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Archive for August, 2009

Perdue frees up $38 million for North Carolina counties

Friday, August 28th, 2009

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Next week, North Carolina counties will get $38 million in overdue lottery funds earmarked for school construction.

In late February Governor Beverly Perdue took the money to deal with state budget issues, forcing many county leaders to scramble to find another way to make debt payments on building projects.

Perdue said she is now able to free up the money because the books are closed on the fiscal year and there is some cash available.

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Next week, North Carolina counties will get $38 million in overdue lottery funds earmarked for school construction.

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Brunswick schools employee suing to block transfer

Friday, August 28th, 2009

By Ana RibeiroAna.Ribeiro@StarNewsOnline.com

A lawsuit filed Friday accuses the Brunswick County Schools superintendent of retaliating against an employee who lodged a grievance against her.

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Smoking ban causes frustration with downtown businesses

Friday, August 28th, 2009

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Recently, the downtown campus of Cape Fear Community college became off limits to smokers. Now, business owners nearby say smokers looking for a safe haven are becoming a nuisance.

The campus went smoke free August 1st. Area business owners said the ban has pushed students who do smoke closer and closer to their doors. Smoking on the city’s sidewalks is still fair game. Folks at the Cotton Exchange, next door to campus, said that is a major problem.

“It has become a nuisance to our existing tenants who have been here a long time and we are trying to work out a solution to share the sidewalks and it not be such an annoyance to our ongoing businesses here,” said Cotton Exchange general manager Nancy Bullock.

The college and the city have tried to help the situation by placing new cigarette butt receptacles next to trash cans. Police are also warning students about littering and breaking campus rules.

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Recently, the downtown campus of Cape Fear Community college became off limits to smokers. Now, business owners nearby say smokers looking for a safe haven are becoming a nuisance.

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Dane Hobbs left his mark with many in Wilmington

Friday, August 28th, 2009

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A homeless man who passed away on Tuesday left his mark here in Wilmington.

Since Dane Hobbs died this week, we have received numerous e-mails and calls from viewers telling us what an impact Hobbs had on our community.

Folks said Hobbs was often seen walking up and down Market Street and Gordon Road in Ogden. To the public, he was known as Santa because of his long white beard. Residents we spoke with said he touched their hearts.

“He represented different things to different people, but to me I always thought he looked like Jesus, what I think Jesus would look like if he was on Earth today,” said Wilmington’s Faye Manore.

New Hanover County deputies found his body behind two vacant homes near Market Street and Middle Sound Loop Road. They are still investigating how Hobbs died.

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A homeless man who passed away on Tuesday left his mark here in Wilmington.

Since Dane Hobbs died this week, we have received numerous e-mails and calls from viewers telling us what an impact Hobbs had on our community.

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Wreck scene clear at Oleander and Peiffer

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Wilmington | Traffic on Oleander and Peiffer is flowing smoothly again after a two-car wreck shortly after 3 p.m. Friday, authorities said.The wreck had injuries and police and rescue officials were on the scene.- Chris Mazzolini

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