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Archive for August, 2009

Wilmington Fire Department captain arrested

Monday, August 10th, 2009

By Veronica Gonzalez Veronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

Thomas Dolan, 48, was arrested Saturday and released on a $1,000 bond after Linda Griffith, 47, filled out an arrest warrant accusing him of communicating threats.

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TB cases number 42 from Brunswick jail outbreak

Monday, August 10th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

Brunswick County health officials said 42 people have tested positive for tuberculosis in connection with an outbreak at the county jail last month.

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UPDATE: Marijuana plants confiscated in Shallotte

Monday, August 10th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

More than 100 marijuana plants were removed by Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies from behind a house at 1581 Snapper St. on Monday afternoon.

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Picketers hope to raise awareness about widwives

Monday, August 10th, 2009

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Forget the scorching temperatures; the picketers outside the New Hanover Regional Medical Center were heated up about no longer having midwives at their service.

“We should have the right to choose whether we have a doctor or a midwife,” said Cheryl Newman.

Leila Garriss added, “In order to make a choice you have to have the option.”

Last week, Carolina OB/GYN announced it was discontinuing the service of its two certified nurse midwives; two of only three in Wilmington. They said it is because of what they call “operational requirements.”

“I just had him two months ago with the midwives there and I chose them because of that and honestly, I wouldn’t be the same person right now,” said Gaby Merediz. “I wouldn’t have had the same birth that I wanted if it wasn’t for the midwife program.”

The picketers not only hope to raise awareness about the lack of midwives in the area, but they also hope to start an open dialogue with New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Hospital policy requires an obstetrician to be on hospital grounds when a midwife is delivering a baby. “This basically puts an undue burden on the doctors that hire the midwives,” said protest organizer Sylvia Santaballa.

Some picketers said that policy limits midwives’ ability to practice, and possibly deters practices from hiring them. For the women who are due any day now, they’re just hoping the one midwife who is being phased out of Carolina OB/GYN will be available.

“It’s sad to not have the comfort of the midwife, which was what my whole goal was with this pregnancy; to have less intervention and more reliance on myself and my midwife,” said Sara Herbert.

Midwives deliver about four percent of New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s 4,000 births each year. While that may not sound like a lot, it means everything to the people who choose to use them.

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videoSome expecting parents from around the Cape Fear region continue to ask – where is my midwife? Patients who use the two midwives at Carolina OB/GYN were surprised to find out last week that the practice is discontinuing the midwifery program.

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Shoppers save at the expense of the state

Monday, August 10th, 2009

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Despite the state’s money troubles, the tax-free holiday went on without a hitch this past weekend. It was a relief for not only the consumer, but for many slumping retailers who profited.

Folks headed to stores by the thousands to take advantage of the tax free holiday weekend.

“We like to refer to it as controlled chaos. It was very hectic,” said Jesse Tew of Best Buy.

On the list of big sellers… “A lot of clothing and a lot of electronics,” said Matt Merritt of Target.

The annual tax holiday was created to help families prep for back-to-school.

“You can save a lot of money that could go toward the tax dollar, with this case you can save forty dollars that was money you could spend somewhere else that is needed,” Tew said.

“With UNCW being so close to us we actually have two hits, we have tax free and then we have this weekend as well because they move into their dorms on Saturday,” Merritt added.

The truth is, the consumer’s gain is the state’s loss.

Over the weekend, the state lost millions and with the state facing a budget crisis, some thought tax-free weekend would be on the chopping block.

State Representative Carolyn Justice says even though the loss of revenue is significant, more money spent can only benefit the economy in the long run.

The annual sales tax holiday has been around since 2002.

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videoDespite the state’s money troubles, the tax-free holiday went on without a hitch this past weekend. It was a relief for not only the consumer, but for many slumping retailers who profited.

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