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Archive for November, 2011

Cucalorus meets local theater community in Blue Velvet: The Musical’

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

"Blue Velvet: The Musical" to open Saturday for Cucalorus festival.

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New Hanover News & Notes – Ministry seeks volunteers

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Phoenix Employment Ministry needs volunteers to assist with job searches.

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National Alert Test TODAY AT 2 PM: “This is a Test. This is only a Test.”

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

By JASON RYAN
ABC NEWS

Wednesday when you’re settling down to watch “One Life to Live” on ABC, your other favorite daytime TV program, or listening to the radio at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the first ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

The test will be carried on all broadcast television, radio stations, and cable and satellite television systems in the US and US territories. Although EAS has been used locally for many tests and notifications, such as tornadoes, there has never been a nationwide test.

Although an audio notification will state, “This is a test,” the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the FCC say that because of limitations in the old alert system, not all TV stations may be able to carry the words “This is a test” on some TV screens.

The system, initially designed in the 1950s, is run by FEMA and the FCC. In 2006 President Bush signed an executive order to mandate the nationwide system and national alert capability.

Since the national system has never been tested, DHS officials say this is an important trial to see how it works. It is expected to last 30 seconds.

FEMA and the FCC want to ensure that the deaf and those hard of hearing, people with cognitive or mental health concerns, senior citizens, and people not proficient in English are aware of it.

“You may not see the familiar test banner crawling across your screens. We want you to know this is a test,” FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said in a recent video posted on FEMA’s website.

FEMA has more information and videos here: www.fema.gov/eastest/

“It’s our opportunity to check to make sure that our systems are working across the country if we have a national emergency. Because of the system design not all of you will see the crawl that says this is a test. It will say this is an emergency alert. But we want you to understand this is a test,” Fugate said.

Officials say the system could be used to ensure that the President and officials can address the nation during a significant emergency such as a natural disaster, terrorist attack or cyber incident.

DHS and FEMA are currently working on expanding the EAS by developing the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), which will allow nationwide alerts to be sent to wireless mobile devices and phones. Working with the FCC, they are also working on the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) and the Personalized Local Alert Network (PLAN), which would allow local alerts to be sent wireless technology and devices.

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Capture a moment: Share photos of 11/11/11

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

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Write-in winners emerge from blank Tar Heel ballots

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

TAR HEEL, NC (WWAY) — Usually elections are about who is on the ballot, but in the Bladen County town of Tar Heel, yesterday’s election was about who was not on it. No one filed to run for mayor or three open town council seats. The lack of candidates led to write-in campaigns.

Bladen County Elections Director Cynthia Shaw says Roy Dew got 27 of the 46 votes cast for mayor. Phil Allen got the other 19.

In the town council race, a voters wrote in a total of ten names. Sam Allen (33), Angela Hall (30) and Amy Knight Davis (24) finished in the top three Shaw said.

Now the Board of Elections must make sure the winners actually live in Tar Heel’s town limits. The winners must also be willing to accept the position.

“Just because they got the most votes doesn’t mean they have to do it,” Shaw said.

Shaw says the verification will be part of the Board of Elections official canvass of the votes Tuesday at 11 a.m. If any of the winners turns out not to be eligible to hold office or does not want it, Shaw says it’s up to the town to figure out how to fill the seats.

“We have conducted the election,” Shaw said. “We have done our part. It’s a done deal.”

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