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Archive for May, 2009

Two ‘angels’ come to aid of motorists

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Most drivers are busy and seemingly behind schedule when behind the wheel.

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Indo Jax puts on surf camp for Community Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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The children from the Community Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington are getting plenty of good tips from the instructors at Indo Jax Surf School.

“With our instructors, our expertise and the equipment that we use it’s pretty safe and pretty fool proof as far as learning to surf, and by the last day, the third day, I bet some of them will be paddling into their own waves,” said Indo Jax co-owner Jack Viorel.

Indo Jax is holding a three-day surf camp and for these boys and girls, it is their golden opportunity to learn how to hang ten.

And for the instructors, it’s a volunteer experience they won’t soon forget. “I love the sport so much and it means a lot to show these kids what surfing is all about in the ocean and being in the elements and there’s nothing else that compares to it,” said instructor Liz Hauser.

The Indo Jax surf school has a proven record of offering charity surf camps for youth in the Cape Fear region.

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videoThe children from the Community Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington are getting plenty of good tips from the instructors at Indo Jax Surf School.

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Honey season not too sweet

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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The buzz from Columbus County is that there’s a honey shortage. More than six hundred miles from the bankers on Wall Street the worker bees on Mill Pond Road are experiencing a recession of their own.

“We constantly have customers asking for honey and we just look at them and say, we don’t have honey,” said Columbus County Bee Keepers Association President Eddie Ward.

It’s prime gathering season, but there’s little honey to be had. Eddie Ward, said the weather is to blame.

Last year, a late frost and a dry summer, damaged the nectar flow. Bees rely on nectar to survive through the winter, and to produce honey, but a long-cold winter season, without enough nectar means fewer bees.

“Starvation deaths are up this year. I’ve seen a lot of starvation deaths not just in my hives but in other peoples hives,” Ward said.

The result is not so sweet. In 2008, Ward only gathered 350 pounds of honey as compared to 1000 pounds the year before.

That shortfall stings as money from honey, helps pay for the bees. “That’s one of the ways we recoup on the supplies and different things we need to take care of our bees when we feed them, all those things have to be paid for.”

Ward says he plans to wait until next month to gather the honey he’d ordinarily be harvesting now.

By then maybe they’ll be more to sell, and business will keep him busy as a bee.

In addition to making honey, bees are an important part of agriculture in Columbus County, because the pollinate many of the crops, like blueberries and strawberries.

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videoThe buzz from Columbus County is that there’s a honey shortage. More than six hundred miles from the bankers on Wall Street the worker bees on Mill Pond Road are experiencing a recession of their own.

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Brunswick school board tries to fix Waccamaw error

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Somehow, the fact that the Brunswick County Schools’ redistricting would affect Waccamaw School slipped through the cracks.

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Family remembers second crash victim as fun-loving teen

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

The family of a West Brunswick High School student who died after a car crash remembers a teenager who wouldn’t want people to be sad.They say Caleb Hawkins always had a smile and tried to cheer up others when they were down.“When he walks into a room, everybody gets happy,” said Lauren Caltabiano, one of Caleb’s three older siblings.

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