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Archive for August, 2012

$7.5M total won in NC lottery game

Monday, August 13th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Nearly 2,000 tickets won prizes ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 when the combination of 1-1-1-1 came up in a North Carolina lottery game.

State lottery officials say prizes from Saturday night’s drawing total $7.5 million. That represents the largest amount ever won in a single drawing of the Carolina Pick 4 game. The drawing produced 1,995 winning tickets that matched all four numbers.

The odds of matching all four numbers in the game are one in 10,000.

Players who paid 50 cents for a ticket win $2,500. Players who bought a $1 ticket win $5,000.

Saturday’s drawing marked the fifth time that a combination known as “quads” has been drawn.

Players have 180 days to claim their prizes.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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National Guard unit returns to wildfire fighting

Monday, August 13th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC(AP) — The 145th Airlift Wing of the North Carolina Air National Guard is resuming fighting wildfires in the West, six weeks after four of the unit’s airmen died while fighting a fire in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

The unit’s operations commander, Col. Roger Williams, says it’s important for the Charlotte-based unit to get back to the critical mission.

The 145th will send two aircraft and 16 airmen to Boise, Idado. They will fight fires at the direction of the U.S. Forest Service starting Tuesday.

Three groups of North Carolina airmen will rotate from Charlotte to Boise and back through Sept. 4.

A C-130 equipped with a firefighting system was battling a fire near Edgemont, S.D., on July 1 when it crashed, killing four and severely injuring two others.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC county official questions same-sex benefits

Monday, August 13th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A Mecklenburg County commissioner is asking why the county still provides benefits to same-sex partners of their employees three months after North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment slamming the door on same-sex marriages.

The Charlotte Observer reports that commissioner Bill James sent an email to county officials saying the county can’t offer benefits for a “spousal-like” relationship.

Sixty-one percent of North Carolina voters approved in May to change the state constitution to declare that marriage between a man and woman is the only domestic legal union. Same-sex marriage already was illegal in North Carolina.

Twelve Mecklenburg County employees receive domestic-partner benefits.

County commissioners voted in 2009 to extend health benefits to same-sex partners starting last year. The Charlotte City Council voted in June to extend benefits for city employees.

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

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Pender News & Notes – Brick pavers for sale; Evening with the Authors dinner

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Surf City has now turned clay into memories, as the town prepares to celebrate its first round of commemorative brick pavers.

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Pender County wins environmental award

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

The efforts by Pender County to control stormwater pollution has earned Pelican Awards from the N.C. Coastal Federation.

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