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Archive for November, 2011

No charges against NC teacher in assault case

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

HAYESVILLE, NC (AP) — Prosecutors say no charges will be filed against a Clay County teacher who tied a student to a chair and taped the child’s mouth shut.

District Attorney Michael Bonfoey says he agrees with the sheriff’s office that music teacher Lindsey Cope broke no laws.

Bonfoey says Cope was trying to control a disruptive student. The prosecutor says while Cope’s approach may not have been the best one, it was not a crime.

The prosecutor and Sheriff Vic Davis say the child’s family asked that no charges be filed.

Cope was suspended Oct. 26 after parents complained to school officials that their children saw her tie a student to a chair. Cope was Hayesville Middle School’s teacher of the year.

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

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Hurricane Season 2011 comes to an end

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Today marks the end of the 2011 Hurricane Season. This year will go down as yet another active season in the books, but also one that didn’t see many storms affect the United States.

While several storms were close calls with the mainland, the only hurricane that made landfall was Hurricane Irene. Official landfall was just north of southeastern North Carolina at Cape Lookout on August 27th. Here in the Cape Fear area, the storm dumped up to 8" of rain, brought winds near hurricane strength, caused widespread power outages, and saw one man die after jumping into the Cape Fear river near Castle Hayne.

Irene was the first hurricane to make landfall in the US since Hurricane Ike came ashore in Texas in 2008. The legacy of the storm may be the raised awareness it brought to the Northeast US, by reminding the area that it can still be struck by hurricanes.

The end of season tally includes 19 named storms, 7 of which became hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes (category 3 or higher). The 19 named systems is tied for the third-highest total on record with 1887, 1995, and 2010. The original NOAA forecast which called for 12-18 storms to form, 6-10 of which would become hurricanes, and 3-6 major hurricanes to form stacked up nicely with the end result. It should be noted that high resolution satellites allow us now to "see" storms in the Atlantic that otherwise would have gone undetected in past years. 

Hurricane Season 2012 will start on June 1st.


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Wilmington Railroad Museum gets in the Christmas spirit with special events

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As we approach December, Christmas can be felt more and more in the Cape Fear.

Tuesday night, the Wilmington Railroad Museum gave a sneak peek of its Christmas Train & Light Spectacular to members of the media. The display shows off more than 11,000 Christmas lights and a classic model train. Families can enjoy a visit from Santa and cup of hot cider.

“This is the first time we’ve tried a show like this in the museum itself,” Museum Director Mark Koenig said. “It’s mostly indoors, and folks get a chance to get out of the weather. Another thing, it’s a walk through kind of program, and folks get to linger and look at things without feeling crowded or rushed.”

The event kicks off Friday and runs through December 23 on Fridays 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The Wilmington Railroad Museum also hosts readings of “The Polar Express” on Saturdays and Sundays leading up to Christmas. Members of the WWAY news team will read the classic Christmas story to kids, who will also get a visit from a very special guest who has a very special gift for them.

Click here for more information on both events.

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Local author writes children’s book about hero dog

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The love between a child and her dog is a classic tale.

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NC private university lowers tuition to compete

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – A small private college in Raleigh is lowering student tuition next year to attract students from middle-class families.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday that trustees at William Peace University voted to cut tuition by nearly 8 percent to almost $24,000 a year beginning next year. Room charges will stay the same and food charges will rise slightly.

Students were notified by email this week.

University president Debra Townsley says colleges have to become more cost effective to attract families hurt by the economy. Townsley says years of tuition increases at the country’s private colleges have priced out many middle-income students.

The 725-student university this year changed its name from Peace College and has decided to start admitting men next fall.

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

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