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Archive for August, 2014

5th case of rabies confirmed in New Hanover Co.

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Animal Services has confirmed a fifth rabies case in New Hanover County this year.

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Council to discuss solutions to Freeman Park dune erosion

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

A football-field length stretch of dunes at Freeman Park have eroded significantly in the past month

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New plan targets at-risk youth in Wilmington

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

A new strategic plan aimed at reducing violence and increasing opportunity for at-risk youth in Wilmington was released

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Blue Ribbon Commission looks to prevent youth violence

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Safety, wellness and education are three areas the Blue Ribbon Commission are now directing its attention towards to prevent violence among area youth.

Back when the group started in 2008, leaders focused on reducing out-of-school suspensions, the high school dropout rate, and engaging an army of volunteers to come into the youth enrichment zone and help serve the community.

Six years later, leaders say they are narrowing down those goals to make them more specific and action oriented. To do this they say they looked at important factors that led kids to violence in the first place.

The BRC serves parts of the north side of downtown Wilmington. New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David says crime in that area is down 28%, but commission leaders acknowledge there is still plenty of work to be done.

“The issue of youth violence is so complicated and interwoven, with so many issues, that if we can slow attack one at a time and see success within that, we know that we are doing our job,” said Executive Director Jana Jones Hall.

The RBC provides about 400 families its services and says it plans to expand within the next several years.

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Fifth rabies case of year reported in New Hanover Co.

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Animals Services Unit says a fifth case of rabies this year has been confirmed in the county.

Friday Animal Services was notified of a dead raccoon found in the yard of a home on South Branch Road. The owner was unaware that the raccoon was in the yard and let their cat outside. The cat was potentially exposed to the raccoon. The owner handled the cat afterwards and was potentially exposed to saliva. The raccoon was brought into the shelter by the owner. ASU prepared the specimen for transport to the state lab for rabies testing. The cat was current with its rabies vaccine and has been re-boostered.

Monday the state lab reported the raccoon tested positive for rabies. The victim was notified of the positive results, and ASU will canvass the area to educate the public about the threat of rabies and the importance of keeping their pet’s rabies vaccine current.

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