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Archive for March, 2009

Thursday UNCW celebrates Teal Day

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

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If you are near the UNCW campus Thursday, you may see a “sea” of teal.

Today the university will celebrate its first Teal Day, and proclaim it as the official school color.

When UNCW was founded in 1947, the original school colors were green and gold. Since that time, teal unofficially has become the school color.

School leaders will unveil a new Spirit Rock on campus and sign the Teal Declaration at 11 a.m. this morning.

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If you are near the UNCW campus Thursday, you may see a “sea” of teal. Today the university will celebrate its first Teal Day, and proclaim it as the official school color.

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Deputies make quick arrest in Big Lots robbery

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

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An armed robbery at the Big Lots on Market Street in Wilmington was solved fairly quickly Wednesday.

New Hanover County deputies arrested David Horrell after spotting a vehicle matching a store clerk’s description of the one used in the robbery.

Inside, deputies found a gun, along with a hat and bandanna they say were used in the hold up.

Horrell is in the New Hanover County jail, also charged with breaking into a neighbor’s house and stealing the gun that was used in the robbery.

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An armed robbery at the Big Lots on Market Street in Wilmington was solved fairly quickly Wednesday. New Hanover County deputies arrested David Horrell after spotting a vehicle matching a store clerk’s description of the one used in the robbery.

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UNCW students talk business with new Hard Rock Park owner

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

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UNCW students are getting down to business. Wednesday, executives gave them the inside scoop about the business world. Students were able to ask questions and hear about ways to jump-start their business careers once they graduate.

Tim Duncan, the prospective owner of the new Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach, was there. He talked about what he is going through to rebuild the park after it went bankrupt.

“It’s been a shot in the arm for the Myrtle Beach economy, with all the bad new we get in the economy, and with all the bad news we get in the paper everyday,” said Duncan. “You like to have a little bit of good news, so we think this is a bit of good news, and everybody is really pulling for us this time, and our success, cause if we’re successful they will be successful.”

Duncan plans to have Hard Rock Park open for the summer tourist season. The Myrtle Beach amusement park has been hiring new employees.

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UNCW students are getting down to business. Wednesday, executives gave them the inside scoop about the business world. Students were able to ask questions and hear about ways to jump-start their business careers once they graduate.

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Wilmington art community remembers Robert Brown

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

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Members of the Wilmington art community are remembering a dear friend. Robert Brown, a well-known local artist, was found dead in the Cape Fear River Tuesday. The 78-year-old’s cause of death has been ruled an accidental drowning. Now, those who knew him are looking back on the life he led.

Robert Delford Brown left his mark on the artistic world. “He was extraordinary because he chose to live a creative life in a very bottom line culture and society where being an artist is not an easy thing,” said Cameron Art Museum Director Deborah Velders.

His friends, who knew him as Bob, say humor and intelligence filled his work, which he used as his voice for topics such as injustice and social protest. “He was a great believer in collaboration because he felt that was the future,” said Velders. “He would say, ‘people had to help people, they have to work together.’”

Dan Brawley worked on several projects with Brown. “The popular image of an artist is this mythologized, outsider who doesn’t fit in and can’t get along,” Brawley said. “Bob Brown was not one of those people, who for me, made me feel like I could as an artist, I was actually a valuable part, I was something.”

Brown had his first ever museum exhibit in Wilmington, at the Cameron Art Museum in 2007. He moved here shortly after, after decades in New York. “He shared his work everywhere he went, in Italy and New York and he was a pretty important part of the New York art scene for decades,” added Brawley.

Brown’s friends call him a visionary, who in his 78 years, touched artists all over the world. Brown’s friends said there will likely be a memorial service early next week.

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videoRobert Delford Brown left his mark on the artistic world. Members of the Wilmington art community are remembering a dear friend. Robert Brown, a well-known local artist, was found dead in the Cape Fear River Tuesday.

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Land donated to community college as nature preserve

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

When Nathan Sanders decided to name the 350-acre nature preserve he donated to Cape Fear Community College after his wife, he had to keep it a secret.She never would have allowed the name if she had known, according to Sanders.She “supports everyone in her sphere of influence and never tries to draw attention to herself,” Sanders said.

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