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Archive for August, 2009

Pender leads area for growth in tourism dollars

Friday, August 21st, 2009

By K.J. Williams StarNews correspondent

Pender County led the way in tourism-related economic growth for 2008 among the three area counties a state report says. “Tourism proves over and over that it is a good investment,” said Monique Baker, Pender County ’s tourism director.

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Local schools and students are going hi-tech

Friday, August 21st, 2009

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Students from Gregory Elementary have been practicing for their first newscast of the school year in a new production studio.

“Some people don’t have a broadcast room and I think I’m lucky to have one,” said 5th grader Sharon Harris.

New camera equipment is just the beginning. “Now instead of teaching science at nine, math at ten, social studies- we integrate the academic subjects and integrate math during reading time, but also in all of that, there’s technology for every single subject,” described teacher Joanne Jones.

“At other schools you usually don’t do all this stuff, but at Gregory you have lots of stuff to do about technology,” said 5th grader Ana Williams.

New interactive white boards will also function as a projector and television where they can watch their morning news show. Instead of a compass, students will learn how to read maps and follow directions using GPS devices. Miss Jones said technology like this enhances students’ learning.

“Books are wonderful, we’ll continue to need them, we’ll continue to use them, but whenever you can bring in something that helps the children be interactive and can get them moving and engaged, then technology is a wonderful tool for that,” said Miss Jones.

This year, students in several elementary schools in New Hanover County will be using the interactive white boards, or smartboards. They will also work on collaborative projects with students in other countries through e-mail and Skype.

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videoWhen kids hit the books next week, their classrooms may look a little different. Schools across New Hanover County are going hi-tech. The elementary kids at Gregory School of Science, Math, and Technology are especially ahead of the game.

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After rough start, Airlie Gardens blossoming under county ownership

Friday, August 21st, 2009

By Gareth McGrath,Gareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

To say public ownership of Airlie Gardens got off to a tumultuous start would probably be an understatement.

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Despite budget concerns, Pender County teachers ready for school year

Friday, August 21st, 2009

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Even with budget concerns on their minds, teachers and staff kicked off the new school year. Hundreds of educators gathered to ring in the year with a celebration at Topsail High School.

Teachers said it is time to get on with the job at hand. “I have a job to do and regardless of the money I’m going to do the best job I can and hope those kids don’t notice it. I’m not going to skip a beat. I’m ready to start,” said Rebekah King a Heide Trask High School teacher.

Malpass Corner Elementary teacher Cathy Claris said, “This convocation was exactly what we needed because it brings the joy back into teaching and the fact that it is fun and not about money and budget.”

The first day of class for Pender County is Wednesday.

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Even with budget concerns on their minds, teachers and staff kicked off the new school year. Hundreds of educators gathered to ring in the year with a celebration at Topsail High School.

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Eldery couple safe as their car lands in retention pond

Friday, August 21st, 2009

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Witnesses said an elderly couple was making a u-turn in front of the Gold’s Gym Plaza on Racine when their car jumped the curb and rolled into a retention pond.

Gym employees ran to help as the car quickly sank into the center of the pond. They jumped in and pulled the man and woman out of the passenger side window.

“It was crazy. It was just a full adrenaline rush from everyone,” said Stephanie Johnson of Gold’s Gym. “Everyone went out, and you really see people pull together in a situation like that. It was crazy.”

The couple was taken away in an ambulance to get checked out. Witnesses said they did not appear injured, just shaken up.

The car is still sitting in the center of the pond.

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Witnesses said an elderly couple was making a u-turn in front of the Gold’s Gym Plaza on Racine when their car jumped the curb and rolled into a retention pond.

Gym employees ran to help as the car quickly sank into the center of the pond.

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