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Archive for January, 2010

Bugs invade Wilmington school

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

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Bugs abounded at Blair Elementary in Wilmington this afternoon. Some six-legged friends came to visit more than 100 second graders courtesy of the North Carolina Pest Management Association.

The students were able to watch and touch Madagascar hissing cockroaches and some insect larvae much to most of the students’ delight. The visit comes as the students are learning about insects and their life cycle.

“They love it,” said the NC Pest Management Association’s Lee Smith. “They’re able to see the legs. They’re able to see the head, the thorax and the abdomen and the antenna, so they get that education.”

Said student Jake Splendorio, “I’ve learned about the cockroaches that they have skeletons, that the bugs have skeletons on the outside of them. This was really really cool.”

Of course some students opted to shy away from touching the creepy crawly creatures, but enjoyed watching them from a distance.

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The students were able to watch and touch Madagascar hissing cockroaches and some insect larvae much to most of the students’ delight.

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Haiti earthquake rattles UNCW student

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

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The earthquake that’s rocked hundreds of thousands in Haiti has also affected a UNCW student. Chris Searle has visited Haiti twice, and he says it’s going to take a lot of work to get Haiti and its people back on their feet.

Searle, a junior at the university, volunteered his time to the people of Haiti through his church. The pre-med student said his time in the country was life-changing, as he spent it working in a medical camp. Searle said the need for medical attention was critical.

During his time, he made many relationships with haitians and says he tries to keep in contact via Facebook as much as he can. He says their chances of getting on the internet are slim, and that it’ll now be even longer until he hears back from them, If ever.

“Disheartening going down there, and at the same time it’s very… their culture is still upbeat,” Searle said. “Like they still have a good look on life. But with this tragedy, it’s just gonna be even more sad.”

Searle wasn’t planning on going to Haiti any time soon, but he says he’s going to rework his schedule to hopefully get down there in February if possible. Searle says the country has always needed help, and it’s unfortunate it took a tragedy like this to prompt such a massive response. He hopes people recognize Haiti’s need for money and medical help.

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Chris Searle has visited Haiti twice, and he says it’s going to take a lot of work to get Haiti and its people back on their feet.

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Update – Wife charged in murder case; DA says she was lying about being drugged

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

The widow of a murdered man was lying when she said she didn’t report his death for two days because his suspected killer drugged her, the New Hanover County District Attorney said Wednesday.

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Census opens office, brings jobs

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

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New jobs are making their way to Wilmington courtesy of Uncle Sam and your tax dollars. Its all part of the US Census, a count of each and every American that happens every ten years. It’s a process that’s more important than many of us might think.

This morning marked the grand opening of the local census office, which is bringing nearly 2,000 jobs to Wilmington. The temporary staff will be working the phones and going door to door to ensure that every person in our six-county area is counted. At the ribbon cutting ceremony local leaders welcomed the jobs, but also stressed the importance of an accurate population count.

“All of our social services and things like that, a lot of them are based on population,” New Hanover County Commission Chair Jason Thompson said. “So if we have a population, the official census population of 100,000, but we really have 130,000 people here, we’re shorting ourselves on federal dollars. It’s vital that everybody gets counted, because everybody’s vote counts.”

Participation in the 2000 Census was not good with only 60 percent of New Hanover County residents reporting. When you receive your census survey in late March you’ll find that it’s shorter than in years past. With only ten questions, it’s the shortest census in history.

If you’d like to apply for a position you can call the census bureau at (866) 861-2010 or log on to http://www.2010censusjobs.gov

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This morning marked the grand opening of the local census office, which is bringing nearly 2,000 jobs to Wilmington.

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Purse snatched at Walmart; woman caught on camera using stolen debit card

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Wilmington police are searching for a woman who used a stolen debit card at Walmart.

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