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Archive for March, 2012

NC students plan meeting to oppose tuition hikes

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Student activists from across North Carolina are planning to meet in Greensboro to plan opposition to tuition increases, budget cuts and other education-related issues.

The NC Defend Education Coalition says the Saturday gathering on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro will include chances to organize and plan strategies together.

Last month, the UNC Board of Governors approved tuition and fee increases that average roughly $400 across the system’s 16 university campuses. The group is planning a mobilization for April 23, when the General Assembly reconvenes in Raleigh. The legislature has the final say on whether the tuition and fee increases take effect.

UNC leaders say the increases are necessary to offset budget cuts made by the legislature.

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

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ONLY ON 3: Navassa Council tries to unite, solve town problems

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

NAVASSA, NC (WWAY) — Leaders of Navassa realize they need to regroup and reunite to better serve their citizens. Town council members held a retreat Saturday with the Cape Fear Council of Governments to discuss their roles as leaders and to talk about some major issues facing the town.

In the past several years, Navassa has been investigated by the SBI and the IRS. Mayor Eulis Willis was arrested and charged with a DWI in July of last year. Willis says he knows the town and the leaders have a lot to work on, but says they need to be headed down the same road before they take any more steps.

“We’ve been in and out of the media with all kinds of petty arguments and all kinds of other things. The reason why is because we haven’t been on the same page and haven’t really been understanding where each other is going,” Willis said. “With this retreat, hopefully we can get some of that squared away.”

One of the big talking points at the retreat was the Navassa Police Department. Willis said the department makes up about 50 percent of the town’s budget. He said there is a lot to consider when thinking about restructuring.

“We need to talk about the possibility of combining with other departments,” Willis said. “We need to talk about whether we are going to get a new chief, whether we are going to add officers. What are we going to do for cars? We’ve got all kinds of issues with the police department that we need to look at.”

Willis said the retreat is the perfect time to regroup and discuss, but no definite plans about the department will be made at this time.

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31 NC students to participate in Poetry Out Loud

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Thirty-one high school students from across North Carolina will participate in a program in Greensboro that combines slam poetry, spoken word and theater for a chance to compete for a $20,000 prize.

The students will compete Saturday in Poetry Out Loud, a program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The competition will be held at locations around downtown. The finals will be held Saturday afternoon at the Greensboro Historical Museum.

The winner receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national championship, which will be held May 13-15. The state winner’s school receives $500 to purchase poetry books. The runner-up receives $100 with his or her school getting $200 for buying poetry books. The national winner receives a $20,000 prize.

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

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Pender Correctional Institution breaks ground for chapel

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

With more than 100 local churches and individuals giving money, the project began as a community effort.

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Pajama Party benefits good cause

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The third annual pajama party hosted by the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. To remind people that not everyone has pajamas or a home to enjoy every night.

The event featured local celebrities like Commissioner Jason Thompson in his pajamas.

Our own report/anchor Marissa Jasek was there for WWAY.

Along with a host of folks strutting their sleepwear for a good cause.

Dan Ferrell is a tells us tonight’s event is for a good cause.

“The money from tonight’s fund raiser will go to a new homeless medical care that will take people who are homeless and have medical emergencies and are too sick to be in the woods or in a shelter but not sick enough to be in a hospital”.

The event was well attended in fact it was a sell-out at the Blue Water on the intra-coastal.

If you missed this year’s event but still want to help out just go to the United Way web site

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