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Archive for September, 2013

UPDATE: UNCW students allowed back in dorm following gas leak

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

UNCW students are being allowed back into Graham-Hewlett Hall following a gas leak late Wednesday night.

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Road closure as CFPUA repairs storm drain

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Public Utility Authority workers discovered a hazard this afternoon while repairing a sinking manhole at the intersection of South Kerr and Maple Avenue.

The emergency repair contractors found a collapsed storm drain. Because of this, all lanes of South Kerr Avenue will be closed between Cedar Lane and Wrightsville Avenue on Thursday, September 26, for repairs. Expect the closings to be from 9 a.m to 4 p.m.

A detour will be set up in the are to divert traffic around the construction scene.

As always, CFPUA asks drivers who find themselves in these areas of construction work to slow down – and put their phones down – for the safety of our crews and contractors.


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City leaders to hear update on Hannah Block parking lot

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

More than nine months after the murder of a local teenager, leaders in the city of Wilmington will learn about plans to improve the parking lot where the crime occurred.

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NC school system lifts ban on “Invisible Man”

Thursday, September 26th, 2013


ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) – The Randolph County Board of Education has rescinded its ban on Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man,” returning it to local high school libraries.

The Courier-Tribune of Asheboro reports (http://bit.ly/18qbLUY) the board voted 6-1 Wednesday to reverse the ban it issued 10 days ago. The board voted 5-2 on Sept. 16 to pull the book from the library shelves.

The initial decision came in reaction to a complaint from the mother of a Randleman High School student who said the book was “too much for teenagers.” The mother specifically objected to the book’s language and sexual content.

“Invisible Man” is a first-person narrative by a black man who considers himself socially invisible. It was originally published in 1952.


Information from: The Courier-Tribune, http://www.courier-tribune.com

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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Mold causes closure of 4 classrooms at Bellamy Elementary

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Starting Wednesday, 5th grade students from Bellamy Elementary will be bused to Parsley Elementary every day because there’s mold in four of their classrooms.

Administrators say that janitors first discovered mold in one of the mobile classrooms at Bellamy Elementary during the summer and now parents are wondering why something wasn’t done sooner.

“This is affecting my child,” said Steve Crowe. “You are putting my child in danger and I want something done about that.”

Steve Crowe says since the start of the school year his daughter, like many children in her class, has been suffering from severe migraines almost daily.

Doctors weren’t able to find a cause, but now he thinks he has, mold growing in the air-conditioning ducts at his daughters school.

“To me it seemed like almost 90% of the children that were represented had similar symptoms to my child’s symptoms and that’s very alarming,” said Crowe.

Tuesday night school administrators received test results that showed that four mobile classrooms had higher than normal amounts of air-born mold.

Administrators were forced to find room for 115 students overnight.

“We had to look at a place that had space and we had to look at a place that was close to where we are here at Bellamy,” said Dr. Tim Markley, Superintendent of New Hanover County Schools. “Parsley was the closest was able to accommodate the students and we could do it in the time with the least disruption in their school day.”

The school system will keep the mobile classrooms closed for at least 60 days, but parents say only time will tell if this solution gets a passing grade.

“It’s not a good situation but you’ve got to take the good with the bad,” said Ashley Roberts. “They’re doing what they can to improve the situation and if that’s what it takes that’s what it takes.”

“The rest of the buildings not being checked really gets me but their kids aren’t going here so they’re not worried about it,” said Crowe.

Superintendent Tim Markley says the school system is still waiting on the full results to pinpoint exactly what kind of mold was in the air.

Classes will remain closed until the problem is fixed.


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