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Archive for November, 2012

Update – Shark entered mouth of Cape Fear River

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The emergence of a great white shark near the shores of North Carolina would be a cause for alarm.

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ABC director to receive $7,000 bonus

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners approved a one-time bonus for the CEO.

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End to benefits approaching for long-term unemployed

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Stores are beginning to bustle with folks out Christmas shopping, but for thousands of people receiving unemployment benefits in our area, the biggest worry will soon be just keeping a roof over their heads.

“I’m at a loss as far as what will happen or what I’ll do when this ends if I don’t have work,” Anthony Harris said.

For Harris and 4,000 others like him in our area, time to find work is running short.

In 2008, at the height of the recession, Congress approved extending unemployment from 26 weeks to as long as two years. But if Congress does not act soon, on December 29, the extension will expire, and long-time job seekers will get their last checks.

“It’s not like we own fancy cars,” Harris said. “We certainly don’t live in a mansion or anything like that. It would just mean being able to put groceries on the table.”

Harris is in his 50s, and this is the first time he has not had a job since he was 14. Despite spending more than 50 hours a week searching, he still cannot find work.

“It just takes the wind out of your sails when you keeping hearing ‘No’ or getting rejection letters,” Harris said.

With the holidays approaching, Harris says this could not come at a worse time.

“We’ll be very modest in our gift-giving and probably just to immediate family,” he said.

To those who say two years is too long, Harris has strong words.

“Don’t say that unless you’ve walked a mile in my shoes, quite frankly,” he said. “I’d rather have a job than unemployment. I really would.”

It is still not clear if lawmakers will continue the extension program, which includes about 87,000 North Carolinians. Congress has just two more weeks in this year’s session.

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East Bladen HS trying to raise $10k for new football helmets

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — The season is over for East Bladen High School’s football team, and some of its equipment is also done for good.

With such a high risk for head injuries during games, safety standards for helmets are strongly enforced.

“We have about 80 or so kids in the program each year, so you know it’s something we’ve got to have,” East Bladen coach Robby Priest said. “You’ve got to have football helmets.”

More than 50 of the East Bladen Eagles’ helmets failed an inspection this week for safety standards. Now, the team is trying to figure out how to pay to replace the equipment.

“Two-hundred dollars a pop. That’s the going rate, but we’re going to do this fundraiser: sell the old ones for $25 a piece, and we’re going to do some more fundraisers. We’re getting outstanding help for the community,” Priest said.

Coach Priest says the helmets were ten years old and aged out of eligibility. He says although money is an issue, he is more concerned about his players’ health and well-being.

“With the high concern of concussions now and player safety it’s always going to be at the top of any conversation when it comes to football,” he said.

The old helmets are on sale, but are not to be used to practice or play football. Coach priest says it would make a great Christmas present for a football lover.

Priest says someone paid $600 this afternoon for a used helmet and to help get the new gear.

If you’d like to help, call East Bladen High School at (910) 645-2500 and ask for Coach Priest.

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Wave buses no longer eligible for public plates

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Silver-and-black license plates will no longer adorn Wave buses

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