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Archive for December, 2013

Ask the Aquarium – Diamondback terrapins now hard to find

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

A diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) is a skittish, semiaquatic turtle found in brackish backwater marshes.

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Foster children enjoy festive holiday party

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

My experience with the foster kids of Pender County took my thoughts away from myself and toward the true meaning of Christmas

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News & Notes – Students donate pajamas; donation to meals program; pledge drive; brightening kids’ lives; scholarships; camera club award

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

The first- grade students of Southport Christian School recently collected 86 pairs of pajamas, as part of the “Pajama Project.”

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Price of stamps to go up 3 cents

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) – The cost of mailing a letter is a month away from increasing by three cents. That means the rate will be 49 cents for a first-class stamp.

But many consumers won’t have to pay the extra cost immediately. That’s because ‘forever stamps’ can be purchased at the lower price until the new rate is effect Jan. 26.

The temporary rate increase will remain in effect only until the Postal Service can recoup $2.8 billion in losses. The independent Postal Regulatory Commission rejected a request to make the price hike permanent.

Bulk mail, periodicals and package service rates will rise 6 percent. The new price of a postcard stamp, raised by a penny to 34 cents in November, also is effective next month.

The post office has been hit hard by declining mail volume because of the recession and growing Internet use. It also struggles because Congress requires it to prepay $5.6 billion annually for the health care costs of future retirees.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Volunteers spend Christmas Eve morning delivering dinner to the needy

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — More than 100 volunteers spent their Christmas Eve morning at the Global River Church Administration Building disturbing and delivering home cooked meals to the needy.

“Share whatever you have, how ever small it is, or large. Share it,” said Joyce Hedgepeth.

Hedgepeth volunteered with her daughter and her great grandsons. She says she hopes today will resonate with the young boys long after Christmas is over.

“They need to know that after Christmas the abundance ceases but people still need help,” she said.

Pine Valley United Methodist Church cooked hundreds of meals this morning and then, with the help of the Cape Fear Volunteer Center, they were delivered all over New Hanover County.

“It is a big, fast, and furious operation,” said Cape Fear Volunteer Center’s executive director Annie Anthony.

A speedy operation that will feed about 700 people who might have other not had something special to say grace over.

As for the selfless people who made it all possible, they say giving back is just a reminder of the sweet the Christmas message truly is.

“It’s like the dessert after a good meal. This is truly the cherry on top of the ice cream sundae,” said Hedgepeth.

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