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Archive for December, 2011

Co-workers hold fundraisers for a new kidney

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) — Instead of her two front teeth for Christmas, Rocky Point Primary kindergarten teacher, Beth Mills, just wants a new Kidney. She has about five percent kidney function.

Dysfunctional kidneys are nothing new for Beth, who has been dealing with these issues since she was a little girl. She had her first surgery when she was a nine year old at Rocky Point Primary, she was in the third grade class of a woman who is now her co-worker and still a friend.

Teacher, Linda Eakins recalls being with Beth through the surgery to fix the tube from her kidney to her bladder. Linda said, “It was just a very personal, very touching moment. We prayed for her and watched her come through it and do good, and we’re expecting the same thing with this one.”

Beth’s surgery planned for this summer is more intense though, she now has to replace one of her kidneys. Beth says the process has been full of lots of bad and good, one of the best moments being when she discovered her husband, Adam, was her perfect match.

Although Beth has a donor, and insurance will help with the transplant, the lifelong medication she’ll need is a daunting thought. “The anti-rejection meds are so expensive come post-transplant. They’ll be more than what my mortgage is. So we’re just trying to raise as much as we can so basically we can stay in our house.” But Beth’s family, friends and fellow teachers are helping Beth raise money by hosting events in her honor, giving her and her husband a positive outlook.

Beth is excited to come together with her new kidney. She said she’s not scared about the surgery, just looking forward to having energy for the first time in almost 20 years. “I think I have felt bad for so long, I don’t know what it means to feel good. I’m just super, super excited about the whole process.”

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Inventor gives Cape Fear students real-world lessons

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Jock Brandis, the founder of the Full Belly Project, engaged the students as part of the class’ study of peanuts.

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State denies increase in insurance rates for rentals

Monday, December 12th, 2011

The insurance industry had sought a 36.1 percent increase overall in extended coverage.

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Water outage, low pressure expected in Wilmington

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Workers respond to water main break

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NC ferries cut holiday routes to save money

Monday, December 12th, 2011

MANNS HARBOR, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s ferry service will be a little less frequent around Christmas time in a move officials hope will save nearly $50,000.

The state Department of Transportation says all ferries except one will run abbreviated schedules from Christmas Eve through Dec. 27. The only route that will be unchanged is the Bayview-Aurora run, which will keep its regular schedule to accommodate workers at a nearby phosphate plant.

Officials say the decision to cut back on schedules was based on traffic data from previous years.

The department expects the reduced runs will save nearly $19,000 in fuel costs and over $31,000 in labor.

The exact schedules for the holiday period can be found online at http://www.ncdot.org .

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

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