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Archive for October, 2012

Fair taking extra precautions against E. Coli

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Nearly 100 people got sick, and a two-year-old died, from E. Coli health official believe they got at the Cleveland County Fair earlier this month.

Now our tri-county fair is stepping up its game to protect visitors.

“This year, we’ve increased our handwashing stations in our livestock exhibit by 125 percent,” Cape Fear Fair & Expo Manager Skip Watkins said.

In its 48 years of operation, the Cape Fear Fair & Expo has never had a problem with E.Coli. The staff says they are going above and beyond, though, to put families at ease. That means more than 10 hand washing stations, extra signage around the tents and even a protective chemical sprayed on the animal exhibit that kills E. Coli.

“Come in. Have fun. Expect to have fun, but just use common sense,” Watkins said. “Wash your hands after you leave, and make sure that our little ones, if you see something on the ground, don’t let them pick it up.”

Pediatrician David Hill says go and enjoy the fair, just keep it clean. He says he would not let the fear of getting sick stop him from joining in on the fun.

“I love fairs. I love kids going to fairs,” Dr. Hill said. “So you just want to bring some hand sanitizer with you or hunt down a place to actually wash your kids’ hands.”

The fair opens tomorrow and runs through November 3. Discount tickets are on sale until midnight at Scotchman gas stations. Full price tickets can be purchased at the fair at the airport.

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New ads continue attacks in state senate race

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We are less than two weeks away from Election Day. You may have noticed the two candidates for state senate have made their race very personal and turned up the heat with a new wave of political ads hoping to sway voters on their way to the polls.

Democratic candidate Deb Butler has garnered national attention for her ads using a trans-vaginal wand to criticize Republican Sen. Thom Goolsby’s support of bills she says are bad for women.

“Even though the legislation doesn’t contain the incindiary language that the Virginia legislation does, it is nonetheless equally regressive, because it requires that a physician offer an image, and in the early weeks of pregnancy that image can only be gotten one way, and people don’t understand that,” Butler said.

Sen. Goolsby recently fired back with an ad of his own featuring his wife Rachael, who defends her husband as a good and honest man while criticizing Butler.

“Rachael’s not a doctor. Perhaps she doesn’t understand the nature of this legislation,” Butler said. “I, on the other hand, have researched it thoroughly, because I wanted to make absolutely certain that before I spoke on the subject I knew what I was talking about, so I consulted with midwives, I consulted with directors of imaging, I consulted with OB/GYNs, so I am absolutely conversant and comfortable with my interpretation of the legislation.”

With less than two weeks till Election Day Butler says to expect more ads.

We tried to talk with Sen. Goolsby today about the campaign. He said he was not available, because he was at Screen Gems working on a cameo role in “Iron Man 3.”

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Transportation meeting might have violated law

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

State transportation officials may have violated state open meetings laws when they refused to allow members of the public into a meeting of a committee formed earlier this year in part to help develop strategic plans for the state ports and the N.C. Global TransPark in Kinston.

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Freshman or first year at UNCW?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

While new students to UNC Chapel Hill are no longer considered ‘freshmen', the administration at UNC Wilmington has no intention of dropping the term.

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Coastal Christian High School dedicates new building

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington’s Coastal Christian High School will soon open the doors to a brand new building.

Though it will be a few weeks before it actually opens, the school dedicated the new facility this afternoon. It’s located off of Piner Road near the school’s sports fields.

Sixteen new classrooms, several science labs, a choir room and a bigger and better gym are all a part of the new building, which development director Cindy Auten says is needed to accommodate even more students in the high school. She says that has always been the ultimate goal.

“What this school means for us is the opportunity to have more students, and that means we’ll be able to further the Kingdom of God,” Auten said.

During the ceremony, Rep. Mike McIntyre and Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo both spoke and helped dedicate the new facility.

The project cost a total of $4 million. Much of that was donated by several families.

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