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Archive for October, 2009

CFPUA may be shutting off your water

Friday, October 16th, 2009

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If you have been running from your water bill, next week your water may stop running.

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority plans to start shutting off water for 3,000 “extremely delinquent” customers on Tuesday.

The utility authority sent letters to at-risk customers with bills at least 90 days overdue and owing more than $350.

The utility authority plans to shut off water for about 3000 customers each week unless they pay their bills.

To avoid a shutoff, customers can call customer service to set up a payment plan.

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If you have been running from your water bill, next week your water may stop running.

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority plans to start shutting off water for 3,000 “extremely delinquent” customers on Tuesday.

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Shallotte residents ordered to boil water until further notice

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Shallotte | Residents in Shallotte should boil water before consuming it until further notice, after water sampling results for one subdivision came back with high total coliform bacteria readings.

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Hundreds of shareholders lost their investment in CFB

Friday, October 16th, 2009

By Wayne FaulknerWayne.Faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

Hundreds of shareholders lost their investment when Cape Fear Bank failed. Among them were board chairman Walter Lee Crouch Jr., a major figure in Wilmington real estate as an agent and broker for Intracoastal Realty.

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Tracking rehabilitated sea turtles online

Friday, October 16th, 2009

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Sennet was released a month ago after spending more than a year recovering at the Karen Beasley Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail Beach. He was found covered in barnacles and very anemic.

Now, the 15-year-old loggerhead is healthier then ever and he’s having quite the adventure. Volunteers have been able to watch his journey back at sea online thanks to a satellite tracking device that was mounted on his back.

“It gives us some management tools. If we know where they are, we can better determine what can be done to stabilize those populations,” said sea turtle hospital director Jean Beasley.

Sennet has not ventured too far from home. “He went just south of the Cape Fear River. We do know a lot of juvenile and adult turtles hang out there, we now know the sub-adults do too.”

Every time Sennet surfaces, a switch on the transmitter turns on. If a satellite is close enough to pick up his location, a dot is automatically plotted on a map on www.seaturtle.org. The Cape Fear Shoals seems to be his favorite hangout.

In case you’re wondering, Sennet’s contact with humans does not seem to be holding him back in the wild. Beasley said, “What we’re learning is that they forget about us pretty quickly, and they are back to being a wild animal and following the same things that the wild population does.”

Sennet’s transmitter is run on batteries, so once the batteries run out, we’ll no longer be able to track him.

Jean Beasley predicts Sennet will venture to the edge of the Gulf Stream during the cold months, like some of his buddies.

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videoExactly one month ago, nine rehabilitated sea turtles were released back into the Atlantic. Sennet, the loggerhead, has a satellite tracking device on his back. We can go online to see where he’s been swimming and what he’s been up to these last four weeks.

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Small shareholders bore the brunt of local bank’s failure

Friday, October 16th, 2009

By Wayne Faulkner Wayne.Faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

When the bank firm was taken over in April, checkings and savings customers were spared, thanks to FDIC backing of deposit accounts. There was no federal agency, however, to bail out holders of common stock.

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