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Archive for April, 2009

Pridgen organizes Feed the Homeless

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

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It was a day of giving back for former Hoggard girls’ basketball coach, Columbus Pridgen.

With the help of his new employer, Powell Bail Bonding, Pridgen organized a Feed the Homeless event in downtown Wilmington on Saturday.

Fried chicken, baked beans, sweet tea and other good foods were served to the homeless, while Mount Zion Methodist Church performed.

“We at Powell Bail Bonding wanted to give something back to the community for the many years of service they gave us, so we’re having a feed the homeless today,” Pridgen said.

This was the first ever Feed the Homeless event.

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It was a day of giving back for former Hoggard girls’ basketball coach, Columbus Pridgen.

With the help of his new employer, Powell Bail Bonding, Pridgen organized a Feed the Homeless event in downtown Wilmington on Saturday.

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Wilmington ALS walk generates over $35,000

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

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Hundreds of people walked UNCW’s campus in to support friends and loved ones struggling with ALS.

Lou Gehrig’s Disease, as it’s more commonly known, attacks nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Walkers held up signs and wore clothing with the names of loved ones. Some walked in teams, others alone, but everyone was happy for the support in the fight against ALS.

“It mean’s a lot because my nana passed away recently from this disease and we’re just walking for her,” said Lauryn Trott.

Each year more than 100,000 people across the country participate in the event. This year the Wilmington walk raised more than $35,000.

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Hundreds of people walked UNCW’s campus in to support friends and loved ones struggling with ALS.

Lou Gehrig’s Disease, as it’s more commonly known, attacks nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

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All revved up about Rims on the River

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

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It was hot rods as far as the eye could see in downtown Wilmington Saturday.

The fifth annual Rims on the River event rolled into town. Onlookers were able to view vintage cars and motorcycles dating back to 1980 and earlier.

It wasn’t just local car owners who participated. People came from all over the state to show off their unique rides.

“We came down as a car club from Elizabethtown. We’ve got thirty-three members in our club and eleven of us came down here today. We had a meeting this past Thursday night and a bunch of us decided to come down and help support Wilmington,” said Wayne Dove.

Event organizers tell us about 400 vehicles entered the show.

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It was hot rods as far as the eye could see in downtown Wilmington Saturday.

The fifth annual Rims on the River event rolled into town. Onlookers were able to view vintage cars and motorcycles dating back to 1980 and earlier.

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Parents scope out childcare options

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

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The Warwick Center was a one-stop shop for new mothers with questions about childcare on Saturday.

Seaside Media organized the Choices in Childcare Expo at UNCW.

The event showcased area preschools, daycare centers, afterschool and drop-in programs.

The expo was designed with busy parents in mind, letting them check out possible childcare options in Wilmington without having to visit all the different places.

“We had an education fair and it had a bunch of different private schools, charter schools, independent schools there,” said Erin Hogston of Seaside Media. “And we found that there were a lot of parents asking us about where to go with their children who are at preschool age and under.”

Representatives from each of the childcare organizations were on hand to provide information on the facilities, resources, and programs.

Parents said they were happy to have all of the organizations in one place for a side-by-side comparison.

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The Warwick Center was a one-stop shop for new mothers with questions about childcare on Saturday.

Seaside Media organized the Choices in Childcare Expo at UNCW.

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Life Stories: Agriculture exec’s career began behind a plow

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Mercer Rowe spent his youth behind a mule plowing the fields, until he saw a man drive by in a shiny new car and crisp white shirt.’Mercer remembered thinking, ‘Whatever that man does, I want to do,’ ‘ said Ernest Thompson III, pastor of Wilmington’s First Presbyterian Church. ‘And so Mercer didn’t stay behind the mule much longer.’

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