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Archive for January, 2012

Dredging to begin in New Topsail Inlet

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Topsail Beach officials have for months been pushing to get the inlet dredged.

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New Hanover News & Notes – Railroad ceremony; antique show; railroad show; summer camp

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

CFCC is seeking all former employees of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in Wilmington to participate in a special ceremony.

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Duke gets record number of freshman applications

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

DURHAM, NC (AP) — The hottest ticket in Durham might be a spot in the class of 2016, if the record number of applications for the freshman class at Duke University is any indicator.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reports the school has received more than 31,500 applications from high school seniors, a record number.

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag says applications have increased by 55 percent in the last four years.

Nearly 650 students have been admitted under an early admission policy, so the remaining applicants are competing for around 1,060 spots.

California produced the largest number of applicants, with North Carolina second and New York third.

There’s also been growth in applications from students in other countries. China has the largest number of foreign applicants, followed by Korea and Canada.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Gov. Perdue’s sales tax increase is not popular

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Bev Perdue says she is eying an increase in the state sales tax to help pay for education.

“I am suggesting today, and I am going to fight for today, for our children’s future by doing a fraction of a penny for progress for schools and for children to invest in public schools, universities and colleges,” Perdue said Tuesday.

This is not the first time this tax has been a political football. The state sales tax was increased to the 7.5 percent from 2009 until the Republican-led legislature let the additional tax expire this past July.

People we talked to are not in favor of the state sales tax increase.

Julia Knorr of Wilmington is not impressed with the tax plan.

“That is very disconcerting to me, because I just don’t feel like in my situation that I can afford that to happen to me,” Knorr said. “The lottery is supposed to help education, and I don’t know if that’s even happening at all.”

Brunswick County Commission Chair Bill Sue does not think the money will get to the schools.

“Gov. Perdue, when she was Lt. Governor, made the deciding vote to initiate the school lottery in North Carolina, yet in her budget proposal to the House this past year, she recommended reducing money going to the schools, so the people of Brunswick County will have to be their own judge,” Perdue said.

The governor says she will fight for her tax increase, and she will have to. Republican Senate Leader Phil Berger says the tax plan is dead on arrival in the General Assembly.

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Back Then – Life during wartime tops 1942 headlines

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Looking back in the StarNews archives.

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