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Archive for September, 2009

Friday Night Varsity Preview Week 5

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Rachel George and Tim Hower look ahead at the Week 5 matchups including Ashley-West Brunswick and New Hanover-Jacksonville Northside.

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Some health experts want to tax sugary drinks, cite health benefits

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

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The American Heart Association recently released dietary guidelines to reduce sugar intake that highlighted the health benefits of cutting back on sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages.

Now, in a recent report on health policy, a group of public health experts suggest placing a tax on these sugary beverages as a means of reducing public consumption. According to the report, Americans consume about 175 calories daily from sugar-sweetened beverages on average.

Past research has linked consumption of these beverages to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

The report proposes that a tax of 1 cent per ounce be placed on beverages with added sweeteners. This tax would increase the cost of a 20-oz drink by 15-20%, which, the report estimates, should decrease consumption of these drinks by about 15%.

In addition to the health benefits gained by decreasing America’s consumption of sugary drinks, this tax would have the added benefit of generating revenue that could be used in health programs for treating obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

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Past research has connected the consumption of sugary drinks like soda and sweetened juices with diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Now a group of public health experts is calling for a tax on these beverages.

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Grand jury subpoenas 2 related to Easley permits

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

GARY D. ROBERTSONAssociated Press Writer

RALEIGH | Two state environmental engineers have been called to testify before a federal grand jury this week, including one who examined the permit for a development where then-Gov. Mike Easley bought some land in 2005.

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Home sales in Wilmington cool off for August

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

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Home sales in Wilmington took a hit last month.

The latest numbers released by the Wilmington area Realtors Association show home sales dropped to 380 in August. That is down from 435 in July.

Our area was also down from August a year ago.

WRAR President April McDavid said that home sales usually lag this time of year since parents are usually busy getting their children back to school.

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Home sales in Wilmington took a hit last month.

The latest numbers released by the Wilmington area Realtors Association show home sales dropped to 380 in August.

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Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market gets new parking lot

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

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A visit to Poplar Grove Plantation just got a lot easier. A $50,000 grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission helped pay to create a new parking lot to replace an old potholed dirt one.

The new gravel lot has fencing and signs to help direct traffic and make it easier for visitors to the plantation and its farmer’s market and other events get around.

“We utilized our Poplar Grove volunteers, which are a group of guys that have worked just wonderfully for us coming out and doing all this work, and the trust fund really made it happen,” said Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market manager BJ Ryan.

Poplar Grove is located on Highway 17 at the New Hanover-Pender County line.

The farmer’s market is open every Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through December 16th.

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A visit to Poplar Grove Plantation just got a lot easier. A $50,000 grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission helped pay to create a new parking lot to replace an old potholed dirt one.

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