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Archive for November, 2009

Survivor of Oak Island bridge collapse sues DOT

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

By Veronica Gonzalez,Veronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

On Dec. 3, 2008, a Brunswick County construction worker plunged five stories while suspended to a concrete girder that crashed to the ground on the new Oak Island bridge.

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Palin arrives at Fort Bragg to a crowd of hundreds

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — More than 1,200 people are lined up outside a store at an Army base in North Carolina where former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is signing books.

Palin arrived a little after 11 a.m. Monday, waved and went inside the store where she quickly started signing copies of her new memoir. She did not make any statement.

An Army spokesmen says Palin will not make a speech, pose for photos, or personalize notes in the books she signs at the on-post store. Officials say as many as 1,500 waited for her arrival. About a dozen people camped out.

The Army had worried the appearance would prompt political grandstanding against President Obama. That fear initially led commanders to limit news coverage, though the restrictions were later dropped.

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

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More than 1,200 people are lined up outside a store at an Army base in North Carolina where former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is signing books.

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The shops at The Forum see folks shopping early

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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There was good news for local business owners and their cash registers. The shops at The Forum across from Mayfaire were busy and bustling this weekend.

Business owners said part of it has to do with the advertising of their pre-holiday sales. But also, it is a sign of folks starting their shopping early, to give themselves time to shop around, and make smart and affordable purchases.

Blue Hand Home owner Arni Cullipher said, “The foot traffic has been really good, and strong. I’m very optimistic about it. We were here yesterday, on Sunday, and we probably had 40 or 50 in and out of here in a short amount of time.”

Cullipher said The Forum has inadvertently been grouped together with Mayfaire. And usually shoppers who head over to the big box stores at Mayfaire, will cross the street and shop locally at The Forum.

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There was good news for local business owners and their cash registers. The shops at The Forum across from Mayfaire were busy and bustling this weekend.

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NC Slim Jim plant explosion claims fourth victim

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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RALEIGH — An explosion that tore through a Slim Jim plant in North Carolina last summer has claimed a fourth victim.

A spokesman for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill said Monday that 55-year-old Curtis Ray Poppe died last week, five months after the blast at the ConAgra plant in Garner.

An obituary posted by a Hickory funeral home said Poppe’s family greeted friends there Sunday.

U.S. Chemical Safety Board lead investor Don Holmstrom would not confirm the blast had an additional death, but said four critically burned victims were among the 71 who required treatment at area hospitals.

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

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An explosion that tore through a Slim Jim plant in North Carolina last summer has claimed a fourth victim.

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Neighbors push for stronger animal control in Pender County

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

After an attack last week that caused the death a dog in Rocky Point, the owners and a neighbor voiced their complaints at a Nov. 17 county health board meeting.

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