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Archive for October, 2011

UNC System head Ross goes back to old high school

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — The president of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system is returning to his old high school.

UNC President Tom Ross meets Wednesday with students from across Guilford County at his alma mater Grimsley High.

Ross says his strong public education helped lay the foundation for success. He’s returning to Grimsley High to challenge student leaders to help their peers make the same connection.

The visit is part of the activities surrounding ceremonies around Ross’s formal inauguration as the University of North Carolina’s 17th president on Thursday.

Celebrations include a reception Wednesday at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, a collaborative project of North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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School board suspends Ashley soccer coach

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County school board heard a recommendation to suspend Ashley High School head soccer coach Giles Roberts on Tuesday night. After hearing the recommendation the school board voted to suspend Giles Roberts without pay from September 27 to October 24.

This is Roberts first suspension by the New Hanover County school system. Roberts taught at Virgo Middle School starting in August of 2000. He transferred to Ashley in 2001.

Ashley assistant coach James Rackley is currently serving as the interim boys head coach for the Screaming Eagles. Ashley defeated Hoggard on Tuesday night 1-0. With the win the Ashley boys team improves to 1-2 in the Mideastern Conference.

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Wilmington City Council suspends enforcement of sign ordinance for 30 days

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington sign ordinance has drawn a lot of attention recently as violation notifications have started hitting businesses. Now some Wilmington City Council members are rethinking their positions on that ordinance.

City Council voted Tuesday night to suspend enforcement of its sign ordinance for 30 days.

That will give business owners time to voice their complaints and council time to make any changes to the ordinance if necessary.

“We’re listening to the citizens,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo. “We want to hear what they have to say. We’re going to go back out there and take a look at this thing and hopefully come up with something that makes sense.”

The ordinance was adopted in 2008 but many retailers just became aware of it after receiving tickets.

“A lot of people were very upset when they received violation notices,” said Chris Andrews, a representative of the Downtown Business Alliance. “(Business owners) realized the impact that it could potentially have on their business, being able to promote their business.”

For merchants the big issue with the ordinance is that only 10% of their windows can be covered. Many of them argue that hurts the effectiveness of store advertising.

If after 30 days time the council deems it necessary, they could alter the ordinance and up that percentage.

Mayor Bill Saffo says they will revisit the issue but that downtown does have an improved look.

“There was a lot of old posters, there was a lot of old signs that had been up in some windows for quite some time according to what some of our staff had shared with us, but it does look better,” said Saffo.

Some members of City Council were concerned that downtown will have a cluttered look if too many posters are allowed.

In the end they decided they will need to hear more from stake holders before anything in the ordinance is changed.

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Southport megaport concept dominates maritime meeting

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

The team conducting a study to develop a N.C. maritime strategy came to town Tuesday to hear what the public sees and wants for its ports.

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District to seek Virgo charter school

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

If the N.C. Board of Education approves its application, the former Virgo Middle School in downtown Wilmington will be the county’s newest charter middle school in fall 2012.

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