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Archive for August, 2009

NC’s booming Fort Bragg families face bus shortage

Friday, August 28th, 2009

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Military families at North Carolina’s fast-growing Fort Bragg face a lack of buses to take children to county schools.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Friday that more than 200 children from the Linden Oaks subdivision are enrolled at a new elementary school and the middle school across the street. The homes were built on Fort Bragg property inside Harnett County.

Subdivision residents want their children enrolled in the county schools, but the Harnett school board doesn’t have the money to provide buses. Fort Bragg commanders say the Army would take the children to schools on post, but not to county schools.

About 20 families a month are moving into Linden Oaks homes as the Army closes some bases and expands Fort Bragg.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Military families at North Carolina’s fast-growing Fort Bragg face a lack of buses to take children to county schools.

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Affordable housing in short supply for growing first-time buyers

Friday, August 28th, 2009

By Wayne Faulknerwayne.faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

First-timers and others seeking bargain housing are a big share of sales activity here and in other areas of the country, local real estate agents and builders say. But the demand has created a shortage of affordable homes.

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Fund set up for accident victim’s children

Friday, August 28th, 2009

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A memorial fund has been set up for the children of the woman killed in an accident on the side of I-40 earlier this week.

Kristen Belair’s mother says her daughter and two grandchildren were driving from Richmond, VA, to meet friends at Topsail Beach when Kristen stopped to fix a flat tire near Burgaw Wednesday. Troopers say the blade of a bulldozer on the back of a truck hit and killed the 32-year-old single mom as her children watched.

Sandy Belair says her daughter did not have life insurance. You can contribute to the Kristen Belair Memorial Fund at any Carolina First Bank branch or by contacting Steve Allen at (828) 577-0665 or sjallen14@msn.com.

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A memorial fund has been set up for the children of the woman killed in an accident on the side of I-40 earlier this week.

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Unemployment dips slightly around Wilmington

Friday, August 28th, 2009

By Wayne FaulknerWayne.Faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

Unemployment in the Wilmington metro area slipped to 10.2 percent in July from 10.3 percent in June, the N.C. Employment Security Commission said Friday.

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Questions answered about health care at UNCW forum

Friday, August 28th, 2009

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As the healthcare debate continues across the country, a forum at UNCW Thursday night answered some of the questions folks around here have about the future of the system. The discussion turned out to be a far cry from many of the nation’s fiery town hall debates.

The future of our nation’s health care is one of the most pressing issues facing Americans. A panel of professionals, including doctors, nurses and insurance consultants fielded questions from folks concerned about reforming the system.

Hot topics included Medicare and a possible public healthcare option. Unlike many of the heated town hall debates across the country, the UNCW reform event stood in stark contrast.

“I was expecting to see a lot of controversy actually; people screaming and yelling and holding flags and it was very informative actually,” said John Sharkey of Wilmington.

While heads remained cool, there was no lack of passion on the part of those who attended. In part evident by the standing room only crowd. Wilmington’s Rebecca Ficklen said, “I thought it was a very civilized, organized, informative discussion.”

Panelists overwhelmingly agreed that healthcare reform is necessary, but just how is the question, both in the nation’s capitol and close to home.

“This is a very complex issue, and its not something that needs to be rushed through,” said Laura Lisle of Wilmington. “When our senators and congressman get back to Washington DC we really need to figure out where we’re headed and how we’re going to solve the problems.”

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