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Archive for August, 2009

911 dispatch partners with Wilmington and NHC fire departments

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

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Wilmington and New Hanover County fire departments have partnered with 911dispatch to cut down on response times. The departments now share the same dispatch system, whereas in the past they each had a separate channel.

The new system allows 911 operators to issue a pre-alert to responding fire departments. Previously, operators were forced to complete phone calls before they alerted firefighters.

“It’s going to cut down their response time, we hope 30 seconds, if not greater,” said 911 communications manager Debora Cottle.

Both dispatchers and firefighters will now be aware of incidents throughout the county. If necessary, the new system will also help dispatch both city and county firefighters to recently annexed areas like Monkey Junction and River Road.

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Wilmington and New Hanover County fire departments have partnered with 911dispatch to cut down on response times. The departments now share the same dispatch system, whereas in the past they each had a separate channel.

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Half of Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry runs suspended temporarily for repairs

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

The state Ferry Division suspended half the runs of the Southport-Fort Fisher route Tuesday while mechanics worked to fix an engine on the Motor Vessel Southport. The route will resume its normal operating schedule as soon as the vessel is repaired, according to a news release.In the meantime, the ferry schedule will be as follows:

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Local coaches get together for jamboree luncheon

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

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The Wilmington Elks Club hosted the 23rd Annual BB&T Football Jamboree Kickoff luncheon Tuesday. Coaches from the ten teams participating in Friday’s football jamboree were on hand, as was retiring New Hanover County athletic director Joe Miller.

Miller has seen the jamboree grow over the years into a much anticipated event. “Watching the jamboree grow into the event that it has grown into has been spectacular. I mean it is an event,” he said.

The jamboree starts with a cheerleading spectacular at 5:00 p.m. The first scrimmage kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with Ashley facing Wallace-Rose Hill.

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The Wilmington Elks Club hosted the 23rd Annual BB&T Football Jamboree Kickoff luncheon Tuesday. Coaches from the ten teams participating in Friday’s football jamboree were on hand, as was retiring New Hanover County athletic director Joe Miller.

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Public records violation costs Oak Island almost $50,000

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Violating the state’s public records law has cost the town of Oak Island nearly $50,000.As part of a settlement agreement with local builder Brian Keesee, the town admitted to breaking the public records law and agreed to pay attorney’s fees.

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Marino on Money: August 11

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

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Question: I am facing foreclosure on my home. What are my options?

Unfortunately, foreclosure is becoming more common. President Obama asked for a suspension of foreclosures between November 2008 and April 2009. That period has ended, and foreclosures are on the rise once again. According to Realtytrac’s midyear 2009 US Foreclosure Market Report, there has been a 15% increase in foreclosures during the first six months of 2009 compared to the first six months of 2008. In real numbers, that means 1.19% of all housing units are in foreclosure, or one out every 84.

According to the report, unemployment-related foreclosures account for most of the increase. Even with all of the government intervention and loan modifications from lenders, foreclosures still continue to rise. Many borrowers find themselves owing more on their home than it is worth. What should a borrower do if he or she is in this position?

Here are the first two steps. Stay calm, and seek qualified help. I have listened to many people who are facing foreclosure. There is no way I can fully appreciate the pressure and stress foreclosure can create. However, I do understand how emotions can affect the decision making process. Working with a qualified professional who is not emotionally involved in the foreclosure process can help.

What are your options? There are a few. I will discuss each one over the next two days.

If you have a financial question for Ross, you can use the Marino on Money page.

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videoIf you are facing home foreclosure during this economic downturn you are not alone. Financial advisor Ross Marino says step one is to stay calm, we will have some options in today’s Marino on Money.

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