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Archive for November, 2011

Gastonia to try goats to fight kudzu

Friday, November 18th, 2011

GASTONIA, NC (AP) — Everyone in the South knows it’s not easy to get rid of creeping Kudzu vines.

The city of Gastonia hopes goats will provide the answer.

The Gaston Gazette reported city engineer Rusty Bost said a number of governments have started using goats to tackle the vines. Cutting the vines can be expensive and sometimes is ineffective.

The vines can impede water flow and wrap around guardrails beside roads.

Bost says frost killed much of the kudzu in Gastonia two weeks ago. But he says the animals will probably be used in the spring.

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

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NC sheriff’s deputy, suspect wounded in shooting

Friday, November 18th, 2011

WENDELL, NC (AP) — A Wake County sheriff’s deputy and a suspect in a domestic call have been wounded in an apparent shootout.

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens said in an e-mail Thursday that deputies were responding to a domestic call in the town of Wendell, which is east of Raleigh. Stephens said when the deputies arrived, shots were fired. No other details of the incident were immediately available.

Both the deputy and the suspect were transported to WakeMed in Raleigh. Their conditions weren’t known late Thursday night.

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

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Kitchen Cops 11/17/2011

Friday, November 18th, 2011

(WWAY) — One high and two low performers in this installment of Kitchen Cops.

Starting at Yuki Roll 6801 Parker Farm Rd, unit 105 in Wilmington.

Inspectors found a number of violations including:
Need to keep food covered in walk in cooler
Dishes dirty
Prep sink needs cleaning
Employee washed hands in sushi prep sink without soap
Clean prep sinks
And more

A low score of 86 for Yuki Roll

Next to Dominos #8989 at 2415-5 Carolina Beach Rd in Wilmington.

Here food inspectors found:
Food containers stored dirty,
Pizza pans stored on the floor
Utensils stored in dirty containers
Bathrooms need to be cleaned
Floors repaired
Both hand sinks blocked
And more

All total a low 87.5 for Dominos #8989

Now on to our high performer Dawg House Too at 6415 Beach Rd in Ocean Isle Beach has little for inspectors to bark about.

They found the need to clean under some shelving and equipment, lose a half a point for that. Add two for a food safety course.

A high score of 101.5 for the Dawg House Too.

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Wedding planners play big role in pulling off the perfect wedding

Friday, November 18th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s considered one of the biggest days in a woman’s life. The magical day when she walks down the aisle to her groom. Being newly-engaged, I’m learning just what it takes to pull off the perfect wedding and the help that many brides turn to.

We all remember it. Kate Middleton and her prince, the perfect picture of bridal bliss. Her wonderfully tailored dress and show-stopping decor. Romance was tangible that day. But what we didn’t see was the work that went into pulling it off and the stress the bride may have been experiencing.

As a bride-to-be myself, I’m learning the devil is in the details. From invitations to decorations to the cake and not to mention party favors. oh and the bring-your-groom-to-tears dress. It’s a heart palpitating, head-spinning and pulse raising task! That’s where a planner comes in.

Courtney Thomas Arnold, owner of Stellar Events, has mastered the art of wedding planning. Arnold’s main goal is to take away the bride’s stress. She does that by getting a good idea of the bride’s vision for the day.

“I really want to look at what can you afford, your personality, who is going to suit you the best, who are you going to have the most fun working with and also get the best product for the best price,” Arnold said.

Wedding planning is a growing industry. That’s why Cape Fear Community College is now offering a class on planning that perfect day.

“The highlights of this class teaches wedding planners and brides of how to get all the details of what they want into their wedding, how to take the vision they have in their minds and create it in real life form,” class instructor Ron Topping said.

Melissa Roberts says she’s learning a lot in the class. “I’m really interested in the industry and I thought this class would be a great avenue for me to dip my feet in and see how it goes,” Roberts said.

But something a newcomer may not expect is when plans change.

“When a bride will change one detail it has a domino effect,” Arnold said. So that’s where I get to come in and if the bride wants to change something, I have to meet with and speak with every vendor to make sure we’re all back on the same page.”

Details, details! I’m learning it’s important to focus on the positives.

Arnold reminds brides, “At the end of the day, you’re going to have a beautiful wedding, you’re marrying the person you lpve and that you want to spend the rest of your life with, and that’s what this is about.”

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Leland town council meeting

Friday, November 18th, 2011

WILMINGTON NC (WWAY) — The Leland town council held their regular meeting Monday night. It was a slow night by Leland standards. In fact most of the agenda covered planning board recommendations. Police Chief Tim Jayne was in attendance as were out going town manager Bill Farris and soon to be town manager David Hollis.

David is currently head of the towns planning board so he aware of the current controversy and is getting a running start on his new position. “There are a few issues with the town that are ongoing, things have been in the media that you have reported. What I’ve done so far is meet with every employee in the town, there’ probably a hand full that I haven’t so I’m getting a good baseline”.

David Hollis takes over as town manager of Leland next month. He tells WWAY that he is aware of the investigation of the town’s police department but cannot comment on it at this time.

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