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Archive for November, 2009

Recycling could be made easier, especially in rural areas

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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It has been more than a month since new state laws governing recycling took effect, but it’s unclear if these laws are working in some rural communities.

Beginning October first, North Carolina residents were required to recycle items like plastic bottles, wooden pallets, and oil filters. But its not so easy for everybody to recycle.

“Well, I think some are. But I don’t know how you can enforce the regulations, because you don’t have the ability or the means to recycle unless you do get to a center,” said Archie Cribb of Whiteville.

Cribb visits a recycling center in Whiteville two to three times per week, but the drop off sites are few and far between, with only six in Columbus County.

“I think its good to recycle. But I think having a law its going to be tough to enforce it unless you had more provisions,” Cribb said.

The biggest change is that you cannot throw away plastic bottles anymore. Instead you need to bring them to the recycling center, where they have a whole new container just for that purpose.

The numbers of bottles in the bins are up, but it’s clear to employees that not everybody is recycling. They say its tough to expect people to travel far away from home to get to the centers and follow the rules.

Folks like Archie Cribb say there could be a better way. “Well I think if, and I know it would be expensive to get the infrastructure, but if they had the ability for you to separate it out for them to pick it up out in the country I think that would help, but of course it would be expensive.”

Meaning there’s still room for improvement.

Recycling officials say 80 plastic bottles are disposed of every second in the state of North Carolina.

The new rules are aiming to reduce this number to help the environment and save valuable landfill space.

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videoIt has been more than a month since new state laws governing recycling took effect, but it’s unclear if these laws are working in some rural communities.

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Possible gas leak prompts evacuation of Topsail High School

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Hampstead | Three students were hospitalized and more than 900 students spent the afternoon on the football bleachers Thursday when Topsail High School was evacuated after a suspected gas leak.

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Candidates in tie for Leland council seat

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Leland | The unofficial vote count for two Leland Town Council candidates stands at a dead heat, Brunswick elections director Greg Bellamy said Thursday.

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Open casting call for One Tree Hill

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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In this tight economy, folks are always looking for a way to make some extra cash. Here is a fun way: One Tree Hill is holding an open casting call for people ages 18 and up.

Next Wednesday, the popular show will be shooting a large concert scene at the battleship. Folks turned out Thursday at casting agent Fincannon and Associates, next to Screen Gems Studios, for a the chance to be an extra.

“I’m actually a realtor, but as you know things are slow right now, so we can use any little bit of help that we can get. So I fill in the blank spaces when I come over here and work,” said One Tree Hill extra Elaine Brown.

Extra Mary Evelyn Szuchan said, “I enjoy this. I’m retired and I don’t really have a lot to do. I enjoy doing this because it gets me out and make new friends and I love it.”

Casting will continue Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Fincannon, located on 23rd Street in Wilmington.

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In this tight economy, folks are always looking for a way to make some extra cash. Here is a fun way: One Tree Hill is holding an open casting call for people ages 18 and up.

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Tallying who won, lost and broke even in the Wilmington elections

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

Four people won election in Wilmington this week – Bill Saffo, Kevin O’Grady, Charlie Rivenbark and Earl Sheridan. Nine others lost their bids for mayor or council.But because of the way voters voted, there likely will be other winners and losers as the new council gets to work. Here are a few:

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