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Archive for June, 2012

Chairman giving up Head Start board seat

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

County also cuts ties as agency struggles to maintain funding

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International Surfing Day celebrates oceans, beaches

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Surfers from around the globe came together to celebrate International Surfing Day Wednesday. In Wrightsville Beach, the Surf Rider Foundation teamed up with Stop Titan to give free surf lessons and organize a beach clean up.

Now in its eighth year, International Surfing Day created by Surfrider has become popular with beach lovers across the world. The purpose is to bring awareness to the sport as well as give back to the oceans and the beaches.

“Surfrider has always been a part of helping protecting our beaches and waterways, and education and activism are the two most important components of that,” Cape Fear Surfrider chair Kathryn Sisler said.

To get better acquainted with the sand and the water, beachgoers collected trash and stayed around for some surfing instructions on the beach with the surfrider team.

“Teaching people about the ocean is the greatest job in the world,” Safety and Training Director Jason Andre said. “It’s not really, doesn’t really feel like work, because you’re in the water, you’re in the ocean, you’re outside, you’re enjoying life and you’re sharing it with other people.”

After practicing in the sand, the surfers headed out into the ocean to put their new skills to use. Smiles were seen from all those celebrating International Surfing Day by catching a few waves.

International Surfing Day is recognized with more than 200 events in 30 countries around the world. Three local beaches participated with free surfing lessons.

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Perdue aide speaks to NC Senate panel over letters

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A senior adviser to North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue says he regrets how changes to letters under a Department of Transportation executive’s signature were handled, but he says there was no attempt to deliberately mislead lawmakers.

Pryor Gibson told the Senate Rules Committee on Thursday he thought the letters sent to legislators last week about funding for two toll road projects were accurate when they were sent. Gibson and a Perdue staff attorney had made changes to a draft by DOT Chief Operating Officer Jim Trogdon.

Trogdon’s digital signature was placed on the final letters. He later retracted their contents as they appeared to reverse his earlier memo on project funding.

Committee chairman Sen. Tom Apodaca said the panel would meet next week to decide to do next in the investigation.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Spreading the summer reading bug

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Twenty-one New Hanover schools having special library hours this summer.

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Braves/Mandalay want $50K fine per day if stadium is late

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (STARNEWS)– An initial lease proposed by the Atlanta Braves and operating partner Mandalay Baseball has some Wilmington City Council members laughing.

Elected leaders contacted by the StarNews initially scoffed when told a lease being proposed by Mandalay and the Braves for a baseball stadium includes completing the building by March 2014 and charging the city $50,000 a day if it’s not done by then.

"We’re certainly not going to pay fines, rent, any kind of punishment handed down by them," Councilman Neil Anderson said.

Some council members, though they had not yet seen the proposed lease, balked when told of some of its details. The proposed lease agreement for stadium construction was sent to city staff Tuesday night after council decided to put a bond referendum for a stadium on the November ballot.

To read the rest of this story check out the StarNews Online.

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