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Archive for April, 2009

Back Then (1909): Vegetables fall victim to late frost in Pender

Friday, April 17th, 2009

This historical perspective, compiled from past Star-News articles, takes readers back to the Cape Fear region of years past.100 years ago

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Cape Fear Pride visits Ocean Isle Beach

Friday, April 17th, 2009

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Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith has 50 years of memories of living on this island.

She and her family moved to Ocean Isle Beach six months after Hurricane Hazel hit. “We were the only four people that lived here permanently year round,” Smith said.

It’s hard to imagine this town with only four residents. As Ocean Isle Beach celebrates its golden anniversary this year, 500 people make up the town’s year-round population. That number jumps to as much as 25,000 in the summer.

Among the changes to the town known as the gem of the Brunswick islands was the museum of Coastal Carolina, which was founded by Stuart and Louise Ingram and opened in 1991.

“Just driving by the building on the outside you might not realize what’s on the inside and I think most people are surprised when they come and they see the exhibits and how much information there is about the environment of ocean isle beach,” said Scott Kucera of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation.

The museum is the only natural history museum on a barrier island in the Carolinas. It offers exhibits on everything from seashells to sea turtles to the green swamp… and much more.

The touch tank is very popular with the kids and they also enjoy walking through one of the largest dry aquariums in the southeast.

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As Ocean Isle Beach celebrates its golden anniversary this year, 500 people make up the town’s year-round population. That number jumps to as much as 25,000 in the summer.

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Funding will be available for adult care facilities

Friday, April 17th, 2009

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Two Wilmington adult day care facilities facing budget cuts will get the funding they need.

On Friday, the New Hanover County Department of Social Services announced it will come up with about $20,000 to get both Elderhaus and Adult Day Care Services through the fiscal year.

Inez Weston’s husband George has been under the care of the staff at adult say services for more than a year. State funds, administered through county DSS, pay for his five-day-a-week supervision.

Without it, Weston said, providing constant care would be a struggle. “It really would hurt me and George. I would tell you that much cause I would have to do everything myself.”

George is one of the facility’s seven state funded clients.

Thursday, the county told administrators it would not be able to fund them trough the fiscal year. Elderhaus, another adult day care facility got the same news. Combined, the two facilities care for 15 state funded patients at a cost of about $20,000 for the next two months.

Friday, county DSS officials confirmed $23,000 will be transferred to make sure the fifteen patients will continue to get the care they need. Just where they money is coming from has not been confirmed by New Hanover County DSS.

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videoTwo Wilmington adult day care facilities facing budget cuts will get the funding they need.

On Friday, the New Hanover County Department of Social Services announced it will come up with about $20,000 to get both Elderhaus and Adult Day Care Services through the fiscal year.

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Local Hokies remember Va Tech massacre at Thursday vigil

Friday, April 17th, 2009

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It’s been two years since a gunman went on a deadly rampage at Virginia Tech killing 32 people before killing himself.

Hokies everywhere gathered in remembrance Thursday, including the local alumni chapter, which held a candlelight vigil.

Two years after their alma mater was the scene of one of the most deadly massacre’s in US history, the Coastal Carolina Hokies came together Thursday night.

“Instead of remembering by ourselves, we thought it would be really important to get together as a group and take a moment out of our day and just be together during a difficult time,” said alumna Michelle Bliss.

“Coming out here tonight sort of helps as part of the healing process,” added Jim Floyd.

For those who were on campus that day, the memories are vivid.

“I was a freshman living in West Ambler Johnston where the two first shootings were,” said Chris Olsen. “It went from 22, and then a buddy of mine in a dorm over said 32, and I was like, that can’t be.” Olsen is in Wilmington doing an internship. He said the shootings have brought the campus together and people there are closer than ever.

This day will never be the same for anyone with Virginia Tech roots. Some, more than others. “April 16th is no longer my birthday, but it’s the day that I remember those that passed and those that could have had a future,” said Kristopher Ludacer.

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It’s been two years since a gunman went on a deadly rampage at Virginia Tech killing 32 people before killing himself.

Hokies everywhere gathered in remembrance Thursday, including the local alumni chapter, which held a candlelight vigil.

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Associated poll

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Marine passes through ILM to face murder charge

Friday, April 17th, 2009

A Camp Lejeunue Marine who fled to Mexico shortly before he was charged with killing a pregnant colleague returned to the U.S. on Friday, passing through Wilmington International Airport.

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