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Archive for February, 2009

A Bladen County family celebrates a 108th birthday

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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All eyes were on Ms. Florence McCoy Monday. She celebrated her 108th birthday. “I enjoyed it, it was wonderful. I just thank the Lord for it,” said Florence.

Known as Aunt Florence around town, Ms. McCoy said she has been blessed with a lifetime of joy. “I enjoy going to church, serving the Lord and going different places, enjoying myself.” And what better way to enjoy herself than being surrounded by family and friends, celebrating more than a century of making her mark on Elizabethtown.

St. John Ame Zion Church Reverend Jimmy Melvin said, “She’s had a great influence in touching lives of people that live in that community for years on top of years.”

Florence’s granddaughter, Shirley Brand-Lewis said, “She’s just a wonderful person. You can’t help but love her.”

“She used to make quilts for us, she used to reward us by making pocket books,” added Florence’s great-granddaughter, Kay Fleming.

Described as a legacy in the community, Ms. McCoy, who has six generations of family members living nearby, is full of gratitude. “I just thank the Lord for being here and for giving me this age.”

From all of us at WWAY, Happy 108th Ms. McCoy!

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videoThere was a very special, and monumental, birthday celebration in Bladen County Monday. In fact, it was for the county’s oldest living resident.

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Perdue travels around NC to talk up road projects

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Gov. Beverly Perdue wants citizens to know where North Carolina’s share of the federal stimulus money will be used.

Perdue plans to visit the Charlotte area, Piedmont and Down East on Tuesday to announce where work through the first round of infrastructure projects paid through the federal stimulus package will be done.

The state Department of Transportation says at least $838 million in stimulus money will repair bridges and roads or pay for other transit projects. DOT has said it wants to let construction contracts by June for the first half of its federal money for bridges and highways.

Perdue said Monday she’ll soon unveil a Web site tracking how the state’s $6.1 billion share of the stimulus is spent.

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

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Gov. Beverly Perdue wants citizens to know where North Carolina’s share of the federal stimulus money will be used.

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Motorcyclist in fatal crash had multiple tickets

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

A 26-year-old man who died in a fiery motorcycle crash on Eastwood Road last weekend that also took the life of a cab driver had a pending speeding ticket and past speeding convictions, court records show.

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Trial to process in death lawsuit against NC town

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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YADKINVILLE, N.C. — A woman’s wrongful death lawsuit accusing a North Carolina town of failing to protect her slain daughter after a protective order was issued is moving forward.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that the case is scheduled to start Tuesday in Yadkin County Superior Court. The case was delayed Monday and prospective jurors were sent home while attorneys and the judge met privately.

Vernetta Cockerham-Ellerbee sued the town of Jonesville and its police department four years ago.

The lawsuit contends that the department and two of its officers failed to protect 17-year-old Candace Cockerham, who was found stabbed and suffocated with duct tape Nov. 18, 2002. Her estranged husband Richard Ellerbee committed suicide about a week later.

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

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A woman’s wrongful death lawsuit accusing a North Carolina town of failing to protect her slain daughter after a protective order was issued is moving forward.

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Search is on for missing Wilmington woman

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office needs your help finding a missing woman.

29-year-old Karla Moss-Harrigan was last seen at her home on Carolina Beach Road last Wednesday. She has a medical condition that requires medication.

If you know where she is, call police at 910-798-4200.

 
 
 

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29-year-old Karla Moss-Harrigan was last seen at her home on Carolina Beach Road last Wednesday. She has a medical condition that requires medication.

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