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Archive for March, 2012

Durham County officials hope to identify woman

Monday, March 19th, 2012

DURHAM, NC (AP) — Durham County officials are looking for help in identifying a woman who arrived in the area about two years ago without any identification and who has been diagnosed with catatonic schizophrenia.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reported that the woman originally gave her name as Jacqueline Fulton and said she was from Kentucky. But none of that information could be corroborated.

The woman has stopped speaking and is in the guardianship of the county Department of Social Services. The department wants to connect her with family or anyone else who can identify her.

DSS officials say the county is paying $1,800 a month for room and board at a family care home. Without identification, officials cannot get aid such as Social Security or Medicaid for her.

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

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Springsteen addresses death penalty on NC stop

Monday, March 19th, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Bruce Springsteen is coming to Greensboro, but while music is the order of the day he’ll be doing more than playing his hits.

The famous rocker is also lending his support to People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, a national group based in Carrboro. Springsteen donated four tickets and side-stage passes for Monday’s concert to the group, which sold them as a fundraiser.

The organization will also have a table to distribute literature at Memorial Coliseum, and will collect donations and petition signatures.

Stephen Dear, the group’s executive director, says Springsteen has given the group similar support at past concert tour stops in North Carolina.

Among Springsteen’s famous songs is the Oscar-nominated “Dead Man Walking,” written for the anti-death penalty film of the same name.

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

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Hagan urges black farmers to file claims in case

Monday, March 19th, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — Sen. Kay Hagan is urging black farmers in North Carolina to file claims in a landmark $1.25 billion settlement with the federal government before time runs out.

A meeting is scheduled to be held Monday at the Bordeaux Hotel in Fayetteville for farmers eligible to receive payments under the settlement.

Last year, President Barack Obama signed into law the settlement that covers 75,000 black farmers nationwide and about 4,000 in North Carolina. Most eligible claims amount to about $50,000 per family.

The farmers were unfairly denied loans and other assistance for decades by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Hagan staff members have been on hand at earlier meetings to assist farmers. Including Monday’s gathering, six more are scheduled before the May 11 deadline to file claims.

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

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1st-generation American wins NC spelling bee

Monday, March 19th, 2012

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) — A seventh-grader who is a first-generation American has won the Winston-Salem Journal Regional Spelling Bee and will head to the national finals.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Nejat Alkadir won the bee, beating 31 other students. The student at Ledford Middle School in Davidson County spelled “suggestible” correctly to clinch the win and earn a trip to the national finals in Washington, D.C.

When Alkadir’s family arrived in the United States from Ethiopia, her mother barely spoke English. On Sunday, Alkadir went back and forth with second-place finisher Dharani Govindasamy of Guilford County until he tripped over “twoling.” That’s a type of crystal.

Alkadir’s father says he’ll buy her a cellphone as a reward.

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

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Pender News & Notes – Arbor Day; barbecue; women’s club; science olympiad; ribbon cutting

Monday, March 19th, 2012

The second annual Town of Burgaw Arbor Day Celebration was held March 15-17.

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