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Archive for February, 2009

Wilmington the scene of fires, gunshots and bomb threats during racial turmoil of 1971

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

The events of February 1971 that led to the Wilmington 10 convictions came during a turbulent period. The Vietnam War and the “Generation Gap” split the nation. Violence erupted at student protests.In Wilmington, it was a time of racial upheaval.

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Kids get airborne

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

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Thirty kids walked around Stag Air Park in Burgaw with butterflies in their stomachs, but big smiles on their faces waiting their turn for an exhilarating ride in a two-seater airplane.

The experimental aircraft association held their Young Eagles Program. Kids interested in flying were invited be co-pilots on the small planes. Twenty-five general electric volunteers and pilots donated their time, fuel, and skills to give kids a thrilling adventure in the air.

Like many kids, Zachary Parks is fascinated with aviation, but unlike his peers, he was diagnosed with leukemia. Zachary has never had the opportunity to fly, until Saturday. “I just always wanted to be up in the air, so I just finally got there.”

Zachary took to the skies and said the feeling he got was hard to describe. “At first, take-off was kind of like a roller coaster but then it just became it’s own thing.”

“It’s just exciting to see their smile on their face, that kind of says it all,” said pilot Ken McGee. “A lot of times, this is the first time for kids and the whole thing about this is to see those guys have a great time and enjoy and maybe get a little spark going for aviation.”

The experience was one everyone at Stag Field will cherish, especially Zachary. “It was a dream come true.”

The fly-ins take place every month at Stag Air Park in Burgaw.

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videoThirty kids walked around Stag Air Park in Burgaw with butterflies in their stomachs, but big smiles on their faces waiting their turn for an exhilarating ride in a two-seater airplane.

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Local schools compete in mock trial

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

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Teams from eight schools including Laney and Hoggard competed in the Wade Edwards Mock Trial Regional Finals on Saturday.

Teams argued hypothetical cases against one another and were judged by members of a jury.

Judge Jay Hockenbury said the competition helps prepare students for the real thing. “It’s just like a trial, and they have to think like an attorney. They have to think out themes, they have to think of what they’re going to testify to and cross examination and how to cross examine people.”

The teams each competed in three rounds on the day’s docket. Winners will compete for the state championship in charlotte next month.

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Teams from eight schools including Laney and Hoggard competed in the Wade Edwards Mock Trial Regional Finals on Saturday.

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Families get help at FAFSA Day

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

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Some soon to be college students got some help filling out important financial forms today as 65 locations, like UNCW, participated in the Seventh Annual FAFSA Day.

Colleges, high school representatives, and volunteers helped parents sort through the paper work to apply for federal student aid. With a slow economy, organizers say they had a record turn out.
“Many families that may have not qualified for financial aid in the past that will at this point in time for need based financial aid,” said UNCW Financial Aid Director Emily Bliss.

At UNCW they had more than 160 families come out for help. The economic stimulus package will add $500 in grant money and increase the federal work-study program for college students.

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Some soon to be college students got some help filling out important financial forms today as 65 locations, like UNCW, participated in the Seventh Annual FAFSA Day.

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Moore’s Creek anniversary attracts visitors

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

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History came to life today in Pender County. This weekend marks the 233rd anniversary of the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge.

A reenactment drew visitors to the battleground in Currie on Saturday. In 1776 the battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge, between the loyalists and the patriots, helped bring about the Revolutionary War.

Encampments were set up on both sides of the bridge showing where colonists slept, how they cooked, and what they wore.

“This marks a celebration of those people who came to this site where we’re standing and fought for their freedom as well as those who fought for the opportunity to be loyal to the King of England,” said Tyrone Brandy, the Burgaw National Park superintendent.

The festivities continue on Sunday.

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History came to life today in Pender County. This weekend marks the 233rd anniversary of the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge.

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