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Archive for March, 2012

Brunswick County woman collects $91,855 Cash 5 jackpot

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– Brenda Fullwood, a retiree from Bolivia in Brunswick County, got a lot more than she bargained for at a pawn shop in Shallotte. The Carolina Cash 5 ticket she bought at Jenny’s Pawn Shop on Holden Beach Road matched all five numbers in Monday’s drawing to win the $91,855 jackpot.

Her claim marks the eighth Cash 5 jackpot for a Brunswick County winner, and the second for a resident of Bolivia. Players from Southport, Navassa, Leland, Shallotte and Calabash have also won Cash 5 jackpots.

Since the lottery began through June 30 of last year, Brunswick County players won more than $35.5 million in prizes and local retailers earned more than $5 million in commissions on ticket sales.

During the same time frame, Brunswick County education programs received more than $15.8 million in lottery funds. By law, those funds pay for teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction, need-based college scholarships, and prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds.

To date, the NC Education Lottery has raised more than $2.2 billion for these initiatives statewide.

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Hoke Co. school district offers defense in lunch flap

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

RAEFORD, NC (AP) — The Hoke County school system is defending the way it handled a controversy over students’ lunches that drew national attention.

The county school board on Monday released documents relating to the incident, including the letter of resignation written by Margaret Maynor, the pre-kindergarten teacher at the center of the dispute.

Three 4-year-olds in Maynor’s class got cafeteria meals after the teacher said their homemade lunches failed to meet federal dietary guidelines. Maynor resigned after being suspended.

Hoke education officials say Maynor should have supplemented the children’s packed lunches with additional items.

The district’s lawyer says she was not suspended for the lunch incident, but because she gave contradictory and inaccurate statements about the situation to administrators.

A call to a telephone listing for Maynor was not immediately returned Tuesday.

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

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ buzz helps business boom

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One of the hottest shows on TV has danced its way back onto the airwaves. ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and other shows like it not only provide entertainment but also motivation for folks to get up and move. For some, dancing may seem a bit daunting, but the rise of shows all about it has helped people realize that even the stars sometimes need a little help shining.

“The shows are what prompted us to realize that we didn’t have the best moves maybe. As good of moves as we thought we did,” said Leslie and Danny Ott who have been taking dance lessons for nine months now. “Yeah, that was probably the motivation for actually getting out and dancing.”

The Otts know how to rumba, waltz and swing just like the stars. They said they were tired of watching and wishing they had skilled moves, and Babs McDance was more than happy to help them out. She says the buzz these dance shows have created has helped her business boom.

“They go through the details of explaining what hard work it is for them when they are practicing and learning,” McDance said. “You know, the dedication and commitment.”

Babs says it helps folks feel less awkward when they see others going through the same difficult steps and also inspires them to be better.

The Otts say their dance lessons not only keep their moves fresh but their date nights, too.

“Every Monday we come here, and it’s just a nice evening out for us,” Leslie said. “Yeah, something we look forward to each week. It gets you out, and it’s just something different.”

Leslie and Danny say the shows are even better to watch now.

“When you’re watching the moves and what they’re doing, you kind of understand a little bit more, so it’s definitely more enjoyable,” Danny said. “Yeah, and the techniques. You can actually pick out when they are messing up a step. It’s kind of fun.”

Don’t forget, you can catch ‘Dancing with the Stars’ every Monday night on ABC and WWAY NewsChannel 3.

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New Hanover News & Notes – Aquarium’s Science Cafe; lecture; end-of-life care; pledge drive;

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Join conservation scientist Ron Sutherland at the next Aquarium Science Café for a discussion about wildlife corridors and conservation in the Southeast.

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Former NC teacher charged with sex with students

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

CLAYTON, N.C. (AP) – A former middle school teacher in Clayton
is facing a sixth charge of having sex with a student.

Twenty-nine-year-old Paul Canally was charged Monday with a sex
offense involving a person between the ages of 13 and 15.

Clayton police think the former Archer’s Lodge Middle School
teacher involvement with the sixth teen took place in August 2009.
The former science teacher worked at the school from August 2007
to July 27, 2009. School officials say he left for personal

Johnston County Schools spokeswoman Terri Sessoms said last week
no one complained about possible sexual abuse by Canally while he
worked at the school.

Canally was first arrested Feb. 29. He’s being held on a bond of $2.6 million. It was not clear if
he has an attorney.

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

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