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2008-08-06 15:00:46

By Mike Wilder, Times-News, Burlington, N.C. Aug. 6--Diane Hill has only been on the job as principal at Woodlawn Middle School since early July. But Hill is already well-known in the area, since she's been an assistant principal at next-door Eastern Alamance High School for the last four years. With students returning to school for the start of the 2008-09 year in less than three weeks, the Times-News interviewed Hill on Tuesday to help people learn more about her background and...

2008-08-05 12:00:00

By Charity Apple, Times-News, Burlington, N.C. Aug. 5--If Roland Johnson misses his daily workout at the Kernodle Senior Center in Burlington, his phone starts ringing. "They want to know what's going on and why I didn't show up," Johnson, 92, said of his fellow workout buddies, Earl Harris, 90, John Samila, 90, Bob Vail, 89, (he'll be 90 on Sept. 24) and Walker Howard, 89, (he'll be 90 on Oct. 1). Jo Ely, fitness coordinator at the senior center, deemed the group "Club 90." Her...

2008-08-02 15:00:21

By Emily Hohenwarter, Times-News, Burlington, N.C. Aug. 2--Sorry, Mr. Gore. An admirable idea, but it's not going to happen. That seems to be what most folks in the North Carolina energy business say regarding Al Gore's recent challenge to America to end its fossil fuel addiction within 10 years. Everyone agrees that a commitment to renewable resources is important, but, as Duke Energy spokesman Tom Williams put it, "we have to live with our feet very much rooted in reality." Gore, who...

2008-07-31 12:00:00

By The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho Jul. 31--Young Latino girls are invited to show their talents at the fifth annual Miss Chiquitita 2008 pageant. The pageant is part of the Hispanic Heritage Fiesta, a cultural celebration set for 10 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Twin Falls City Park. The Miss Chiquitita competition is for girls ages 5 to 10 of Latino descent. The pageant will be held at noon Aug. 9 at the park. The girls' parents/guardian are required to complete a registration form and must...

2008-07-31 12:00:55

By Mike Wilder, Times-News, Burlington, N.C. Jul. 31--The Alamance-Burlington School System, backed by the U.S. Department of Justice, asked a federal judge to rule that the system has fulfilled its obligation to desegregate local schools. The school system and Justice Department made the request during a federal court hearing Wednesday morning in Winston-Salem. Ann Majestic, an attorney for the school system, said it has made efforts since the 1970s to have racially balanced schools....

2008-07-31 12:00:44

By Keren Rivas, Times-News, Burlington, N.C. Jul. 31--Get ready to take a stroll down memory lane. On Saturday night, Alamance County residents will be able to see Scarlet O'Hara, Rhett Butler and Ashley Wilkes in all their glory as The Paramount Theater in Burlington presents the classic movie "Gone With the Wind." Though a fictional story, the movie provides a glimpse of the American South of long ago, said Al Boswell, past commander of The Sons of the Confederate Veterans-Col. Charles...

2008-07-30 12:00:00

By Sean Breslin, The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho Jul. 30--If gas prices seem to be taking their sweet time dropping below $4 a gallon, you're probably in Idaho. While the average national price of gasoline has been steadily dropping for the past two weeks, local prices at the pump have barely registered any change. The national average is now $3.94, compared to Idaho's average of $4.14, said Dave Carlson, director of public and government affairs at AAA Idaho. "This may be a very...

2008-07-30 12:00:36

By Emily Hohenwarter, Times-News, Burlington, N.C. Jul. 30--Haw River paddlers will soon have a convenient canoe and kayak launch site at their disposal. The boat launch is part of the town of Haw River's new park, which is currently under construction. Town Manager Jeff Earp said planners saw a need for a safe way for boaters to get in and out of the river. Without a launch, people climb into boats from the river bank, Earp said, which can be dangerous. When the North Carolina...

2008-07-28 09:01:20

By Damon Hunzeker, The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho Jul. 28--Of the functions most important for local governments to operate smoothly, sewage control may rank near or at the top. After passing a motion to "approve paying the bills" Wednesday night, the Heyburn City Council agreed on a plan to complete the ongoing renovation of the Heyburn Wastewater Treat-ment Plant. "Because of the drawn-out process of getting the sewer project going, prices have increased, and we've fallen short,"...

2008-07-28 09:00:55

By The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho Jul. 28--The Twin Falls City Council will decide tonight whether to spend more than $123,000 to replace the lining of the digester at the city's wastewater treatment plant. Digesters are the last stop in the treatment process, where incoming solid waste, already heavily siphoned, is biologically processed into a useful product as compost that is distributed among the agricultural community. Methane gas is the excess product of the treatment. Cracks...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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