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Archive for December, 2009

Students, faculty observe Pender County teacher

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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Students and faculty at Pender High School observed a moment of silence Friday to honor long-time teacher Daisy Larkins.

Mrs. Larkins was killed in a car crash Thursday night on North College Road. Highway patrol said a construction company was transporting a large piece of equipment across the road when Larkins collided with the truck.

Friday, her classroom door was turned into a tribute to the beloved teacher. Mrs. Larkins touched the lives of countless students and co-workers.

Principal John Spainhour said, “Mrs. Larkins is one of those teachers that you appreciate having in your building. She’s strong, but kind, firm but consistant, students come back with stories about Mrs. Larkins making a difference.”

“She really inspired me to do better in school. She was a great woman. She always let me get away with a lot of stuff, but she loved me,” added former student Antonio Williams.

Classes were not held in Mrs. Larkins classroom today out of respect.

Funeral arrangements have not been set.

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Students and faculty at Pender High School observed a moment of silence Friday to honor long-time teacher Daisy Larkins.

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NC colleges hear about illegal immigrants policy

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The panel that oversees operations of North Carolina’s community colleges hears from the public about plans to admit illegal immigrants if they pay the full cost.

A public hearing Friday in Raleigh is part of the process the State Board of Community Colleges must follow to change the admissions rules. People unable to attend have until the end of the business day to submit comments by e-mail or letter.

The community colleges board in September approved a policy to enroll undocumented immigrants if they pay out-of-state tuition rates and have graduated from an American high school. They also can’t displace students who are in the U.S. legally.

The new rule would take effect in April if it makes it through the approval process.

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

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The panel that oversees operations of North Carolina’s community colleges hears from the public about plans to admit illegal immigrants if they pay the full cost.

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Man linked to Sen. Soles arrested on drug charges

Friday, December 18th, 2009

The young man who police say state Sen. R.C. Soles shot at his Tabor City home over the summer was arrested Wednesday on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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Mall kiosks give retailers valuable exposure

Friday, December 18th, 2009

By Judy RoyalJudy.Royal@StarNewsOnline.com

Kiosk employees sometimes give shopping a bad name, but not at Independence Mall.

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NC jobless rate falls back to 10.8 percent in November

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in November but hovered near its historic peak of around 11 percent for a 10th straight month.

The state’s Employment Security Commission reported Friday that the unemployment rate in November dipped a fraction to 10.8 percent, from 10.9 percent in October. The monthly estimate has yo-yoed slightly above and below 11 percent since February.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate has been worse than the national average for more than a year. The U.S. jobless rate was 10 percent in November.

North Carolina’s jobless rate was 7.5 percent in November 2008. Since then, the state has paid more than $4.3 billion in unemployment benefits, including emergency compensation and
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(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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