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Archive for March, 2012

Testimony starts in trial of man accused of killing cyclists

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Testimony started today in the trial of a man accused of hitting and killing a father and son biking on River Road last year.

Thomas Grooms is charged with second-degree murder. Witnesses talked about the lives of David and Trey Doolittle and their final moments.

Joy Doolittle told the jury about her ex-husband and son.

Witnesses of the accident on River Road last April also took the stand. Cyclists Grooms passed that day say he was so close to them they felt like they could have reached out and touched his car. They described his distance from the bike lane as “shocking,””extreme” and “scary.”

The jury also heard from the drivers of the cars that were in front of and behind of Grooms that day. Both testified that they saw Grooms cross over into the bike lane multiple times as he drove up River Road.

Both drivers say they believe Grooms was going more than 60 miles per hour when he hit the Doolittles.

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Columbus Co., Whiteville schools suspends use of USDA beef

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — There’s no “pink slime” on the menu any more at school in Columbus County. The county’s two school districts have stopped using beef from the USDA.

Columbus County Schools Superintendent Alan Faulk says the district decided to stop using the USDA beef in the last few weeks after reports surfaced that the beef contains lean finely textured beef. LFTB, or “pink slime,” is a filler made of beef scraps treated with ammonia to kill bacteria.

Faulk said his food services staff told him just by looking at the packages the beef comes in you can’t tell if it contains LFTB. The district has decided to get its beef from another distributor.

Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Tom Hager also says his district’s cafeterias will not serve beef from the USDA for the rest of the school year, because the USDA cannot identify what packages of beef have LFTB.

Pender is the only county school district in our area that says it uses USDA beef with LFTB.

The state has told schools beef with LFTB will not be made available to North Carolina school districts starting next school year.

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Columbus Co., Whiteville schools stop using USDA beef

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — There’s no “pink slime” on the menu any more at school in Columbus County. The county’s two school districts have stopped using beef from the USDA.

Columbus County Schools Superintendent Alan Faulk says the district decided to stop using the USDA beef in the last few weeks after reports surfaced that the beef contains lean finely textured beef. LFTB, or “pink slime,” is a filler made of beef scraps treated with ammonia to kill bacteria.

Faulk said his food services staff told him just by looking at the packages the beef comes in you can’t tell if it contains LFTB. The district has decided to get its beef from another distributor.

Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Tom Hager also says his district’s cafeterias will not serve beef from the USDA for the rest of the school year, because the USDA cannot identify what packages of beef have LFTB.

Pender is the only county school district in our area that says it uses USDA beef with LFTB.

The state has told schools beef with LFTB will not be made available to North Carolina school districts starting next school year.

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Columbus Co. stops student paddling after finding out it spanked 2nd most in state

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It may seem like something from the old days, but children are still being paddled in North Carolina schools.Columbus County Schools recently abandoned the punishment after finding out the district was using it more than all but one school district in the state.

North Carolina is one of about 20 states that still allows paddling in schools, but the number of schools using the punishment is dwindling. Columbus County Schools joined the trend after a report showed 193 of its students received some sort of corporal punishment last school year.

“We felt the numbers were high,” said Dr. Heather Wing, Columbus County’s Director of Pupil Personnel Services. “We visited the options and had further discussion and then put into place effective February 7 during that board meeting to discontinue our corporal punishment option.”

Paddling was not allowed on every student. Parents could opt out.

Parent Karen Crosby says she liked the idea of corporal punishment at Acme-Delco Elementary and fully supported the teachers when her son was paddled.

“They need the paddling,” Crosby said. “I believe it helps their behavior better, not to scare them. They know the consequences of their actions.”

But what about the time-honored phrase “Spare the rod, spoil the child?”

Charles Shaw, says we need to get back to discipline of the olden days.

“There used to be a time when they get a hold of them at school, and then they would go home and get another whooping, and I think it needs to be that way now, because that’s why there’s so much crime, ’cause of children knowing they’re not getting a whooping,” Shaw said.

The times have changed. School leaders say they are focusing more on offering students positive reinforcement.

“We are moving forward with our positive behavior intervention program here in Columbus County,” Superintendent Alan Faulk said. “I do feel like this puts us more in line with the state and the rest of the country.”

Several parents with spoke with said they support their child being paddled at school, while others said they’d rather take care of the discipline at home.

Columbus County’s western neighbor Robeson ounty spanked the most students last year accounting for 359 of the nearly 900 students paddled across the state.

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

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Legislative panel opposes changes to state attractions

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Subcommittee on State Attractions voted not to recommend reducing days of operation.

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