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Archive for September, 2009

NC moves prisoners as state closes facilities

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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McLEANSVILLE, N.C. — The state Correction Department is moving about 950 prisoners as North Carolina’s budget problems force it to close seven minimum-security prisons.

WRAL-TV reported that the Wilmington Residential Facility for Women closed this month. The Guilford Correctional Center, Gates Correctional Center and Union Correctional Center will close by Thursday.

Umstead Correctional Center is slated to close by Nov. 1, with the Cleveland Correctional Center closing by Dec. 1 and McCain Correctional Hospital closing by April.

The moves will save about $22 million. They’re part of the department’s plan to eliminate 1,000 jobs because of statewide budget cuts.

Department spokesman Keith Acree says the state will focus on expanding larger prisons, which are less expensive to operate than smaller ones.

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

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The state Correction Department is moving about 950 prisoners as North Carolina’s budget problems force it to close seven minimum-security prisons.

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State officials to hold meeting on Masonboro Island access

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Undeveloped Masonboro Island is considered one of the jewels of Southeastern North Carolina.But the barrier island nature reserve has been overrun, and some would say abused, by visitors over summer holiday weekends.

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Justice in Motion hosts dinner to thank local law enforcement

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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There was a big thank you to local the law enforcement Tuesday night. Justice in Motion hosted an appreciation dinner at the Hilton Riverside in downtown Wilmington.

The goal is to celebrate the efforts of the men and women who keep our streets safe, especially when it comes to drunk driving. Barb Lynch organized the event. She said it is important to recognize the job done by law enforcement officers in our area.

“We’re appreciating everything that they do. We’d love to send the message to the people, in New Hanover and Brunswick County, to not drink and drive,” Lynch said.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said, “This is an opportunity for us to collaborate and to bring all of our efforts together and to get our public to understand that drinking and driving is not the right thing to do. If you’re going to drink, don’t drive.”

About sixty members of law enforcement attended the event.

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There was a big thank you to local the law enforcement Tuesday night. Justice in Motion hosted an appreciation dinner at the Hilton Riverside in downtown Wilmington.

The goal is to celebrate the efforts of the men and women who keep our streets safe, especially when it comes to drunk driving.

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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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