the USS North Carolina submarine and Marines told Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo bars here had used the waiting period to keep them out.

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A rule requiring a three-day waiting period to join a private club that sells alcohol could soon be history in a bill going to Governor Bev Perdue’s desk.

The Senate gave final approval Monday night to a House bill eliminating the membership wait.

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NC firm completes FedEx trucks converted to hybrid

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — FedEx Express is taking delivery of more than 90 delivery trucks a North Carolina company converted from standard diesel-powered vehicles to electric hybrid trucks.

The delivery giant’s vehicle fleet vice president on Tuesday sends the trucks journeying from Charlotte to California. They’ll be used in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.

FedEx has been using hybrid trucks for more than five years, but these are the first switched from conventional to hybrid power.

Can-Am Custom Trucks Inc. co-owner Terry Potts said the Charlotte company completed the conversions with parts supplied by Gaffney, S.C.-based Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. and Eaton Corp.

UPS, Coca-Cola, and Pepsico also use hybrid vehicles.

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

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FedEx Express is taking delivery of more than 90 delivery trucks a North Carolina company converted from standard diesel-powered vehicles to electric hybrid trucks.

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Get Out – Blue Clay bike trail expedition offered

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, guides from the Cape Fear Cyclist club will lead groups through the trails and explain the history of the park, as well as plans for its future.

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Registration open for the annual Marine mud race

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

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WILMINGTON — Playing in the mud has its benefits. Registration is open for the 3rd Annual Marine Mud Challenge.

The race is scheduled for Aug. 1 at Belmont Abbey College near Charlotte. Proceeds will go to the families of wounded sailors and Marines at Camp Lejeune.

The race features a five-mile course combined with a variety of obstacles including mud pits, a low crawl through a pipe and a five- foot wall.

The race is open to the public. Last year, more than 600 runners took part.

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

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Playing in the mud has its benefits. Registration is open for the 3rd Annual Marine Mud Challenge.

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NC officials joining free webcast on energy funds

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

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RALEIGH — Government and school officials in North Carolina are joining a webcast workshop on accessing more than $58 million in federal energy funding.

The state Energy Department is hosting the two-hour webcast on Tuesday to encourage government and school representatives to ask questions about how the money should be used.

The $58.3 million will be divided as energy conservation grants for 32 of the state’s largest cities and counties and the Cherokee Indian reservation. Another portion will be distributed to smaller communities and agencies.

The free webcast will be available through a link on the department’s Web site.

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

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Government and school officials in North Carolina are joining a webcast workshop on accessing more than $58 million in federal energy funding.

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