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Archive for March, 2012

CafeJohnnie to hold grand opening at Cameron museum

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

The cafe will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

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Thief breaks into prison to steal copper

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

SALISBURY, NC (AP) — Police in Salisbury are looking for the rare thief who’s apparently eager to go to prison.

The Salisbury Post reports that someone broke into the Piedmont Correctional Institution, stole copper from an air conditioning unit and escaped.

The theft was discovered Monday morning. Salisbury Police Capt. Sheila Lingle says no arrests have been made.

Investigators think the thief climbed a fence at the minimum-security prison and dismantled the air conditioner, which is valued at $3,000.

The theft was discovered after authorities found pieces of insulation on both sides of the fence. There’s no security camera footage showing that section of fence when the break-in likely took place.

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

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Columbus Co. Schools suspends use of USDA beef

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — There’s no “pink slime” on the menu in Columbus County Schools. The school district has suspended use of beef from the USDA.

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.

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

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Marines sorry for helicopter worries at NC town

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

KINSTON, NC (AP) — A commander at the Cherry Point Marine Air Corps Station is apologizing for training exercises involving low-flying helicopters that left many Kinston residents concerned about escaped inmates.

The Free Press of Kinston reports that Maj. Gen. Jon Davis apologized to the city council at its meeting this week for not informing local officials about the training exercises.

Earlier this month, unmarked helicopters hovered low above the town for several hours. Police and elected officials were flooded with calls from residents asking what was happening. Many people were worried an inmate was on the loose.

Davis says the Marines told the Kinston Regional JetPort about the exercises, but didn’t contact other officials. The commander of the 2nd Marine Air Wing at the base promises that will change in the future.

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

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Sound familiar? Mysterious booms rattle Wisconsin city

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

CLINTONVILLE, WI (AP) — Mysterious underground booms have resonated again in the eastern Wisconsin city of Clintonville.

Police dispatcher Tabitha Schoen says it was a quiet night in Clintonville until shortly after 5 a.m. when about 20 calls came in from residents who felt and heard the booms.

The booms, which have been compared to rumbles of thunder, sonic booms or fireworks, rattled homes and awakened some residents Sunday and Monday nights.

Authorities are at a loss to explain.

Seismologists have recorded unusual ground shaking in the area, similar to that caused by quarrying, mining and heavy truck traffic. But the city has ruled out such activities as possible sources of the disturbance.

A meeting about the mysterious noise is scheduled Wednesday night at the high school in Clintonville.

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

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