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Archive for December, 2009

Oak Island wants to keep wells flowing despite proximity to sewer lines

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

By Amanda WilsonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

A last-minute snag may require hundreds of homeowners on Oak Island to demolish their irrigation wells before the first phase of the town’s already-delayed $130 million sewer project can crank up.

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Foreclosures still on the rise

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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Housing foreclosure is a national concern, and here in southeastern North Carolina, where unemployment rates are higher than the national average, it’s a growing problem.

Housing foreclosures are up 14 percent since 2008, but local organizations are reaching out to those at risk

Annette Heyward is one of many in the country facing home foreclosure. “We could lose our home and have nowhere to go, so we’re afraid,” she said.

Some can turn to mortgage counselors for help.

“That’s kinda where we come in to play a part as a connecting piece between us as the housing counselor, the borrower and the lender servicer to try and come up with a feasible solution in order to keep the person in their house,” said Toronya Ezell, the AMEZ program coordinator.

But for people like Heyward, who has a private mortgage, options are limited. “Lenders and servicers and seeing its really a benefit to them to go ahead and try to work with the client but you got a lot of private investors who have yet to come on board.”

And Ezell says the worst is yet to come in the housing crisis. “It hasn’t reached its peak, it has not.”

AMEZ has filed more than 350 packages for people in New Hanover, Pender, Columbus and Brunswick counties. The state’s managed to prevent 2,500 foreclosures.

For Heyward, there’s only one option. “If I don’t go in there with $4,200 dollars, its over with.”

AMEZ advises people to stay ahead of the game. If you foresee a financial issue or are in a bind for money currently, and you have a mortgage, contact your lender immediately.

Because so many houses are being foreclosed, some lenders are being more flexible and willing to work with borrowers.

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videoHousing foreclosure is a national concern, and here in southeastern North Carolina, where unemployment rates are higher than the national average, it’s a growing problem.

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SBI looks into possible witness tampering in RC Soles case

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into possible witness tampering in the case against State Senator RC Soles. Sources tell WWAY, two of the people involved in the shooting at the Senator’s house have been spotted following him around Tabor City.

A Columbus County grand jury has asked prosecutors to seek an indictment on Soles for assault with a deadly weapon for shooting 22 year old Kyle Blackburn. The shooting happened in August.

Over the past few days, Blackburn and his girlfriend Jessica Nealy have been spotted loitering outside of the Senator’s office. Tabor City police found Blackburn and Nealy hiding in the woods near the office on Friday. The couple told police that they wanted to talk to the Senator, and were hiding because they didn’t want the media to see them.

The other witness to the shooting, BJ Wright, has been living just across the state line in Loris, South Carolina. Wright doesn’t have a job, but recently built a fence around his property that reportedly cost $8,000.

Sources also tell us Wright has been spending a great deal of money on furniture. Soles has given Wright thousands of dollars in the past.

Now that there is a criminal investigation, any financial transactions between them would come under more scrutiny.

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The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into possible witness tampering in the case against State Senator RC Soles. Sources tell WWAY, two of the people involved in the shooting at the Senator’s house have been spotted following him around Tabor City.

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Holiday tipping etiquette

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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Birth control option has doctors watching women’s bone health

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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The birth control shot known as Deprovera is an attractive option for women because it can be taken just four times a year, rather than every day as is common with birth control pills.

But women receiving the shot should pay extra attention to their bone health, new research finds.

Doctors at the University of Texas followed 95 women using Deprovera for two years and periodically assessed their bone strength. Half of users had a sizeable drop in mineral density in their spine or hip bones, which could lead to fracture risk.

The shot causes a long-term disturbance in hormones, which both prevents pregnancy and causes bone changes.

Past research suggests that the bone strength typically recovers when women stop using Deprovera, but this can’t be guaranteed and experts advise women to limit the duration they are on the shot to no more than two years.

Smokers run particular risk for bone loss, so women can reduce their odds by not smoking and doctors recommend taking calcium and vitamin D to boost bone strength as well.

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New research finds that a particular kind of birth control may be harmful to women’s bones. Learn more on what the experts say you can do to protect yourself.

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