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Archive for December, 2009

Struggling NC symphony says show will go on

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Leaders of the struggling symphony in North Carolina’s largest city say they’re certain the show will go on next year.

The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday the Charlotte Symphony, once in jeopardy of shutting down, is now less than $100,000 away from its urgent fundraising target of $1.77 million.

The symphony’s executive director says if it can raise the final $100,000, the nonprofit Arts & Science Council of Charlotte will come through with a $900,000 grant it had threatened to pull amid concerns about the orchestra’s viability.

Leaders say Wells Fargo’s $100,000 gift last week helped to boost local confidence in the symphony.

The symphony met its yearly subscription ticket sales goal of $1.3 million, a $500,000 increase over last year.

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

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Leaders of the struggling symphony in North Carolina’s largest city say they’re certain the show will go on next year.

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Local farmers face problems with too much rain

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

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We know that rain is vital to growing crops, but too much rain? That is the problem some local farmers are facing.

At Sunny Rowe Farm Market in Rocky Point, owner David Rowe said they have had 15 inches of rain since September. That is taking a toll on his greens and strawberries. He said his business was 40 percent better last year.

“We need maybe a half inch a week or a half inch every two weeks. But we just had extreme amounts of torrential rain. Basically, it is too much rain that falls. It creates a lot of problems,” said Rowe.

Some farmers who grow soy beans and cotton are also experiencing problems because the machinery is too difficult to use in the muddy fields.

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We know that rain is vital to growing crops, but too much rain? That is the problem some local farmers are facing.

At Sunny Rowe Farm Market in Rocky Point, owner David Rowe said they have had…

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Brunswick County Board of Health talks animal euthanasia

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

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Animal euthanasia headlined the agenda at Monday night’s Brunswick County Board of Health meeting in Bolivia.

Brunswick County currently uses euthanasia by injection for companion animals. But for safety reasons, the county uses a gas chamber for wild animals.

Several Brunswick County residents voiced concerns about the gas chamber Monday night, but Health Director Don Yousey said the animals will not suffer.

“Carbon monoxide is the chemical of choice for people who want to kill themselves, for people who have cancer. They go in their garage, get in their car and they start it because once the hemoglobin is displaced with carbon monoxide, taking all the oxygen out of the hemoglobin – when your brain gets short of oxygen you pass out, you go to sleep and you die. You do not suffer. That is a misnomer to call this a gas chamber for suffering. They do not suffer,” described Yousey.

Yousey said the county intends to start using the refurbished chamber next week, once it meets new state standards.

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Animal euthanasia headlined the agenda at Monday night’s Brunswick County Board of Health meeting in Bolivia.

Brunswick County currently uses euthanasia by injection for companion animals.

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Goodwill – Man’s missing debit card leads to a debt of gratitude

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

By Will JonesWill.Jones@StarNewsOnline.com

After standing in a checkout line, it’s a helpless feeling to reach the cashier only to find you have lost your means to pay.Fred Barker wrote about it.“On Nov. 20, as I checked out at the Walgreens at College Road and 17th Street, I could not find my debit card to pay for my items.

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Partnership forms network to help parents understand children

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

By Si CantwellSi.Cantwell@StarNewsOnline.com

Doctors know a lot about children’s health and development. But when it comes to specific kids, parents are the experts. So the best relationship between doctors and parents is a partnership.

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