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Archive for August, 2009

Shark fears on NC coast put to rest

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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FORT MACON, N.C. — A large school of sharks swimming off the North Carolina coast stirred up enough fear to keep some people at the beach out of the water.

But the News & Observer of Raleigh reported that the sharks seen Wednesday in the water off Fort Macon State Park are harmless and not unusual.

An official at the North Carolina Aquarium said the sharks are most likely blacktip or a combination of blacktip and blacknose sharks, common along the coast.

Blacktip sharks weigh less than a hundred pounds and are about four to six feet long. They have no appetite for surfers or swimmers, though, and prefer to feed on Spanish mackerel and
bluefish.

The sharks were swimming in clear water ten feet deep or less, making them easier to spot.

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

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A large school of sharks swimming off the North Carolina coast stirred up enough fear to keep some people at the beach out of the water.

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NC auditor at courthouse where grand jury meeting

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood has arrived at a federal courthouse in Raleigh, where a grand jury is meeting amid an investigation into former Gov. Mike Easley.

Wood would not comment as she entered the federal building Thursday morning. Federal subpoenas sent to the auditor’s office asked about any “business ventures” or financial ties between the Easleys or others mentioned in a federal probe.

A spokesman for Wood has said she has found no campaign contributions, business links or other financial ties to the former governor.

Federal investigators have sent several subpoenas to a variety of state agencies seeking information about Easley, his wife’s university job and their travel.

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

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North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood has arrived at a federal courthouse in Raleigh, where a grand jury is meeting amid an investigation into former Gov. Mike Easley.

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Rules for illegal immigrants in local community colleges may change

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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Our community colleges are already back in session, but they may change the rules for illegal immigrants once again.

Currently illegal immigrants are banned from North Carolina’s community colleges, but system leaders are looking at reversing that policy, which has changed four times since 2000.

The state board held a special committee session on the matter Wednesday. The two biggest concerns: would the undocumented students fill spots sought by legal residents, and what should they pay?

A new decision could come as early as Friday.

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Our community colleges are already back in session, but they may change the rules for illegal immigrants once again.

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Bladenboro hopes for field of dreams

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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Bladenboro Mayor Livingston Lewis is tired of having only one recreational baseball field in town. He is not alone. In fact, he has the full support of town council.

“We have our fingers crossed so we can build a sports complex that will better serve our community and our children,” said Mayor Lewis.

Here is what the mayor would like: three baseball fields, a soccer field, a walking trail and a picnic area. But, first things first, the town needs to acquire the land and get some grant money.

“We applied for an $895,000 federal grant. Hopefully we’ll get all that. If we don’t get that then we’ll have to come up with some matching funds,” said Bladenboro’s mayor. “We’re trying to secure land now. If we can get it at a good price then we’ll use that land as our matching funds. This is our 3rd time applying.”

Maybe the third time will be the charm.

Bladenboro Dixie Youth baseball coach Nathan Allen said, “This past year we had 10 teams playing on one field. A lot of our home games had to be played in other towns. The need for more fields is bad as we have over a hundred kids registered to play here.”

The baseball field is also home to softball and football teams as well. Ten miles down the road from Bladenboro you will find the town of Clarkton, another Bladen County community.

Clarkton has a very impressive baseball complex. In fact, the town hosted a state championship Dixie Youth tournament last month. “We’re not in competition with Clarkton, but we would like to have a state of the art facility,” said Lewis.

If dreams come true, a corn field will soon become a field of dreams.

The town of Bladenbro is in the middle of negotiations with the owner of the field and waiting on an answer from the federal government in October about the grant money.

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videoFolks in Bladenboro would like to have a new sports complex. WWAY’s John Rendleman said the town is trying to work out a deal that would turn a 15-acre corn field into a field of dreams.

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SC Powerball ticket wins $260 million jackpot

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The economic crunch has drastically improved for one lucky lottery ticket holder who bought a ticket in South Carolina.

Lottery officials said Thursday that a Powerball ticket sold in South Carolina matched all six of the numbers drawn to win the midweek Powerball jackpot worth nearly $260 million. A news conference was planned Thursday at a Columbia retailer where the ticket was sold.

Amber Baldwin, assistant manager at the Murphy USA store, says the store is buzzing with exciting and has seen an increase in ticket sales since discovering it sold the winning ticket.

The winning numbers Wednesday were 14, 24, 31, 43 and 51. The Powerball was 27 and the multiplier was 5.

South Carolina lottery spokeswoman Stephanie Summer Hemminghaus says the winner has not come forward.

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The economic crunch has drastically improved for one lucky lottery ticket holder who bought a ticket in South Carolina.

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