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Archive for May, 2009

Miss USA returns home

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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Wilmington native Kristen Dalton won the Miss USA title last month and this afternoon she made her first public appearance in Wilmington since winning the crown in Las Vegas.

Kristen Dalton’s entrance was grand enough for a queen. She made an elegant arrival at Riverfront Park with a cruise down the Cape Rear River on the Henrietta III.

Her presence caused quite a commotion; after all, it’s not every day Miss USA cruises into the Port City.

It will be a busy week for Miss USA as she visits several area schools. She’s also scheduled to appear at Thalian Hall tonight.

Dalton will compete for the Miss Universe title in August.

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Wilmington native Kristen Dalton won the Miss USA title last month and Wednesday afternoon she made her first public appearance in Wilmington since winning the crown in Las Vegas.

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More information on Jessica Wishnask

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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There is new information on former Williston Middle School teacher Jessica Wishnask.

Wishnask was arrested early Saturday morning after police found her in the back seat of a car with a fifteen-year-old boy. Sources tell us the boy was a student at Williston.

County officials would only confirm that Jessica Wishnask had been suspended twice, while working there. One Williston student who had Jessica Wishnask for a teacher told us he saw her hanging around with one particular student during recess and breaks.

He spoke with us, with his parent’s permission. “Yeah, he would come into her room, and talk to her in the hallways.”

Other than that, Ms. Wishnask was known as the popular teacher at Williston despite the fact she had been suspended twice while teaching there. “She would let us use our phones during class, and let us drink drinks and stuff.”

Over the weekend, Wishnask was charged with indecent liberties with a child. The fifteen-year-old boy she was found with was a student at Williston while Wishnask taught there.

District Attorney Ben David said her charges could become more severe simply because the child is a minor. “All we have to prove is that the child was under the age of 16 at the time of the contact, and if there was sexual activity involved during the crime per se, regardless of the issue of consent, regardless about confusion about a date of birth.”

After leaving Williston, Wishnask was hired by Pitt County schools.

On a form a Williston supervisor had to fill out before Pitt hired Wishnask, question six asked ‘Would you re-hire this candidate in your school system or organization?’.

Pitt County school officials say the supervisor answered ‘yes’ to this question.

According to their policy, Wishnask wouldn’t have been hired in Pitt County, if this question has been answered ‘no’.

Ms. Wishnask didn’t have a bad reputation while she was at Williston, according to one student, which may be why students and teachers were shocked to hear what happened.

The student WWAY spoke with said, “I didn’t think she would do that, but she was always hanging around kids.”

Regardless of whether the teen consented to sexual acts with Ms. Wishnask, the 15-year-old in this case, is being treated as a victim.

“Anyone can be a predator, most people think of it as a man who is older than the victim, but sometimes it is women,” Ben David added. David also told us if Ms. Wishnask had used her position of power or authority to gain access to the victim, which could mean more serious punishment.

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videoCounty officials would only confirm that Jessica Wishnask had been suspended twice, while working at Wiliston Middle School. One Williston student, who had Jessica Wishnask for a teacher, told us he saw her hanging around with one particular student during recess and breaks.

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The dangers for texting teens

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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Sending a text message is a quick way to communicate without having to pick up the phone, but now doctors warn that excessive texting can cause health problems, especially among young people who use the service most.

Passing notes in class is a thing of the past. Now many teenagers’ thumbs seem glued to their cell phones.

Texting has become a teen obsession. “I text very often, at work, during school, in the bathroom, at home, when I wake up, when I go to sleep,” said Melford Hill.

Jackson Turbeville also loves to text. “All during the day, during school, I’ll do it before I go to bed at night.”

It’s no mystery to parents. “We’re on the way to school, there’s texting going on, they get up in the morning, they’re texting, they’re receiving texts,” said Charlotte Rosenberg.

Leslie Seymore is another parent astounded by the amount of texting. “The texting is unbelievable, I mean this all day, and all night, her phone is like beeping and buzzing.”

Now some doctors are weighing in, concerned that excessive texting may pose health problems…

“If they’re sitting with a telephone by their bedside answering texts all night long, they’re not likely to get the sleep they need to function well and learn what they need to learn,” said pediatrician Dr. David Hill.

Excessive texting may also cause permanent injuries. “There’s every reason to think that teens who text all day long, may also end up even with permanent finger and hand injuries as a result,” added Dr. Hill.

Texting can also be a distraction.

Teens have gotten texting in class down to a science. “I can just hold it under my desk or something for the second that I’m doing it,” said Corinne Hester.

Texting is even going on behind the wheel. Another teen added, “I just put it on the steering wheel sometimes when I’m driving the car, and text while I’m driving down the road.”

Dr. Hill has some recommendations. He says parents should moderate texting, make sure your teens turn their cell phones off at night, and leave the phone out the classroom.

And obviously, don’t text while driving.

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Sending a text message is a quick way to communicate without having to pick up the phone, but now doctors warn that excessive texting can cause health problems, especially among young people who use the service most.

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Judge rules airport can proceed with tree cutting

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Judge Phyllis Gorham has denied Charles Joyce’s attempt to get a temporary restraining order prohibiting the New Hanover Count Airport Authority from chopping down several large trees in his yard.

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Downtown jeweler to move across town

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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One of downtown Wilmington’s bedrock businesses will soon be moving.

Kingoff’s Jewelers on Front Street is relocating this fall.

The store opened its downtown location ninety years ago.

In fact, Kingoff’s just re-installed the clock outside their store this past November after a truck knocked over the old one.

The Kingoffs say they’re moving to Hanover Center, which is closer to their customer base.

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One of downtown Wilmington’s bedrock businesses will soon be moving.

Kingoff’s Jewelers on Front Street is relocating this fall.

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