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Archive for March, 2009

Campus clean-up held for Mary C. Williams Elementary

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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Parents, students and members of Christ Community Church were out in the beautiful weather doing a good deed this weekend.

Saturday, a campus gardening and clean-up day was held at Mary C. Williams Elementary School in Wilmington. Because of budget cuts, there is not much funding to maintain the school grounds, so volunteers brought their gardening tools and helped keep the campus beautiful.

Mary C. Williams Elementary student, Alden Burford said, “We want to make the campus look like people want to come here and bring their kids and let them try out the school and learn.”

The campus clean-up happens three times a year and is sponsored by the Williams PTA.

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Parents, students and members of Christ Community Church were out in the beautiful weather doing a good deed this weekend.

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Vandalism hits Sunset Park neighborhood

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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Residents of Wilmington’s Sunset Park neighborhood woke up Sunday to find some of their personal property vandalized. They said crime is a growing concern.

Vandals spray-painted the sides of cars and stole lanterns from front yards. One woman had two bikes stolen. She said both bikes were locked up before she went to bed, but the locks were cut and the bikes missing in the morning.

Neighbors said this is not the first time they have seen theft and vandalism in their neighborhood. Sunset Park resident, Chris Paladino said, “Bikes aren’t cheap, we are in hard times, I don’t have the money to keep shelling out for a bike, and this poor kid, that’s the only thing he enjoys in life, is his bicycle.”

The neighbors filed reports with the Wilmington Police Department, but officers said crimes like these are hard to solve.

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Residents of Wilmington’s Sunset Park neighborhood woke up Sunday to find some of their personal property vandalized. They said crime is a growing concern.

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Wilmington bowler is confident he can beat President Obama

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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The Commander in Chief recently made a comment heard across the globe. Now, it is encouraging Special Olympic bowlers from all over to show off their skills, especially one Wilmington bowler who can top President Obama’s bowling score any day.

There are no gutter balls for Special Olympic bowler Michael Wiley. “He gets a spare, and you try to encourage him to go up and get a strike the next time,” said Michael’s dad and coach, Phil Wiley.

Wiley has no problem getting strikes; it is President Obama who seemed to strike out on this one. During an interview on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, President Obama referred to his bowling game as, “Special Olympics or something”.

Michael said, “It offended me a little bit because I’m a special athlete, and we try hard to do all this stuff, and it offended me a little bit.”

“To me, as a parent, that touched me really bad, especially my wife Barbara, she was very upset about it,” said Michael’s dad.

President Obama said when he hits the lane he averages a score of 129. Wiley can top that, scoring 168 Sunday. But, for Wiley and his dad it is not about the score, it is about the dedication to sports, and the time they get to spend together. “We try hard, we have fun, we believe in the athlete’s oath and everything,” added Michael.

If given the chance to hit the lanes, Wiley is confident he would give the president a run for his money.

The president has made a number of apologies, saying he never meant to offend any Special Olympic athletes.

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The Commander in Chief recently made a comment heard across the globe. Now, it is encouraging Special Olympic bowlers from all over to show off their skills, especially one Wilmington bowler who can top President Obama’s bowling score any day.

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WWAY Goes to Washington: The President and Congress

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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It has been 62 days since Barack Obama moved into the Oval Office. A lot has happened in those two months, perhaps most notably a party-line fight and vote on the federal economic stimulus plan, despite the president’s calls for bi-partisan unity on the plan.

So how good is the relationship between President Obama and Congress?

It is a question WWAY asked the three members of Congress who represent us during a trip to the nation’s capital earlier this month.

President Barack Obama chose eastern North Carolina last month to serve as the backdrop to announce his exit strategy for the US involvement in Iraq. And multiple visits during his campaign last year also show the importance of North Carolina on a national scale.

“I think he has been many places. I’ve talked to him personally on the phone, and he is reaching out to both Democrats and Republicans,” said Kay Hagan.

The reach extended all the way to Capitol Hill, where, just a week after taking office, he president held meetings with congressional Republicans, hoping to get their support for the economic stimulus plan. In the end, only three Republicans voted for the package, but the vote may not fully explain how North Carolina Republican Richard Burr feels about his former Senate colleague.

Burr said, “I’ve got high regards for President Obama. He’s a friend. Contrary to what you might hear on the national news, all of us hope that he’s successful. I might’ve voted against the stimulus. It doesn’t mean that I don’t hope it works.”

Burr even said his priorities match the White House’s goals of comprehensive healthcare and fixing education. On the House side, Congressman Mike McIntyre said he thinks it is important to have a good working relationship with the president. “Every chance I can get with the president, I want to take that chance to try to promote our area of southeastern North Carolina.”

Though the congressman and president are in the same party, McIntyre said when it comes down to it, the issues that matter most have little to do with party philosophy.

“The very first conversation I ever had with Obama, even before he was elected president, I talked to him about our coastal areas and was explaining to him the importance of beach re-nourishment, because he was asking me about that money and about the sand and how that works. Why is that a good investment,” said McIntyre.

In the end, McIntyre, Burr and Hagan all agree about working with the 44th president. “I think it’s going to be an excellent relationship,” said Hagan.

Congressman McIntyre said serving in the House during the Clinton, Bush and now Obama administrations, he has always tried to work well with the president regardless of party.

Part One – WWAY Goes to Washington: Who represents us in Congress
Part Two – WWAY Goes to Washington: NC representatives discuss the stimulus plan
Part Three – WWAY Goes to Washington: NC representatives and their priorities
Part Four – WWAY Goes to Washington: The President and Congress

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videoIt has been 62 days since Barack Obama moved into the Oval Office. A lot has happened in those two months. So how good is the relationship between President Obama and Congress?

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Hundreds of princesses gathered for fun in Wilmington

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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A Wilmington steakhouse was transformed into an enchanted kingdom Sunday, as hundreds of little princesses gathered for the 7th Annual Azalea Festival Children’s Tea.

The girls played dress up, made jewelry, and even went on a photo shoot. Special guests included Azalea belles, the Azalea princess, and our very own Meghan Packer, who emceed the event.

Angela McGowan of Wilmington said, “My favorite thing was getting the stuff to put in my bag. And we like the princesses here and we’re going to take a picture of them.”

Proceeds from the event benefit the Cape Fear Volunteer Center. The organization matches volunteers with various charity events throughout the Cape Fear region.

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A Wilmington steakhouse was transformed into an enchanted kingdom Sunday, as hundreds of little princesses gathered for the 7th Annual Azalea Festival Children’s Tea.

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