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Archive for December, 2009

Columbus County man charged with murder, arson

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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A Columbus County man is under arrest, charged in connection with a murder and arson.
Jerrod Steven Long was arrested Thursday night for the murder of Andre Dunn.

Dunn was found dead in his burnt- out trailer home in Riegelwood in early November. The medical examiner’s office confirmed Dunn was shot to death.

Columbus County Sheriff’s Detectives believe robbery was the motive for the murder and arson. Investigators continue to look for other suspects.

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Jerrod Steven Long was arrested Thursday night for the murder of Andre Dunn. Dunn was found dead in his burnt- out trailer home in early November.

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Progress Energy says goodbye coal, hello natural gas

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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Progress Energy’s plan to go green will bring new jobs to Wilmington.

Progress Energy plans to retire its coal-fired units and replace them with structures fueled by natural gas. The company filed plans Friday for $600-million dollar project.

Not only will the construction project bring jobs to the Wilmington area, Progress Energy says the natural gas facility will help keep energy prices low, and eliminate coal and ash emissions. The switch from coal to natural gas is expected to be complete by 2014.

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The company plans to retire its coal-fired units and replace them with structures fueled by natural gas. The company says the project will bring construction jobs to the area.

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New software helps parents prevent kids from texting while driving

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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Texting while driving has been illegal in North Carolina for about two weeks now, but questions over how it can be enforced still remain. Now, new software is putting power in the hands of parents.

A new web company called text-safety.com has developed software for your phone that will entirely disable texting while driving. It’s intended to allow parents to keep tabs on their teenage drivers.

As for right now, text-safety is only available for purchase online, but company officials said they expect the product to be on the shelves of Wal-Mart very soon.

Since December 1st, texting has been illegal at the wheel, but whether the ban is effective remains to be seen, just ask Chief Ralph Evangelous:

“How are you going to enforce that? I mean it’s virtually impossible. How are you going to tell whether someone is texting or someone is just trying to talk on the phone?”

Enforceable or not, the texting issue is a big problem, especially among teens.

Laura Honeycutt of Wilmington said there was actually a wreck the other day that I was in and it involved texting. Most of my friends do it and their parents don’t like it.

In fact more than three-quarters of teens say they have done it at one time or another.

Now a new program is allowing parents to take control. It is called ‘text-safety’. A new product available online that has the ability to entirely block texting on the road using cell phone GPS technology, the product disables messaging capability at speeds greater than ten miles per hour, but the control doesn’t end there. The product also sends alerts if a teen has been speeding or disables texting at certain hours of the evening. These ‘big brother’ abilities have teens split on the issue.

“I think its too controlling because it is just. I mean, there are kids that use it in case an emergency happens. I just think that its way too controlling and I’m not so good about the idea, i don’t like the idea.” said Laura.

Joey Dixon of Wilmington said I think it’s a good idea because you really shouldn’t be texting while you’re driving, I mean it is safer that way because it’d be kind of stupid to die while you’re driving.”

How much privacy teens deserve while driving can be debated in the home. As for now, parents have the ability to be two places at once.

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Texting while driving has been illegal in North Carolina for about two weeks now, but questions over how it can be enforced still remain. Now, new software is putting power in the hands of parents.

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Storm bringing higher-than-normal tides, possible flooding

Friday, December 18th, 2009

New Hanover County | Ocean tides Friday evening will run at least 2 feet above predicted levels, the National Weather Service in Wilmington said in a special weather statement issued at 6:08 p.m.The tides will approach coastal flood thresholds around the time of high tide, which will occur about 8:45 p.m.

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Program helps disabled, at-risk experience joy of ‘normal’

Friday, December 18th, 2009

By Si CantwellSi.Cantwell@StarNewsOnline.com

Desmond MacRae has been without the use of his legs since 2004. So when I asked him how it felt to achieve his longtime dream of surfing, I expected him to say it felt free or like flying, something along those lines.But his answer was even better.“I felt as normal as I was before,” he told me.

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