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Archive for September, 2009

What’s open or closed for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7

Friday, September 4th, 2009

What’s open or closed for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7

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Crisis clinic opens in Brunswick County, offering free mental healthcare

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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It may look non-descript from the outside, but inside the building, people are receiving critical help. For more than a decade, the New Hope Clinic has offered free medical care to uninsured and low income Brunswick County residents.

“New Hope Clinic can handle the general medical needs of our patients, but every day we have individuals walking through the door with mental health issues,” said Sheila Roberts of the New Hope Clinic.

That need led to a partnership between the New Hope Clinic, North Carolina Mentor, a mental health agency, and Southeastern Center for Mental Health. There is now a crisis center next door, offering up to four free visits for people seeking mental health assistance.

“We’re having folks come through, people who have lost their job or maybe they’re having relationship problems,” said North Carolina Mentor’s Tommy Puckett.

John Holmes of Southeastern Center for Mental Health said, “It’s just absolutely critical that folks do know that it does exist and they don’t have to feel that they’re helpless and they’re kind of wandering around.”

State dollars allocated through Southeastern pay for the clinic’s services, which are all about being proactive, not reactive.

“Hopefully they don’t wind up going to more intensive need as a hospitalization for example,” said Holmes.

“If their needs can be met within that four visit limit, then that’s great, because we prevented that person from having greater needs in the long run,” added Puckett.

If more helped is needed after four visits, the clinic offers referrals to other agencies. Representatives from the involved agencies said they are happy to play a part in a field that so badly needs the help.

The New Hope Clinic will soon break ground on a new, larger facility in Boiling Spring Lakes. If you are interested in contacting the clinic or learning more about its services, you can find information on the New Hope Clinic website.

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videoWith the state’s mental healthcare system struggling, finding affordable, adequate care can be challenging. But thanks to a special partnership, a first of its kind crisis clinic is up and running in Brunswick County, offering free, mental healthcare to those who need it.

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Parents show concern over President Obama’s speech

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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President Obama’s speech is titled “My Education, My Future,” but some parents are worried it is just a political push. He plans to deliver a national address to students throughout the country.

“His main goal is to talk about the importance of education,” said New Hanover County Schools spokesperson Valita Quattlebaum. “That is what the department of education has told us it will be about.”

But some parents are uneasy about the speech to their kids. “Some people have said that they think it’s going to be political in nature,” Quattlebaum said.

Due to concerns expressed by some parents regarding the content of President Obama’s speech, New Hanover County Schools will send home a letter informing parents who do not want their children to take part in the event that they can opt-out. But parents we spoke with want their children to hear what the president has to say.

“I don’t see a problem with it. There are a lot of things the students might learn by listening to him,” said parent Janet Clayton.

Pender County will also send parents a letter allowing them to opt their children out of the class during the speech.

Columbus County schools will not send a letter home, but will make the speech optional, and Brunswick County schools will air the speech later in the week to give parents time to decide whether it is appropriate for their children.

“It’s a great thing that children should learn early in life because if they learn about education now, it will make a better future for them,” said Columbus County school parent Alexander Shellman.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction supports the address and has created lesson plans for all grade levels to help create discussion about the importance of education.

This is not the first time a president will address students. The last president to do so was George H. W. Bush in 1991.

For more information on President Obama’s speech you can visit the www.whitehouse.gov website.

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videoPresident Obama is addressing students throughout the country next week, and local schools are planning on sharing his message with students here. But not without addressing parent’s concerns first.

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Wrightsville Beach prepares for busy Labor Day weekend

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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When you live in a beach town, the last weekend of summer is a big deal. WWAY’s Hailey Winslow hit Wrightsville Beach to see how the town is preparing for the Labor Day holiday.

Wilmington’s Ian Lipton said, “There’s going to be tons of cars, tons of people, the whole beach is going to be going crazy, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

“Between the hotel bills and you know eating out and buying a few things, yeah we’ll spend a few hundred dollars in the next few days,” said Scott Blackwood visiting from Atlanta, Ga.

As the crowds roll in this Labor Day weekend, businesses are getting prepared.

“I just ordered about 550 pounds of fresh local fish to be coming all through this weekend,” said Oceanic executive chef, Robert Newton.

Some hotels right on the beach still have vacancies, but they are expecting to book up.

“We just dropped the rates down today, so hopefully we’ll get a lot of walk-ins, for the weekend, that’s usually how it happens, people just walk in and see if rooms are available,” added Jeremy LeJeune of Surf Motel Suites.

Wrightsville Beach Town Hall is taking extra safety measures. Town manager Robert Simpson said, “We have additional staff on duty, we’ll be doing sanitation pick ups on the beach everyday, we have extra people on board as far as law enforcement is concerned, so we’ll be fully staffed and actually in the evenings, we’ll have about double the number of police officers on duty.”

Folks visiting from out of town said they are ready to soak up the sun. “I want to get a lot of sun, because when I go back, everything is closed,” said Denver, Colorado’s Kate Holmgren.

Wrightsville Beach Town Hall Manager Robert Simpson hopes this weekend is a boost for businesses, but safety is his number one concern.

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videoWhen you live in a beach town, the last weekend of summer is a big deal. WWAY’s Hailey Winslow hit Wrightsville Beach to see how the town is preparing for the Labor Day holiday.

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Historian tracks Wilmington World War II heroes

Friday, September 4th, 2009

By Wilbur D. Jones Jr.Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

Kaysersberg, France | A narrow dirt intersection connected the wine trail leading down from Hill 512 to a sunken path and an access to the main road. Next to a diminutive Catholic shrine, 10 Germans had surrendered to First Lt. Charles P. Murray Jr.

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