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Archive for November, 2009

Higher than normal tides expected Saturday morning

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Residents in Southeastern North Carolina’s coastal areas and early morning beachgoers should watch out for higher than normal tides early Saturday, according to an alert from the National Weather Service.

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Area developers subpoenaed by federal grand jury investigating Easley

Friday, November 13th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

A coastal development near Holden Beach is back in the news this week after a half-dozen current and former officials of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources received subpoenas to appear before a federal grand jury looking into potential wrongdoing by former governor Mike Easley.

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Kids at Bolivia Elementary explore the moon

Friday, November 13th, 2009

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Some kids at Bolivia Elementary know all about the moon. In fact, they have been learning all about it first hand. NASA loaned the school pieces of moon rocks. The school is one of only a handful in the country to get such an opportunity.

“I learned that the moon’s highlands are made by the meteors crashing down and forming a file in the stand,” said third grader Keith McLaughlin.

Kain Bishop said, “One side is very cold because the sun is not pointing out that way, and the other side is very hot because the sun is shining right at it.”

The moon rocks the kids had on loan are so special, the sheriff’s department would transport the rocks back and forth to the school every day to make sure they were safe and guarded at all times.

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videoSome kids at Bolivia Elementary know all about the moon. In fact, they have been learning all about it first hand. NASA loaned the school pieces of moon rocks.

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Angel Trees help those in need during holidays

Friday, November 13th, 2009

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The holidays are quickly approaching, the time of year for giving. The Salvation Army is asking for your help with its Angel Tree initiative.

Lori Dugan has two children and another on the way, but she was not shopping for them. She was buying clothes for a child she’s never met. “I know how much it makes my son happy so, I’d love to be able to give that to someone else to be able to give their son simple stuff to make them happy.”

Dugan was participating in the Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree. She chose the name of a two-year old boy named Noah in need of some new clothes.

With help from her son, she picked out a few things, and then dropped them off unwrapped, at the Angel Tree.

With the Angel Trees, the Salvation Army hopes to clothe 3,500 kids from 1,200 families across our five county region.

“We have so many people that are out of work, and the children, it’s not their fault, so when Christmas comes around, they don’t want to wake up on Christmas morning with nothing under the tree, so we need everybody’s help, so that we can make it a pleasant Christmas for them,” said Major Butch Mallard.

Steve McEnaney added, “It’s just the kind of thing you should do at Christmas, it’s what Christmas is all about.”

Dugan says helping a needy child is a good way to get into the holiday spirit. “It feels good to know that not only the kids but you can help out parents too and give them a little bit of Christmas cheer, especially with the year everyone’s been having, it’s just a very simple way to help someone.”

If you would like to participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree, you have until December 11th.

There are several Angel Trees located around New Hanover County, including the Independence Mall.

If you can’t make it to an Angel Tree, you can shop for a needy child online at SalvationArmyUSA.org or

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videoThe holidays are quickly approaching, the time of year for giving. The Salvation Army is asking for your help with its Angel Tree initiative.

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Brunswick schools opens terminal for public viewing of e-mail

Friday, November 13th, 2009

By Ana RibeiroAna.Ribeiro@StarNewsOnline.com

In response to a StarNews request made in late September, the Brunswick County school district has opened a public e-mail terminal at its central office in Bolivia.

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