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Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office flying high

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has a new addition to its force. Brunswick Air One made its debut appearance Tuesday afternoon at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia.

The four-seat chopper will be used to locate missing people and suspects, search and rescue, drug investigations, and for assessments during evacuations and natural disasters.

Operating Brunswick Air One costs $200 an hour, but that money won’t be coming from taxpayers.

“The important thing we want to get out to the public, is we were given the helicopter, completely free, and no tax dollars will be used to support this program at all. It will funded solely from drug seizure money,” stated Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram.

Brunswick County law enforcement and emergency services plan to use Brunswick Air One to assist all agencies in Brunswick County and the surrounding counties if they need assistance as well.

“We have not had this kind of resource available to us and we have not had this type of partnership in the past, so this is something we’re really looking forward to; it’s something that I think is going to be very beneficial to all the citizens of Brunswick County and to the emergency services office,” said Brunswick County EMS Director Randy Thompson.

Sheriff Ingram said he plans to apply for a grant to install an infrared system or flare on the chopper in the near future.

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videoThe Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has a new addition to its force. Brunswick Air One made its debut appearance Tuesday afternoon at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia.

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Parents hear school system flu guidelines at Eaton Elementary forum

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVickey.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

A dozen parents showed up Tuesday evening at Eaton Elementary School for the first of three public forums New Hanover County health and school system officials are holding to discuss the unusual flu season facing students.

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Grant to help the homeless awarded to Coastal N.C. initiative

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

By Amanda GreeneAmanda.Greene@StarNewsOnline.com

Social service agencies in the tri-county area will soon get a large infusion of federal money in their fight to prevent homelessness.

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Muscadines produce a fine wine

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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September is prime time for harvesting muscadine grapes, which are native to North Carolina. The grapes are known for making some sweet and popular wine enjoyed all over the country.

Cascading waterfalls of muscadine grapes fill barrel after barrel in Duplin Winery’s vineyards.

“This is harvest time, if we don’t get now, we’re not going to get it,” said winery president Dave Fussell. He added that harvest season picks up the day after Labor Day and runs through mid-October.

Employees work round the clock with the final product in mind.

“Muscadines produce wines that are fun; they’re kind of cool, sweet and easy, and we’re hoping that our wines will taste just like you’re underneath the grape vine eating the grapes,” Fussell said.

Duplin Winery is made up of 1200 acres of muscadine grapes. This year, they hope to produce seven tons per acre.

Although the season is off to a fruitful start, Fussell said the weather could have been a bit more cooperative; rain takes away from the grapes’ flavor. “We’ve had a little more rain than we would have liked at the end of August here in Rose Hill, but some of our outlining vineyards have had very little rain.”

Muscadines thrive in this hot, humid environment. They’re full of antioxidants and resveratrol, which keeps your heart healthy, but you’ll only taste their sweetness.

“We think muscadine grapes produce the best sweet wines in the world,” Fussell said.

You don’t have to enjoy muscadines only in wine; you can find them sold on their own in the grocery store, and at roadside stands.

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Sheriff’s helicopter ready for missions in Brunswick County

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

The eagle has landed. It was blue and white with a gold diagonal stripe and the word “Sheriff” written at the top.Two months later than expected, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office’s Bell OH-58 series helicopter – called “Brunswick Air One” – is now available.

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