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Archive for December, 2009

Annexation, elections on the agenda for 2010

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

As the new year begins, StarNews reporters take a look ahead at some of the stories expected to make headlines on their beats in 2010.

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In the off season, there’s more to Topsail Island than the beach

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

By Amanda HutchesonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

Once a vacation community, bustling in the summer but quiet in the winter, Topsail Island has more to offer now year-round.

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5-year-old girl’s first haircut offers others chance to feel beautiful

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

By Dave ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

For years, Lucy Vasquez says, she tried everything. She offered her daughter, Alexia Dos Santos, candy or toys, anything for Alexia to finally get a haircut.But Alexia, 5, refused. Why would she want to cut her hair? Her long black curls stopped strangers in public and reminded Alexia of the fairy-tale princesses she admires.

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Man arrested day after leading Wilmington PD on chase through town

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Wilmington | A man was arrested Tuesday night after he led police on a chase in Wilmington the night before, officials said.Johnnie Mack Shingler, 23, faces charges including speeding to elude arrest, driving the wrong way on a divided highway and driving without a license, according to Sgt. Matt Hardee of N.C. Highway Patrol.

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Local ABC board may have broken state meeting law

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

Why, when and how Alcoholic Beverage Control Board members decided to give raises to the father and son who run New Hanover County’s liquor stores – netting them six-digit salaries – may never be known because those decisions were never recorded in their meetings, an attorney said Wednesday.

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