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Archive for April, 2009

What’s Happening: April 24-26

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

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Spring festivals and fireworks, a car show and a chance to get a good book on the cheap; all that, and more is going on this weekend.

The Friends of New Hanover County Public Library’s used book sale offers books, movies and audio starting at one to three dollars per item. Prices drop to 10 cents by the sale’s final day. The member preview is Friday from six to nine p.m. at the Northeast Regional Library on Military Cutoff Road. It’s open to the public Saturday through Thursday.

If you like art, check out what’s on the walls in downtown Wilmington during the Fourth Friday Gallery Night. The free self-guided after-hours tour from six to nine p.m. includes Bottega Gallery, Acme Art Studios, Port City Pottery,
New Elements Gallery, The Golden Gallery, the Wilmington Gallery, WHQR, Montage at 310, Burchetta Blass, Port City Antiques, Selectables, Creations by Justine and Una Luna.

Trying to figure out what to do with old electronics like televisions, computers or microwaves? Don’t throw them away, recycle them.

You can drop off any electronics that do not have Freon at the Wal-Mart off Market Street in Wilmington Saturday from nine a.m. to two p.m.

The Tri-Beach Cruisers sponsor the Bash at the Beach Car Show Saturday at the Home Depot in Shallotte. Registration is from nine a.m. to noon.

Spring means fun at festivals, including the third annual Kure Beach Street Festival. The music, food, dancing and arts and crafts start at 11 a-m at K Avenue near the pier. A fireworks show starts at dark.

Brunswick County celebrates its fourth annual Springfest Saturday. Fun for all ages runs from 10 a.m. to five p.m. at Brunswick River Park across from Belville Elementary on Highway 133.

It’s the 15th Springfest in the Bladen County town of Kelly. The parade starts on Highway 53 at 11 a.m. The festival runs all afternoon at the ball park.

Robinson Produce and Farms hosts the second annual Strawberry Family Fun Day Saturday in Columbus County featuring food, free strawberry ice cream, music, crafts, antique tractors and draft horses.

The free event is from nine a.m. until five p.m. at the farm on Green Wwamp Road, or Highway 211 in Bolton. Call 910-876-0322 for more info.

Sunday you can enjoy a free family concert featuring the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra. It begins at four p.m. at Union Missionary Baptist Church at 2711 Princess Drive. Admission is on a first come first served basis.

There’s also a breast cancer awareness fundraiser at Marrz nightclub in Wilmington Sunday. Several bands will play from two p.m. until midnight. There’s also a auction and raffle including a guitar signed by Edwin McCain. Tickets are 10 dollars in advance, or 12 at the door. Proceeds go to the one love foundation.

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Lifeguards try to save lives of animals

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

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Calling all Wrightsville Beach lifeguards past and present; you’re being asked to save the lives of animals this time around.

This weekend, the town will host its 2009 Wrightsville Beach lifeguard reunion.

While former lifeguards share memories, they will also have a chance to adopt pets from the New Hanover County Shelter.

“They need a home. If we can do this and keep them from being put to sleep and anything happen to them, hopefully we can find them some good homes,” said retired lifeguard John Drewry.

The reunion kicks off this Saturday at the Wrightsville Beach Museum at 1:00 p.m.

Animals from the shelter will be available for rescue.

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Game over for theives who steal from church

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

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Temptation proved to be too much for five people arrested for stealing from a New Hanover County church.

Six video game systems were taken from Northside Baptist Church. Half have been recovered, even after thieves pawned them for cash.

“Who steals from a church? People who don’t know Christ,” said Pastor Kevin Brooks.

Five people were caught on tape, three under the age of 18, stealing several Playstation systems, an X-box 360 and a Nintendo Wii from the Northside Baptist Church.

Damages to the facility all together totaled about $3,200.

Surveillance video caught four males pocketing the Playstations, as they ripped the consoles from the wall.

On April 9th, the night of the crime, one of the suspects hid in the bathroom of the building until it closed for the night. When the lights were out, and everyone was gone, he let his friends in through the back door.

The next morning, when church staff realized what happened, the crime was reported to the NHC Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators took the serial numbers of the stolen items. “As long as we have the serial number, we can match it up and all. That’s how we track it,” explained Detective Steven Blissett.

Turns out some of the suspects sold the consoles to local Game Stop stores. Like pawn shops, Game Stop requires identification to sell items, and the serial numbers are recorded.

The serial numbers given to detectives, matched those reported stolen.

Three were returned, the others had already been sold.

Only one of the five suspects, 29-year-old Gasim Wood, remains behind bars at the New Hanover County Jail. Charged with breaking and entering and two counts of obtaining property by false pretense, he’s being held on a $15,000 secured bond.

Twenty-seven-year-old Susana Reed was charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense. He was released from jail on a $2,000 bond.

The three juveniles suspected in the crime have also bonded out.

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videoTemptation proved to be too much for five people arrested for stealing from a New Hanover County church.

Six video game systems were taken from Northside Baptist Church. Half have been recovered, even after thieves pawned them for cash.

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N.C. spending cuts put coastal decisions on hold

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

A decision on the fate of sandbags that have protected The Riggings since the first Reagan administration has been delayed again.

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Pre-K programs could see cuts of 25%

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

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While our state is being recognized for it’s superior quality pre-school education by researchers, state lawmakers are faced with cutting early childhood education funding. Popular programs like Smart Start and More at Four may be in the cross fire.

The Senate’s proposed budget would cut 25 percent of funding heading into the hands of pre-school programs, which translates to $ 108 million.

In order to spare early child care programs, the House proposed a bill that would merge two major pre-school programs into one single agency to cut costs.

Smart Start and More at Four, both programs that offer child care services to prepare children with high quality, affordable education, could merge.

Smart Start of Brunswick County has already started using the model. “From our perspective, we hope that More at Four and Smart Start are merged as opposed to following what’s proposed in the Senate because we have seen it work so well here in Brunswick County,” said Director Linda Gironda.

“More at four is really trying to capture those families who have not had the opportunity to have their children in programs that are going prepare them for kindergarten,” said More at Four Manager Helen Gabriel.

But not all agree with a merger. In a recent press conference, Governor Bev Perdue addressed a crowd full of pre-school teachers about the issue. In a nutshell, she said implementing a merger may be easier said than done.

If the Senate budget passes, programs like More at Four would get dismantled to save money. That’s why supporters of the House bill say it’s better to work together than have no program at all.

An education committee is reviewing House Bill 539. It will then go onto the full House for approval, then to the Senate. Both chambers will have to pass the bill before it becomes law.

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