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Archive for March, 2009

Ports Authority holds presentation for Southport terminal

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

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Ports officials contend the additional activity at the Wilmington port demonstrates the need for a new facility in Southport.

Thursday, the Ports Authority will hold a presentation on that planned international terminal. The meeting will take place at the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center.

Last week, residents heard from the group NO PORT Southport. Ports Authority CEO Tom Eagar said the terminal is critical to North Carolina’s growth. “The North Carolina International Terminal, that’s the key driver. It’s really the growth within North Carolina, that’s our market, that’s where we compete,” he said.

The terminal would be built in Southport, but Boiling Spring Lakes residents are concerned about traffic and environmental impacts that would come with the international terminal.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the community center in Boiling Spring Lakes.

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Ports officials contend the additional activity at the Wilmington port demonstrates the need for a new facility in Southport. Thursday, the Ports Authority will hold a presentation on that planned international terminal.

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Myrtle Grove house fire kills family’s two dogs

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

A Myrtle Grove Road resident arrived home Thursday afternoon and found a fire in his work room and two family pets dead, officials said.About 1:25 p.m., firefighters were called to the single-story brick home at 7514 Myrtle Grove Road and they extinguished the fire.

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Domestic violence kills 131 people in N.C. in ’08

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

RALEIGH | North Carolina’s attorney general said Thursday that domestic violence killed 131 people in the state last year, and he’s urging victims to get court-ordered protection against their abusers.

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Whats Happening: March 26-29

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

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Looking to save money and still get out of the house this weekend? UNCW’s 27th Annual Jazz Fest is this weekend at Beckwith Recital Hall. It includes three nights of concerts by UNCW faculty, students and visiting artists. It begins Thursday night. Each performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are five dollars or free for UNCW students.

Music and love fills the air across town. Make sure you reserve your seat for Wilmington’s Big Greek Wedding at Thalian Hall. Local community leaders will suit up for the affair. A Greek buffet, bar, music and dancing are part of the fun. Tickets are 75 dollars and all proceeds benefit Phoenix Employment Ministry. You can get tickets from Thalian Hall box office at 910-343-3664.

First impressions mean everything. If you want to dress for success do not miss a fashion show Friday afternoon at UNCW. Experts will show you how to dress for the job you want. It takes place at Warwick Center Ballroom at 12:15 p.m. The event is free.

If you are good with knitting needles and yarn you are invited to help put your skills to good use. Saturday, Project Linus is sponsoring a Blanket Day. Bring your sewing machine, knitting needles and crochet hooks to help make blankets. Project Linus gives the blankets to hospitals, police officers and fire fighters for children who are neglected or abused. It is from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church Gym 612 S. College Road.

The effort to fight cancer spans across four counties Saturday. The American Cancer Society Hope Motorcycle Run begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Harley-Davidson store in Shallotte. The ride will end in Jacksonville. If you pre-register, it is twenty dollars per driver, five bucks for a rider. The day off cost jumps to 25 dollars.

If you missed your prom, or just want a do-over, you have your chance Saturday night. An ALS Prom Party benefit is happening at Kefi’s in Wilmington. The party starts at 9:00 p.m. and ends at midnight, just in time for curfew. Advanced tickets are $15 a person or $25 a couple. Proceeds benefit the Wilmington Walk to Defeat ALS.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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videoWhat a weekend it is going to be! You are invited to a wedding where things are not always what they seem and a prom.

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The aftermath of the Red Springs tornado

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

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Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of a devastating F4 tornado that twisted through southeastern North Carolina.

The tornado came from the southwest right up the railroad track through the center of town.

The Red Springs tornado was deadly and destructive; it also came with little warning.

George Paris was the mayor of Red Springs 25 years ago, and he’s still the mayor today. “It was pretty apparent I need to call for help so I called for assistance from the state and they sent the National Guard in to secure the downtown,” Paris explained.

Looting and vandalism became an issue, as the town was wide open, lying on its back.

“It looked like a war zone, it looked like we’d been bombed and the worst damage was downtown,” said Red Springs Citizen staff writer Terry Powers.

“The first area it hit was the west side of town. It came on up through the Peterson School,” said Fran Ray of the Red Springs Chamber of Commerce.

The Peterson Elementary School was literally ripped apart; fortunately school was not in session.

Like so many buildings in the town, the Peterson School was rebuilt. The mayor’s game plan was simple; if it was destroyed, it was re-built, and there was plenty of damage to repair.

Power lines lined the streets of Red Springs. Hundreds of large fallen oak trees made the town one big obstacle course.

The Cape Fear chapter of the Red Cross was instrumental in helping the people of Red Springs get back on their feet. “I can’t think people enough for what they did on the volunteer side because they came from everywhere,” said Mayor Paris.

If there is a shining moment to come out from this disaster Red Springs, and its population of 4,000, became a stronger community.

“One thing the tornado did was it woke people up and made us realize the importance of life and how important it is to work together,” said Fran Ray.

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videoSaturday marks the 25th anniversary of a devastating F4 tornado that twisted through southeastern North Carolina.

The tornado came from the southwest right up the railroad track through the center of town.

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