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Archive for August, 2009

NC urges motorists to buy plates to support zoo

Monday, August 31st, 2009

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ASHEBORO, N.C. — Officials in North Carolina are urging motorists to show their support for the state’s zoo on the back of their cars.

The state Division of Motor Vehicles is accepting applications for the new “Support the N.C. Zoo” license plate. It costs $30 extra, with $20 going back to the N.C. Zoo Society.

The DMV will begin making the plates once 300 people sign up and pay.

Zoo officials say supporters can buy the plates by calling the society or visiting its Web site. Plate applications will also be available at the zoo’s gift shop.

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

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Officials in North Carolina are urging motorists to show their support for the state’s zoo on the back of their cars.

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Crowd gathers at St. James to protest annexation

Monday, August 31st, 2009

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A crowd of more than 100 people gathered to express their opposition to annexation plans by the Town of Saint James this weekend.

The event was held at the Midway Trading Post on Highway 211, a business which stands to be annexed by the neighboring town.

If the plan goes through, the business would be subject to town zoning laws as well as taxes.

Event organizers say that annexation is not only wrong, it’s un-American.

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A crowd of more than 100 people gathered to express their opposition to annexation plans by the Town of Saint James this weekend.

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Congressman McIntyre talks health care, budget cuts, and stimulus money

Monday, August 31st, 2009

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While health care reform will get much of the attention of the US House and Senate next month, members of Congress have other priorities, as well. Chief among them is still the economy and whether the federal stimulus plan is working.

“There is a lot of chatter nationally about whether it’s succeeded. I can tell you locally it has,” said McIntyre.

McIntyre points to stimulus money that has helped pay to keep teachers in classrooms in the face of state and local budget cuts, as well as paying for more first responders.

“In our area there’s explosive growth, and fire departments have got to have the capability to deal with the growing population, so do police departments, so do rescue squads,” McIntyre said. “We’ve gotten a significant amount of money for our first responders. That’s something every tax payer benefits from. It’s not targeted to one group.”

The Congressman said the stimulus has also brought $11 million to our area for beach renourishment. But just last week, the town of Carolina Beach said there was not enough money to take care of all of its oceanfront. McIntyre said that’s due in part to state spending cuts, and that he will continue to fight for what he said is the most cost-effective federal funding.

“For every $1 we spend on beach renourishment, it generates $320 in tourist revenue. That is essential to our economy. That’s a stimulus that can’t be replaced.”

But back to health care; McIntyre said the process needs to slow down and focus on fixing specific problems like Medicare and Medicaid abuse and better utilizing existing resources, like community health centers, like the one in Wilmington.

McIntyre added, “They are reaching the uninsured, and they’re not driving up the federal deficit even more or adding a trillion dollars if it’s part of a massive program like this where there’s so many unknown ramifications.”

Congressman McIntyre said another priority he will work on during the fall session is funding for veterans issues to help take care of the men and women who fight for our country.

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videoWhen Congress returns to Washington in a couple of weeks, it will likely be consumed by the debate on health care reform. But there are other important issues to be discussed in Washington that will have an impact on things here at home.

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Two people injured in a shooting in Wilmington

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Two people were injured in a shooting Sunday night in Wilmington, according to the Wilmington Police Department. The injuries are not life-threatening, spokeswoman Lucy Crockett said in an e-mail Monday morning.

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Volunteers refurbish hundreds of computers for high school students

Monday, August 31st, 2009

By Carolyn Bowers,StarNews Correspondent

The Computers for Kids program was officially launched four years ago with the goal of providing a computer to all high school students who could not otherwise afford one.

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