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Archive for January, 2014

Photographer uses iPhone images to create art

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Dorian Hill seemed to exude the “fun” she finds in her functional art in November at The Wilmington Art Show

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Onslow County declares state of emergency

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — During an emergency meeting Tuesday, Onslow County commissioners unanimously declared a “State of Emergency” and set a curfew in support of Onslow County Emergency Services in response to snow and ice from the winter storm.

The proclamation signed by Onslow County Board of Commissioners Chairman Paul Buchanan stated that the storm poses an imminent threat of, or existing conditions have caused or will cause, widespread or severe damage, injury, loss of life or property, and a state of emergency exists in Onslow County, North Carolina on this date, Jan. 28, 2014, at 6 p.m.

It further declared a curfew within the unincorporated areas of Onslow County in effect from 7 p.m. Jan. 28 to 7 a.m. Jan. 29, and 6 p.m. Jan. 29 to 7 a.m. Jan. 30, due to hazardous road conditions, possible fallen power lines, and utility service interruptions and the need to allow emergency crews, medical personnel, utility crews, and emergency responders access to affected areas. This time frame can be extended pursuant to the authority delegated in this Proclamation.

“The curfew is a matter of public safety. It is essential for the citizens to be off the roads in order for the sheriff and deputies to be able to respond to calls for assistance and for overall safety. The curfew will also prevent crimes of opportunity while our citizens are safe in their homes. Our emergency responders will be able to react and respond safely to minimize loss and maintain security and safety measures,” Buchanan said.

Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown reported on county road conditions. He said, “Whether you’re driving or walking the roads are extremely dangerous. Ice is a danger for drivers and pedestrians. My advice to my people and the citizens is to not get on the roads or out of your homes unless you have to.”

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Senators Hagan and Burr respond to President Obama’s State of the Union

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan today released the following statement in response to the President’s State of the Union address:

“My top priority this year continues to be creating jobs and growing our economy, and it was important for the President to emphasize efforts that will help out-of-work North Carolinians get back on their feet. One of the best ways to strengthen our economy is ensuring our kids are getting the education they need to prepare them for the future, and I was honored to have Karyn Dickerson, North Carolina’s Teacher of the Year, as my guest tonight. The chance to spend time with Karyn today and hear about the creative ways she’s working with her students reinforced the importance of supporting North Carolina’s teachers, who have helped our state lead the way in education for years.

“I’m proud that when I was writing the budget in the State Senate, we raised teacher pay by a total of 21 percent. Now, as a member of the U.S. Senate Education Committee, I have been working to provide teachers with technological tools to bring our classrooms into the 21st century as the Senate works to reform No Child Left Behind. As Karyn and teachers across North Carolina try to foster creativity and innovation in their students, access to technology is critical in preparing our students for the challenges that lie ahead.

“But too many North Carolinians are still struggling to find work as our economy continues to recover, and we should be helping arm them with the skills they need to land a job. That’s why I was pleased to hear the President talk about the importance of helping community colleges and businesses build partnerships, which is exactly what my bipartisan jobs bill, called the AMERICA Works Act, would do. My bill would help train workers for jobs available now by encouraging community colleges and jobs training centers to work with local industries to design curriculum based on the needs of area employers and teach the most in-demand skills.

“Just as important as training our workers is protecting the jobs we already have in North Carolina. I’m closely monitoring ongoing negotiations of a Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, that could negatively affect workers in our state. Specifically, I’ve called on the Administration to protect textile manufacturers, ensure equal treatment for tobacco farmers and continue to provide incentive for North Carolina bioscience companies to develop potentially life-saving drugs. I will continue to press the Administration to keep in mind the economic impact of any trade deal on North Carolina jobs.

“However, we cannot ignore the long-term unemployment crisis that continues to cripple too many North Carolina families. I’m hopeful the Senate soon will pass legislation that extends emergency unemployment benefits and includes my provision to reinstate North Carolina into the program after the General Assembly last year approved a reckless law that cut off access to this crucial lifeline.

“I’m working with my colleagues everyday on a bipartisan basis to boost our economy, train workers, stand up for teachers, extend a lifeline to the long-term unemployed and protect jobs from potentially harmful trade deals. I will continue to be an advocate for North Carolina families, seniors and servicemembers who sacrifice so much, to ensure a brighter future for each of them.”

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement on President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“Tonight, President Obama touched on many issues, most notably on income inequality. But it’s as if the President, five years into his term in office, still doesn’t understand our country and what makes it work. The greatest achievement of our modern, free society is not the promise of equal outcomes — history is littered with the wrecks of nations that tried — but rather equality of opportunity. Unfortunately, the President’s policies are destroying opportunities for families and businesses across the country in the misguided belief that tearing down some will benefit all.”

“The greatest source of opportunity is economic growth. The surest path to economic growth is to free our economy from the ineffective policies that the President has put into place over the five years he has been in office. President Obama has added more debt than all previous presidents combined. Unemployment, and underemployment, remain high. If you count Americans who have stopped looking for work and dropped out of the workforce entirely, it’s near record highs. And the income inequality that the President speaks about is higher under his administration than at any point since before the Great Depression. By any measure, our country is less free, more in debt, less respected abroad, and facing a future where prosperity and opportunity are reserved for the few.”

“It is my wish that the President would stop looking for someone to blame, and instead spend time thinking about how we can reach bipartisan solutions to the issues he laid out this evening. I look forward to the President reaching out for suggestions as how to change the unsustainable path our nation is currently on.”

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Teacher of the Week: Jenny Walters

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Jenny Walters doesn’t miss an opportunity to educate. She even turned the Teacher of the Week surprise into a lesson…discussing surprises and celebrations with her kindergarten class.

She’s taking hands-on learning to a whole new level by bringing sign language into each lesson. It all started with the inspiration from a single student years ago.

“I had a student who was hearing impaired,” Walters said. “I did everything I could to help him communicate within the classroom.”

She soon realized he wasn’t the only benefiting from sign language – her whole room flourished. Now they all learn new letters and words every day.

“Working with five years old,” she paused, “it is a hands-on approach we can use to make learning more fun.”

And fun it is. Whether they’re singing and signing songs or using descriptive words to describe animals…they’re exercising their minds and little fingers.

Walters even had students help her publish a book on signing and distributed it to libraries all over New Hanover County. She also used grant money to have an American Sign Language (ASL) painted in her classroom.

Though it may sound like she’s accomplished a lot, she still has dreams for her room and students. “I want to spend the rest of my life, right here,” Walters said. “That’s my goal!”

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Red Cross says fire risks real, so practice safety

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross recently responded to three local home fires in less than 24 hours

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