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Archive for September, 2009

Southeastern Center for Mental Health given back its financial reins

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

State officials wrote the center a letter Monday stating the facility was “no longer at imminent danger of financial failure” and that the state division in charge of mental health agencies would return control of all financial affairs to the center.

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Update – Oriole Drive reopens after spill

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Oriole Drive has reopened and cleanup on the road is complete after a hazardous materials spill shut part of the road down Tuesday.Wilmington firefighters and police officers closed the road just before 1 p.m. Cleanup took about 3 hours.- Staff reports

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Student helps peers at West Brunswick learn about Holocaust

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

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There are no words to fully explain what survivors of the Holocaust went through both emotionally and physically, but one Brunswick County high school senior wanted her peers to understand the horrors and how lives were forever changed by Hitler’s regime.

For 89-year-old Bronia Merlin, the passage of time does little to erase the memories of one of the darkest times in world history, the Holocaust.

“This is a nightmare for me, it’s over 60 years and I still, and I still dream in the night they still want to catch me again. And I want to run,” Bronia told students at West Brunswick High School.

Merlin and Alford Schnog are both Holocaust survivors who shared their experiences with students at West Brunswick High School. The stories they’re telling are much more personal than what you’ll find in a textbook.

Students at West Brunswick got this unique opportunity because of the efforts of a fellow student who decided to do her senior project on the Holocaust had on its survivors.

“When I was four-years-old my parents took me to a Nazi concentration camp in Germany called Dahchow. I was really young, don’t remember much but what I do remember, things kind of haunted me,” Alex Heath explained.

And that’s why the 18-year-old West Brunswick senior brought the Holocaust survivors to her school, hoping their stories will resonate with her classmates.

“I hope they can take this experience and realize we are the last generation that’s going to be able to hear what happened at the holocaust from people who were actually there,” she said.

“It’s a phenomenal difference between haring a real person, hearing the real stories, watching somebody who lived through Auschwitz, looking at the tattoo and thinking about what her life must’ve been like at about her age,” said Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman of the Temple of Israel.

There’s another part of Heath’s senior project. She’s also asking her classmates to make butterflies. They will be sent to the Holocaust museum in Houston. The museum is trying to collect one-and-a-half million butterflies, each one representing a child who died during the Holocaust.

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videoThere are no words to fully explain what survivors of the Holocaust went through both emotionally and physically, but one Brunswick County high school senior wanted her fellow students to understand the horrors and how lives were forever changed by Hitler’s regime.

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Governor’s School summer program to charge tuition for first time

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

By Chelsea KellnerChelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

For the first time in its 47-year history, the North Carolina Governor’s School will charge tuition. Legislators added the $500 charge per student in the 2009-10 budget to partially fill $475,000 in cuts made to the program.

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Spill shuts down part of Oriole Drive

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Oriole Drive is shut down from South College Road to Racine Drive because of a hazardous materials spill.

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