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Archive for April, 2009

Goodwill: Honesty perseveres in case of lost wallet

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Honesty is a great character trait. Those who have it tend to do the right thing even when it costs them some trouble or a potential windfall.

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NC Legislature honors late NC State coach Kay Yow

Monday, April 13th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina’s Legislature is joining the number of people remembering late North Carolina State University women’s basketball coach Kay Yow for her life and accomplishments.

The state House and Senate plan to approve a resolution honoring Yow on Monday.

Yow died at age 66 in January after a long fight against cancer.

The Hall of Fame basketball coach took over at N.C. State in 1975 and led the Wolfpack women to more than 700 victories.

Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, but led the U.S. Olympic women’s team to a gold medal the following season. The disease recurred during the 2004-05 season, forcing her to leave her team twice in past seasons to focus on treatment even as she raised money for research and cancer awareness.

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

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North Carolina’s Legislature is joining the number of people remembering late North Carolina State University women’s basketball coach Kay Yow for her life and accomplishments.

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Wildlife officials: Officer fatally shoots hunter

Monday, April 13th, 2009

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WINSTON-SALEM — State wildlife officials say a veteran officer shot and killed a hunter in self-defense after a confrontation.

A spokesman for the North Carolina Wildlife Commission says the shooting happened early Saturday morning on private property in Wilkes County.

Captain Rusty Hunter says Wildlife Officer Mark Minton was patrolling during the first day of turkey hunting season when the confrontation happened.

He says there is no evidence suggesting the officer confused the hunter with an animal. Instead, it appeared the officer was protecting himself.

Minton is on administrative leave while the State Bureau of Investigation reviews the incident.

The victim’s identity was not released.

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

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State wildlife officials say a veteran officer shot and killed a hunter in self-defense after a confrontation.

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NC Outer Banks park warns of dog restrictions

Monday, April 13th, 2009

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MANTEO — Officials are warning visitors to Cape Hatteras National Seashore to keep dogs on a leash at all times to protect endangered birds and turtles during the breeding season.

Park superintendent Mike Murray said the seashore is a breeding ground for endangered and protected birds and sea turtles which lay eggs on the beach. Murray said a dog running off a leash can disturb birds and cause them to leave their nests and expose eggs to predators.

Last year, rangers documented more than 700 cases of dogs running off leash at the seashore, including numerous instances near protected nesting areas.

Rangers can issue a citation that carries a $150 fine. Leashes must not be longer than 6 feet.

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Officials are warning visitors to Cape Hatteras National Seashore to keep dogs on a leash at all times to protect endangered birds and turtles during the breeding season.

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UNCW Razor Walker Award recognizes Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Monday, April 13th, 2009

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It began more than 50 years ago as a home for young men struggling with family issues. Now it is a place where abused or neglected boys and girls can get the care and education they need to succeed. Because of what it has accomplished over the years, the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina is one of this year’s UNCW Razor Walker Award winners.

Nestled beneath the pecan trees, a stone’s throw from the waters of Lake Waccamaw, is the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina. For more than 50 years the group home has been a haven for abused and neglected children.

“They don’t believe in themselves much at all,” said Boys and Girls Homes CEO Gary Faircloth. “Our greatest charge, challenge, is to take a child who has been that for so long, and in short time with us, make them feel good about themselves.”

Business and civic leaders opened the home for boys in 1954. In 1979 it became a Boys and Girls home and in 1998, the home started a foster care program. So far, 3,500 children have come through its doors, including Gary Faircloth.

“There were many firsts for me; sheets on my bed, a bed of my own, inside running water, regular meals, regular baths, trips to a dentist,” Faircloth said.

But children are provided with more than just physical items. Teaching parents live in the cottages with the children; nurturing them to their fullest potential. “They know there’s someone there to help them, someone to encourage them, someone to see them along the way and someone to help them develop a long term plan to get back in their own family, own community, successful individuals,” added Faircloth.

The Boys and Girls Homes also has an on campus school for children in fifth through 12th grade. Faircloth also stresses the importance of the chapel, to help in their spiritual education. “We believe the beauty of the campus, beauty of facilities reflects the greatness in all of our children,” he said. “They need this type of environment to help develop that greatness and believe in themselves.”

The help does not end once a child leaves the facility. The Boys and Girls Homes will financially help a child continue his or her education. “If we can see a child come back and say, ‘look at what I’m doing, I’m proud of what I achieved, Boys and Girls Homes played a role in that but more importantly, I made this happen, I am somebody,’ that’s our greatest reward,” Faircloth said.

We will introduce you to all the Razor Walker Award winners this week. They will be honored at a banquet at UNCW next week.

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