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Archive for October, 2009

Wilmington turns green Wednesday, locals win awards

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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Folks in Wilmington were seeing “green” Wednesday night. The Green Living Expo, sponsored by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and WWAY, featured more than 40 vendors. Each of them exhibited ways for folks to be a little more eco-friendly.

Whether it be the house, or the garden, visitors said the event was a great way to learn more about how to help the environment. “I’m very interested in new green products that are coming out. I already do some green things at my house, rain barrels, solar panels, things like that, but I’m very interested in the new technologies and how they’re coming to Wilmington and how I can be a part of it,” said Barbara Bach.

The expo ended with the presentation of the Visions of Green Wilmington Awards. Three awards were handed out to people who have ideas, or finished projects that make Wilmington a little greener.

One award was handed out for the Cape Fear Regional soccer park. The park was completed on top of a landfill.

Another award was given to Jill Webb who had the idea of creating a play fountain and riverfront park downtown.

The third award went to Howard Capps, who suggested a bike path on the future Cape Fear Skyway Bridge.

An honorable mention went to a Roland Grise student who wrote an essay, urging business owners to turn out their lights after business hours. “My idea is pretty simple. Just turn your lights out after you leave your business,” said Lily Herring. “You know how your mom tells you to turn your lights out after you leave the room? Well I thought we could convey that in to the bigger picture.”

People who entered the contest, had to write a 400 word essay and submit a picture representing their idea.

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Folks in Wilmington were seeing “green” Wednesday night. The Green Living Expo, sponsored by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and WWAY, featured more than 40 vendors. Each of them exhibited ways for folks to be a little more eco-friendly.

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McCain performance to raise money for pediatric ambulance

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

Organizers’ goal is to raise $125,000 in ticket sales and donations by the concert to receive an equal match from the Eshelman Foundation and cover the vehicle’s base cost.

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Faster internet coming to North Carolina

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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GREENSBORO — Two companies plan to introduce high-speed wireless internet in North Carolina.

Starting in November, Sprint, followed by Time Warner Cable, plan to offer 4G wireless networks in the Raleigh area.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Thursday that the new 4G connections will be faster than most commercially available broadband internet services. Sprint says it will provide speeds up to 10 megabits per second. Time Warner’s service will reach speeds of 6 megabits per second.

A test conducted by the Communications Workers of America show North Carolina ranks 34th in the nation for internet connection speeds.

Over the last two years, the average download speed in North Carolina increased from 2.6 megabits per second to 4.5 megabits per second.

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

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Two companies plan to introduce high-speed wireless internet in North Carolina.

Starting in November, Sprint, followed by Time Warner Cable, plan to offer 4G wireless networks in the Raleigh area.

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Panel in NC criticizes state of Ft. Bragg barracks

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A North Carolina group studying soldier housing at Fort Bragg says a program to maintain barracks is undermined by inconsistencies and a lack of resources.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Thursday that the group, part of the 2009 Fort Bragg Army Family Action Plan, said the barracks for the 17,000 single soldiers on post are “not a suitable” home. The group says the housing doesn’t meet the Army’s standards for quality of life.

The program to fix and maintain barracks was started at Fort Bragg last year after the father of a paratrooper put a video showing poor barracks conditions on the Internet. The video showed peeling paint and mold, a torn toilet seat and a soldier trying to unplug a floor drain that appeared to be clogged with sewage.

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

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A North Carolina group studying soldier housing at Fort Bragg says a program to maintain barracks is undermined by inconsistencies and a lack of resources.

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Brunswick candidates to gather at riverside park Saturday

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Belville | Brunswick County residents will have a chance to meet candidates for public office in the open Saturday.

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