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Archive for September, 2009

WPD cracking down on stopping for school buses

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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The Wilmington Police Department is teaching drivers a lesson about stopping for school buses.

Thanks to a high number of violations along school bus routes in New Hanover County, police are stepping up enforcement.

Today WPD officers followed bus drivers on their morning and afternoon routes to crack down on drivers who pass stopped school buses.

“I feel it’s a good thing because I have some that run my bus on Rafer Avenue and kids have to walk across the street, and I’m scared that they may hit them. It’s like they don’t care,” said bus driver Bernadette Allen.

Four drivers were cited today for passing a stopped school bus, and one driver was cited for reckless operation.

Wilmington Police Sergeant Mike Donelson says it’s reassuring that today’s numbers were relatively low.

Targeted bus route enforcement will continue for the remainder of the week.

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The Wilmington Police Department is teaching drivers a lesson about stopping for school buses.

Thanks to a high number of violations along school bus routes in New Hanover County, police are stepping up enforcement.

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Small business summit hosted by experts

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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Fifty loan, grant, and educational experts came together Tuesday to let small business owners know about resources available in the Cape Fear region.

This was the third summit the FDIC sponsored in North Carolina in the last two years.

With North Carolina’s unemployment rate above ten percent, experts hope fostering small business growth will help create new jobs in the area.

Small business owners say the event was the perfect way to get their questions answered, and network at the same time.

“All the players, the movers, the shakers in the area of small businesses are all here. And I have to tell you I was thrilled with the results. Several people that I’ve scheduled appointments with in the next few weeks are here. So it turned a cold call, if you want to call it, into a very hot call,” said Sabina Newman, owner of SCN Insight.

In the future, the FDIC plans to hold three more summits in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Asheville.

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Fifty loan, grant, and educational experts came together Tuesday to let small business owners know about resources available in the Cape Fear region.

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CFCC looking to help study renewable energy

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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The Electronics Engineering Department at Cape Fear Community College installed a weather station on campus this summer. It’s part of a three phase project to create and develop renewable energy.

The new instruments at CFCC will monitor solar and wind data that will help the school anticipate how much power they can generate with solar and wind power. The weather station reports data, and then it gets uploaded online for you to see at home.

The visibility of the college’s station on the website WeatherUnderground.com has already generated interest from the public.

“We get a lot of people actually contacting us, and in addition to that we’ve helped spread awareness of our weather station by posting links on our website,” said Joe Stokes.

Levi Spaven, a CFCC student, has been working on the weather underground aspect of the project. “I like the sophistication of it. I like the whole concept of constant real time data streaming. I like the technology that’s involved.”

Weather Underground has been streaming live personal weather stations for years. In our area, there are stations in Wrightsville Beach, Monkey Junction, Ogden and elsewhere.

Many of these local weather stations are a great way to check out current conditions near where you live.

Of course for your best-forecast information, you’ll want to stay tuned to the NewsChannel 3 weather team.

The next phase of CFCC’s renewable energy project will be installing solar panels and wind turbines in the next several months.

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The Electronics Engineering Department at Cape Fear Community College installed a weather station on campus this summer. It’s part of a three phase project to create and develop renewable energy.

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Getting deals on goods sold by government agencies

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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GovDeals.com is kind of like E-bay in the sense that it’s an online auction, but the items for sale are surplus or confiscated items, being sold by government agencies.

Boats, cars and many other items are for sale on govdeals.com.

The company has been around for nearly a decade; currently 72 counties in North Carolina participate.

“Once an item like a vehicle has been declared a surplus item by the county commissioners, then it does go to auction,” explained Mark Boyer.

In New Hanover County, the money collected from these auctions goes back into the county’s general fund.

Anyone can bid, but only government agencies can sell.

The items aren’t in mint condition, but that doesn’t mean they’re not useful.

Many of the vehicles up for auction used to belong to the Sheriff’s Office. Now the cars about ten years old and have about one hundred thousand miles on them, so they’re not good patrol cars, but they would make a great vehicle for mom and pop to just drive around town.

“We service them every 5,000 miles, they meet certain criteria, when they meet that criteria, we take them out of service,” said NHC Vehicle Supervisor Tom Wilkinson.

Boyer stated, “It’s beneficial for people who are looking for a good deal, it also benefits the county and in the long run the taxpayer.”

New Hanover County has made about $100,000 through GovDeals.com. They have auctions twice a year. Their current auction ends October twelfth.

Brunswick and Onslow have auctions going on right now too.

It’s free to join GovDeals.com, just make sure you have a valid e-mail and home address.

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GovDeals.com is kind of like E-bay in the sense that it’s an online auction, but the items for sale are surplus or confiscated items, being sold by government agencies.

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Update – Holden Beach man sentenced to 84 years in child sex case

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

A man was found guilty Tuesday in Brunswick County Superior Court on 16 counts of sex offense against a child under 13 years old.

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