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Onslow County Schools make-up days to be decided later



Onslow County Schools will have to decide very soon when students will make-up the days missed during a recent snow storm.

Onslow County Schools are now facing the decision of make-up days for lost instruction time from the winter storm that brought a prolonged period of record-breaking cold along with snow and ice to the area.

School for Tuesday was canceled by officials but there was already three missed days and one short day counted due to the past week’s storm. There was also a two-hour delay from the start of school on August 29.

Students in Onslow County were released four hours early on Jan. 3 as the storm began to approach Onslow County and no school for students and staff on Thursday and Friday. Schools were also canceled for students on Monday and optional workday for staff.

Officials with the Onslow County Schools say the safety of students and staff and bus transportations are “primary concerns.”

Director of Community Affairs for Onslow County Schools Brent Anderson says it is equally challenging to decide how to make-up those days.

“Just as the decision to delay or cancel school is never easy, the determination of what days will be used for make-up is similarly complex,” Brent Anderson said.

The make-up days will be decided by the superintendent with input from instruction, human resources, and finance departments. Anderson added that there are requirements for instruction time to be met as that decision is made.

The general statute requires that a school district must have 185 days or 1,025 hours of instructions in a school year.




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  1. Dwain Kettman

    January 16, 2018 at 2:24 pm

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One arrested for Jacksonville’s St. Patrick’s Day murder



The family of a man who was killed over the weekend in Jacksonville will never be able to see their loved-one again, but tonight the accused killer is behind bars.

John V. Deavers

Police say, John V. Deavers, 28, of Estate Drive in Jacksonville is accused of assaulting and stealing money from 28-year-old William Young.

Captain Ashley Weaver with Jacksonville Police Department said that Young was assaulted around 6:45 pm.m Saturday near Ronnie’s Classic Auto Sales on Gum Branch Road. The two men knew each other, according to officials.

Young returned to his apartment later Saturday where he died as a result of his injury, according to Weaver.

He was found dead in his Indian Drive apartment Sunday Morning.

Officials say they charged Deavers Thursday night with an open count of murder and common law robbery.

He is in the Onslow County Jail without bond.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact JPD Detective Jason Lagana at 910-938-6414 or or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information leading to apprehension or arrest. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637. Refer to Case 18-02617 when calling or texting about this case.

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Baby wipes is the reason for Jacksonville sewage spill



Officials in Jacksonville have confirmed that baby wipes being flushed down commodes is the reason that thousands of gallons of untreated sewage spilled into a Jacksonville creek.

Officials say the spill happened Monday around 10 p.m. near Indian Drive and Brookdale Plaza and nearly 4,000 gallons of sewage spilled into a tributary of Mill Creek.

Undissolved baby wipes and other similar products were pulled from the sewer lines and is the reason the line was blocked, which caused the sewage to back up and spill out of a manhole.


Jacksonville say the items below should not be flushed:

• Any non-organic material
• Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, and moist wipes
• Cans, bottles, bricks, glass, and wood
• Clothing, wash cloths, towels, and rags (any cloth item)
• Dental floss, toothpaste, and vitamins
• Diapers and adult protective underwear (cloth, disposable, or “flushable”)
• Egg shells, nutshells, and coffee grounds
• Facial tissues, napkins, and paper towels
• Fats, oils, and greases
• Food items containing seeds and peelings
• Medicines or syringes
• Plastic of any kind
• Sanitary napkins, tampons, tampon applicators, and condoms
• Toilet bowl scrub pads


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Explosion in Austin, $100,000 reward for suspect(s)



Two men have suffered serious injuries Sunday night after an explosion was reported in Southwestern Austin, Texas, according to emergency workers.

Officials have not confirmed whether the explosion was a result of a packaged bomb but three heard blast over the past month in Austin have killed two people and critically wounded at least two women.

Tonight’s explosion occurred on Dawn Song Drive, according to Austin-Travis County EMS Twitter account. “At this incident and are prepping those patients for transport.”

Two men who are believed to be in their 20’s were injured, according to investigators adding that the injuries were not expected to be life-threatening.

Austin police said the reward for information leading to an arrest in the deadly explosions has risen by $50,000 to a new total of $100,000. More than 500 officers, including federal agents, have conducted 236 interviews following up 435 leads.


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