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Archive for May, 2009

Goodwill – True test of character passed at wreck scene

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Alysa Wullenwaber Walker, of Ocean Isle Beach, wrote commending those who stopped to help at a May 8 car accident involving five West Brunswick High School students.

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Will McIntyre run for Burr’s seat?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

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Now that Roy Cooper has announced he’s out of the race for US Senate next year, many are wondering if Rep. Mike McIntyre will run for the seat?

The Congressman was at the New Hanover County Commission meeting Monday morning to deliver some federal funding to the fire department. Afterward he admitted he has not ruled out a run against Republican incumbent Richard Burr next year.

“Attorney General Roy Cooper just made his announcement this past Friday, so the weekend is just now gone by,” McIntyre said. “We’ve had several people encourage us and make positive comments about that possibility, but we’ll take a look at it.”

Last month, McIntyre was the only Democrat other than Cooper polling within five points of Burr in a survey by Public Policy Polling. PPP’s Tom Jensen told NewsChannel3 McIntyre remains a strong candidate for Senate if the Congressman can get enough crossover support from Republicans. Jensen said McIntyre may also face criticism in the Democratic primary that he is too conservative.

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Now that Roy Cooper has announced he’s out of the race for US Senate next year, many are wondering if Rep. Mike McIntyre will run for the seat?

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Know this man? Police seek attackers of man who prevented theft

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Wilmington police are searching for four men who beat up another man who stopped a theft.

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Video games not just for couch potatoes

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

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The Nintendo Wii has become a become a huge hit, and not just with your average teenager; grandma and grandpa are getting use out of it and a local rehabilitation center is even using the game system for physical therapy.

Treadmills and ellipticals may have met their match in the Nintendo Wii Fit.

From soccer to step aerobics, many are finding this game system to be their new form of exercise.

Denise Marshall had the game a month and lost ten pounds. “It’s fun, it’s convenient, we can do it here at home, we can sit here together and it’s kind of a competition back and forth.”

Doctors are using the Wii to rehabilitate patients with injuries.

“Sometimes you think you cannot do a movement, but if you’re not paying attention, you’re going to do it…and so if you get to do a task, something that you enjoy, whether it’s bowling, tennis, or golf, you find that you’re actually doing some movements that you didn’t think you were capable of doing,” said Joan Taylor-Webb of Rehab to Life, Inc.

Mae Roy McDonald said it helps with her osteoporosis and arthritis. “It helps to keep me moving and limbered up.”

The Wii isn’t all fun and games. Users have reported developing tennis elbow or what’s called Wii-itis. Some have developed sore muscles and inflamed joints from overuse of this fun game.

Trainers say it may not be the best way to exercise. “I don’t feel like it could ever take the place of a trainer or a gym setting or actually doing physical activity outside, but I do feel like as far as a beginner would go, or would be a nice source of exercise-type of routine,” said Sheri Albertson.

Sheri did say, however, some exercise is better than none. “I think every trainer would probably agree, as long as people are moving and getting calories burned, and just actually being physically active, we’re in the better direction that way.”

If you would like somewhere locally to play the Wii, the public library in downtown Wilmington has Wii bowling the first Monday of each month for free, from 12:00-2:00 p.m.

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Pender commissioners help Penderlea keep school funds

Monday, May 18th, 2009

The Pender County Commissioners on Monday settled on a plan to avoid pitting one school against another by giving the school system $174,000.

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