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Archive for February, 2012

Want to chat with lawmakers?

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Area residents will have a chance Sunday afternoon to talk with their legislators.

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Charter school seeks new director

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The director of Cape Fear Center for Inquiry is no longer with the school.

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Disease carrying beetle discovered in Brunswick Co.

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – North Carolina forestry officials say a devastating disease affecting trees in the laurel family across the southeastern United States has now been discovered in Brunswick County.

The Forest Service said Thursday that cases of laurel wilt have been confirmed near the communities of Sandy Creek and Northwest.

The disease already has been spotted in South Carolina and Florida after first being detected in Georgia in 2002.

The disease can kill trees within a month of infection. It’s carried by the redbay ambrosia beetle, which is native to Southeast Asia.

Last year, officials found the beetle in Bladen, Columbus, Sampson and Pender counties.

Plants at risk from the fungus include sassafras, pondberry and spicebush trees. Officials say Mountain Laurel is not affected by the disease.

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

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Charter school director resigns

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Cape Fear Center for Inquiry Director Brian Corrigan submitted his resignation Feb. 21.

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Three children die in Onslow Co. house fire

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WCTI12.COM) — Three children died in a fire at a Jacksonville home in an early-morning fire Thursday. Five other children and their mother were able to make it out.

That fire is on Old Maplehurst Road, off Wilmington Highway in Jacksonville. The children who died are between 10 and 14 years old, the friend said.

The kids’ mother was in the home at the time of the fire, the friend said. She was rushed to Onslow Memorial Hospital. The father was at work during the fire. He went to the hospital to check on his wife.

The family — whose home is a total loss — is asking for donations, including beds, clothes and food.

You can drop off items at 132 Humphrey Blvd. in Richlands; to get more information on how to help, call Tarrah Stiles at 910-389-5291 or 910-324-4634.

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