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Archive for August, 2009

Carolina Beach not getting the sand it needs

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

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The town of Carolina Beach has a federal project to re-nourish their beach every three years. Initially, the strand of the beach from north end all the way to the lake would be re-nourished, but the town will only receive half of the sand they had expected due to a lack of funding.

That means the nourishment will stop around Sailfish Lane, which is halfway from the north end to the lake.

Town manager Tim Owens says the area that needs it most, won’t be getting a sufficient amount of sand to act as a buffer in case of a severe storm. “The storm protection level will be a little less, because the project has been scaled down.”

Another reason the project was scaled back is because the Army Corp of Engineers received bids for other projects in our area that were higher than they expected.

The project is expected to be complete by April or May of 2010. The town still thinks they may be able to secure additional funding before that date.

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The town of Carolina Beach has a federal project to re-nourish their beach every three years. Initially, the strand of the beach from north end all the way to the lake would be re-nourished, but the town will only receive half of the sand they had expected due to a lack of funding.

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Back Then – 1909: Taft visit brings proposal for river trip

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

By Scott NunnStaff Writer

The following historical perspective, compiled from StarNews microfilm archives at the University of North Carolina Wilmington Randall Library, takes readers back to the Cape Fear region of years past. 100 years ago

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Paperless world a big change for those who didn’t grow up with computers

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

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From reading the newspaper to paying bills, you can do just almost everything online these days, but for senior citizens, living in a paperless society can be very challenging.

Judi Baker is fed up. Starting next month, she’ll have to pay $1.50 to get a paper copy of her cell phone bill. “To me it’s ridiculous that you have to pay in order to get your bill sent to you.”

T-mobile offers customers other payment options, but Baker says snail mail is her only option. “I have no computer, I’m not computer savvy, I’m homebound, and I don’t have access to a computer, I can’t get to their office to pay.”

As the world quickly moves digital, Baker is not the only senior citizen having trouble keeping up.

“I think it’s hard for senior citizens to adapt and make those changes; young people are growing up with computers, it’s normal for them, it’s very abnormal for seniors,” said Beth Wooten of the Wilmington Senior Center.

UNCW aging professor Kelli Fellows says companies should accommodate the elderly. “When we’re saying okay you have to use the internet, you have to pay your bills on here, then it removes their notion of choice and for aging populations choice is very important, because as they get older their choices become more and more limited.”

Baker says not being able to do things the old-fashioned way is very difficult. “It’s very different, it’s all new to me, it’s a new world.”

T-mobile says there are codes one can type into their cell phone, to get basic account information. Dialing 611 will go to a customer service rep that can help with payments.

Even so, Judi Baker says she’s switching cell phone companies. She intends on finding one that will allow her to get her bill the old-fashioned way and not be charged for it.

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videoFrom reading the newspaper to paying bills, you can do just almost everything online these days, but for senior citizens, living in a paperless society can be very challenging.

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Oak Island celebrates with flag raising ceremony

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

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Ten years ago Yaupon Beach combined with Long Beach in order to form the town of Oak Island. Congressman Mike McIntyre helped the town celebrate its ten-year anniversary Wednesday afternoon with a flag raising ceremony at the new South Harbour Fire Station.

The newly designed Oak Island town flag was revealed for the first time. It will fly below the American & state flag.

Mayor Johnie Vereen explained the significance. “Congressman is so gracious to give us flags that flew over the capitol. We’ll have brand new American flags to fly over all of our governmental facilities here at Oak Island. Also we’re fortunate to have our state representative do the same thing. So we’ll have brand new state flags. All these flew over the national capitol and our state capitol.”

Congressman McIntyre presented a check to the town of Oak Island for $847,000.

Most of the federal funding will go to the Oak Island Fire Department and the remaining portion will be used by the Oak Island Police Department.

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Ten years ago Yaupon Beach combined with Long Beach in order to form the town of Oak Island. Congressman Mike McIntyre helped the town celebrate its ten-year anniversary Wednesday afternoon with a flag raising ceremony at the new South Harbour Fire Station.

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UPDATE: Tropical Storm Danny expected to shift to east

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

The tropical disturbance lurking east of the Bahamas was upgraded Wednesday morning to Tropical Storm Danny, according to the National Weather Service.

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