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CFCC student graduates at age 14

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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Cape Fear Community College also had one of its commencement ceremonies Friday, and we were especially impressed by one young woman picking up her diploma.

Julia Nepper is the youngest graduate in CFCC’s history, at just 14 years old. She started school there when she was 11 and has already completed one semester at UNCW where she’s majoring in marine biology with minors in Spanish and music. She said her fellow students are always surprised to learn her age. “It’s not so bad, they usually think I’m older than I am, they just think I’m small,” said Nepper.

Julia’s parents Richard and Nadine said, “It is very exciting for us, it’s obviously something we’re very proud of. We’re very glad to have her finished with this portion of her education and to move on to what lies ahead.”

Julia is graduating from CFCC with two degrees, an associate in arts and an associate in science; and with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

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Cape Fear Community College also had one of its commencement ceremonies Friday, and we were especially impressed by one young woman picking up her diploma.

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Residents’ effort pays off with no-wake zone on Oak Island

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Big Davis Canal on Oak Island has officially been designated a no-wake zone after a successful effort spearheaded by local residents.

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Culinary landmarks at Wrightsville Beach

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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“It’s a little bit of paradise, and sometimes it’s not even real.”

Like many people, Bernard Carroll says at Wrightsville Beach, there’s a summery feeling all year long.

“I hit the drawbridge, and felt the bridge sound under me, and I thought ‘Boy I am so glad to be home.”

Carroll owns the “Neptune.” King Neptune Restaurant in Wrightsville beach has been through it all. Built in 1947, it’s the oldest restaurant in New Hanover County. It’s had a few facelifts over the years.

“It hasn’t changed in a bad way, it’s just changed, Carroll says.

The atmosphere at the Neptune is just like it was in the late forties, a type of hospitality Carroll prides himself on.

“It’s been a mom and pop, family owned business since its conception.”

On the other side of town, David Monaghan spends his days serving beach goers eggs sunny side up.

“Even the tourists and everything that have been with me for 23 years say there is one part of Wrightsville Beach that has never changed, and hope it never does,” he said.

Since The Causeway Cafe opened it’s doors in the late 80’s, sun worshippers have made it their stop before settling down in their beach chairs.

Monaghan says the café was just as crowded two decades ago as it is now. He says the beach, however, looked different. It used to be lined with small, modest cottages.

“Now you’ve got these mega mansions at the beach, there aren’t many of these little cottages left anymore,” said Monaghan.

Two Wrightsville Beach landmarks, both part of the town’s history – and looking forward to riding the waves into its future.

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videoThrough hurricanes and a big fire, King Neptune Restaurant has remained a staple of Wrightsville Beach.

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Jury finds man guilty in attempted rape of 95-year-old woman

Friday, May 8th, 2009

A jury of nine women and three men found Brian Anthony Reavis, a 42-year-old ex-convict, guilty on Friday of the attempted rape, robbing and beating of a 95-year-old woman in her historic district home last April. The attack left the woman permanently blind in her right eye, which was knocked out of her skull from the force of Reavis’ blows. The…

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Attorneys give closing arguments in rape trial

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Is he just a criminal or is he insane?That’s the question an accused rapist’s defense attorney asked jurors today during closing arguments before they received their jury instructions this afternoon.

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