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Archive for December, 2012

Flu in NC: Deadliest year in a decade

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (Associated Press) — North Carolina health officials say it’s the worst flu season in a decade, with 12 flu-related deaths reported so far.

State Health Director Laura Gerald says it’s unusual to see so many deaths this early in the season. She strongly encourages anyone over six months old to get a flu vaccination.

Flu outbreaks are being reported in schools and long-term care facilities statewide. Officials say the flu is especially dangerous for pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, very young children and the elderly.

Nine of the 12 people who died were older than 64. The other three were between 24 and 64 years old.

It takes about two weeks for people to develop immunity after getting the vaccination.

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MyReporter – Now that’s a lot of doughnuts

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Krispy Kreme sells about 850,000 dozen doughnuts a year out of its store and bakery at 2822 S. College Road.

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Southport-Fort Fisher ferry running on amended holiday schedule

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

To save money during the holidays, the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry will be running on an amended schedule Dec. 24-26, according to a news release from the Department of Transportation.

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Brunswick County traffic stop uncovers heroin

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two men were arrested Friday after agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office found multiple bags of marijuana, heroin, and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop.

The heroin was found in a hidden compartment in the dash of the vehicle.

The driver, Hakeem Vereen, 21 of Ash was charged with possession with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was caught with 21 grams of marijuana.

Alex Hamilton, 19 of Whiteville was charged with possession with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Agents found Hamilton with 127 bags of heroin and more than $1,200 cash.

Vereen was placed under a $5,000 secured bond and Hamilton was placed under a $50,000 bond.

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Christmas brings sense of hope to Burmese refugees

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

After a 10-year wait, the Says arrived in Wilmington. No longer confined to a refugee camp, the Says are slowly finding their new identity.

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