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Archive for July, 2009

Whats Happening: July 17-19

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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Another night of music will rock downtown Wilmington Friday night. Same As It Ever Was, a Talking Heads tribute band, takes center stage at the Downtown Sundown Concert Series. The concert begins at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m.

We are in the middle of summer. If you still need a good beach read, get one without breaking the bank. The northeast branch of New Hanover County Library is having a sale Saturday. Hours are from 10: a.m. until 2 p.m.

If you prefer the water to the sand, you can enjoy a bottom fishing experience on a catamaran at Wrightsville Beach. Tackle, bait, license and guide are included. The two hour fishing charter costs $30 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under. Call 910-341-0836 for reservations.

You can tour North Carolina’s oldest rural cemetery Saturday. The Oakdale Cemetery Historical Tour begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 12:00 p.m. Admission is eight dollars per person. Call 910-762-5682 for more.

Celebrate the 60’s Saturday in a healthy way – a Summer of Love Run and Fun Walk begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by a Far Out After Party. Runners and walkers need to meet at the Wilmington Athletic Club. There will be food, drinks and music. The cost if fifteen dollars.

A big benefit concert for the community Boys and Girls Club is Saturday night. It begins at 4:00 p.m. at Kefi on Eastwood Road. Tickets are $75 each or two for $125.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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videoThis weekend, you can go back in time, re-live the 60’s in a way that is fun for the whole family, or rock out to some music from the 80’s.

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NC native aboard space shuttle Endeavour

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina native is on the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour as it flies toward the international space station.

Statesville native Dr. Tom Marshburn is the medical officer for the seven-member crew that waited through five delays until the shuttle finally launched Wednesday.

Marshburn is a former emergency room doctor who became a NASA flight surgeon in 1994. He worked with U.S. astronauts who went to the Russian Mir space station and later shuttle and international space station crews. He became an astronaut in 2004.

The 48-year-old Marshburn is on his first space voyage and is scheduled to perform three spacewalks.

He is a graduate of Davidson College, the University of Virginia and Wake Forest University’s medical school.

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

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A North Carolina native is on the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour as it flies toward the international space station.

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Where is the education lottery money going?

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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After the state lottery commission started running their TV ad, many of you wanted to know where all that money is going and can it help with budget cuts? So we asked around.

Dewey Hill is Vice Chair of the House Finance Committee. He said, “Nobody seems to know exactly where the money’s going right now, and I can’t find out either, because some of my people have been asking me the same question.”

During recent visits to our area, Governor Bev Perdue quoted the legislated allotments we explained Wednesday, so let’s review.

After paying for prizes, ticket sellers and lottery commission expenses, about a third of the money the lottery makes is left over for education. After taking out five percent for a reserve fund, 40 percent goes to a fund for building projects, ten percent for college scholarships and 50 percent pays to cap class sizes for early grades and more at four programs.

Here is the dollar breakdown for our area:

In the lottery’s first two years, a href=“http://www.wwaytv3.com/county/bladen_county”>Bladen County received $3.7 million from the lottery.

Brunswick County $4.8 million.

a href=“http://www.wwaytv3.com/county/columbus_county”>Columbus County almost $6 million.

New Hanover County $10.8 million.

Pender County about $2.9 million.

But the districts only have a say in how their share of money from the building fund is spent.

Bladen County has used lottery money to replace air conditioners, do roof work, pave parking lots, replace floors and upgrade fire alarms.

In Brunswick County, the money has replaced the chiller at Belville Elementary and dance floors at high schools, re-keyed three schools, added a water main tap and meter at the Waccamaw School and a million dollars will go to replace windows at middle schools.

Columbus County spent it to fix classrooms, roofs, including at Acme-Delco Elementary, reopen a school in Nakina, upgrade PE facilities and fields, renovate the cafeteria at Tabor City Elementary and pay off the county’s debt to rebuild Williams Township Elementary after a fire in 2004.

New Hanover County replaced the gym floor at Roland Grise, made electrical upgrades at Laney, Hoggard got a new heating and air system, replaced Snipes Academy and paid off the 2005 construction bonds.

In Pender County it paid off bond debt.
Beyond the building funds, administrators we spoke with said they could not pinpoint exactly what else, like teacher salaries, the money paid for, because the money, they say, comes to the school districts rolled in with other state funding and with stipulations on how it can be spent.

“When people ask, ‘can it be used for more teachers?’ the answer is yes, but only in grades K through 3 and with our More at Four Pre-K program,” said New Hanover County Schools spokesperson Valita Quattlebaum.

If you would like to find out more about where the money goes, including a county-by-county breakdown of each category, check out the About Us page on the NC Education Lottery website.

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videoWednesday we explained how money from the North Carolina Education Lottery is doled out; about 30 percent goes toward education. Now the question is, how do school districts spend their portion of the money?

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Accident ties up College Road Thursday afternoon

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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A three car accident tied up traffic on College Road Thursday afternoon.

The accident took place around 12:30 p.m. and delayed traffic for about an hour.

Police said the driver of a black SUV fell asleep at the wheel, collided with another car and flipped over.

Three people were involved in the accident, but no one was seriously injured.

One person was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

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A three car accident tied up traffic on College Road Thursday afternoon.

The accident took place around 12:30 p.m. and delayed traffic for about an hour.

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Smoke from controlled burn near Orton Plantation wafts into New Hanover

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

A controlled burn in Brunswick County is the cause of smoke coming into New Hanover County Thursday afternoon.The forestry service is burning a 450 acre fire near Orton Plantation to clean up the area, according to district ranger Brian Council, and the burning will last for most of the afternoon.

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