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Archive for December, 2009

Future of Southport’s Garrison House decided – for a little while

Friday, December 11th, 2009

By Amanda WilsonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

Before the new Southport officials took their oaths, the outgoing board of aldermen voted Thursday to use the Garrison House as a town visitor’s center, sending a clear message that it would not reconsider a proposal from the Southport Historical Society to turn the building into a fort museum.

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CFPUA warns of men posing as utility workers to enter homes

Friday, December 11th, 2009

New Hanover County | Cape Fear Public Utility Authority officials say customers should be on the lookout for two men falsely representing themselves as authority employees to get into people’s homes.

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Seahawk students staring at possible tuition hike

Friday, December 11th, 2009

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It looks tuition is on the way up at UNCW. Trustees met Friday to ponder their options.

UNCW board members approved a two percent increase in tuition that would affect all UNCW students and go into effect this fall.

“I feel like I pay a ton to go to this school, over $20,000 and it’s all in loans, so anything higher is going to cause even more stress,” said freshman Graham Windus.

After Friday’s Board of Trustees decision, Windus and other out of state Seahawk students could be paying an extra couple hundred dollars next fall.

A two percent increase means tuition would cost between 50 and 60 dollars more per year for in-state students; out-of-state students would pay about 270 dollars more per year.

The increase would bring more than $900,000 to UNCW’s campus. Half of that money would be used for financial aid, and the other half for new faculty positions.

The increase is not a done deal. The board’s decision is based on the state legislature repealing a system-wide eight percent tuition increase imposed earlier this year. That decision should be made in May.

If the legislature does not repeal the eight percent increase, UNCW can only increase out-of-state tuition, which Windus isn’t happy about. “To a college student, five dollars can mean a lot, I mean you have a lot of money when you have five dollars. So knowing that I’m down another $270, is a big setback, and it means careful spending and a lot more putting stuff away.”

Not all costs are going up, the board of trustees also approved a fourteen-dollar reduction in student fees.

Before the tuition and fee requests can be finalized, the UNC system Board of Governors has to approve today’s decisions in its February meeting. The state legislature has the final say.

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videoIt looks tuition is on the way up at UNCW. Trustees met Friday to ponder their options.

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DOT scrapes together money to resume rural road paving

Friday, December 11th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

When it rains, the road to Violet Filipi’s house looks like a washboard with holes in it, the 80-year-old Northwest resident says.

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One egg-stremely unique Christmas tree

Friday, December 11th, 2009

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This home was our last stop on the Historic Home Candlelight Tour. While it is very inviting on the outside, it was what’s on the inside that blew us away. One egg-stremely, egg-septionally decorated Christmas tree – all the work of one woman known and loved as “Mimi”.

Mimi, a.k.a. Mildred Bryan, was Nita Phillips mom. She made every one of the 500 or so eggs on this tree – from real eggs, even tiny bantam eggs. Each is a meticulous work of art.

“(She was) extremely, extremely patient, said Nita.”She was meticulous in everything she did.”

Mimi saw the idea in a book. Over the course of 45 years she probably made close to 2,000 eggs for her family. She mostly used chicken eggs and used pieces of jewelry, fabric, and beads to decorate around the intricate cuts in the shell.

The scenes she created inside the shells were often art in themselves. She used an ostrich egg for an elaborate nativity scene. Mimi even figured out how to hinge the eggs.

It takes Nita three days to decorate her tree, with help. But it is a labor of love.

Mimi died two years ago at the age of 87. Before she did, she taught a grand-daughter and a great grand-daughter her egg making art.

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videoMost of us have unique decorations and traditions that make Christmas special within our families. Friday, we take you to a historic home in Wilmington where the Christmas tradition is remarkably involved and ornate, thanks to one amazing woman.

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