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Archive for March, 2012

New Hanover Health Dept. looking at other ways to use rejected grant money

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After all five New Hanover County Commissioners voted against a grant to fund contraceptives for women yesterday, the New Hanover County Health Department is trying again.

Fifty-eight counties in the state are eligible for the family planning funding. The state offered New Hanover County nearly $9,000. The county has until May 31 to decide how to use it, but it’s ultimately up to commissioners to accept the money. The state encouraged the Health Department to use the money to provide or intrauterine devices, or IUDs.

After county commissioners unanimously voted to turn down the funding, the Health Department will re-evaluate how to use the money and re-pitch the idea to commissioners.

“As a management team, we’ll come back together as a health department and determine what else under that umbrella could we use this funding for that would be a benefit to the Health Department and community,” New Hanover County Personal Health Services Manager Carla Turner said.

The Health Department’s management team will meet within a week to brainstorm other uses for the funding.

We reached out to Commissioner Rick Catlin and Commission Chairman Ted Davis, who were both very vocal about rejecting the funding yesterday. Neither has returned our calls.

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New Hanover officials turn down state money for family planning

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The commissioners, in a majority vote, turned down the funding.

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Wilmington businessman hoping for national exposure through Walmart contest

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington businessman hopes his product will soon hit the shelves nationwide. Walmart is sponsoring a contest that gives entrepreneurs a chance to launch their product in the mega-chain’s stores.

For Jason Walter, getting his creation Hangover Gone Deterrent and Detox Shot into a store like Walmart is something he can’t do afford to do on his own.

“The product sells,” Walter said. “It performs great. It sells really well. It’s just getting the financial backing that you really need to get into the national chains.”

But now, money isn’t a concern. Walmart has launched a “Get on the Shelf” contest. Walter heard about it from friends and quickly entered a video of his product, which is now featured on the “Get on the Shelf” website.

“It’s a big deal, and there’s a lot to go with that, and they say they’ll help with logistics and even financing, so it is a great opportunity,” Walter said.

Right now, Hangover Gone is sold locally in some convenience stores, and even in a few small stores across the nation. It’s been available since late 2010.

Hangover Gone was created by chance. Jason was actually trying to come up with a detox drink.

“In all the research, I found the toxin that alcohol leaves in your body and some of the components that build up your body’s ability to break down that toxin and I thought, that’s a huge market share,” Walter said.

So, he manufactured it and even found some distributors to carry it. Now he hopes people will support a local product by giving it national exposure.

Here’s a fun fact: Walter got his product into the celebrity gift bags at the Daytime Emmy Awards. After that, one soap opera couple contacted him and requested some Hangover Gone for their wedding favors.

Click here if you’d like to vote or check out the other products in the “Get on the Shelf” contest.

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Azalea Festival Home Tour sites announced

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

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Public meetings planned on Pender high school calendars

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The meetings at Pender’s three traditional high schools will address the proposed calendar waiver to implement the Career and College Promise program.

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