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Archive for August, 2009

Hurricane Bill back to Category 3, to pass Carolinas Saturday

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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Hurricane Bill weakened slightly to a Category 3 storm early Thursday. Forecasters said the storm could regain power in the next 24 hours.

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MyReporter.com seeks answer: What are the painted footprints downtown?

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

By John Staton,John.Staton@StarNewsOnline.com

Like the footprints themselves, some of which are already starting to fade, it’s not clear who’s responsible for the painted footprints that appeared on downtown Wilmington sidewalks two or three months ago.

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Man tackled at Target, charged with larceny

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Wilmington | A man got more than he bargained for Tuesday evening when he grabbed a woman’s purse from a shopping cart at Target, 4711 New Centre Drive, according to a release from the Wilmington Police Department.

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Troubleshooters: Update on Mark Saunders

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

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In today’s Troubleshooters Report, we have an update on a story we have been following out of Brunswick County.

The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors has dismissed the charges against a local developer for beginning construction on a waterfront home without a building permit.

Mark Saunders is the builder who heads Coastal Construction. His company began building Pam Resch’s home in Holden Beach’s Sea Scape community 3 years ago.

Between the time they started building, and the time they applied for a permit, the flood planes changed. Because Coastal Construction had not gotten a permit in advance, the bottom floor of the home had to be converted into storage space.

Resch said the mistake cost her about a quarter million dollars in attorneys fees, plus major changes to her dream home. She filed a complaint with the licensing board about a year ago. Its review committee recently dismissed the charges against the developer with a warning to get a permit in the future.

Resch said it is disappointing that the agency in charge of policing contractors did not take this more seriously.

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In today’s Troubleshooters Report, we have an update on a story we have been following out of Brunswick County.

The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors has dismissed the charges against a local developer for beginning construction on a waterfront home without a building permit.

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Tracking school lunches

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

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Ever wonder what your kids are really eating in the school lunchroom? A local company has discovered a way for you to find out.

A Wilmington company created a website for parents to keep track of what their kids are eating for lunch.

“It’s another opportunity for the school district to communicate with the parents,” said Education Management Systems CEO Ben Hooks.

Local schools are jumping on board.

“We just wanted to establish another payment method for parents to make it a little easier for them to pay for their children’s meals,” said Tina Ward, the director of child nutrition for Brunswick County.

Parents can sign up at lunchprepay.com.

For ten dollars a year, they have access to the cafeteria menu and their child’s meal history, and be able to deposit money in a child’s prepaid account.

“You know that the money winds up in the lunchroom, it doesn’t wind up getting lost, it doesn’t wind up getting spent on anything else,” Hooks said.

By swiping their student ID at the cash register, their purchases show up on the site.

Parents can limit their child’s choices. For example, they may allow only one ice cream purchase per week.

“I’ve got with four kids I think it’s important for me to be able to track what they’re eating cause I can’t be there I’m not in the lunch line, I want them to be healthy, I try to be healthy, I try to teach healthy habits so the idea of being able to do that in some sort of automated fashion is very interesting and intriguing,” said Paul Snyder.

The system doesn’t mean kids won’t find another way to sneak junk food.

Brunswick County’s director of nutrition hopes it will lead parents and kids to healthier eating habits. “Everybody that we’ve talked to that has used it, they’re just thrilled with it, it’s made their life a lot easier,” Ward said.

Lunchprepay.com is available to hundreds of schools in 29 states. Locally, New Hanover, Brunswick and Bladen counties take part.

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videoEver wonder what your kids are really eating in the school lunchroom? A local company has discovered a way for you to find out.

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