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Archive for September, 2009

N.C. Ports’ green changes could cut emissions by more than 50 percent

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

By Jim BrummStarNews Correspondent

The North Carolina Ports Authority is moving ahead with efforts to become a cleaner, greener neighbor.Updating the authority’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, Chief Executive Tom Eagar Tuesday reported on efforts to reduce diesel emissions and described projects under way that have been funded with state grants.

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New Hanover County names Teacher and Principal of the Year

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

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The New Hanover County School Board honored its outstanding educators Monday night. The big winners were New Hanover County’s Teacher and Principal of the Year.

Doctor Julie Duclos is principal of Murrayville Elementary. She’s been working as a teacher and principal in the school system for the past 25 years, and Monday night, she was named Principal of the Year.

“I was born and raised here, and to recognized in the same community that I was a student of is a special privilege for me,” said Dr. Julie Duclos.

Sarah Gould has been teaching kindergarten through second grade at Ogden Elementary for eight years. She won elementary and overall Teacher of the Year.

“It certainly gives you kind of a spark of energy to get you going and moving and it just validates the things that you do day in and day out,” Sarah Gould said.

“I really believe the best part of my day, are those little magical moments that you just do not anticipate. When you see that light of learning come on in their eyes that you never saw before, when they believe that they could do something that they didn’t think they could do,” Dr. Duclos said.

Forty-one teachers and two principals in the county were nominated for Educators of the Year.

Neither the principal nor the teacher of the year knows who nominated them, but they’re both very humble and say they appreciate the recognition.

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videoThe New Hanover County School Board honored its outstanding educators Monday night. The big winners were New Hanover County’s Teacher and Principal of the Year.

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Chadbourn blaze now under control

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

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Firefighters worked through the night Monday to control a blaze in Columbus County. The fire started at the Ithaca Plant in Chadbourn and forced several neighbors from their homes. As of Tuesday evening, firefighters still have a job on their hands.

Neighbors of the plant say the raging fire and lights from emergency vehicles reminded them of Christmas lights late Monday night, but black clouds quickly removed any festive thoughts, the result of thousands of burning tires.

“At first it was kind of scary because the flames were big and the smoke was thick, and there were so many police men and fire trucks from everywhere out here,” said Shelby Gibson who lives near the plant.

The fire started around 11:30 Monday night at the Carolina Tire sales building. Black smoke filled the sky while on lookers felt the flames.

“Intense heat for everybody, very intense heat,” said witness Minnie Horne.

Columbus, Brunswick, and Horry county fire departments were called in to help in the fight. As the flames raged 15 to 20 feet above the building, tanker after tanker brought in water to feed the hoses.

Columbus County issued a voluntary evacuation for near by residents, but most stayed to watch.

By noon on Tuesday, fire fighters had most of the blaze at the 60,000 square foot building under control. Despite the effort, officials say the fire won’t be completely extinguished for at least one more day.

The SBI and ATF are investigating the cause of the fire, and the EPA was on the scene to monitor the air quality because of all the burning rubber.

The fire caused a two-hour delay for school openings in Chadbourn Tuesday.

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videoFirefighters worked through the night Monday to control a blaze in Columbus County. The fire started at the Ithaca Plant in Chadbourn and forced several neighbors from their homes.

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Hear Now – Cancer support group pushes onward, celebrates life

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

By Si CantwellSi.Cantwell@StarNewsOnline.com

When Dorothy Hibbert was diagnosed with breast cancer on her birthday in 2005, she worried about her two young sons.“I didn’t know what to tell them,” she said Saturday at a meeting of the RV Cancer Support Group.After initially saying little, she decided she needed to explain to them what cancer is and what it meant to her.

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Ports Authority going green

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

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Ports Authority officials announced Tuesday that they’re interested in bringing new, environmentally friendly technology to the port called PHETT.

PHETT stands for pluggable hybrid electric terminal tractor. A demonstration showed how it works.

The PHETT moves containers throughout the port, running off half diesel and half electric power, cutting back on harmful emissions.

The manufactures claim in saves fifty percent of fuel, which is appealing to Ports Authority officials. They say it’s also about a responsibility to the community.

“Environmental stewardship is really a cornerstone for the authority. The other thing we mention is the health of our employees. Those emissions do carry with them a certain risk and we recognize that and we certainly want to reduce that risk,” said NC Ports Authority CEO Tom Eagar.

The port will soon apply for federal and state grant money to help with the cost of purchasing PHETTS.

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Ports Authority officials announced Tuesday that they’re interested in bringing new, environmentally friendly technology to the port called PHETT.

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