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Archive for October, 2009

14 local artists’ work displayed in watercolor exhibition

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

By Carolyn Bowers, StarNews Correspondent

Brunswick County has been selected by The Watercolor Society of North Carolina as this year’s location for their annual meeting, juried exhibition and workshop.

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N.C. Lottery $20 scratch-off tickets debut in stores

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Associated Press

The lottery’s first $20 scratch-off ticket was expected in stores Tuesday for what’s called the $200 Million Extravaganza game.

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Mother, son arrested in Onslow County murder

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

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Mother and son, both in this country illegally, have been charged with murder in Onslow County.

Victoria Hernandez and her son Ricardo are charged with fatally stabbing Aredelio Mayo. His body was found in a home on Highway 172 near Hubert.

Upon checking with US Customs after their arrest, Onslow County deputies learned that the Hernandez’s were in this country illegally.

Their first court appearance is Tuesday.

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Mother and son, both in this country illegally, have been charged with murder in Onslow County.

Victoria Hernandez and her son Ricardo are charged with fatally stabbing Aredelio Mayo.

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NC school bus manufacturer rewards drivers

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — A North Carolina school bus manufacturer has given awards to several drivers for their work after student passengers wrote essays about them.

High Point-based company Thomas Built Buses said Monday that driver Renea Cataldo of Trussville, Ala., was selected as winner of the Children’s Choice Driver of the Year Essay Contest. Drivers Sam McBroom of Hillsborough and Sheree Cook, also from Trussville, were
chosen as runners-up.

The winning drivers were nominated by their student passengers in 90-word essays. The essays were later judged by representatives from the school transportation industry.

Cataldo will receive a $1,000 gift card and the student who nominated her will receive a $1,000 education savings bond and a laptop.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A North Carolina school bus manufacturer has given awards to several drivers for their work after student passengers wrote essays about them.

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911 calls go unanswered

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

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Everyone knows to call 911 in an emergency, but what happens if no one answers? It’s a question some New Hanover County residents were forced to answer over the weekend. “It rang and rang and rang and rang, and no one answered,” said Kathy Boone.

Around 6:30 Saturday night, neighbors noticed a fire at Johnson Farms the Lakes in New Hanover County. They immediately called 911.

“I had my cell phone on this ear and her house phone on the other ear,” Boone said, “and they were just ringing and ringing.”

Fellow neighbor John Cumbus said, “My wife tried three times to get 911 and the phone rang, nobody was there.”

About five neighbors called to report the house fire at 5103 Everett Court. They say they couldn’t believe no one answered their calls.

“I shut my eyes and I was like, wake up because you’re dreaming,” Boone said. “I really thought I was dreaming for a moment.”

After about five minutes of failed attempts to get through to 911, one neighbor called the sheriff’s department for help.

“On the third try with that she was told the fire department was on the way,” Cumbus said.

After that, neighbors say the fire department was there within minutes, but they’re not letting 911 operators off the hook just yet.

“It’s pretty uncomfortable,” Boone said. “I’ve got two small children so, it’s very concerning.”

Neighbors say a firefighter told them 911 was just too flooded with calls when neighbors tried to report the fire. One neighbor says 911 operators did eventually call back, but by that time firefighters were already on their way. Emergency services says it’s looking into why the calls weren’t answered.

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videoEveryone knows to call 911 in an emergency, but what happens if no one answers? It’s a question some New Hanover County residents were forced to answer over the weekend. “It rang and rang and rang and rang, and no one answered,” said Kathy Boone.

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