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Archive for December, 2011

Ferries cut back this weekend

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

The Southport-Fort Fisher ferry will be on an abbreviated schedule Saturday and Sunday.

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Church van accident leaves state without O negative blood

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The American Red Cross is issuing a call to action for people to donate blood, especially those with type O negative. A serious crash involving a tractor trailer and a church van in Transylvania County Wednesday night has depleted our supply of O negative blood in the Asheville area, and we are now utilizing blood supplies from areas across the region. WLOS-TV reports 15 people were taken to area hospitals, including both drivers and 13 passengers. Many of the patients were children.

While the American Red Cross is utilizing resources to send units of blood to Asheville from other parts of the state, this could further impact supplies region wide as donations have already been lagging during the holiday season.

O negative blood is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations like this one Wednesday night.

To schedule your lifesaving donation appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. Enter your zip code for the blood drive locations nearest you.

The American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet the needs of patients.

Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent in North Carolina, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

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‘Secret Santas’ surprise with layaway payoffs in Triangle

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

At a Cary Walmart, a local surgeon paid off three different layaway accounts for customers.

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New pastor revitalizing Temple Baptist

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

"With Dr. Spangler here all the pieces of the puzzle are in place."

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Walmart pulls formula after baby’s death

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

LEBANON, MO (AP) — A Walmart spokeswoman says the company has pulled a batch of powdered infant formula from more than 3,000 stores nationwide after a newborn Missouri boy became gravely ill with a suspected infection and died after being taken off life support.

Dianna Gee said Wednesday the move is cautionary as health officials investigate Sunday’s death of 10-day-old Avery Cornett of Lebanon, MO.

No government recall has been ordered for the 12.5-ounce cans of Enfamil Newborn powder with the lot number ZP1K7G.

The Lebanon Daily Record reports Avery received a preliminary diagnosis of infection from a rare bacterium called Cronobacter sakazakii.

The formula’s manufacturer, Mead Johnson Nutrition, says the batch tested negative for the bacterium. Spokesman Christopher Perille says it’s unclear if other companies received formula from that batch.

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

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