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Archive for December, 2009

Top Stories of ’09 – No. 5: Swine flu affects local communities

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

In mid-April, an unusual flu strain caught the attention of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials.Two children in Southern California had become sick with respiratory illnesses. They were from different counties and didn’t have contact with each other.

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Watchdogs – R.C. Soles gets an early Christmas present

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Cape Fear Watchdogs is a StarNews blog aimed at keeping a watchful eye on local governments and elected officials, what they’re doing and how they’re spending your money. Here are some recent posts.

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Leaders of Brunswick towns envision closer ties

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

By Ana RibeiroAna.Ribeiro@StarNewsOnline.com

This December, for the first time, Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis decided to join the Christmas parade in neighboring Leland.

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It took 16 years, but at 83, Nell O’Connor is a college graduate

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

By Cece Nunn Cece.Nunn@StarNewsOnline.com

After Nell O’Connor’s husband died, she searched for something to fill the void.She and Dennis were married for 35 years, and his death from colon cancer was devastating.“I just needed something to do, a reason to get out of bed in the morning,” said O’Connor, an 83-year-old Echo Farms resident.

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Top Stories of ’09 – No. 7: Ex-teacher charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

By Chelsea KellnerChelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

The case of Jessica Wishnask, a former New Hanover County teacher caught with an ex-student in her car downtown, brought to light state efforts to curb “pass-the-trash” practices among educators.

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