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Archive for December, 2012

Researcher digs for roots of binge drinking

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

What if a simple test could predict which children are at risk of becoming binge drinkers?

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Seahawks stay perfect at Trask with 87-73 win over UNCG

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

UNCW raced out to a 21-point halftime lead and cruised behind 50.8 percent shooting to thump state rival UNCG, 87-73, in a pre-Christmas men's college basketball pairing Wednesday night at Trask Coliseum.

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NC 12 on Outer Banks ready for traffic

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) – People headed to Hatteras Island for the Christmas holiday – or as early as Thursday – have some good news: the last section of N.C. Highway 12 damaged by Superstorm Sandy is ready for traffic.

The final section of the road damaged north of Rodanthe reopened around 7 p.m. Wednesday. Crews from the state Department of Transportation began repaving the section Tuesday and put down the second layer of asphalt Wednesday. Crews then had to paint stripes and reconstruct shoulders.

Now that the road is open, DOT will close the four-wheel-drive route, remove the checkpoints and reopen the highway to all traffic. Sandbag installation and dune reconstruction will continue.

The emergency ferry route between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe is also closed now that the road is open again.

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NHC school board pushes for deputy in every elementary school

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In light of the tragedy in Connecticut the New Hanover County Board of Education says it has received numerous questions from parents regarding school safety in the past few days. Tonight, the board called a special work session to discuss school safety.

Wednesday night’s special work session began with a moment of silence in memory of the lives lost at Sandy Creek.

Board members heard recommendations from New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon.

“My recommendation,” said McMahon, “would be 24 deputies to cover our elementary schools. I want the community to know that since Monday, since this happened on Friday, this has been the top priority.”

Based on the recommendation, the board unanimously passed a motion to ask the county commission for funding to implement the plan.

One parent I spoke with says she agrees every elementary school should have a deputy.

“Increasing the law enforcement presence in our school we’re allowing students and staff to interact with law enforcement in a very positive way in their very first, hopefully last and only, interaction,” said Stephanie Kraybill.

But while everyone agreed you cannot put a price on student safety, the measure would come at a cost.

“At the same time I think it’s important that people recognize that we have addressed it,” said board member Ed Higgins. “We continue to address it. But like so many things… money.”

One thing everyone seemed to agree on is that making sure students are safe at school is a top priority.

“It’s such a shame that it’s come to this,” said Sheriff McMahon. “But this may be our new norm and we will do everything that we can to keep the children safe.”

School superintendent Tim Markley says the board plans to have a proposal drafted and sent to the county commission as early as Thursday.

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Update: Mary Lee the shark back off Brunswick County

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

As of late Wednesday afternoon the shark was located south of Ocean Isle Beach.

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