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Archive for September, 2009

International expert to talk about rabies

Monday, September 14th, 2009

An international expert on rabies will give a talk Sept. 16 at University of North Carolina Wilmington.Deborah Briggs, executive director for the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, will visit the campus to discuss the global burden of rabies and efforts to control the disease.

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Talk & Squawk – What was on our community member’s minds last week

Monday, September 14th, 2009

By Shannan Bowen, Shannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

Maybe you’re a high school or college student looking to beef up an application or resume with volunteer hours. Maybe you’re a member of a nonprofit organization looking for volunteers or fundraising. Maybe there’s a specific community need or event you’d like to publicize.Welcome, then, to Conscience Online – conscience

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Dark Water: The Legacy of Hurricane Floyd, Part 1

Monday, September 14th, 2009


No other weather event in North Carolina history caused as much damage as Hurricane Floyd. Yet in terms of hurricanes records, Floyd wasn’t the largest storm to hit our state. It wasn’t the fastest moving storm. In fact, it wasn’t even the strongest, not even in the top 5. So what made Floyd so costly?

In some ways, it is one of the most misunderstood events of the last century. The story of
Hurricane Floyd does not even begin in September; it begins in late August of 1999 with a tropical storm named Dennis. On August 24, Tropical Storm Dennis formed in the Atlantic. Dennis was not your typical storm; it followed an erratic path, circling off the Carolina coast before making a final landfall on September 5.

Dennis brought hurricane force wind gusts of over 100 mph to the Cape Fear area and $100 million in damage in the Carolinas, partially from flooding. After all, parts of eastern Carolina got over 18 inches of rain from Dennis.

You see, it was Dennis that set the stage for the flooding of Hurricane Floyd. Within a few weeks time, Floyd would be on our back doorstep with a foot and a half of additional, rain. Tuesday, we will look back to those pictures we never forget.

For more on Floyd, visit our special Remembering Hurricane Floyd section on our website.

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videoIt is hard to believe that 10 years have passed since Hurricane Floyd made landfall in North Carolina. This week, meteorologist Jerry Jackson takes a special look back at a storm that made meteorological history.

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‘Tis the season for backyard fires, but are they legal?

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Can I have a backyard fire in the city?According to the Wilmington Code of Ordinances, it is illegal to burn leaves, brush, shrubs, tree limbs or trash on public or private property without a permit from the fire department.

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Pender County Sheriff’s Office struggles to deal with budget cuts

Monday, September 14th, 2009

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

The long arm of the law has to stretch to cover Pender County’s 871 square miles.And budget cuts have made that task tougher than usual, Sheriff Carson Smith says.

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