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Archive for October, 2009

NC firm says defense witnesses in SC raid deported

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — A North Carolina company charged with employing illegal immigrants at a South Carolina plant is arguing that the government deported workers needed by defense attorneys.

The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday that Columbia Farms argued in court motions that the government didn’t give the company’s lawyers a chance to interview workers arrested in last
October’s raid.

More than 330 people were arrested in the massive raid on the Greenville, S.C., processing plant. Prosecutors say most of the workers have been deported. Several dozen others pleaded guilty and are serving prison time for using illegal documents and false Social Security numbers or for re-entering the country illegally.

Two company officials face charges of knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and lying on employment forms.

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

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A North Carolina company charged with employing illegal immigrants at a South Carolina plant is arguing that the government deported workers needed by defense attorneys.

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East Carolina to open 3 dental clinics in NC

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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GREENVILLE, N.C. — East Carolina University named three sites for dental clinics; part of a plan to increase access to dental care for North Carolinians.

The Daily Reflector of Greenville reported Tuesday that the university’s dental school will open community service learning centers in Elizabeth City, Ahoskie and Sylva. The centers are the first of ten the school plans to open.

North Carolina’s ratio of dentists to the population is below the national average. Four counties don’t have dentists at all, and dentists in five more counties are close to retirement.

Dental students will spent their fourth year working at one of the centers. The dental school will open in 2011.

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

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East Carolina University named three sites for dental clinics; part of a plan to increase access to dental care for North Carolinians.

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Parents, students push to stay in schools close to home

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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New Hanover County will have a new middle school next year; Holly Shelter Middle School. But it requires shifting students around.

The second of three public forums on redistricting took place Monday night at Noble Middle School. Parents who want to deliver a clear message to the New Hanover County School Board packed the gym. They want the board to select a neighborhood school option.

“Would busing help individual children or will in just help spread statistics evenly throughout our school district,” asked Meredith Swanson. “More children and future generations would benefit from this investment. Please support neighborhood schools and switch gears to focus on increasing proficiency at all schools.”

New Hanover County’s seven middle schools are approximately 500 students over capacity. One of the current redistricting options has Ogden students being bussed to the new Holly Shelter Middle School in Castle Hayne.

The final forum is Tuesday at Williston Middle School.

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New Hanover County will have a new middle school next year; Holly Shelter Middle School. But it requires shifting students around.

The second of three public forums on redistricting took place Monday night at Noble Middle School.

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MyReporter.com – Why doesn’t N.C. DOT maintain the highway interchange between Leland and the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge?

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

At a recent Wilmington City Council meeting, Councilman Jim Quinn deemed the stretch of highway between Leland and the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge an “abomination, so far as trash and the lack of landscaping and that kind of thing.”“That is an entrance to the city, and it does look bad,” Quinn said.

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Here Now – Brunswick literacy effort needs support

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

By Si CantwellSi.Cantwell@StarNewsOnline.com

Dawn Baldwin-Ivey traces her appreciation for the vital role of nonprofits to two pivotal events in her life, one happy and one very sad. In 1997, she was named Miss Brunswick County, which put her in touch with various nonprofits. And last year, she was jolted when her young sister-in-law Brittany Williamson was killed in a car crash.

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