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Archive for February, 2012

Teens gather at NC legislature to tout reduced teen smoking rates

Friday, February 17th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than 300 young people gathered at the
North Carolina Legislature to highlight successes in reducing teen
smoking rates while health lobbyists urged lawmakers to provide a
steady funding source again for prevention programs.

The event organized by the North Carolina Alliance for Health
brought together youth tobacco use prevention advocates statewide
to the Legislative Building on Thursday.

Legislators and health leaders praised teens for programs that
have helped reduced student smoking rates since 2003.

Health lobbyists attribute the drop to tobacco prevention
programs funded by the Health and Wellness Trust Fund, which held a
portion of North Carolina’s share of the national tobacco
settlement. Lawmakers eliminated the fund, and tobacco prevention
and cessation programs received $17 million this year only. The
alliance wants the money to continue.

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

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Downtown sign amendment proposed, will go to City Council

Friday, February 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a tug of war over window signs at Wilmington businesses. The City of Wilmington held a public meeting Thursday on downtown regulations for window signs, unveiling an amendment to the current ordinance.

The new plan allows for signs, which includes temporary signs, to cover up to 50 percent of a window. The current rule only allows for 10 percent.

“I think that will really meet the needs of a lot of the businesses, especially the ones that may have what was considered excessive signage,” said Chris Andrews, a manager at Front Street Brewery and member of the Downtown Business Alliance. “We’re very appreciative that the city has been willing to work with the businesses in downtown.”

But to some business owners, the resolution is not good enough.

“I just think this is just a way to control the way things look too much,” said Hunter Ford, the owner of Momentum Surf and Skate. “What we rent inside of these spaces and what we own inside of these spaces should be up to us.”

“It was a smoke and mirrors show and I didn’t fall for it,” said Justin LaNasa, who owns Hardwire Tattoo.

Thursday was the third public meeting held, where downtown stakeholders came together to share ideas on how to improve the sign regulation.

“This has really shown that they city is willing to listen to stake holders, be it downtown, midtown, bordering the town,” Andrews said.

Ford says the meetings did nothing to solve the problem.

“I went to several of them and it was the same people talking about the same things,” Ford said. “The city has already made their mind up on what they want to happen.”

It seems the debate will not be settled any time soon, so for now the signs are not clear.

The draft recommendation will be presented to the Planning Committee in April and then to City Council in May.

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New Hanover News & Notes – Centenarian celebration; aquarium volunteers recognized

Friday, February 17th, 2012

On Jan. 13, Stamp Defiance Chapter DAR celebrated the 100th birthday of chapter member Dolly Humphrey Pearson.

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ONLY ON 3: Family says a bed bug infestation put child in the hospital

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Residents of a Wilmington apartment complex say it’s littered with creepy crawlers. One family living in the Greentree Apartments says their bed bug infestation is a nightmare and even forced them to take their little boy to the hospital.

“They was kind of crawling everywhere and they was real creepy looking,” said Nakisha Myers.

Myers and her cousin Charde Gross moved into the Greentree Apartments just last week. They say after their first night they knew they had a big problem.

“We’ve been getting bit up,” said Gross. “We’ve seen bed bugs, roaches, you know stuff is not clean. You know the carpet, it’s just not right for somebody to live here like this.”

The problem is so bad that Gross’ two-year-old son Marcus had to be taken to the emergency room because of the bites.

“I called the health department, they said take him to emergency,” said Gross’ mother Sheron Pierce. “They are treating it with steroids and they said the only thing they can tell us is we needed to vacate the premises because it would be a reoccurring problem.”

Other neighbors were having similar issues.

Myers and Gross say they are so distraught about the experience that they want to move out of their apartment.

After WWAY took Marcus to the management of the apartment complex, they agreed that it is best for the family to move out and agreed to give them a full refund.

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Power outages reported in Wilmington, Progress Energy working on problem

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — About 1,500 residents are without power in Wilmington.

New Hanover County dispatch says an electric feeder went out, causing the outages. Homes affected are in area of Shipyard Blvd. and South College Rd.

Dispatch says Progress eEnergy is working on the problem and hopes to have power restored by midnight.

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