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Archive for September, 2009

At least 39 dead as quake, tsunami hit Samoas

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

By Fili SagapoluteleAssociated Press

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa | A powerful Pacific Ocean earthquake spawned towering tsunami waves that swept ashore on Samoa and American Samoa early Tuesday, flattening villages, killing at least 39 people and leaving dozens of workers missing at devastated National Park Service facilities.

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Brunswick hospital bans child visitors to prevent flu outbreak

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

Children will not be allowed to visit patients at Brunswick Community Hospital except for extreme circumstances because of concerns about the way the H1N1 virus is spreading.The change in visitation policy will take effect Oct. 1, hospital officials announced Tuesday. The rule does not affect children who are patients.

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Big Sweep will clean Topsail beaches Saturday

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Surf City | Pender County’s annual Big Sweep will once again be cleaning Topsail Island beaches on Saturday.The event, held annually on the first Saturday in October, organizes groups of volunteers who spend the day picking up litter across North Carolina.

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WARM celebration for 13 years of service

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009


Leola Davis suffers from arthritis and can not comfortably stand for too long. Stairs used to be the only way Ms. Davis could access her backyard, until she received a “WARM” gesture. Volunteers with Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry built her a ramp, so she can easily get around in her wheelchair.

“I just love it, I’m really enjoying it,” said Davis.

Volunteers also installed three new doors in Ms. Davis’ house. These are just a few of more than 400 of WARM’s home repair projects over the past 13 years.

“When WARM was born, I don’t think anybody thought it would get to this level,” said WARM Executive Director JC Skane. But with one in five North Carolina homes considered substandard, WARM’s help is greatly needed. The organization serves low income people, mainly the elderly and disabled.

“I think a lot of them, I think they’re doing a good job and I wish one day that I can do a good job for them,” Davis said.

Ms. Davis said the generosity of the volunteers has made life easier and more enjoyable. “Before I couldn’t even go up to the corner, but now I can go all around the block and come back.”

Skane added, “Just seeing that gratitude on their face and them saying thank you and we’re so grateful and what can we do for you, that’s what makes this job so rewarding.”

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videoOne Wilmington non-profit organization is celebrating a milestone. Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministries, or WARM, offers home repairs to low income people. What started as an effort to help after Hurricanes Bertha and Fran, has turned into 13 years of service and more than 400 projects.

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Economy drives up number of locals using food stamps

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

More people in the region are turning to food stamps assistance because of the anemic economy.Figures released this week from the U.S. Census Bureau showed that 5.8 percent of households in New Hanover County reported using food stamps in 2008.

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