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Archive for March, 2009

Lake Waccamaw is the source of inspiration for one Whiteville artist

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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Here on serene Lake Waccamaw, artist Christine Balogh finds her inspiration. “What I really like the most here are the animals,” she said. “The turtles in the canal, they are so funny when they are coming out and they are sunning themselves.”

A Hungarian born artist, Balogh studied in Budapest and Vienna before immigrating to the United States in the late sixties. She is an artist in many different mediums; frescos, mosaics, painting, pottery making and tapestry. You can find her weaving on a six foot loom inside her home and art studio that overlook the lake.

“Whatever I am doing at the time, it is my favorite,” said Christine.

In the span of her forty plus year career, she has had more than 25 exhibitions both in North Carolina and abroad. Balogh has taught art at Southeastern Community College in Whiteville since 1968. She shares her expertise and instills creativity on all that are willing to learn.

Christine said, “I always told my students, if you never tried to read, would you be able to read?”

Earning degrees from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and Budapest fined tuned her skills, but her artistic eye began much earlier. Balogh’s mother was her very first inspiration and teacher. “My mother was a painter,” she remembers. “Every summer when we lived in Hungary, we went to a big lake and she was painting there always. I helped her carry a canvas and watch the brushes and I sat down and made little sketches.”

“I can thank my mother that I can do what I am doing,” said Christine.

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videoThe story of one local artist begins in Hungary, and continues in Lake Waccamaw. It is the beauty and nature of her surroundings that inspire her many works of art.

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Brush fire burns 2 acres off Gordon Road

Friday, March 20th, 2009

A brush fire burned about 2 acres of undeveloped land near Avant Drive, a residential neighborhood off Gordon Road in New Hanover County.Battalion Chief Max Smith said New Hanover County Fire Services was investigating the fire that was reported at 3:15 p.m. and was under control by 3:59 p.m.

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Halfway house women find shelter through local business owner

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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At 11 o’clock Friday morning, the women of a local shelter found themselves homeless, again. They had been living at a motel since losing their permanent home in a fire early Tuesday morning. Everyone managed to get out safely with very little of their belongings. The Red Cross put them up in a motel, but just till the end of the week.

New Beginnings member, Jolyn Rutter said, “We may have lost our home, but by us staying together it is making us stronger.”

Staying together is crucial. The house that caught fire is the New Beginnings Recovery Home. It used to house ten women who are all trying to live a sober life, together. “I just know with the bond we have, as long as we stay together, we’ll be ok,” said New Beginnings director, Sonya Cauley.

“All of us being in recovery, this has been a test of our faith above anything else,” said Rutter.

Their faith may have paid off. Wilmington business owner Denny Nagle heard what happened to their home and decided to do something about it. He is paying for the women to stay in another area hotel for a week.

“Somebody had to help them. I didn’t want them to be out on the street,” Nagle said.

Cauley added, “Even though we have done things because of our disease and our addiction and we’ve been cast out as whatever, the public sees that these women are trying to do something positive with their life and get back on track.” A track that will hopefully lead them to a new beginning, in yet another new home.

Denny Nagle owns a roofing company in Wilmington. He said depending on how business goes, he will offer to pay for another week in the hotel for the women.

If you would like to help, a charity fund is set up at the First Bank near Landfall. Just ask to contribute to New Beginnings Recovery Homes Incorporated.

The New Beginnings program has been helping women since 2001.

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videoImagine losing your home in a fire, then a few days later, losing your temporary one. That is what a local women’s group went through this week.

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Program aims to help struggling Wilmington youth

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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Saturday, the Wilmington Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance will hold its city-wide fellowship.

Twenty-five pastors and twenty-six non-profit organizations will gather at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. The program aims to help struggling youths in the Wilmington area by bringing them together with volunteer organizations.

Pastor James Faison said the program is a call to action. “What the goal is, is for individuals to come and become inspired by the messages that they will here by the fellowship that will take place on that day, but then immediately go out, right there on site they can sign up to volunteer and to assist.”

Among the twenty-six non-profits participating in the event will be the Cape Fear Community Resource Center, The United Way, and the Wilmington YMCA.

The program will run from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Saturday, the Wilmington Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance will hold its city-wide fellowship.

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Well-known doctor’s license permanently suspended

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina officials have permanently suspended the license of a well-known pediatrician who was accused of conducting improper genital exams of five patients.

The state medical board released a consent agreement Friday with Dr. Melvin D. Levine. He ran a clinic at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a research institute for children with learning and behavioral disabilities.

The agreement said five pediatric patients were examined by Levine without a chaperone, guardian or parent present between 1987 and 2006. The board said the exams weren’t medically necessary.

Levine said in the agreement the exams were necessary for identifying abnormalities that might cause developmental problems, but agreed not to appeal the suspension or practice medicine in another state.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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North Carolina officials have permanently suspended the license of a well-known pediatrician who was accused of conducting improper genital exams of five patients.

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