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Archive for September, 2009

Area organization helping the battle with homelessness

Friday, September 18th, 2009

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To help people avoid becoming homeless, area agencies applied for a grant to help tackle the issue of homelessness. Dan Ferrell and his colleagues at the United Way are the lead applicants of the grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Along with other groups, they got the money – $1.2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“That money is going to be used to assist at-risk households who are of low income, which is roughly, for an individual about $20,000, and for a family of four in Wilmington – $28,000 a year,” said Ferrell.

The money will help qualified people pay rent and utilities. It will also assist ex-offenders and youth aging out of foster care. People in those categories tend to find themselves homeless if they don’t get proper assistance during their transition.

Ferrell added, “We’re going to be looking very closely to see how little we can spend on each family or each household so we can spread the money as far as it can go.”

The other partners receiving the grant money are the Salvation Army, the Good Shepherd Center, Brunswick Family Assistance, Pender County Housing Department, and Amez Housing Community Development Corporation.

The money will be available to the agencies in the three counties over the next three years.

The funding was just announced this week, so there is still some planning and development to be done. Clients will begin seeing the money in November. The groups are still determining who will receive it and how they’ll go about distributing it.

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videoArea organizations that battle homelessness are getting a big chunk of money to help. The state stimulus funds will target two key areas; prevention and housing.

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Wilmington pair arrested on crack, heroin charges

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Wilmington | Two men were arrested Thursday and charged with possession of crack cocaine and heroin, according to Wilmington Police.

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Deputies searching for missing New Hanover County man

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Deputies are searching for a New Hanover County man who’s been missing since Tuesday.Robert Earl Scherm, 35, was last seen about 11 a.m. on Tuesday at his home on Patalanda Drive, according to a news release from Deputy Charles G. Smith with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

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Big headaches caused by two area Walmarts

Friday, September 18th, 2009

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The Wilmington Police Department divides its patrols into districts based on call volume. The more calls, the smaller the district. The Wilmington Walmart falls into District 5a, the busiest district in the city.

“Compared to other businesses that may close at 5 or 9 or 10, they’re 24-7. A lot of our calls are either in their parking lot of Walmart, or inside the store itself,” said Wilmington Police Department’s Lt. Kathy Cochran.

In the past 6 months the department has responded to more than 600 calls. That is about 3 to 4 calls each day, and officers never know what crime they’re going to get.

“A shoplifter, larceny in progress, we have 911 hang up. We’ve had child abuse calls out there, hit and run calls out there, warrant services out there,” said Lt. Cochran. “You name it we’ve had a lot of calls in that vicinity.”

In Monkey Junction, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department responds to the Walmart on Carolina Beach Road about 2 to 3 times per day.

Deputy Charles Smith said, “It certainly consumes the deputies time, in taking an initial report, or the number of reports from that outlet as well as following up with an arrest and transportation to the jail.”

With the upcoming annexation, the Monkey Junction Walmart will also become WPD’s responsibility. The department plans on adding five new officers to help patrol the area.

As for Walmart, law enforcement said the employees do what they can to help.

“In most cases when deputies respond, the loss prevention officers have their information that will assist in the prosecution of those crimes ready for the deputies upon arrival,” added Deputy Smith.

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videoArea Wal-Marts provide more calls for local law enforcement than almost any other patrol location. For officers and deputies it means around the clock patrols.

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Good Shepherd Center announces fall fundraising event

Friday, September 18th, 2009

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Good Shepherd Center has announced their fall fundraising event as a community wide raffle with the theme being “Every Ticket Shelters a Homeless Family”.

The raffle sales are being conducted from September 1 through November 30, 2009 with the prize drawings on December 7, 2009. Tickets are $10 each. For ticket purchase, raffle rules, and prize descriptions, please visit Good Shepherd Center on line at: www.goodshepherdwilmington.org, or call (910)-763-4424 x106, or see your Good Shepherd Center community volunteer representative. To participate you must be at least 18 years old.

The raffle consists of eight fabulous prizes including two US Airways round trip tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S. ; a Southern Pines Condo weekend; dinner certificates to twelve outstanding Wilmington restaurants; a Wilmington weekend including hotel accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn, chocolate surprise, dinner for two at Terrazzo’s and a tour of the Orton Plantation; a three day weekend stay at a Wrightsville Beach cottage in 2010; a day of pampering including spa services for two at Head to Toe and overnight accommodations aboard the Jubilee Snooze and Cruise Yacht; monthly movies for two for a year at Mayfaire Cinema; and $149 of Jiffy Lube services.

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Good Shepherd Center has announced their fall fundraising event as a community wide raffle with the theme being “Every Ticket Shelters a Homeless Family”.

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