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Archive for March, 2012

New Hanover proposes plan to restore Bradley and Hewletts creeks

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

The proposed plan is developed over a two-year period and designed to reduce fecal pollution.

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Citizens Academy shows law enforcement works with a bang

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy program is very well received. This is the fifth such academy to give people a chance to view life as a deputy.

Class Monday night at the jail started off with a bang. The program is very active to say the least. After a classroom discussion it was into the jail for a very visual presentation.

The crowd watched a special response jail team take down an inmate. In this case the young man in the jumpsuit was a deputy and part of the special team to handle unruly inmates.

Participants also got to handle weapons used in the jail.

Carol Lendino was impressed.

“I think it’s awesome,” she said. “It’s a way for people who never shot a gun. It gives them an idea what it’s like.”

Amanda Morgan was glad to get a look at deputy life.

“It’s good to see what these guys do day in and day out,” Morgan said.

Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jerry Brewer says all weapons are as safe as possible

“Everything at the detention facility is a non-lethal weapon, therefore once we get past the secure area we use totally non-lethal weapons,” he said.

Sheriff Ed McMahon is very happy with the program. He says it has led to people taking the next step.

“We have also started our citizens volunteer group, which we have labeled VIPR, so once they graduate the citizen can help us and volunteer,” Sheriff McMahon said.

This was week two in the Citizens Academy. Participants have eight more weeks of training. For information check the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office web site.

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Columbus Co. paddled second most students in state

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Fewer North Carolina children are being paddled, an accelerating trend after one of the school districts that most often used corporal punishment cut out the practice this month.

A report to the state school board last month showed that two school districts accounted for nearly two-thirds of the nearly 900 uses of corporal punishment in the school year that ended last June. Robeson County led the state’s handful of remaining counties that mete out physical pain to discipline children, followed by Columbus County.

Columbus County schools superintendent Alan Faulk said Tuesday the district suspended paddling days after seeing the numbers and ended paddling this month.

North Carolina is among fewer than 20 states that allow paddling. Only about a dozen of the state’s 115 school districts practice corporal punishment.

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

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NC DMV plans 3-D licenses, shorter wait times

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is preparing to introduce a new electronic system for renewing and issuing licenses with new features that include a laser-engraved 3-D photo of the driver.

Officials at the state agency also say their Next Generation Secure Driver License System being introduced early next year will reduce wait times for most transactions at DMV offices to less than 30 minutes. Current wait times average about 34 minutes.

The changes are part of a national push to introduce new security measures and decrease the possibility of identity theft. The new licenses to be issued to North Carolina’s more than 6.9 million drivers will also include machine-readable technology and backgrounds with variable colors and patterns officials say will
make the ID cards virtually impossible to counterfeit.

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

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NASA reschedules Virginia suborbital rocket launches

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

ATLANTIC, VA (AP) — Bad weather has prompted NASA to reschedule the launch of five rockets from its Wallops Facility in Virginia.

The rockets are part of a study of the upper-level jet stream.

The launch had been set for Wednesday morning but has now been pushed back to early Thursday. Bad weather has postponed the launch several days.

The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) will help scientists understand the process behind the jet stream located 60 to 65 miles above Earth’s surface.

The rockets will release a chemical tracer to form white clouds that allow scientists and the public to visualize the winds in space. Residents from South Carolina to southern New Hampshire and Vermont might be able to see the clouds for up to 20 minutes.

Click here for more on NASA’s ATREX mission

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

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