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Archive for October, 2011

Health officials investigating several E. Coli cases in Wake county

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State and local health officials are
investigating seven E. coli cases in Wake County that sent four
people to the hospital and sickened at least three others.

Wake County Community Health Director Sue Lynn Ledford says
officials learned of the test results confirming E. coli on
Tuesday. Six children and one adult were sickened. Of the four who
were hospitalized, two have been released but two others remain in
intensive care.

Ledford says children are generally more susceptible to the
ailment than adults. E. coli is a potentially deadly type of food
poisoning caused by bacteria found in fecal matter. Symptoms
include severe diarrhea and painful abdominal cramps.

Officials aren’t sure yet whether any of the cases are
connected. Ledford says they should have more answers within a few

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

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Kids enjoy fright-free event at Battleship North Carolina

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was a spooktacular good time for kids at the Battleship North Carolina Tuesday night. The event is designed to not be quite as spooky as others. From super heroes to little monsters, tiny tots dressed up in their Halloween’s best for the 3rd Annual Batty Battleship Halloween Bash. Kids could enjoy pony and camel rides, freshly popped popcorn and of course, lots of candy.

Dressed as Ironman, Tanner Newbank said, “I rode a horse. I’m about to ride a camel. I got a bunch of candy and I already got two things of icecream.”

Even with the cooler temperatures, the event still turned out a good crowd. From the itty bitty kids to the big kids, all seemed to have a little Halloween fun.

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Board reviews charter application for former Virgo Middle School

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

The board didn’t vote on the charter application Tuesday but is expected to at its next meeting Nov. 7.

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NHC Schools discuss DC Virgo becoming a charter

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — DC Virgo Middle School is closed this school year but Tuesday night the New Hanover County School system discussed options to reopen the school. The main option the school system is considering is opening DC Virgo back up as a charter school.

During Tuesday’s work session school board members reviewed a charter school application regarding the future of the downtown Wilmington school.

“The question is, are we going to pursue a charter school concept,” said Derrick Hickey, New Hanover County School Board Member. “Or are we going to pursue a magnet school concept?”

The proposed charter school will be a public-private partnership between the school system and the Blue Ribbon Commission, a non-profit that looks to improve educational and social conditions in the downtown area known as the Youth Enrichment Zone.

In order to move forward, the school system must send the charter school application to the state by November 10. With so many questions raised, like uniforms, transportation, and quality of teachers, the decision to move forward with the charter school concept may not come so easy. Hickey thinks the decision to open Virgo as a charter is an easy one.

“This is going to be an innovated approach to education. I’m excited, I’m all in favor of it,” he said.

Several parents and citizens did attend Tuesday’s work session. Some were unsure about the charter school concept but open to the idea.

“I’m really a public school person,” said resident Joyce Huguelet. “I think we have to try new things so I’m open to see how a charter school might work.”

No decision was made Tuesday night. The board will once again discuss the charter application and possibly approve to go forward with the process during the next board meeting on November 1.

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New Leland town manager makes shift from engineering

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

David Hollis will begin work Nov. 1 and will make $95,000 a year.

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