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Rural areas still waiting for broadband

Friday, August 28th, 2009

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Federal government is divvying out $7.2 billion in the coming weeks to extend broadband in rural areas across the U.S. The problem is, the government needs four times that amount to cover everyone who’s asking for high-speed internet.

The Rogers family lives in Burgaw. Bonnie Rogers relies on the internet for her graphic design work, but has trouble connecting. “It’s the worst whenever it’s raining,” she said. “It can be very irritating, very irritating, especially if you’re in the middle of doing something really important.”

Other folks in Burgaw have the same problem…

“Coming from Wilmington, moving out here, you really can’t find anything, it’s going from broadband you have to get satellite, it’s just really hard to find something where you can get x-box live,” said Julian Sloop.

Rogers understands it is a problem for many in Pender County. “We all share the same problems as far as not being we’re not near cable lines you know television cable lines that kind of stuff, we’re not near broadband lines that they lay down.”

As chair of the sub-committee on rural development in Congress, Mike McIntyre helped secure funding to extend broadband in our surrounding rural areas.

“We’re beginning to see that come to our area, it’s critical,” McIntyre said. “Latest statistics from Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation, 80% of Brunswick has been reached through those efforts, about 20% in Columbus. Columbus County is where President Clinton came in April of 2000, and said let’s bridge the digital divide. Well I think nearly a decade later, it’s high time to get that done.”

Pender county residents hope they’re next. “I would love it. I would love it, that would be great,” Rogers said.

The federal government has received thousands of applications asking for $28 billion in stimulus funding for new broadband projects across the United States. They have just over seven billion to spend.

In the coming weeks, we’ll know exactly where that money will go.

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videoFederal government is divvying out $7.2 billion in the coming weeks to extend broadband in rural areas across the U.S. The problem is, the government needs four times that amount to cover everyone who’s asking for high-speed internet.

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Parking spots few and far between near CFCC

Friday, August 28th, 2009

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For students at Cape Fear Community College in downtown Wilmington, parking is headache.

“Parking is so chaotic out here now. You can’t even find a parking space within a couple blocks,” said David Gardner, a CFCC student.

Brian Kirkman is in agreement. “There is just not enough parking for everybody.”

School officials say limited parking downtown has always been an issue for students, especially since there’s about a thousand more students enrolled now as opposed to this time last year.

Some students say they’ve had to ‘pay’ just to get to class on time.

“I’ve had to park on the grass, I’ve had to park in teachers spots and get tickets and they have already started enforcing the parking rules so people are already starting to get booted so it’s not fun,” said Chris Tschwind.

Construction on a new 450 space parking deck will be a welcomed change to student. It’s scheduled to be complete early next year.

A larger parking deck with 12-hundred spaces is expected to be ready by 2011.

“People are just having to work a little harder to find a parking spot this year. It’s inconvenient but the situation will be getting better as soon as we get these new decks up and operational,” said CFCC spokesman David Hardin.

For CFCC students, the day the deck opens can’t come soon enough.

CFCC officials want to remind students they can park in the parking garage next to the library free of charge until the parking decks are complete.

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videoFor students at Cape Fear Community College in downtown Wilmington, parking is headache.

“Parking is so chaotic out here now. You can’t even find a parking space within a couple blocks,” said David Gardner, a CFCC student.

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Strickland makes first court appearance, claims innocence

Friday, August 28th, 2009

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A Tabor City teen charged with burning down his own house made his first appearance in court Friday.

The house is owned by Allen Strickland who is accused of burning down the house, which was bought for him by Senator RC Soles.

Strickland says he was in his house when it caught up in flames. He also told WWAY he was called down to the Tabor City Fire Station by a fire investigator, to look over some building permits for his house.

That’s when he says the SBI was waiting for him around the corner, and served him with an arrest warrant.

After being booked into the county jail, he posted $10,000 toward his $100,000 bond and was released.

“I posted my bond with my own debit card. No one was there to give it to me; you were outside, it’s on record that I paid for it with my debit card, and R.C. had nothing to do with getting me out. I’m innocent, and it’s not worrying me one bit, cause I’ve got proof that it wasn’t me.”

Strickland told us RC Soles is not his lawyer in this case.

Strickland’s next court date is set for the twenty-first of September.

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A Tabor City teen charged with burning down his own house made his first appearance in court Friday.

The house is owned by Allen Strickland who is accused of burning down the house, which was bought for him by Senator RC Soles.

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Pender reapplies for boating access grant

Friday, August 28th, 2009

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

Pender County entered a new round of competition for state grants for waterfront access projects this month, and sweetened its odds by submitting three applications for different public boat ramp sites.

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Rip currents will be strong as Tropical Storm Danny nears

Friday, August 28th, 2009

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It is déjà vu all over again for ocean patrols at area beaches. One week after Hurricane Bill sent high surf and dangerous rip currents to our shores that lead to dozens of rescues, Tropical Storm Danny threatens to do the same.

For area swimmers, storms like Danny and Bill can be the most dangerous, because while there still may be good beach weather, the waters are just a little bit too unsafe to go in with high rip currents. This makes for a busy weekend for area lifeguards who either keep people out of the water or stand watch to perform rescues. Except not all beaches, have guards.

“Of course, Holden Beach, like many of the other beaches in southeastern North Carolina, is swim at your own risk, we don’t have lifeguards on duty,” said Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne.

This leaves police to patrol the shores as best they can, but there’s only so much ground they can cover. This means swimmers must take more responsibility and be aware of the dangers before heading in the water. It is a problem Mayor Holden sees each year.

“We’re always concerned about that and of course when the water goes sweeping down the beach its different than going into a pond so to speak,” said Mayor Alan Holden.

Chief Layne offers one last piece of advice. “Just be careful, and respect Mother Nature, because sometimes she’s not too friendly.”

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videoWith Tropical Storm Danny churning well offshore, most of his effects will be felt by swimmers at area beaches. Even when a storm does not make landfall, rip currents can be very dangerous and sometimes deadly.

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