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Archive for July, 2009

NC judge rules Black to serve more time in prison

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A state judge in Raleigh says former House Speaker Jim Black will have to spend more time behind bars even if the federal government releases him from prison.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens sentenced Black on Thursday to between 11 and 14 months in state prison for a bribery charge Black pleaded to in 2007.

The sentence was finalized after Black satisfied a $1 million fine by giving some land to the Wake County schools.

Lawyers for Black are trying to get his five-year federal prison sentence on a corruption charge reduced because of Black’s health problems. But Stephens said Black would have to complete Thursday’s sentence even if the feds release the ex-speaker.

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

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A state judge in Raleigh says former House Speaker Jim Black will have to spend more time behind bars even if the federal government releases him from prison.

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State wades in to block another party on Masonboro Island

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

By Gareth McGrath,Gareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

The setting sounds perfect.So does the planned event, and the Mulch Brothers are fired up to play at Wrightsville Beach’s fourth annual Aquapalooza Party, hosted by boat manufacturer Sea Ray, on Saturday.”Sea Rays, drinkin’, a private island and music – what could be better, y’all!” says the country music duo’s Web site.

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Non-profit group helps animals at Pender County shelter

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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If there is one thing animal shelters all have in common, it is barking dogs. But the Pender County Animal Shelter has something else; the Friends of the Pender County Animal Shelter. Their mission is quite simple: When the shelter needs something, they try to fill the need.

“Every county in North Carolina needs to get a group like this,” said Pender County Animal Shelter manager Darlene Clewis. “It would be a good idea to have a group like this to back up their animal control and things that they do, like the Pet Finder website. They handle that and that really helps us.”

Sue Lorusso of the Friends of Pender County Animal Shelter said, “Our main mission is to help Pender County Animal Control lower the euthanasia rate. Every animal that gets adopted out saves the county with money to start with, with medication and burial costs.”

Pender County is quite large – 933 square miles. Most of it is rural, and unfortunately the shelter gets a lot of drop-offs from locals and vacationers. “We get a lot of people who think it is fun to have a pet on vacation then they just leave it behind. That puts the animal control officers in a rough situation because they have to cover the whole county and take care of adoptions and the shelter,” explained Lorusso.

Recently, Pender County Commissioners approved the funding for two fulltime animal control officers. Applications are currently being accepted.

The euthanasia rate has decreased 11 percent at the Pender County Animal Shelter since May 1st.

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videoA group called, Friends of the Pender County Animal Shelter, is one step away from being the county’s newest non-profit. The group formed early this year and as WWAY’s John Rendleman reports, it helps fill in the gaps the county can not provide.

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Night classes help fit education with lifestyles

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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It has been years since Kim Ward sat in a classroom, but she is getting pretty comfortable there at Cape Fear Community College. “I’ve decided that now that my children are of age to go to school, that I should go back with them. I’m going to make a career change. I hope to go into the nursing program,” she said.

Ward is a bookkeeper, but said the economy is pushing her to turn the page to something new. “As business began to slow down, I started to think about other options.”

Night classes help Ward, and other students, fit their education into their lifestyles, and the numbers show it. So far this year, CFCC has enrolled 5,000 students; 25 percent more than this time last year. Ward added, “Every class that I’ve been in is full and there’s a lot of students that I would say are not the traditional students like myself.”

The enrollment is the highest ever at Miller-Motte College, where Derrick Dunbar attends and works. “I actually had started coming back to school right before I got laid off, and I made up my mind then that I wanted to start a new career.”

There are 200 people enrolled in Miller-Motte’s night programs, in everything from dental assistance to cosmetology to business courses. Miller-Motte’s Director of Education, Kris Ryan said, “A lot of single parents, a lot of individuals interested in career changes and I do believe that’s really a result of what’s been happening in the economy.”

Ryan said they work with students to get them into night classes, if they have conflicts during the day.

Many students are looking forward to a new, and successful, career after returning to the classroom.

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videoA lot of non-traditional students are hitting the books to bring in the bucks. Often, that means going to class at night.

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4-ton bronze ring to be moved in Asheville

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Asheville is going for the bronze ring. A 4-ton bronze ring, to be exact.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that traffic on several city streets will be blocked or dramatically slowed Thursday morning when a bronze ring that’s part of a fountain will be
transported from west Asheville to Pack Square in the downtown area.

The ring is part of a fountain being installed in the square.

Pack Square Conservancy says the ring will be loaded beginning about 6 a.m., a process that will take about an hour. It should arrive at Pack Square about 9 a.m.

The ring is about 20 feet wide, which is wider than one travel lane on a typical street. That means traffic in both directions is likely to be affected.

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

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Asheville is going for the bronze ring. A 4-ton bronze ring, to be exact.

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