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Archive for May, 2013

Wreath laying ceremony along Cape Fear River to honor maritime marine

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

The wreath laying ceremony will honor the memory and service of merchant mariners who served our country. A number of veterans were on hand at the ceremony.

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School expansion creates jobs for teachers; options for parents

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Nearly a dozen teacher jobs are opening in Southport because one school is outgrowing its current location.

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Carolina Beach dredging, renewal project

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — After weeks of construction, crews in Carolina Beach are working hard to finish dredging and the beach renourishment by next week.

The project manager says it is crucial they finish dredging in time to protect homes, the environment and to get out of the way of tourists who will soon crowd the beach. They say contractors are working 24/7 to clear the beach by May 31. They say there is about 4,000 feet left to build from the pier to the boardwalk.

“They’re making about 1,000 feet of production everyday. Since Monday, they’ve made 10,000 feet,” Bob Keistler the project manager says.

Once the dredging is finished the sand will come as high as these blue flags. Bob Keistler says without the sand placement tthere would not be a recreation area on the beach or structures nearby. He says the project is hugely important, especially for houses.

“There’s studies done that projects that have federal storm damage reduction projects, when hurricanes hit, they have received much less damage. It minimizes the risks from storms,” Bob Keistler says.

Keistler says they had to request an extension and special permit for the late start, because it is sea turtle nesting season. A marine biologist says the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project is monitoring the project’s affect on turtles.

“To document whether there is any nesting activity and note in the event if a nest does occur that we have a plan to avoid any impacts,” Doug Piatowski a marine biologist says.

All of the work is planned to be done with the equipment cleared off the beach by May 31.

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School expansion creates jobs for teachers, options for parents

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Nearly a dozen teacher jobs are opening in Southport because one school is outgrowing its current location.

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NC college could lose aid for not reporting crimes

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) – Elizabeth City State University could face the loss of federal financial aid as well as nearly $4.4 million in fines for not reporting more than 120 crimes as required by law.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports (http://bit.ly/12WKkNU) that the Clery Act requires colleges and universities receiving federal funds to report all on-campus crimes to the U.S. Department of Education. Failing to do so can result in fines of up to $35,000 per violation. It also can result in suspension from federal student financial aid programs.

Chancellor Willie Gilchrist announced last week that university police failed to investigate 125 crimes, some of which dated back to 2007. He said that among the uninvestigated crimes were 17 possible sexual assaults.

Gilchrist resigned last Friday in the wake of the report.

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Information from: The Daily Advance, http://www.dailyadvance.com/

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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