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Archive for October, 2011

Smith Creek Park off Gordon Road is slated to open in early November

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

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‘Gracie’s Friends’ TV show revived for second season

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

"Gracie’s Friends" is getting a reprieve.Last month the local TV show announced it would have to wrap production for good at the end of its 10-episode first season in mid-October due to lack of funding.But an outpouring of community support in the past few weeks will allow it to continue for a second season.

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NC man pleads guilty to dumping contaminated soil

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

TRENTON, NC (AP) — A Jones County farmer has pleaded guilty to polluting federally protected wetlands by dumping up to 60 truckloads of petroleum-contaminated dirt.

The Sun Journal of New Bern reported that 64-year-old Enoch Randolph Foy Jr., of Trenton entered the plea in federal court in Raleigh.

U.S. District Judge James Dever III has scheduled Foy’s sentencing for February. Foy faces up to three years in prison for unauthorized filling of a wetland.

Court records show a co-conspirator agreed to deliver between 50 and 60 dump truck loads of dirt to the site, where a bulldozer was used to push the dirt into wetlands next to a tributary of the Trent River.

Officials say the fill dirt was contaminated with petroleum.

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

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Free grace period reduced to 1 hour in downtown decks; max rate to increase

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

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Social Security recipients to get 3.6 percent increase

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some 55 million Social Security recipients will get a 3.6 percent increase in benefits next year, their first raise since 2009.

The increase was announced Wednesday when the government released a key measure of inflation, which determines whether people who receive Social Security get a cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA.

About 8 million people who receive Supplemental Security Income will also receive the 3.6 percent COLA, meaning the announcement will affect about one in five US residents.

There was no cost-of-living adjustment in 2010 or 2011 because inflation was too low. Those were the first two years without a COLA since automatic increases were adopted in 1975.

Monthly Social Security payments average $1,082, or about $13,000 a year.

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

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