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Archive for August, 2009

Snakes returned to NC owner

Friday, August 14th, 2009

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WAYNESVILLE, N.C. — An alligator seized from a pet store in Waynesville will have a new home, as will four snakes if they’re confirmed to be Eastern diamondbacks, an endangered species.

The Asheville-Citizen Times reported that most of the nearly 100 snakes seized from Green Desert Reptiles in Waynesville were returned to the owner, Allen Rivera, who paid $300 in fines.

He pleaded guilty to violating a county ordinance. Haywood County prohibits the possession of venomous snakes. The snakes returned to Rivera include exotic vipers, cobras, boa constrictors and pythons.

Rivera runs an Internet-based reptile sales business and took the animals to a business he owns in South Carolina. He could not be reached for comment.

The alligator and the four snakes were taken Thursday to the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro.

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

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An alligator seized from a pet store in Waynesville will have a new home, as will four snakes if they’re confirmed to be Eastern diamondbacks, an endangered species.

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Marine Wounded Warrior unit to get new leader

Friday, August 14th, 2009

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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The Marine Corps’ only East Coast wounded warrior battalion is getting a new commander.

Lt. Col. George S. Benson will take command of Wounded Warrior Battalion-East from Lt. Col. Thomas C. Siebenthal on Friday. The ceremony takes place at Marston Pavilion at Camp Lejeune.

Benson recently returned from a 15-month deployment to Iraq.

Established in 2007, the battalion was created to assist wounded, ill, and injured Marines and sailors through the recovery process.

Siebenthal, from Knox, Ind., was the first commanding officer of the unit and will retire after changing command.

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

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The Marine Corps’ only East Coast wounded warrior battalion is getting a new commander.

Lt. Col. George S. Benson will take command of Wounded Warrior Battalion-East from Lt. Col. Thomas C. Siebenthal on Friday.

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A challenge issued to Wilmington Police Chief

Friday, August 14th, 2009

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There was a rather unusual challenge issued Thursday. It happened during our Ask the Chief segment with Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous.

Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne asked, “Chief Evangelous, I have a question for you. I would like to challenge you to a bocce match at the Cape Fear Italian Festival that will be held in Leland at the end of September. Are you ready to take on the challenge?”

Chief Evangelous accepted the challenge and you can watch the Bocce Battle of the Badges during the Italian Festival, September 26 and 27th at the Cross Creek Commons Shopping Center on Highway 17 in Leland.

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videoThere was a rather unusual challenge issued Thursday. It happened during our Ask the Chief segment with Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous.

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The commute to work for many is getting longer and longer

Friday, August 14th, 2009

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Between the traffic and the headaches, the commute to and from work can sometimes feel like the longest part of the day. But more and more it is. There is a growing trend of people driving farther, just to have a job in this economy. No longer is convenience a consideration.

For Ashley Matheson, a hard days work means a long haul. Matheson works at the YMCA in Wilmington for minimum wage. She commutes from Oak Island four days a week. That is about 35 miles one way.

If you do the math, that is 70 miles a day and 280 miles per week; just to get a paycheck. “They asked me when they were hiring me, ‘Are you sure? Are you sure its going to be ok to drive that long – that far at night time,” said Matheson. “I was like, yeah, I have to do something.”

According to the State Employment Security Commission, Matheson is one of about 1,500 workers commuting out of Brunswick County. While numbers show more residents, about 1,700 are both working and living in the county. ESC manager, Walker Biggs, said, these tough times mean going where the jobs are.

“They’re driving further than they did before, they’re doing what they can to try and find work,” Biggs said. Sometimes that leaves little choice.

Ashley Matheson spends most of her paycheck on gas, but hitting the open road is what is required for the daily grind. “It is either that or unemployment. That’s basically the jobs these days.”

Going one step farther than the commute, New Hanover County ESC manager Walker Biggs said he now sees more folks willing to relocate for a job than before.

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$6.8 million in tax credits to help build Wilmington public housing

Friday, August 14th, 2009

A subsidiary of Wilmington Housing Authority will use nearly $6.8 million in federal tax credits to build the final phase of replacement housing for the Robert R. Taylor public housing complex that once faced North Fourth Street.

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