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Archive for September, 2009

Doctors offer prescription for health care reform

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Forum discussed alternatives to current health care reforms and also encouraged people to go online and study the proposed reforms.

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Organizers cancel ‘I Love America Rally’ planned for Riverfest stage

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

By John StatonJohn.Staton@StarNewsOnline.com

A rally scheduled for community festival Riverfest’s main stage Oct. 3 was canceled Thursday, with one of its organizers saying he “pulled the plug” to take pressure off of Riverfest officials.

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Brunswick County bus accident scares students, parents

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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Students at South Brunswick Middle School and High School had just one more stop before they were dropped off at school Thursday morning. But when their school bus stopped for a pick-up on Highway 211, the day started with a bang.

“It was a big boom and everybody just started yelling, ‘a car just hit us’,” described student Cody Cribb.

It happened around 7:30 Thursday morning in Saint James. About 25 students from South Brunswick Middle School and High School were riding the bus on their way to school they were hit by an SUV.

Bus driver, Maureen Moore said, “I was like ‘oh my God’, because that’s the first thing anytime something happens to me, I think about the children.”

No one was seriously injured, but 10 students from the high school were taken to Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport. The bumps and bruises ranged from headaches to sprained knees and wrists. Principal Vann Pennell met the injured students at the hospital.

“I am proud of the kids because in an incident like that, if they can respond the right way, it kind of keeps things under control and those kids responded to this in a tremendous way,” said Pennell.

Parents said they were happy with the way everyone involved handled the situation. “They had people waiting at the hospital to greet us, school administrators were here once we got here as well,” Michele Jackson said. “So they did a really good job, were very organized getting everybody in and getting them assessed.”

South Brunswick High School sent a bus to take students to school once they were discharged from the hospital, and despite the bumps and bruises, most of the students were eager to get to class.

According to highway patrol, the driver of the SUV was charged with failure to reduce speed.

As for the students, most went back to school Thursday and they will get back on the bus tomorrow morning to head to classes as usual.

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videoStudents at South Brunswick Middle School and High School had just one more stop before they were dropped off at school Thursday morning. But when their school bus stopped for a pick-up on Highway 211, the day started with a bang.

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Child Development Center in Wilmington celebrates 50 years

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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Happy Birthday wishes to the Child Development Center in Wilmington. The organization celebrated its 50th anniversary Thursday.

CDC began in Sunday School classrooms at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church. It originally served children with developmental problems. Today it takes care of all kids ages two to five.

The CDC and Smart Start of North Carolina came together for the celebration. “Smart Start is about collaboration and bringing people together to make a difference for young children and families, and this is one way that the various agencies that are working with children under 5 come together to ensure that children have an opportunity to be better prepared for success in school,” said Smart Start Executive Director Janet Nelson.

The festivities included story time and a book distribution for the kids.

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Happy Birthday wishes to the Child Development Center in Wilmington. The organization celebrated its 50th anniversary Thursday.

CDC began in Sunday School classrooms at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church.

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Newest Americans welcomed on Battleship North Carolina

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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Patriotic pride filled the deck of the USS North Carolina as America’s newest citizens took their oath. Most of the 74 people are in the US military; the rest are relatives of service men and women.

“This is exciting, there’s a lot of people here and I got to invite my whole family so it’s a wonderful experience,” said new US citizen, Katherine Dixon.

The new Americans represent every branch of the military and more than 20 countries. Eakathat Khanthasa said, “It felt pretty much like a dream come true, I’ve been waiting for this for a while.”

Some have longed to become a US citizen for as long as they can remember, and with the day finally here, they took time to reflect.

“I’m just thinking about my parents, they struggled to get me here and throughout the ceremony I was just thinking about the other struggles and everything I’ve gone through just to become a citizen,” Patricio Salgado said.

“My parents were immigrants and they had to go through hard times to do what they had to do to become citizens and to look back on that to see what doors they opened for me, I wanted to give back to the country,” said Khanthasa.

Regardless of the new citizens’ native countries, they now share a very special common bond.

Thursday’s ceremony was especially significant since this is Constitution Week. The Constitution was signed on this day in 1787.

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videoThe historic Battleship North Carolina served as the backdrop for a once in a lifetime event Thursday. Seventy-four members of the military, and relatives of service members, became US citizens.

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