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Archive for May, 2009

Topsail High baseball looks toward state championship

Friday, May 29th, 2009

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The Topsail High School baseball team is one victory away from the state championship game next week.

The Pirates defeated Perquimans 11-8 Thursday night in Game One of the best of 3 Eastern Championship Series in Perquimans.

Game Two of the best of 3 series starts at 6:00 p.m. Friday night.

WWAY’s John Rendleman will be at the game. Check back for updates on the game.

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The Topsail High School baseball team is one victory away from the state championship game next week.

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Camping businesses well grounded

Friday, May 29th, 2009

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Taking a family vacation is tough to afford in this economy. It seems many families are still vacationing, but their finding a cheaper way to do it, in the great outdoors.

Memorial Day weekend kicked off the season.

“We were so full, people kept coming in, asking for sites and we were pretty much putting them wherever we could find a spot,” said Danielle Akey of Wilmington KOA.

At the Wilmington KOA, you’d never know there’s a recession.

Danielle Akey says her sales are up ten percent from this time last year. She did lower her prices a bit, but more campers are making up for it.

“We’re enjoying our time here very much and look forward to a time when we can get back out on the road and enjoy our beautiful country again, there’s a lot to see out there,” said camper Michelle Dilks.

Akey says the KOA is seeing a lot of people new to camping, because it’s so affordable.

Travis Creech at Rex and Sons RV’s agrees. He said camper sales and rentals are up 25 percent from last year.

“They’re wanting to find a more economical way to take their family and go create memories that last a lifetime,” Creech said.

On average, a family can rent a travel trailer for about $285 for a four-day weekend. Hooking up the camper at your average campground costs about $50 a night, so you’re looking at less than $500 for a family to go camping for a long weekend. Compare that to a nice hotel… the Hilton in downtown Wilmington costs about $600 for three nights.

Akey said the KOA is seeing more North Carolina license plates in the campground than they’re used to.

Wayne Roberts is visiting from Apex. He’s been camping for nearly a decade and says there’s nothing like it. “Get up when you want to, go where you want to go when you want to go, and just take it easy.”

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Taking a family vacation is tough to afford in this economy. It seems many families are still vacationing, but their finding a cheaper way to do it, in the great outdoors.

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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Cape Fear region

Friday, May 29th, 2009

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for the Cape Fear region by the National Weather Service at 2:40 p.m. Friday.The watch is in effect until 10 p.m. Friday, according to the NWS Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.Counties affected include Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Robeson.

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Ashley High students get careers cooking

Friday, May 29th, 2009

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Some area students are jumping at the chance to work… for free. The culinary arts internship at Ashley High School is giving students the chance to learn some skills in the kitchen and maybe even land a job.

Area restaurants have opened their doors to allow these teens first hand experience working in the food industry.

Seniors Morgan Fonvielle and Autumn Allen are interning at Quiznos. Both girls hope to pick up a summer job while they’re at it.

“It just kind of gives you an idea on how to get jobs and its a great opportunity to get a job, I think i’m going to be working here in the summer,” Morgan said.

“It makes it really easy to get a job. If you do good in your internship and keep a positive attitude, you’ll do pretty good for the summer,” Autumn added.

In the eight-week internships, more than a dozen restaurants like Rucker Johns give students a sneak peak at what working in the food business is about.

With free job training in exchange for free labor, it’s a win-win for the student and the restaurant.

“They learn communication skills, team work skills, waste control, health department standards…all that stuff your not going to get in another facility, you have to come to a restaurant,” said Thomas Woodman of Rucker Johns.

“Some of them are floundering a bit and are not sure what they want to do after they graduate from high school and this either lets them know this is for me or not and I need to choose something else,” said culinary arts teacher Angela Rigsbee.

As another part of their training, the culinary arts students also cater for on-campus events at Ashley, even school board meetings.

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videoSome area students are jumping at the chance to work… for free. The culinary arts internship at Ashley High School is giving students the chance to learn some skills in the kitchen and maybe even land a job.

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Editor’s Note – Got a question? We’ll find the answer

Friday, May 29th, 2009

At the heart of any kind of journalism lies a simple question.Someone wonders who or what or why or how or when or where. One question leads to another, and at the end of the day, a story forms to answer at least a few key queries.

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