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Archive for September, 2009

Brunswick Community Hospital places restriction on visitors

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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Brunswick Community Hospital is changing visitation rules starting Thursday as a precaution against the spread of the flu, including H1N1.

Except in extreme circumstances, visitors younger than 18 will not be permitted in the hospital unless they are patients seeking medical care.

The hospital’s medical chief said the new policy is a proactive step to safeguard patients, staff members and adult visitors.

It will remain in effect until the incidence of the flu has significantly decreased.

We will have more Wednesday night on WWAY.

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Brunswick Community Hospital is changing visitation rules starting Thursday as a precaution against the spread of the flu, including H1N1.

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NC county to end service on ‘Tail of the Dragon’

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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ROBBINSVILLE, N.C. — Motorcyclists in western North Carolina should take note. Beginning next year, emergency help on the Swain County part of the route known as the “Tail of the Dragon” may take longer to arrive.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Graham County is ending its ambulance service into Swain County to respond to wrecks on the well-known motorcycle route on U.S. 129.

The road starts in Blount County, Tenn., and packs 318 curves in 11 miles.

It takes about 22 minutes for an ambulance to get to that part of U.S. 129 in Swain County from Robbinsville in Graham County. It can take as long as 50 minutes to get there from Bryson City in Swain County.

County leaders say they used to get few emergency calls for the route but now get about 30 a year, at cost of about $100,000 annually.

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

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Motorcyclists in western North Carolina should take note. Beginning next year, emergency help on the Swain County part of the route known as the “Tail of the Dragon” may take longer to arrive.

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Breaking news: Ex-Brunswick County Sheriff Hewett expected to leave prison early

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett is expected to be sent to a halfway house.

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Back Then -NHHS is largest N.C. high school in 1959

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

By Scott NunnScott,Nunn@StarNewsOnline.com

In October 1959, New Hanover was once again the largest high school in the state, with 2,203 seniors, juniors and sophomores registered.

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NC judge refused to release police shooting tape

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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ASHEBORO, N.C. — A North Carolina judge has refused to release the police video of a shooting that killed a University of North Carolina student.

Superior Court Judge Brad Long ruled Monday that releasing the video would jeopardize a possible criminal investigation into the shooting.

Several media outlets including The Associated Press asked the judge to release the video from dashboard cameras on two Archdale police cruisers. The cameras captured the Aug. 23 traffic stop as 21-year-old Courtland Smith was stopped on Interstate 85 in Randolph County.

Smith had called 911 while on the road, saying he was trying to kill himself, had been drinking and was carrying a gun.

Police radio traffic indicates Smith was shot 35 seconds after his car was stopped.

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

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A North Carolina judge has refused to release the police video of a shooting that killed a University of North Carolina student.

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