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Archive for December, 2009

Two people reported dead in NC house fire

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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ELLENBORO, N.C. — Two people have died in a house fire in western North Carolina.

Multiple media outlets reported the fire was reported about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday at a house near Ellenboro in Rutherford County. Sheriff’s Sgt. Forrest Hollifield says investigators are at the scene.

The house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The names of the victims have not been released. Hollifield says a third person was transported to the hospital with injuries. It wasn’t clear how serious the injuries were.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Two people have died in a house fire in western North Carolina.

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Burgaw store clerk robbed at gunpoint

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Pender County Sheriff’s Office investigators are searching for a man who pointed a gun at a store clerk and stole money from a Burgaw store.

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Christmas spirit, dogs fill the halls of New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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‘Twas three nights before Christmas, when all through the medical center
Volunteers and dogs were roaming, looking for rooms to enter.
The patients were waiting for the chance to pet a dog,
In hopes that the carolers would raise them from their fog.
When out from the hallway there arose such a clatter,
They sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

As much as these patients would like to be home for Christmas, they might not be. That is why hospital volunteers decided to try their hand at caroling Tuesday night, and most of them brought pet therapy dogs.

“They provide emotional support. It makes them forget their own anxiety and pain for a while when they get to pet a dog,” said Patrice Kaizar.

Diane Ashline’s grandson was a bit taken back by the carolers and therapy dogs. He did not quite know how to act, but Diane did. She was appreciative. “I think it’s wonderful, it spreads so much love and cheer for all the Christmas time,” she said. “I just think it’s wonderful that they do this for the children. It needs to be a tradition that goes on and on and on.”

The singing certainly doesn’t make the wounds or an illness go away, but perhaps the sound of Christmas in the air can make patients forget about their troubles – and think about happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

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videoThe sounds of the season rang through the halls of New Hanover Regional Medical Center Tuesday night. WWAY’s John Rendleman was there as volunteers and pet therapy dogs shared the Christmas spirit with patients.

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Michael Lee to run for seat in State Senate

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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There is a new name in the hat to represent New Hanover County in the State Senate.

Attorney Michael Lee, a Republican, announced this week that he will once again run for the seat he lost to incumbent Julia Boseman in the last election. She is not running again.

Wilmington attorney Thom Goolsby has already announced he is also running for the seat, as a Republican.

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There is a new name in the hat to represent New Hanover County in the State Senate.

Attorney Michael Lee, a Republican, announced this week that he will once again run for the seat…

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NC hospitals easing ban on children as flu eases

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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DURHAM, N.C. — The slowing spread of H1N1 flu has prompted more North Carolina hospitals to ease their ban on children visiting patient rooms.

Multiple media reported Wednesday that children are again allowed to visit patients at Duke University Medical Center and the hospitals it operates in Durham and Raleigh. Rex Healthcare and WakeMed campuses in Wake County also are returning to normal.

Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro last week dropped its ban on visitors younger than 18 from entering its hospitals. Hospital officials say visiting children could be banned again
if the flu returns in February and March.

Other hospitals are keeping the ban in place, including UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and Carolinas HealthCare System facilities in the Charlotte area.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The slowing spread of H1N1 flu has prompted more North Carolina hospitals to ease their ban on children visiting patient rooms.

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