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Archive for May, 2009

Miss USA pays a visit to Holly Tree Elementary

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

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Miss USA went back to school Thursday. As part of her homecoming tour, Wilmington native Kristen Dalton visited with students at Holly Tree Elementary.

The kids were excited about her visit. They hung posters on the walls of the auditorium to welcome her. Her message to the children was, “dream big.””If you make the right decisions and keep up with your persistence, there’s nothing you can’t achieve,” said Dalton.

The kids were happy to share their dreams of becoming everything from a singer to a Jedi-master.

Dalton’s busy week is not over yet. She will be at the Sharks game tonight, and making several stops around town Friday.

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Miss USA went back to school Thursday. As part of her homecoming tour, Wilmington native Kristen Dalton visited with students at Holly Tree Elementary.

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Four New Hanover County students have H1N1

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

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It’s official; the H1N1 virus has made it’s way to our area. With a little over week left before school ends in New Hanover County, two elementary schools are now dealing with the flu.

“We have three cases in one school and one in another that we are currently tracking,” said NHC Health Department Director Dave Rice.

In a Thursday afternoon news conference, officials from the New Hanover County Health Department and school administrators discussed the flu cases.

Three Gregory Elementary School children have the virus, and one child from Snipes Academy. Officials would not say what grades each student is in.

To prevent any spread of the virus, the four students have been required to stay home for a minimum of seven days.

Administrators are now working to determine who else might have been exposed to the virus.

The health department is warning families to be cautious. “If your child is sick, you should not be sending your child to school,” said NHC Health Department Medical Director Janelle Rhyne.

Since April 15, probable cases were sent to the state lab for testing. In the batch, four came back positive bringing the state wide total of swine flu to 18.

Parents, students and everyone else is being urged to practice good hygiene, like washing your hands frequently, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoiding close contact with those who are sick, and staying home if you do get the flu.

“We are all at risk to H1N1 flu virus and parents need to follow preventative measures with their children,” Rice said.

The health department says there is no need right now to close Gregory or Snipes elementary, unless more cases are discovered. For now, school nurses are on site to keep an eye out for students who show symptoms.

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videoIt’s official; the H1N1 virus has made it’s way to our area. With a little over week left before school ends in New Hanover County, two elementary schools are now dealing with the flu.

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Four cases of swine flu confirmed in New Hanover schools

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

New Hanover County has confirmed four cases of H1N1, also known as swine flu. The cases involve students at Gregory and Snipes schools.

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Surfing the web on the Intracoastal Waterway

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

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A Wilmington company called icwifi.net provides high-speed wireless internet access to boaters. Now checking the forecast on the water is just a click away.

Year round, boats stroll up and down the Intracoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach. Many have laptops on board, but couldn’t get a connection…until icwifi.net came along.

“If you’re out in the water and you don’t have a good radar and you’ve got a storm coming and you’re deciding do you go in for the night, or do you stay out hooked up for the rest of the night, you have to be able to see that and with icwifi, we’ll allow you to do that,” said marketing manager Anna Hoggard.

If you’re in the Motts or Banks channels of the ICW, you’re in the coverage zone. When you click on the internet, a screen will pop up prompting you to sign up for icwifi.

The service costs $3 per day, $10 per week, or $30 per month.

You’ll get a code you’ll punch in to surf the web. “You can be in your house with the same code, and get on your boat with your laptop and go over to Masonboro Island and get on the internet there, so you can sit on the beach, sit on the dock, or sit on the porch,” Hoggard explained.

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People on shore can use the connection too, as icwifi.net has several antennas along the ICW like on top of Mott’s Channel Seafood.

“It’s good reliable high speed internet, we use it everyday,” said Motts’ manager Tom Franz who uses the connection to check the weather so he knows when to expect boats coming in with fresh seafood.

The company just started in March. In the coming months, icwifi.net hopes to expand their service to the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington, as far south as Myrtle Beach, and north to Morehead City.

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videoA Wilmington company called icwifi.net provides high-speed wireless internet access to boaters. Now checking the forecast on the water is just a click away.

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Whats Happening: May 29-31

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

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You can see a unique visitor at the aquarium starting this weekend. And while you’re down at Fort Fisher, check out a new program featuring the cannons.

Meet Luna, a new resident at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The albino alligator exhibit opens Friday. Aquarium hours are 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The cost is eight dollars for adults, six dollars for ages six to seventeen. Children five and under are free.

Show your appreciation for our city, county and state leaders at the 6th Annual Elected Officials Appreciation BBQ hosted by the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. You can also meet Miss USA Kristen Dalton. It begins at 5:30 p.m. and the cost is $25 per person. You have to register and the number is 910-762-2611 ext. 107.

Grab your gear, a weekend of fishing awaits at Wrightsville Beach. It is the Fisherman’s Post Spring Inshore Challenge. It begins Friday night with registration and a captain’s party at Wild Wing Café on Military Cutoff from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Fishing begins Saturday and culminates with an awards ceremony that night. The entry fee is $150 per boat.

You can also catch a shark – make that sharks. The Wilmington Sharks are hosting a campout for boy scouts Saturday at Buck Hardee Field. It begins after the Sharks home game. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. The game starts at 7:05. For eleven dollars boy scouts will receive a ticket, food and a scout patch.

Help raise money to fund kidney disease awareness with Wilmington’s first ever Kidney Walk. Registration begins 9:30 a.m. at Greenfield Lake Park. The goal is to raise ten thousand dollars.

Carolina Beach is swinging this summer. A new event to the Boardwalk Beach stage – The Boardwalk Blast: Battle of the Bands. It begins at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m.

Ever wonder what the cannons at Fort Fisher sound like? Here is your chance to find out. A new program, Cannoneers: Load, Ready…Fire is Saturday at the fort. The cannon will be fired from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., but the fort is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

On Sunday, gather your little princesses. A fantasy princess tea party and ballet is happening at Thalian Hall. Make sure you dress up! The tea party and ballets take place at 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tickets for both are thirty dollars. The ballet only will cost you fifteen dollars.

Hop on your bikes and pedal for peanuts. The bike ride raises money for the Full Belly Project. It takes place at Blue Clay Bike Park. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. The entry fee ranges between ten and thirty five dollars, depending on age and skill level.

Also this weekend, take advantage of a free health event in Whiteville. You can get your blood pressure, weight and blood sugar checked for free. If you have kids, they can also be fingerprinted. It runs from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Vineland Station Depot.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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videoYou can see a unique visitor at the aquarium starting this weekend. And while you’re down at Fort Fisher, check out a new program featuring the cannons.

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