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Archive for December, 2011

News & Notes – River Watch to hold StriperFest

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Join a two-day river restoration and education event along the beautiful Cape Fear River.

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New Hanover Co. Library offers free e-books, lessons on e-readers

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Did Santa bring you a new e-reader for Christmas? If so, you don’t necessarily have to spend more money on e-books.

The New Hanover County Library held an instruction class today. Library customers learned how to borrow e-books from the library for free.

Librarian Susan Woods says many folks might have gotten an e-reader as a gift and want to know how to use them right away.

“There are kind of two different processes depending on what type of device you have,” Woods said. “For all of them it’s the same basic idea. You check them out with your library card for free, and you would do that from home, and then you check the books our for two weeks and then they stay on your device for two weeks, and then they automatically expire.”

If you’re having trouble with your e-reader or just want to learn more, the library is offering classes this week. Click here for more information.

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Rock in 2012 with WWAY and ABC

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As 2011 winds down, ring in the new year with WWAY and ABC.

Saturday night celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” with Ryan Seacrest starting at 8 p.m.

At 11 p.m., we’ll look back at the biggest stories of the year in the Cape Fear in our WWAY Year in Review special.

Then we’ll head back to Times Square at 11:30 p.m. to count down to 2012 with Ryan and Dick, as the party continues into the night.

That’s New Year’s Eve right on WWAY.

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NC workers file complaint against call center

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board is investigating a complaint by workers at an Asheville call center that they were warned they could be fired for talking about forming a union.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that about 60 workers at the Sitel call center signed a petition in November complaining about conditions at the facility, and discussing the possibility of joining a union.

They say company officials responded this month by threatening to fire them or carry out other reprisals.

John Murphy, a Franklin-based spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, says the union has been working with the call center employees. He says federal law protects workers’ rights to discuss joining a union.

Calls to the company were not immediately returned.

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

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Tractor topples, girl dies, driver charged with DWI

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

THOMASVILLE, NC (AP) — A four-year-old North Carolina girl is dead, and a relative faces charges of driving while impaired after a farm tractor they were riding rolled off a gravel road into a small creek.

The Dispatch of Lexington reports that Leala Hardy died in Monday’s accident near Thomasville. She was riding on the tractor driven by 50-year-old John William Patterson. The state Highway Patrol has charged him with driving while impaired.

It couldn’t be immediately determined Wednesday if Patterson has a lawyer.

Patrol First Sgt. B.D. Stalvey says the tractor overturned down an embankment into a small creek. Stalvey says troopers are consulting with Davidson County’s district attorney on whether further charges are justified.

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

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