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Archive for April, 2009

Room makeover is extreme for local boy

Friday, April 24th, 2009

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A 15-year-old New Hanover County boy who is battling leukemia hasn’t had a real bedroom to call his own for some time, but thanks to the Welcome Home Angel organization, Zach came home from a fishing trip to a brand new bedroom.

“It’s just so much. I’m just so happy, to actually have my own workspace for homework and everything. It’s going to be a lot of fun just having my own room,” Zach Parks said.

Welcome Home Angel is a non-profit organization that remodels chronically ill children’s rooms.

“I can have friends over without being bothered by everybody and just to hang out, have my own little spot, my own privacy,” Zach said.

Despite tough economic times, twelve businesses donated their much of their services for free. “It’s a great feeling and we were just happy to be able to do something like this,” said architect Mark Loudermilk.

For Zach’s parents, Clyde and Heather, seeing their son’s face light up is priceless. “There’s no amount of money that you can put on that look when we pulled up, it’s amazing. And these were amazing people that did this,” Clyde said.

In a space that’s truly his own now, Zach is looking forward to enjoying his brand new bedroom. “I’m really grateful that it can happen to me and I hope it can happen to other kids who need it, too.”

Along with room makeovers, Welcome Home Angel also provides emotional support to the sick children and their families.

Zach is in his last phase of treatment for his leukemia. He and his family are looking forward to good days ahead.

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videoA 15-year-old New Hanover County boy who is battling leukemia hasn’t had a real bedroom to call his own for some time, but thanks to the Welcome Home Angel organization, Zach came home from a fishing trip to a brand new bedroom.

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New owner of former Cape Fear Bank posts lower profit

Friday, April 24th, 2009

First Financial Holdings Inc. took over the failed Cape Fear Bank on April 10. That transaction is not reflected in the latest results, which are for the Charleston-based company’s fiscal second quarter.

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Webinar teaches about social networking

Friday, April 24th, 2009

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“Tweeting” and “poking” is common terminology in the social networking world, but to many these Twitter and Facebook terms may as well be a foreign language.

To help educate people, one Wilmington company, Talk, Inc., hosted a free webinar to teach professionals the basics of social media.

More than one hundred people from around the country tuned in to get tips.

“This is new to everyone,” said William Davis of UNCW. “These are new technologies, what’s popular last year is not popular this year and the same will be true next year, so it’s a learning process and mistakes will be made and that is part of new media, it’s the fact that it is virgin ground for everyone involved.”

Debbie Elliott presented the webinar. She said social media is one of the greatest marketing opportunities of the century.

Blogging, and being active on social networks can help others find you on the web and drive traffic to your site. She explained social networks can open a lot of doors to opportunity, but only if used in a professional manner.

Those tuned in to the webinar were able to interact by typing in questions.

Katie White hopes to make a career out of social media, so this webinar was especially helpful for her. “Especially in public relations, social media is the new frontier. So it’s especially important, especially in this economy to understand where the industry is going. Because of the webinar, I’m now able to say I understand social media and I may have a one-up on other candidates.”

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Hit and run driver gives reason for fleeing

Friday, April 24th, 2009

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The man charged with a hit and run in Wilmington yesterday, said he had a reason for fleeing.

Darelle Young of Leland told police he was worried about not being an authorized driver of the rental car he was in.

Young was pulled over for speeding, gave police his license, then sped off.

He ran a red light, smashed into the back of another car, and kept driving. He then ditched his car, took off his shirt, and ran.

Hours after being on the loose, he turned himself into police.

According to the magistrate’s office, his hit and run felony has been reduced to a misdemeanor.

Young has several previous charges, including drug and firearms violations, and eluding police.

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The man charged with a hit and run in Wilmington yesterday, said he had a reason for fleeing.

Darelle Young of Leland told police he was worried about not being an authorized driver of the rental car he was in.

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Cape Fear Pride: Calabash means seafood

Friday, April 24th, 2009

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If you are in Calabash, it is difficult to miss the seafood restaurants throughout town that offer some of the best eating in the area.

No matter where you are in Calabash, a seafood restaurant isn’t far away.

Among the several seafood eateries is Ella’s, opened by Ella Vaught High and her husband in 1950.

Ella’s was the third restaurant in Calabash. Back then, they caught their own seafood to serve at the restaurant.

Today it is run by Ella’s grandson Kurt Hardee, who said of the restaurant, “It’s all about family atmosphere, very laid back, low key, not pretentious at all.”

It’s also all about the seafood, Calabash style.

“It’s just lightly battered, it’s not got a lot of breading on it, as to some of the other stuff you’ll see in other places and it’s fried in grease, vegetable shortening now,” Hardee explained.

There is no shortage of delicious dishes prepared in the bustling kitchen by employees like Lisa King, who has been with Ella’s for ten years. “Sautéed shrimp, sautéed scallops, spaghetti dinners, grilled chicken plates.”

The employees are proud of their product, and the customers are happy to enjoy it. “When we want seafood, we head this way,” said Alton Staples.

While the kinds of residents may have changed, the pride of the town has always been the same, it is seafood.

Calabash was incorporated in 1973 and has more than 1,400 year-round residents.

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If you are in Calabash, it is difficult to miss the seafood restaurants throughout town that offer some of the best eating in the area.

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