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Archive for February, 2014

Three North Carolina child service offices to close

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Three regional North Carolina government offices designed to help the youngest children with developmental delays or mental or physical disabilities are closing, eliminating 170 state employee positions.

The Department of Health and Human Services says Children’s Developmental Services Agencies in New Bern, Rocky Mount and Wilmington will be shuttered by July 1 because the state budget directs a $10 million reduction this year and position eliminations. The offices help administer a program where families can get services for children up to age 3 at little or no cost and through insurance.

Services in the affected regions will continue as program administration is contracted to the East Carolina University School of Medicine. DHHS says East Carolina is expected to add 150 positions that could be filled by displaced state workers.

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Area florist donates flowers not sold during winter storm

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Those at Julia's Florist said they lost a lot of Valentine's Day business because of last weeks winter storm.

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Burgaw Planning Board approves Walmart application

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Walmart’s desire to open a store in Burgaw is closer to reality

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Marine reunited with dog he trained overseas

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

David Nilson and Sonny met during deployment, they spent most of their time together working on training Sonny so he could detect IEDs. Nilson said because they spent so much time together, the two got close.

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15 years later, Columbine shooting continues teaching lessons

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — April will mark the 15th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. Today educators in Brunswick County continued to learn valuable lessons from someone who helped handle the aftermath.

“I made a promise to them, that if we could save one life through the work we are doing with other school districts, then there child’s life would not have been in vain,” Columbine Public Relations Manager Rick Kaufman said.

Nearly a decade and a half since making that promise to the family’s of the Columbine shooting victims, Kaufman continues his mission. He helped bring peace after the 1999 shooting at the Colorado school that became synonymous with school violence.

Despite the years of focus, such violence continues.

“Unfortunately this year we have seen an uptick in the number of school shootings, but since 1992, long before the Columbine tragedy, there have been 400 student-on-student violent instances involving guns, what we call active shooters,” Kaufman said.

Kaufman says of those 400 cases, 200 of them have been averted because of the fast thinking of teachers and school administrators.

Paul Price is the principal at Shallotte Middle School. He says even though school violence has not been stopped completely, discussions like today’s in Brunswick County still have many benefits.

“To know that there is nothing that you can really do to prepare for a horrific event except to talk about the possibilities and build that teamwork and communication with your parents, students and staff,” Price said.

Price and Kaufman say planning now will help prevent trouble in the future.

Kaufman says it is important to develop a culture of teamwork, so that when a crisis hits, everyone is prepared.

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