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Archive for May, 2009

Final respects paid to Charles Keith Springle

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

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Family and friends paid final respects to a North Carolina Navy commander killed in Iraq Wednesday.

A memorial service was held for Charles Keith Springle, one of five Americans gunned down last week in a military counseling clinic in Baghdad by a fellow American. The service took place in Springle’s native Beaufort. The Navy commander called Wilmington home.

He will be laid to rest next month at Arlington National Cemetery.

American Army Sergeant John Russell is charged with the five deaths.

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Family and friends paid final respects to a North Carolina Navy commander killed in Iraq Wednesday.

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YWCA to host Cape Fear Women of Achievement Awards Thursday

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

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Thursday night, the YWCA will recognize certain women for their contributions to the community.

The Cape Fear Women of Achievement Awards ceremony is Thursday. This event has raised key support for the YWCA’s programs & services for more than 5,000 women in southeastern North Carolina.

The WOA Awards begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Burney Center on UNCW’s campus.

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Thursday night, the YWCA will recognize certain women for their contributions to the community. The Cape Fear Women of Achievement Awards ceremony is Thursday.

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Wilmington cyclists take part in Ride of Silence

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

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All around the world, cyclists took time out Wednesday night to honor those who have been injured or killed while biking on public roadways. In New Hanover County alone two cyclists died in 2008 while pedaling on the pavement.

Cape Fear Cyclists Vice President Ann Mangiacapre said, “Equipment companies have definitely come out with better products for the rider to be safer, more reflective clothing, things like that, but unfortunately we have had many accidents most of which go unreported and deaths.”

The Ride of Silence is also about raising public awareness about sharing the road; that is all these cyclists are asking. And, when you think about it, they are not only cyclists; most of them drive cars too.

Wednesday night’s ride was just that, a ride, not a race. It covered some of Wilmington’s major roads. And whether you realize it or not, there are signs of road sharing all over the place. In fact, it’s the law.

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videoHundreds of cities worldwide participated in a bicycle Ride of Silence Wednesday. A good number of Wilmington cyclists took part. WWAY’s John Rendleman was there for the start of the event at Empie Park.

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Columbus County will get economic boost thanks to Golden Leaf Foundation

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

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Columbus County is among the state’s 40 most economically distressed counties, as ranked by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. It is called a Tier One county, which is exactly what the Golden Leaf Foundation helps. A meeting in Whiteville Wednesday night gave foundation leaders a chance to hear where money is most needed.

“Our county has economic development needs, we have infrastructure needs, we have educational needs, and we have socioeconomic needs,” said Columbus County manager Bill Clark.

The Golden Leaf Foundation works with counties that have been affected by the decline in the tobacco industry to help them diversify their economies. It has two million dollars to offer to Columbus County, as part of the state’s master settlement agreement with tobacco companies.

Pat Cabe of the Golden Leaf Foundation said, “We’re asking citizens how best to invest those dollars, to really make a difference in Columbus County.”

Everyone, from mayors to school leaders to the sheriff put their heads together. “One of the best things we could do is something that would help with job creation and maybe business start-up,” offered Chadbourn Town Manager Stevie Cox.

There are any numbers of areas that need an economic shot in the arm. With a county unemployment rate of more than 13 percent, there was a big focus on jobs. But it is a matter of this group coming to a consensus of where their county needs the most help.

There will be more meetings in the coming months. The group will eventually decide on a final project to use the money.

The entire process could take up to six months.

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videoColumbus County is one of the area’s most rural and poorest counties, with a 20 percent poverty rate. Despite these tough times, the county will get an economic boost thanks to an organization called the Golden Leaf Foundation. Wednesday night community members brainstormed ideas on how the money can best be spent.

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NC school system investigates athletics funds

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

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GREENSBORO — A North Carolina school system is investigating whether money may have been misappropriated from several athletics fundraisers and a booster club.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Thursday that Guilford County school officials are looking into money at Northern Guilford High’s athletics program.

One coach said investigators asked about how money was raised and spent by the school’s sports teams.

School system officials said last week the school used five students in four sports and cheerleading who weren’t eligible because they lived outside the school’s attendance zone.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A North Carolina school system is investigating whether money may have been misappropriated from several athletics fundraisers and a booster club.

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