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Archive for May, 2009

Greek Festival enjoyed by Wilmingtonians

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

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Wilmington has gone Greek. Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is hosting its Fifteenth Annual Greek Festival this weekend.

Less than one percent of Wilmington’s population is of Greek decent, and the event is intended to celebrate and share Greek history and culture with the community.

There was plenty of music, dancing, and of course, great things to eat.

”It’s called a gyro. It’s chicken cheese and anything you pretty much want in it,” explained Turner Rodgers.

The Greek Festival began Friday and runs through Sunday. About 20,000 people are expected to attend.

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Wilmington has gone Greek. Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is hosting its Fifteenth Annual Greek Festival this weekend.

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Bikers avoiding Myrtle Beach, going to surrounding areas for Bike Week

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

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A push to keep bikers out of Myrtle Beach has motorcycle enthusiasts moving north, and that’s just fine with businesses in the Tar Heel State.

It’s Bike Week and the motorcycles keep coming, but this year, there’s one place they aren’t going.

“I think it’s spread out all over the area, except Myrtle Beach,” said James Nickles who like many, is boycotting Myrtle Beach.

The South Carolina city usually hosts Bike Week as the summer revs up, but this year Myrtle Beach passed 15 new rules and regulations such as stricter muffler rules and helmet laws.

Bikers say it’s keeping them away. “The way it looks, they’re doing a real good job of it because there’s no bikes down there,” said Patrick Locklear.

With many bikers boycotting Myrtle Beach for the 2009 Bike Week, North Carolina natives say they’re happy to welcome them to the Tar Heel State.

“Every night we’re leaving here we’re obviously exhausted, but the excitement is there and all the employees are happy to be doing it,” said Janice Noves, co-owner of the Beach House Harley Davidson.

Bikers have shown their appreciation in large numbers, but dealerships aren’t alone.

Local fire departments used the event as a fundraiser. ”Greatest group of people we’ve catered to ever, they’re really happy we’re here, they like the food, it’s, I think, good for both sides,” said Art Thompson of Grissettown-Longwood Fire and Rescue.

Sunset Slush of Shallotte helped many of the bikers cool off. “The one’s that have been here all week have been wonderful and receptive and like I said, we’re just looking forward to next year,” said Laura Scinto of Sunset Slush.

The feeling seems mutual as many of the bikers say they tried to avoid Myrtle Beach altogether for this year’s Bike Week. Even those who drove through the city said they wouldn’t stop to spend any money.

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videoA push to keep bikers out of Myrtle Beach has motorcycle enthusiasts moving north, and that’s just fine with businesses in the Tar Heel state.

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Nakina Fire and Rescue dedicates new facility

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

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In November of 2007 the Nakina Fire and Rescue building burned to the ground. No one was hurt or injured, but the building was destroyed. Saturday, the small Columbus County town dedicated their new facility.

“We pulled our two fire trucks out and started putting the fire out, but the building was completely engulfed. There was no way we were going to save it,” John Ward of Nakina Fire and Rescue said of the 2007 blaze that torched the building.

“We were in shock. It was very hurtful. This was our home. We put a lot of time into it. There were a lot of tears,” added Debbie Ward.

Staring at a total loss, Gray Long, and most everyone in Nakina, had the same thought. “What are we going to do? Because we’ve been here so long, we didn’t know what we would do without our building and our ambulances.”

But when the original Nakina Fire and Rescue member was asked about the current situation, Gray said, “Everything is looking good now.”

Looking good now is a bit of an understatement for Nakina Fire and Rescue.

Saturday afternoon, most of Nakina attended an open house and dedication. In a way, it was like show and tell; remembering the building that was a total loss due to arson, and showing off the new one.

John Ward described the new facility. “We built a 40’ x 130’ building. It’s a nice facility. We have three bays for ambulances. We’ve rebounded a lot.”

Debbie Ward echoed his enthusiasm. “We’re happy that we have a new building. We are so proud. We never thought we could have something this nice in Nakina, but we had to cry a little bit to get to this point”

Sounds like something good came out of something bad.

After 19 months there’s still no arrest charge for arson on the Nakina fire.

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videoIn November of 2007 the Nakina Fire and Rescue building burned to the ground. No one was hurt or injured, but the building was destroyed. Saturday, the small Columbus County town dedicated their new facility.

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Rabies clinic held at Ogden Park

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

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There have been a dozen confirmed cases of rabies in New Hanover County so far this year. Saturday, a free rabies clinic sponsored by the New Hanover County Humane Society helped county residents protect their pets.

Many animal lovers brought their furry friend to Ogden Park for the free shot. Dogs, cats and even ferrets were able to get vaccinated.

The clinic was a welcome relief for concerned pet owners. ”It’s important for animals to have their shots. There are so many rabies cases that are going on this time of year,” said Rosita Nancy Carson.

The most recent confirmed case of rabies was just Wednesday. A rabid fox bit a woman on Park Avenue.

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There have been a dozen confirmed cases of rabies in New Hanover County so far this year. Saturday, a free rabies clinic sponsored by the New Hanover County Humane Society helped county residents protect their pets.

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Coty cutbacks could be felt by other area businesses

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

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Cosmetic company Coty announced Thursday that more than 500 people will lose their jobs due to cutbacks at Leland and Rocky Point facilities.

Coty employees aren’t the only ones who will be affected; nearby businesses that have Coty employees as customers will also suffer from the cutbacks.

Paul’s Place Famous Hot Dogs in Rocky Point is a popular spot for Coty workers to eat at lunch or after work.

Owner Dave Pauls said without them coming in from down the street, his business will take a hit.

“It probably means 100 dollars a day in revenue, maybe more. We won’t know until we see, it’s a domino effect here.”

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Cosmetic company Coty announced Thursday that more than 500 people will lose their jobs due to cutbacks at Leland and Rocky Point facilities.

Coty employees aren’t the only ones who will be affected; nearby businesses that have Coty employees as customers will also suffer from the cutbacks.

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