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Archive for September, 2009

Discounts help NC tourism areas as spending drops

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Many North Carolina attractions say discounts helped keep them afloat this summer.

The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday that most destinations expect declines in revenue this summer to be less than in 2008, because of aggressive marketing.

The Explore Asheville Web site to offer deeply discounted hotel rooms and packages. Marla Tambellini with the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau said the declines in tourism numbers this year were smaller than 2008.

The Mile High Kite Festival in Beech Mountain offered free kites to the first 200 children Sunday.

Rain hurt the coast during the Labor Day weekend.

Overall, hotels, motels and campgrounds on the Outer Banks had an increase in occupancy. But weeklong cottage rentals were down in Dare County, a reflection of people taking shorter trips.

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

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Many North Carolina attractions say discounts helped keep them afloat this summer.

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Low Country Oyster Roast coming in October

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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If you like oysters, this is your chance to put your taste buds to work for a good cause. Airlie Gardens’ annual Low Country Oyster Roast is coming up next month.

The event includes music, dancing, barbecue and, of course, oysters. All the proceeds go to support Airlie’s Environmental Education program, featuring field trips that are free for New Hanover County schools.

“We do a second grade program, which is our butterfly curriculum for life cycles. We also do a third grade, which is soils,” said Airlie Gardens director Jim McDaniel. “Most importantly is the eighth grade, which is water quality, which, of course, the oyster roast ties right into that water quality mission.”

Airlie’s oyster roast is Friday, October 16th from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $75.

For more information call 798-7700 or go to www.AirlieGardens.org.

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If you like oysters, this is your chance to put your taste buds to work for a good cause. Airlie Gardens’ annual Low Country Oyster Roast is coming up next month.

The event includes music, dancing, barbecue and, of course, oysters.

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NC governor gets flu shot to get state to prepare

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Gov. Bev Perdue says everyone in North Carolina should get prepared for flu season, and she’s starting with her office.

Perdue will get her flu shot Tuesday, along with 10 members of her cabinet.

State health officials recommend everyone get a regular flu shot now and then get a special shot to protect against swine flu when the vaccine becomes available later this year.

As of last week, North Carolina reported nine deaths and 193 people hospitalized with swine flu this year.

Health officials worry the disease will spread faster now with schools and colleges back in session and the weather turning cooler.

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

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Gov. Bev Perdue says everyone in North Carolina should get prepared for flu season, and she’s starting with her office.

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Ground breaks on new Coastal Christian High School

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

By Amanda GreeneAmanda.Greene@StarNewsOnline.com

Speakers invoked images of “God’s school” and “hallowed ground” Tuesday morning as about 300 students, parents and teachers watched the board of Coastal Christian High School break ground on a new school building.

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NC man accused of storing loaded guns in toy box

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina man has been charged with child abuse for storing guns in his children’s toy box.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that 39-year-old Reginald Lamont Keith of Raleigh is charged with three counts of misdemeanor child abuse.

Court records show that Keith is accused of letting “known gang members” gather at his home and store loaded guns in his children’s toy box last month. Records show Keith has two children under age 16.

Keith told a Wake County magistrate Monday the guns belonged to his nephew and Keith didn’t know the guns were in his home.

It was unclear if he had an attorney.

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

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A North Carolina man has been charged with child abuse for storing guns in his children’s toy box.

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