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Archive for March, 2009

One dog put down after fight with rabid raccoon

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Another raccoon in the area has tested positive for rabies, officials said Monday.Fred Michael, Brunswick County’s deputy health director, said a raccoon was killed Friday during a fight with two dogs in Supply. Test results returned Monday showed the raccoon had rabies.

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Repo man visits ILM, leaves with a Piper

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

When Ken Vojta went to work Monday morning, something was missing – one of his customer’s airplanes.

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Pole positions: Studio gives locals a unique way to work out

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Kristen Nichols had just finished her first pole dancing class. “I thought it was a really good workout compared to going to the gym,” she said. “It’s a lot more than a normal dance class – with the pole.”

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Seamstress ready for belles

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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Kay Godwin’s passion for dressmaking is reflected in her work. For the past 18 years, she has been using a needle and thread to make the Azalea Festival memorable for lucky belles.

As a second-generation seamstress, Godwin has stitched close to one hundred dresses for belles. “It’s the love that these girls will be beautiful maybe one time in their life,” Godwin said.

Godwin has spent countless hours in her workshop that holds the oodles of fabric, trim and lace it takes to create these gowns. She stays true to the time period for designing belle gowns by collecting references from old movies and books to model them after the era of the 1850s to the 1870s.

This master seamstress once dedicated 70 man-hours to create one gown.

She has also been known to turn a simple tablecloth or even ornate curtains into walking art. Godwin said her inspiration comes from what ever moves her. “It’s a passion and I know the Lord gave me a God given talent.”

Sarah McKinney, a future dressmaker said, “She’s amazing I love her. She has an amazing talent. I don’t know how she can make so many dresses that all look absolutely beautiful and authentic.”

Godwin said even though her sewing machine that was passed down from her mother breaks down every now and then, nothing could ever break her tradition for designing these one of kind gowns.

Godwin will be dressing 41 belles who will grace the gardens for this year’s Azalea Festival Garden Tour.

The 56th Annual Garden Tour runs from April 3rd to the 5th. For ticket information call 200-3134.

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videoKay Godwin’s passion for dressmaking is reflected in her work. For the past 18 years, she has been using a needle and thread to make the Azalea Festival memorable for lucky belles.

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Cartrette Technology Center to provide expert training

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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Columbus County has the highest unemployment rate in our five county area at nearly 14 percent.

In hopes of offering focused training for its students to help them land a job, Southeastern Community College has a new building on campus, dedicated to technology studies.

Students are already settled into their new space. The new Cartrette Technology Center has state of the art equipment and facilities, and could help these students land a job in these tough economic times.

That’s what Theresa Lengner is hoping. She was recently laid off from her manufacturing job. Lengner is part of the bio-agricultural program. She can take her degree and ultimately work on developing renewable energy. “If you want to re-tool yourself, and get some of these new biotech jobs, or even just a lab environment.”

“We are combining the opportunity to combine our rural environment with the traditional economy of farming and agriculture, and work with agri-business and create jobs,” said Congressman Mike McIntyre.

The building was donated and named after the Cartrettes, an avid farming family in Columbus County.

Myles Cartrette and his mother, Myrtle, were at the building’s dedication ceremony Monday in honor of their late husband and dad, James Allen Cartrette.

“My mother and dad truly believed in Columbus County, they stayed here, raised a family here, worked here, built a business here, and we felt like it was the right thing for Columbus County in these times,” said Myles Cartrette.

Faculty and students hope this training will bring some economic luck to Columbus County. In addition to the building, the Cartrette family has donated hundreds of acres of their farming land to the college over the years.

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videoColumbus County has the highest unemployment rate in our five county area at nearly 14 percent.

In hopes of offering focused training for its students to help them land a job, Southeastern Community College has a new building on campus, dedicated to technology studies.

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