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Archive for December, 2009

GE Hitachi considers nuke plant in Britain

Friday, December 4th, 2009

By Jim BrummStarNews correspondent

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy believes it could be building a nuclear power plant in Britain by 2015, Senior Vice President Danny Roderick told Dow Jones Newswires this week.

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Navassa council to accept $400,000 for community center

Friday, December 4th, 2009

By Ken LittleCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

Navassa Town Council members voted unanimously Thursday to accept $400,000 in federal stimulus funding toward the construction of a community center. The action means that construction of the Main Street community center will begin in 2010.Mayor Eulis Willis said he hopes the long-anticipated facility also will open next year.

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Belville Board of Commissioners to swear in new members

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Belville | A special meeting of the Belville Board of Commissioners was called Friday by Mayor Chuck Thurlow for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall, 497 Olde Waterford Way.The swearing in of new commissioners and Mayor-elect Jack Batson will take place at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Town Hall.

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Ways to prep your home for the cold weather

Friday, December 4th, 2009

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With cold weather on the way, there are steps we all must take to make sure our homes are ready for the winter. Believe it or not, there are a lot of things to think about.

A lot of times, stilted homes tend to have uninsulated pipes that are exposed to the elements, meaning it could be a big problem. Insurance agent Payton Warren said, “Those pipes will burst and obviously cause damage. You want to make sure people are aware of how to cut water off to their house to prevent further damage. The best way is to go ahead and wrap those pipes, but its just something we don’t see people do because the freezes are so infrequent.”

Other items on your “outside” checklist:
– Clean out those gutters to avoid water seeping into your home.
– Trim any tree limbs that could fall under the weight of ice.
– And make sure you have strong railings along any stairs for those slippery mornings.

On the inside, space heaters can be a fire hazard. “They think that they can leave them running all night long or that they can leave them running when nobody’s at home or you’re not in the room. But we really encourage people not to use a space heater unless you’re in the room where you’re able to supervise it and make sure its not getting knocked over or anything like that,” said fire and life safety educator Meg Langston.

Following these helpful winter tips can ensure the coming months are safe and warm for your family.

With the rise in insurance rates along the coast in recent years, many folks now have higher deductibles, which means if your home is damaged due to the cold more money will be coming out of your pocket.

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videoWith cold weather on the way, there are steps we all must take to make sure our homes are ready for the winter. Believe it or not, there are a lot of things to think about.

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Weather halts Topsail parade

Friday, December 4th, 2009

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The threat of raining on the parade was enough to lead Topsail Beach officials to cancel the annual event.

The parade was supposed to take place Saturday starting at 11am. Officials decided to cancel it Friday night, instead of Saturday, to keep people from travelling in the rain in the morning.

The event will not be rescheduled.

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The threat of raining on the parade was enough to lead Topsail Beach officials to cancel the annual event.

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