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Not too soon to be thinking about your Christmas tree

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

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Owner of Sunnyside Chrismas Trees, Larry Elliott calls Fraser firs the “Cadillac of the Christmas trees”. They are grown in Jefferson, North Carolina.

“They’re normally the tree that gets chosen to go to the White House, which last year the Fraser fir went to the White House,” he said. Ashe County, where we live, has produced, I think, 11 grand champions that have gone to the White House in the last 30 years.”

Larry added, “I’ve been growing trees for about 30 years, and well, you have to pray with them and sing to them and talk to them, and sometimes get a little aggravated with them. But anyway, we plant the trees and we get a lot of credit for growing them.”

This is Sunnyside’s first time in Wilmington and the guys plan to camp out here until all the trees are gone. Getting set up is pretty labor-intensive. They have to drill a hole in every tree so it fits properly on a mount. The trees start at about five feet tall and cost around thirty dollars; and go up from there.

What is the key to keeping a healthy Christmas tree?

“Keep them out of the heated areas, keep them watered, away from the windows, bright sunlight might bake the tree out and burn it out a little bit,” suggested Elliott. “They’ll stay fresh for six weeks, eight weeks if you’re probably taking care of them, they’re fresh cut.”

Sunnyside Trees is located on Market Street, near Martin Luther King Boulevard. Sunnyside is offering church groups, schools, and charitable organizations ten percent off trees.

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videoThanksgiving is here, and before we know it, it’ll be Christmas. Some folks from the western part of the state have come to Wilmington, for the first time, to sell Christmas trees.

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E-mail archive for NC employees moving forward

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

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RALEIGH — The state of North Carolina has hired a California company to create an archive system designed to manage and retrieve state employee e-mails more easily.

Gov. Beverly Perdue said Wednesday the state awarded Mimosa Systems a contract to develop the archive software and maintain it for a year at a cost of $695,000.

Perdue and former Gov. Mike Easley issued executive orders directing the state to buy an archive system so messages won’t have to be stored on backup tapes. Easley’s executive order was filed partly in response to a public records lawsuit filed against him and his administration.

About 41,000 state workers send and receive 1 million messages a day through an e-mail system provided by the state’s information technology office.

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

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The state of North Carolina has hired a California company to create an archive system designed to manage and retrieve state employee e-mails more easily.

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18 NC counties experience high poverty levels

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A report released by an advocacy group shows 18 out of North Carolina’s 100 counties have poverty levels above 20 percent.

WRAL reported Wednesday that the N.C. Justice Center released the results of a study revealing a state-wide poverty level of 14 percent in 2008.

Robeson County in the southeastern part of the state has the worst poverty levels in North Carolina with 31 percent of residents living in poverty as of last year.

Scotland County came in second at 29 percent, followed by Lenoir County at 26 percent.

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

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A report released by an advocacy group shows 18 out of North Carolina’s 100 counties have poverty levels above 20 percent.

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NC Christmas tree crop offers plenty of options

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

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COLFAX, N.C. — Just as shoppers in North Carolina prepare to find Christmas gifts, some of them will be looking for a tree to place them under.

State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler says the state has one of the best crops ever thanks to cool weather and adequate rainfall. Troxler said North Carolina’s 2009 Christmas tree harvest should top 5 million trees from more than 1,500 growers.

More than 96 percent of N.C. Christmas trees are Fraser firs, which are grown in the mountains. Farmers in the Piedmont and coastal plain grow pines, cedars and other varieties well-suited to warmer conditions.

North Carolina was second in the nation in Christmas tree sales in 2008 at $100 million.

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

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Just as shoppers in North Carolina prepare to find Christmas gifts, some of them will be looking for a tree to place them under.

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The Dish – New Wilmington dining spots feature low prices

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

By Liz BiroLiz.Biro@StarNewsOnline.com

As U.S. News & World Report put it, “More food for less money hits the sweet spot these days …” It’s the formula for the Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches franchise soon to open at Longleaf Mall.

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