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Archive for August, 2009

State releases school report cards

Friday, August 7th, 2009

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The state Department of Education has released its school report cards for the 2007-2008 school year. In our five-county area, only New Hanover had schools on the list of best and worst schools.

Honor Schools of Excellence include Isaac Bear Early College High School, Ogden Elementary, Codington Elementary, Parsley Elementary and Wrightsville Beach Elementary.

Mary Mosley Performance Learning Center made the list of low-performing schools, along with Sunset Park Elementary, Snipes Academy and Wilmington Preparatory Academy, which is a charter school.

Click here to see the full list of school grades.

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The state Department of Education has released its school report cards for the 2007-2008 school year.

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House passes film incentive bill that would give movie makers 25 percent tax break

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

By Joe JohnsonStarNews Correspondent

Raleigh | Some last-minute work Thursday night to save the film industry in the state resulted in a new tax incentive for production companies to make motion pictures in the Tar Heel State.

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Front Street renovation to create big disruption

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

By Patrick Gannon,Patrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

On Jan. 2, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority will take two blocks of North Front Street apart – sewer and water lines, roads, sidewalks and all – and build them anew.

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Pulliams reflect and try to help those affected by domestic violence

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

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August 6 marks one year since New Hanover County detention officer Tarica Pulliam was shot to death outside her home. Pulliam’s family spent the day remembering the good times while trying to re-hash the violent way she lost her life.

Pulliam was killed by her ex-boyfriend, a man who abused her for quite some time.

In a sense, Tarica Pulliam’s death was a symbol of the toll domestic violence can take, not only on the victim, but also on a family and community.

Domestic abuse can sometimes be a silent killer.

In the case of Tarica Pulliam, domestic abuse is what took her life.

Her family is doing everything but keeping quiet about it.

“When someone loses their life, or becomes a victim of domestic violence it doesn’t just affect them, it doesn’t just affect their immediate family, it affects the entire community,” said Shequana Pulliam, Tarica’s sister.

Tarica Pulliam had filed a protective order against her ex-boyfriend Anthony Bowen.

In the order, Pulliam said Bowen accused her of cheating, then grabbed her, threw her on the floor, and began to strangle her.

“Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury among women in the county, and considering how many ways women can be injured, its amazing,” said Andrea Stough of the Open Gate Shelter.

The last day of her life, Pulliam was shot outside her own home by the same ex-boyfriend who was supposed to be staying away from her.

Now, Pulliam’s family wants to help other women who may feel trapped, or in danger.

In Tarica’s case, she took the right steps in attempting to protect herself from her abusive partner, but still lost the battle.

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videoAugust 6 marks one year since New Hanover County detention officer Tarica Pulliam was shot to death outside her home. Pulliam’s family spent the day remembering the good times while trying to re-hash the violent way she lost her life.

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Woodlands Bank cited for operating problems

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

By Veronica Gonzalez,Veronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

Federal banking regulators have cited a bank with branches in Wilmington and Southport for lacking an adequate business plan, lacking capital and having too many construction and land loans, according to documents filed last month with the Office of Thrift Supervision. It was the third area bank to be sanctioned in less than a year.

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