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Archive for November, 2009

Food drives help keep shelves stocked at local food bank

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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With the holidays approaching, donations are starting to pour in at the local food bank. Almost half of all food drive donations at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina come during the holidays.

An average food drive brings in between 100 and 300 pounds of food. That is enough food for 200 to 300 meals. This year, most of the organizations the food bank supports are reporting an increase in the number of people asking for emergency food assistance.

“Year round we have a need because we serve between 400 and 500 meals a day. So that equates to more than 100,000 meals a year,” said Verna Mansfield of Good Sheppard Ministries.

Jennifer Caslin of the Food Bank of Central and Eastrern North Carolina said, “There’s several larger businesses in town that are doing food drives at all their chains. So I expect that is definitely going to spike quite a bit.”

While more people tend to donate food during the holidays, Caslin said the biggest need for donations comes during the summer months, when children are home from school.

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With the holidays approaching, donations are starting to pour in at the local food bank. Almost half of all food drive donations at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina come during the holidays.

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$95 million Veterans Affairs super clinic planned for Wilmington

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

By Gareth McGrath Gareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

Seventy-two hours after voting against a health care reform proposal championed by President Obama and other leading Democrats, U.S. Mike McIntyre was in Wilmington to announce a significant expansion of a health care program he does support – medical support to local veterans and their families.

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Update – Rain from Ida prompts flood watch for Southeastern N.C.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

With a rainfall deficit of nearly 5 inches for the year, the region could use the precipitation. But that much moisture dropped over a 72-hour period could cause flooding.

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Pender commissioners, schools working out deal for new library land

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

When the new Topsail Regional Library is built, it will be on Pender County school system property next to its predecessor, the current Hampstead library. The three-acre site along U.S. 17 was requested by Pender County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jimmy Tate at an October school board meeting.

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Fire now believed to be part of a murder

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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Investigators are looking into what at first appeared to be a mobile home fire in Riegelwood. After unearthing the remains of a body, Columbus County may have a murder case on its hands.

Sunday, investigators found the body of Andrew Dunn, a 32-year-old man, inside a burning mobile home, but they don’t suspect he died from the flames.

The results of his autopsy proved to investigators that it wasn’t the fire that killed him.

“I found out he was murdered, I found out he was murdered and that’s all I can tell you,” said Clarence Bryant of Riegelwood.

The autopsy revealed three bullets in Dunn’s body, leading investigators to believe the fire was set to cover up his murder.

Neighbors told WWAY the victim had moved in about two weeks ago. They actually saw him at a local yard sale buying furniture for his home. But all that is left of that furniture is ash and rubble.

People who knew Dunn say he didn’t bother anybody and stayed out of trouble.

“He was a good guy, he rolled by himself, stayed to himself mostly, but he was good,” Bryant added.

Fellow Riegelwood resident Shawn Bress said, “Never have known him to be a troubled guy, he was never mad, always a great smile on his face.”

Neighbors don’t remember seeing Dunn’s home on fire, but fire officials say older mobile homes like these are quite flammable.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Columbus County Sheriff’s Department at 640-5051.

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videoInvestigators are looking into what at first appeared to be a mobile home fire in Riegelwood. After unearthing the remains of a body, Columbus County may have a murder case on its hands.

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