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Archive for March, 2012

Leland Middle School students get first-hand lesson in government

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Eighth grade students at Leland Middle School got a first-hand lesson in government this morning.

Leland Middle says it is the only school in the state that holds a mock Congressional hearing. The students showed off their knowledge and understanding of historical, political and constitutional issues in the form of testimony today.

Salma Torres is proud to be an American. The eighth grader understands many of the privileges that come with that distinction.

“I am really happy, since I am the daughter of immigrants, that I have this freedom to be who I want to be and to express myself, to have freedom of expression and to have those rights guaranteed to me,” Torres said.

Teacher Meggen Calderwood invited several community leaders to participate in the one-of-a-kind event. The community leaders served as judges and congressional committee members.

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Warm weather means early bloom for many businesses

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Spring and businesses around the Cape Fear seem to be in full bloom. Business owners say it’s time to get to work.

With the temperatures in the 70s and, in some cases, the 80s, people say spring arrived with daylight saving. But some local businesses say the hour they lost is not the only thing throwing off their business plan.

“It’s getting the best things first before everyone else gobbles them up, because everyone all over the state and all over the country are getting anxious,” Zone 8 Gardens owner Dick Stinson said. “Some of my suppliers are already running short.”

The warmer temperatures may mean crunch time for some local businesses owners, who say they’re working hard to catch up now that spring and shopping are in full bloom.

“A lot of the stuff that I got in now, I’m probably about three weeks ahead of when I would usually order it and feel safe,” Stinson said.

Although the early arrival means more work, business owners say they think the surge will be worth it in the long run.

“Iit’s actually jump-started our shopping season,” said Catherine Yearwood, owner of Hallelu, a clothing store at Wrightsville Beach. “I think everyone’s so excited to get out and get to the beach.”

Businesses agree they are not worried about spending later. They forecast sunny skies for the entire shopping season.

“I think once it gets warm and sunny everybody wants to be at the beach and wants a new wardrobe and wants new items, so I think it will just boost our sales,” Yearwood said.

They hope the gorgeous weather will keep their customers happy, and that happiness will translate into more business.

“I hope so,” Stinson said. “My bank account could use some good weather.”

In other parts of the country the warm weather has had a bigger impact. Home improvement stores in typically colder areas have reported packing up snow shovels to make room for patio furniture and other spring merchandise.

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Poll: Wilmington most popular city in NC

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — They like us. They really like us. A new poll shows voters in North Carolina view Wilmington as the Tar Heel State’s most popular city.

According to the poll by Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling, 67 percent of voters have a favorable view of the Port City, while only four percent have a negative opinion of Wilmington. Raleigh also has a 67-percent favorability rating, but the Capital City is viewed negatively by 11 percent of North Carolina voters.

Raleigh is the top city in the state with Democrats at 73/10, while Wilmington is the top city with Republicans at 65/2.

On the other end of the spectrum are Fayetteville and Durham. Fayetteville was the only city had a higher negative rating (30 percent) than positive (29 percent). Durham came in as the next least-liked city at 38/29. that actually has a negative favorability, at 29/30. Durham is on only narrowly positive ground at 38/29.

Here’s how all the cities stack up in order of net favorability. Full results here

City Net Favorability
Wilmington +63 (67/4)
Raleigh +56 (67/11)
Asheville +49 (61/12)
Winston-Salem +47 (55/8)
Greensboro +45 (56/11)
Charlotte +41 (59/18)
Chapel Hill +35 (53/18)
Cary +27 (41/14)
Greenville +25 (36/11)
Carrboro +10 (21/11)
Durham +9 (38/29)
Fayetteville -1 (29/30)

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Schools will get to opt out of ‘pink slime’ beef

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department says that starting next fall, schools can stop feeding students a common ammonia-treated ground beef filler dubbed “pink slime” by critics.

The department says it will give school systems a choice of beef patties made with the lean finely textured filler, or less lean bulk ground beef without it.

Concern about the ammonia-treated filler exploded last week as a social media topic. The Agriculture Department says the filler is safe. But it says it wants to be responsive to schools that want a choice.

The low-cost filler is heated and processed so most of the fat is removed before it is compressed into blocks for use in ground meat. It is exposed to a “puff of ammonia hydroxide gas” to kill bacteria.

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

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sale offers extra chance to score goods

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Bargain Box of Wilmington is giving “One Tree Hill” fans a second chance to score pieces.

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