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Archive for March, 2012

NASA experiment may be visible in the Cape Fear

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

NORFOLK, VA (AP) — Skywatchers in Wilmington and along the East Coast may be able to see a NASA experiment that will launch a series of rockets to learn more about the little-understood jet stream winds that circle the Earth at the edge of space.

On a clear night between March 14 and April 4, NASA plans to launch five rockets in five minutes from its Wallops Island facility in coastal Virginia.

Each rocket will release a chemical leaving a long, milky-white cloud to track the winds that scientists will monitor from cameras in North Carolina, Virginia and New Jersey.

The clouds should be visible to the human eye for about 20 minutes from roughly Myrtle Beach to southern New Hampshire, and as far west as Morgantown, W.Va.

The possible viewing area covers major cities like Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston, although it depends on ground lighting, cloud cover and the rockets’ trajectories. Those in a smaller area from New York City to the Outer Banks in North Carolina might be able to see the rockets’ glowing exhaust trails.

The rockets will crash into the Atlantic Ocean, where they will become artificial reefs.

The winds in the thermosphere about 65 miles above the surface can reach speeds up to 300 miles per hour. That altitude is also part of the ionosphere, where there are strong electrical currents from solar radiation.

Scientists also hope the experiment will help explain how atmospheric disturbances in one part of the globe can be transported to other parts of the globe in a day or two.

They aren’t the same jet stream currents that circle closer to earth, affecting weather patterns and air travel.

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Teacher assistant at Hoggard suspended amid investigation

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Joseph C. Brown Jr. was suspended with pay after an alleged incident occurred Thursday.

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NC Auditor report criticizes rural Vanpool program

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — The North Carolina auditor’s office says a state program that provides transportation service to rural areas was grossly mismanaged.

The office says Thursday its findings of the Rural Vanpool Program will be turned over to the State Bureau of Investigation.

At issue is the contract between the North Carolina Transportation Department and 2Plus, a non-profit company hired to oversee the program. Neither had an immediate response to the report.

The company is accused of receiving excessive fees and not properly maintaining the state-owned vans used in the program as it ferried South Carolina residents to jobs in North Carolina.

2Plus has received more than $4 million in state and federal funds over the last 11 years to operate the vanpool program.

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

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Brunswick Co. Sheriff hosting charity ball to benefit the SECU Hospice House

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

BOLIVIA, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce its first annual Charity Ball to be held on May 3, 2012 at the St. James Community Center in Southport, NC. This prestigious event, themed “Diamonds and Denim” will begin at 7 p.m. with a social hour featuring hors d’ oeuvres, wine and beer followed by a sit down gourmet dinner, music, dancing, and a live auction. During this event, guests will enjoy the music of Madonna Nash, winner of the 2010 Female Country Artist of the Year at the Carolina Music Awards. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase a photo memento of the event.

Tickets are available for $125. 00 each as well as sponsorship packages. For more information, guests can visit www.sheriffscharity.com, call 910-253-0922, or email sheriffscharity@gmail.com.

Proceeds of this event will benefit the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter’s SECU Hospice House of Brunswick. This 20,000 square foot inpatient facility will add to Brunswick County’s continuum of health care options. This facility will ensure that loved ones receive the best quality care in a homelike environment allowing families to remain closer to home during life’s final journey.

The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation, Inc. was established in 2012 and is dedicated to serve the people of Brunswick County by building permanent charitable capital to support programs and provide services that enhance the quality of life for all its citizens. The Foundation is a tax exempt organization and all donations are tax deductible under IRS Code 501 (c) (3).

The Foundation expresses it’s gratitude to all the volunteers, sponsors, and businesses that will make this event memorable and successful.

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Hoggard teacher assistant suspended after incident

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — New Hanover County Schools has suspended a teacher assistant today at John T. Hoggard High School pending the outcome of an investigation.

An alleged incident occurred at the school this morning involving a teacher assistant. The teacher assistant, Joseph C. Brown, Jr., has been suspended with pay pending an investigation of the alleged incident by the district in conjunction with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Brown has been employed with NHCS since August 2006.

“While we cannot comment on the specifics of the allegations due to the laws regarding confidentiality of personnel records, we take this matter very seriously. Once the investigation is complete, we will take the appropriate measures in accordance with New Hanover County Schools’ employee disciplinary policies if warranted,” said Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley.

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