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Archive for November, 2009

Silver Alert issued for teenager who used ATM in Wilmington

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Wilmington | A statewide Silver Alert was issued Monday for a 17-year-old from Apex who withdrew money from a credit union in Wilmington.Christopher Rivers Huffman is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, according to a Silver Alert issued by the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.

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Deadline for packages to reach troops quickly approaching

Monday, November 9th, 2009

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“If you want it to get there before Christmas you have to start sending at least 4 weeks prior to Christmas,” said Thomas Russell of Step up for Soldiers. “I would send 5 weeks prior to Christmas.”

If you want your soldier to have something to open on Christmas, without breaking your budget on shipping, Friday is the deadline. The November 13th deadline applies to parcel post mail, the least expensive but slowest option.

If you are sending priority mail you have until December 4th for all Army post office zip codes. For all the procrastinators, you can still send it express mail by the 18th to have it waiting under the tree to most APO’s.

If you are having a tough time deciding what to send; ask.

“I’ve got one request so far and it’s coffee, coffee, coffee. So if we can send them coffee were going to send them coffee,” said Russell.

There are a few things that can’t make the trip. No alcohol, batteries, or flammable materials. Also, perishable foods just won’t last. Otherwise, there’s no weight limit for flat rate boxes and shipping is just $11.95 after a $2.00 discount for military addresses.

Russell added, “Pack it full. If you buy items you want to put in there buy a bag of hard candy and spread the hard candy so the package is full. That way the package will not collapse in shipping.”

If you would like to send packages from home to support our troops you can stop by WWAY. We have partnered with Step up for Soldiers to provide care packages to Marines on active duty in Afghanistan.

Drop off personal item’s like toothbrushes, toilet paper, and baby wipes at our station located at 615 North Front Street.

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videoThe deadline to send holiday packages to our troops in time for Christmas is fast approaching. WWAY’s Joe Mauceri takes a look at some of the do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when sending care packages to our men and women fighting abroad.

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New Hanover schools plan Gang 101 meetings for parents

Monday, November 9th, 2009

A series of information sessions to teach parents and school officials about gangs begins at 6 p.m. Thursday with a meeting at Ashley High School.The meeting will explain how to recognize gang signs and symbols. The Gang 101 meeting is put on by the New Hanover County Schools and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

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Ida could bring welcome, drenching rainfall

Monday, November 9th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

By the time what remains of Ida reaches North Carolina sometime Tuesday, the storm system is expected to have lost all of its tropical characteristics.But the system could still bring significant rain to the region, with more than 3 inches falling in some areas a possibility.

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Long last diplomas

Monday, November 9th, 2009

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Some North Carolinians who didn’t graduate from high school, may now be eligible to receive their high school diplomas after all. A change in state law affects students who did not pass competency tests in reading and math, and/or the computer skills tests.

This law affects former students from as far back as the class of ’81. To be eligible, applicants must have passed all other graduation requirements.

Latasha Allison says not having a high school diploma has made it tough to find a job. “The math competency test, that’s what held me back.”

But a change in state law will help her dream of getting that diploma come true.

“The only students that are eligible for this are those who met graduation requirements, other than passing the competency test in reading, math, or computer skills,” said Rick Holliday, NHC Schools Asst. Superintendent.

The competency test examines reading, math, and basic computer skills at an eighth grade level. From 1981 to July of this year, passing the test was required to get a high school diploma.

Under the new requirement, high school students still have to pass five end-of-course exams in subjects like algebra and English, but the competency test has been eliminated.

The law is retro-active, meaning some former students will finally get their high school diploma.

“Oh, it was a blessing for me, it was a doorway to open definitely and I just feel like I have an opportunity now to pursue my career,” Allison said.

Allison had been taking GED classes in hopes of passing the math portion of the competency test. She says now she can focus on earning her culinary degree, and maybe one day open a restaurant. “That was my dream, and I wasn’t going to let anything stop me. I was determined.”

Students who dropped out of high school are not affected by the rule change. Former students can contact their high schools to see if they’re eligible. Students have through July 2014 to petition their schools.

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videoSome North Carolinians who didn’t graduate from high school, may now be eligible to receive their high school diplomas after all. A change in state law affects students who did not pass competency tests in reading and math, and/or the computer skills tests.

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