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Archive for August, 2009

MyReporter – How to watch One Tree Hill being filmed

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Interested in the locally filmed television show? Or perhaps you are curious about the value of the red light cameras. Look no further.

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UPDATE: Teen with ties to Sen. R.C. Soles in Columbus County jail

Monday, August 31st, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

The Tabor City teen is in the Columbus County jail, and a judge has ordered that the 17-year-old’s Corvette stay in storage.

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St. James property owners unhappy with involuntary annexation

Monday, August 31st, 2009

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Annexation continues to cause anxiety among residents near St. James. After a weekend of protests, the Brunswick County property owners are not willing to become a part of another jurisdiction without having a say.

When you think of the town of St. James, you most likely think about the gated community inside the town. It’s home to more than 3,000 residents. The town hall is inside the gates, but now town leaders want to annex parcels of land outside the gates next to the plantation and along Highway 211.

“If the towns want to grow, and have to grow, I think it’s a way to do it that is presently legal,” said Jim Gear, a St. James Plantation resident.

This weekend, residents and business owners rallied outside a local business, expressing their distaste for involuntary annexation.

The Midway Trading Post on highway 211 stands to be annexed by the neighboring town. If the plan goes through, the business would be subject to town zoning laws as well as taxes.

“We in America don’t believe that you take our rights without our vote. Not for golf, not for shopping centers, we vote in America, when it comes to taxation and our future,” said Curtis Wright of the Big Talker FM.

The land in question is along Highway 211, and some of it directly butts St. James Plantation’s property. Property owners within the plantation gates say sometimes annexation is just a part of life.

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videoAnnexation continues to cause anxiety among residents near St. James. After a weekend of protests, the Brunswick County property owners are not willing to become a part of another jurisdiction without having a say.

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Jacksonville – Pit bull chewed off baby’s toes

Monday, August 31st, 2009

JACKSONVILLE | Sheriff’s deputies are charging a North Carolina couple with felony child abuse after a pit bull dog chewed the toes off a 4-month old baby’s foot.The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that the 1-year-old pit bull chewed off all the toes on the child’s left foot while he was on a couch Sunday night.

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Former soldiers taking advantage of new G.I. bill

Monday, August 31st, 2009

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New perks from the GI bill have area service men and women giving more serious thought to higher education.

Biology class at UNCW for Allison Westpfahl is a far cry from her days serving in the Marines.

As of June, she ended active duty as a helicopter technician. She says once the call of duty has quieted, many service men and women wonder what’s next. “Where do I go from here? Do I get a job? Do I go to school? With the post 9/11 GI bill going back to school is made incredibly easy.”

And she’s not the only one.

Enrollment for veterans is on the rise at UNCW now that the new bill went into effect.

The new post 9/11 GI bill extends the education benefits of military members seeking higher education.

“It’s a lot easy than the Chapter 33 which was the old GI bill. You are not having to pay the university yourself, the GI bill pays your tuition upfront instead of getting reimbursed for it monthly,” Westpfahl said.

Anne Marie Beal, UNCW’s associate director of admissions said, “Where a lot of them would either put off for school or they might decide to go to a community college, this now allows them the financial flexibility.”

The new GI bill benefits go much further than just tuition. Veterans now receive funding for housing expenses, books, and can even extend the benefits to family members.

“I think it’s really positive. I’m enjoying my classes, the people I’ve been working with. I think I will do really well,” Westpfahl said.

The original GI bill is still available for anyone who entered the military after 1985.

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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