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Archive for February, 2009

2 teens killed in NC wreck after running stop sign

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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SHERRILLS FORD, N.C. — Two teens have been killed in a wreck after their sedan ran a stop sign and was struck by two sport utility vehicles near the North Carolina town of Sherrills Ford.

The Charlotte Observer reported that the wreck happened Sunday afternoon on a rural road in Catawba County. The teens’ vehicle ran a stop sign and was struck by the SUVs.

Highway Patrol Trooper Steve Tabbet identified the victims as 16-year-old Hayden Griffith, who was driving the car. The passenger was 15-year-old Lindsay Barosci.

The trooper said both victims died at the scene and that neither alcohol nor high speed was involved. Both victims were wearing seat belts.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Two teens have been killed in a wreck after their sedan ran a stop sign and was struck by two sport utility vehicles near the North Carolina town of Sherrills Ford.

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Local man is turning his life around, one step at a time

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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While unemployment rates continue to rise and homes are going into foreclosure one Wilmington resident is overcoming the odds.

Many people may see 102 Montgomery Avenue as just a house. For Michael Lunsford it is so much more. “This house means a lot to me. This house means so much to me in ways you couldn’t possibly imagine. My children have a place to stay, they can look up to their dad, it’s like their own little superhero,” said Lunsford.

Just a few months ago Lunsford and his family lived at Good Shepherd Ministries, a Wilmington homeless shelter, but the experience did not discourage him. “Actually, it was a good bonding time for us. We got to know each other a little better,” Lunsford said.

While there, Lunsford spent his days searching for his dream job as a chef. His persistence paid off. Eventually he was hired at Hieronymus Restaurant.

“What put him over the top the most was the fact that he was so persistent. He just came by everyday,” described Hieronymus Restaurant owner, Skip James.

Lunsford earned enough money to buy a car and is now works three jobs; two as a chef and one as a security guard. He then saved enough to move his family out of the shelter and into their new home. “You have to be patient, you have to be persistent, and you have to be positive,” added Lunsford.

Lunsford said his father showed him the importance of a strong work ethic. “He worked two jobs himself, endlessly, and took care of ten of us.”

When he was younger, his grandparents owned two restaurants and taught Lunsford the skills he now uses in the kitchen, but he said it’s just the beginning. “I’m trying to get a cooking show for Food Network. Cooking with Michael on the Coast,” said Lunsford.

For now he said he is happy the hard work paid off. “I didn’t want luxuries in life, gold and diamonds, fancy cars stuff like that. I just wanted to live.”

Lunsford said the best luxuries are those money can’t buy. His sons said they can not wait for their dad to cook at his own stove. His eldest son, Anthony, said he would like to follow in his father’s footsteps as a chef.

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videoWhile unemployment rates continue to rise and homes are going into foreclosure one Wilmington resident is overcoming the odds.

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Early morning fire hits Lakeside Village Apartments

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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Some Wilmington families are looking for a place to stay after an early-morning fire at their apartment complex.

The 911 call came in just after 4:30 Monday morning after someone noticed a fire at the Lakeside Village Apartments. That is on Lapaloma Court off Oleander Drive.

Dispatchers said the fire started in a second-floor apartment and that the Red Cross was called in to help the families affected.

Police on the scene tell us everyone got out of the building safely.

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Some Wilmington families are looking for a place to stay after an early-morning fire at their apartment complex.

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Man safe after explosion on his boat near Masonboro Inlet

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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A boater is safe after an explosion forced him to abandon ship.

Wrightsville Beach and Oak Island Coast Guard rescued the man about 20 nautical miles from the Masonboro Inlet. The call came in around 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

He reported the explosion on board his fishing boat, which forced him to use his life raft. Another boater picked up the stranded captain.

EMS treated the man for minor burns on his hands.

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Wrightsville Beach and Oak Island Coast Guard rescued the man about 20 nautical miles from the Masonboro Inlet. The call came in around 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

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Do Some Good: Meet local Twitterers at the Twestival

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Twitterers and other Tweople should put Wilmington Twestival 2009 on their calendars. The local gathering, sponsored by the Star-News, is part of a global event Thursday.

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