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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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Stoking the fire with local wood a hot idea

Friday, November 13th, 2009

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On a chilly day like Friday, you may be tempted to fire up the wood stove to keep you warm. A new study offers up some recommendations before you buy that that wood.

We don’t always take the time to think about where the products we buy come from, but experts say the origin of firewood can make a big difference.

A new study shows imported firewood may be bringing a bit more than just fuel for the fire.

Home grown firewood is good to buy, but if you buy it from further away sometimes it can spread insects that can be harmful to the environment.

“You can spread these invasive pests and damage the local ecosystem where they’re really just not meant to be there. The natural ecosystem right here just has no defense mechanism against these pests,” said NHC forest ranger Bill Walker.

So how can you be sure the firewood you buy is coming from your backyard? Just ask!

“If you’re buying from a retailer, firewood or something like that, ask them where they get their firewood. It could be that it’s very local, it could be out of state, I’ve never heard of it coming out of country, but it could be,” Walker said.

Frank Brown owns a tree service in Hampstead that specializes in selling firewood during the cooler months. He says many people don’t know about the environmental concerns. “Anything you get local, to me, is always better used. You know what you’re getting. Something that’s shipped in, a lot of times you really don’t know what you’re involved in.”

Retailers like Home Depot, Lowes, and Harris Teeter said their firewood supplies came from as far away as Maryland and Georgia; meaning its best to ask before you buy.

To learn more about the issue you can visit www.dontmovefirewood.org.

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videoOn a chilly day like Friday, you may be tempted to fire up the wood stove to keep you warm. A new study offers up some recommendations before you buy that that wood.

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Walk a mile in heels, raise funds for rape crisis

Friday, November 13th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

For the first time in his life, James Gobble will don a pair of red, high-heeled shoes.Eight-inch high heels, he says. Size 11. Well, maybe they’re 5-inch heels.“The wife picked ‘em up,” said the 37-year-old former Marine.

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No sign of road ahead

Friday, November 13th, 2009

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The I-40 sign marking the 2,500 mile drive to the end of the road in California was noticeably absent today. Last night thieves stole the Wilmington landmark that connects our country’s coasts, and it’s not the first time.

“I have my picture taken with it and I’ve also taken my picture at the other end of I –40,” said Mike Gunther.

It is 2,554 miles from end to end. I-40 West starts in Wilmington and ends on the other side of the country in Barstow, California.

Heading out of town, there’s usually a sign letting drivers know how far they have to go.

“It was installed at the completion of i-40 to mark the end points here and in California around the summer of 1991,” said Ben Hughes of the NC Department of Transportation.

Since then the sign has been stolen four times, the latest coming Thursday night.

“I think that it’s bad because the children that ride on that road can see that we connect from coast to coast, and now it’s not there,” said Pat Butler.

Each time it’s stolen, it costs the department of transportation about $600 to replace the sign.
Drivers were worried this time it wouldn’t be replaced.

“We’ve had a number of e-mails, just today, expressing interest for the sign to be replaced and have it reinstalled. There was a lot of people concerned that wouldn’t be done,” Hughes said.

Luckily engineers found an extra sign in storage, so DOT decided to replace the landmark after all. “It’s a unique sign that you don’t see everyday and it’s a good thing to have out there,” Hughes said.

Hughes asked would-be thieves to leave the new sign alone. He says the DOT might not be able to replace it next time. If you want a souvenir, a better idea is to pull over and take a picture with the sign. No word yet on when the sign will be replaced.

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videoThe I-40 sign marking the 2,500 mile drive to the end of the road in California was noticeably absent today. Last night thieves stole the Wilmington landmark that connects our country’s coasts, and it’s not the first time.

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