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Archive for November, 2012

Surf City fire forces residents to find new home

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Several people in Surf City will have to find a new place to call home, after a fire on Thursday night destroyed their trailer.

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Former teacher jailed in indecent liberties with student

Friday, November 30th, 2012

A former Wilmington middle school teacher was jailed Friday morning

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Asheville community college offers beer classes

Friday, November 30th, 2012

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — The perfect courses for plenty of college students, crafting beer.

Asheville-Buncombe Community College plans to offer a series of classes to support the area’s beverage industry.

The Asheville Citizen Times reported the school is seeking state approval to create the Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast.

The program would prepare students for the area’s winery, brewery and distillery industries.

School president Hank Dunn says the mission of the community college is to find a local need and meet it.

The school plans to start the program with two dozen students next fall. The school already offers a certificate on the beer business. A course called “Beeronomics” has the longest waiting list of any continuing education class.

The Asheville area will have 10 microbreweries in operation next month.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Hand-to-eye recount begins in close NC Senate race

Friday, November 30th, 2012

ELIZABETH CITY, NC (AP) — Election officials are resuming their work on the result of a North Carolina state Senate race more than three weeks after Election Day.

Democratic incumbent Stan White asked for a hand-to-eye recount in his 1st Senate District contest that showed him just 21 votes behind Republican Bill Cook. The recount was to begin Friday afternoon at the Pasquotank County election board. Seven other counties in the district scheduled the recount for next week.

A machine recount earlier this week in the coastal counties trimmed Cook’s lead from 32 votes. In a hand-to-eye recount, election officials and party representatives examine paper ballots one-by-one to determine and record choices.

Election officials will initially perform hand-to-eye recounts in a small number of precincts to project mathematically whether all 87,000-plus ballots should be scrutinized.

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

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Tow truck drivers help people use Hatteras road

Friday, November 30th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — After Hurricane Sandy hit more than a month ago, visitors and residents were stuck with two ways on and off Hatteras Island, and both involved hours-long ferry rides.

Then, the state Transportation Department opened the broken section of NC Highway 12, which leads to the mainland, to four-wheel drive traffic, but only to those vehicles capable of driving over sand. And that’s when homegrown entrepreneurship kicked in for three companies that now offer to take two-wheel-drive vehicles across that sandy section of road on trailers or tow trucks.

Jarvis Williams of Buxton set up shop in a camper at Rodanthe, charging people $25 each way to tow or carry their cars on a trailer. He says people are especially appreciative of the service since the wait for one ferry can last hours.

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

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