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Archive for April, 2009

Military wives create their own social networking site

Friday, April 17th, 2009

A new Web site, officially launched last week, includes blog posts and articles on topics ranging from recipes to gift ideas for deployed military husbands.

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Bruce Cavenaugh Super Store, Isuzu dealership closing

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Bruce Cavenaugh Super Store and the adjoining Isuzu Suzuki deadership have closed, Comptroller Ann Johnson said Friday.

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Plane headed to Cuba makes emergency landing at ILM

Friday, April 17th, 2009

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There was another emergency landing at Wilmington International Airport Thursday night; this time it was a medical emergency.

An Air Transit flight from Nova Scotia, Canada, was heading for Cuba when a passenger went into shock and passed out. Wilmington was the closest airport on its flight path, so the call went out and emergency crews headed for the tarmac. A doctor onboard stabilized the passenger until the plane could land.

The 40-year-old man was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he remains hospitalized.

The Airbus A-310 was back in the air and headed for Cuba again a short time later.

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There was another emergency landing at Wilmington International Airport Thursday night; this time it was a medical emergency.

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Clinton superintendent finds ways to improve every classroom in his district

Friday, April 17th, 2009

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As the superintendent of Clinton city schools, Dr. Gene Hales has an important job to do. But nowhere in his job description is the word dancer, and that is just what he did to raise money for the school system.

He, along with other community leaders, participated in a Dancing with the Clinton Stars fundraiser to furnish every classroom with 21st century technology; a Smart Board. “As a public servant to these children, it’s my duty and our duty, responsibility to make sure that we do whatever it takes to provide these opportunity for these students and I think this is a part of the ‘whatever it takes’,” said Dr. Hales.

That was his most recent accomplishment for the schools. But a little more than two years ago, he led a community-wide effort to raise money to build the new Clinton High School after bids came in over budget. The effort was called March to a Million. “We had to raise 1.4 million dollars in 4 months,” Dr. Hales said. “It seemed like the greatest challenge we would ever have to face.”

That was a challenge Dr. Hales met head on with whopping results. “Before March, we raised 2.6 million dollars which helped fund an auditorium and a 9th grade gym at the new high school,” he described.

One way they were so successful; naming rights. Walk into the high-tech high school and you will see names on the auditorium, the auditorium seats and even the classrooms. “We are very excited,” Dr. Hales said. “Our community has been so great in helping us with those initiatives it’s just phenomenal what this community has done.”

While the schools might be tech savvy now, Dr. Hales is continually looking for ways to stay ahead of the game so students can achieve. “When you see the light bulbs come on for those children, when you go and see how successful they are in their classrooms and how successful they are – it’s just rewarding to see the students achieve.”

Monday morning, we will introduce you to one more Razor Walker Award winner.

All of this year’s Razor Walker Award recipients will be honored at a banquet Monday night at UNCW.

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videoOne school superintendent faced a budget shortfall, and what he did because of it can be seen in every classroom in his district. That is one of the reasons Dr. Gene Hales is a 2009 UNCW Razor Walker Award winner.

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Record Store Day spotlights small stores

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Even before the recession hit, the impending demise of the independent record store was predicted.

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