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Archive for August, 2009

Kids, officers celebrate Hometown Heroes Week

Friday, August 7th, 2009

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Camp kids got an extra special treat Friday. Officers from the Wilmington Police Department flew into the YMCA on their helicopter.

To celebrate the final day of Hometown Heroes Week, campers got the chance to say thank you to the officers for keeping them safe. They presented cards and banners to show their appreciation, and then the kids got to climb in the helicopter.

Camper Brandon McNeill said, “It’s special because they’ve really helped the community out and if it wasn’t for them, the world would be out of control.”

“Thank you for helping us and thank you for keeping us safe, and thank you for catching all the bad guys and helping us,” said Ava Jay.

The police officers reminded the kids to stay away from strangers and make sure they know their address and phone number in case of an emergency.

During Hometown Heroes Week, kids also got to visit the Wilmington Fire Department and write thank you letters to members of the military.

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Camp kids got an extra special treat Friday. Officers from the Wilmington Police Department flew into the YMCA on their helicopter.

To celebrate the final day of Hometown Heroes Week, campers got the chance to say thank you to the officers for keeping them safe.

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Budget cuts hit Huskins Program and students

Friday, August 7th, 2009

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State budget cuts will mean fewer educational options for advanced high school students.

The Huskins Program allows high school students to earn college credits before they graduate. However, state budget cuts mean students will no longer be able to take general education classes for free.

About 700 students use the program at Cape Fear Community College each year. Now schools and students are looking for an alternative to get a head start. “They may be disappointed that they can’t take psychology or communications from us anymore,” said CFCC program coordinator Robin Hardin. “However, if we continue to focus on what we can do then we’ll be able to serve those students in some capacity.”

Students will still be able to take math, science, and technology classes through the Huskins Program, however space in those classes are usually limited.

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State budget cuts will mean fewer educational options for advanced high school students.

The Huskins Program allows high school students to earn college credits before they graduate. However, state budget cuts mean…

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Patients First rallies at Monkey Junction Friday

Friday, August 7th, 2009

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A group of fired up voters gathered Friday morning in Wilmington, for what they called the Patients First Bus Tour.

The event was organized by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

While there wasn’t the melee seen at other rallies around the country, there was some hostility in the crowd toward our reporter, who arrived toward the end of the event; a clear sign folks are passionate about their stance on healthcare reform.

“I do not believe in socialized medicine, no way is this anything other than socialized medicine, and I feel like we are giving up something,” said protester Vicki Williams.

The folks at this rally are against government run healthcare.

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A group of fired up voters gathered Friday morning in Wilmington, for what they called the Patients First Bus Tour.

The event was organized by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

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Area film workers hope higher incentives bring work back to Wilmington

Friday, August 7th, 2009

By Amy HotzAmy.Hotz@StarNewsOnline.com

The trend of skilled film workers moving out of Wilmington began when other states raised their film incentives. South Carolina offers up to a 20 percent rebate on wages and up to a 30 percent rebate on supplies.

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Turtle hatchlings taken from Ocean Isle Beach nest

Friday, August 7th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

Gloria Hillenburg, coordinator of Ocean Isle Beach’s turtle watch program, reported Thursday to local police and state officials that someone stole the live newborns, leaving their discarded eggshells on the sand.

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