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Archive for April, 2009

Saturday’s Chowder Cook-Off won by Michael’s Seafood

Monday, April 20th, 2009

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Hundreds of people gathered at Carolina Beach Lake Park Saturday to taste some of the best chowder on Pleasure Island and Wilmington.

The 13th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off brought out restaurants like O’Charley’s, The Courtyard by Marriott’s Sea Side Grill and Rucker John’s.

Our very own Steve Rondinaro was a judge, but he was not the only one who got a say. People were able to sample to their heart’s content and vote for what they thought was the best chowder.

The winner for People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice for Best Chowder was Michael’s Seafood.

The Best Decorated Booth award went to Jack Mackerel’s.

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Hundreds of people gathered at Carolina Beach Lake Park Saturday to taste some of the best chowder on Pleasure Island and Wilmington.

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Missing NC inmate, jailer captured in California

Monday, April 20th, 2009

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ASHEVILLE — Authorities say they have captured an escaped murder suspect and the female prison guard accused of helping him flee from a North Carolina jail.

Swain County Sheriff Curtis Cochron says 27-year-old Jeffery Czechonna Miles and 32-year-old Anita Kaye Vestal were taken into custody Monday in Vallejo, Calif. The pair disappeared from the Swain County Detention Center in March.

Miles says investigators recovered items in the jail that pointed to the area in California where they were captured.

Miles is one of six people charged with killing two men in their Swain County home in August.

Authorities say Vestal will be charged for helping Miles escape.

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

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Authorities say they have captured an escaped murder suspect and the female prison guard accused of helping him flee from a North Carolina jail.

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Senator Burr visits Wilmington for Republican fundraiser

Monday, April 20th, 2009

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Senator Richard Burr took a bit of a jab at President Barack Obama Friday night. Burr said he does not need a teleprompter to speak as he travels from city to city, unlike the president. Nor did Burr need one to talk about an economic turnaround in southeastern North Carolina.

“You can begin to see growth in this community, you see life, you see tourism back,” said Senator Burr. “It’s just a matter of time before this economy turns around and we see pricing stabilized and we forget about the economic downtime and we look forward to the opportunities.”

There also was the comment the senator made to his wife about taking money out of ATM’s during the bank crisis last fall. It is a comment that has put Burr in some hot water.

“Nationally, I’m not surprised, but the truth is I was trying to convey to people my frame of mind in the early days of the crisis,” he said. “It was not an attempt to run on a bank. You can’t do that on an ATM machine. The point was I was concerned enough about the architecture that even personally I wanted to do something. I’ve got a responsibility to do it as a profession, but personally I wanted to look after my family if that meant getting $500 at home, then I thought that was important. “

Burr thanked his Wilmington audience in advance. He intends to be re-elected in 2010.

Senator Burr said he has been heckled a lot, but anticipates the commotion will die down over the next few days.

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videoSenator Richard Burr was the keynote speaker at a Republican fundraiser in downtown Wilmington Friday. He spoke with WWAY’s afterwards about politics, as well as about a comment that has North Carolina’s senator taking heat nationally.

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Association helps abused children just be kids

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Dan Cameron took an informal poll of members of downtown’s Wilmington Rotary Club and found that more than half the members had heard of Guardian ad Litem, but most didn’t know what it does.

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Teacher’s Earth Day lesson lasts for 90 days

Monday, April 20th, 2009

The first few times Kevin Murphy walked his Lab-retriever mix puppy near Carolina Beach State Park in October, he only saw what a neat place it was, the beauty of the landscape. When he took a closer look, though, he didn’t like what he saw.

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