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Archive for June, 2009

Former Wilmington actors talk life, work and the Big Apple

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

By John StatonJohn.Staton@StarNewsOnline.com

William Day and Sam Robison are both former Wilmington actors living in New York who returned to the Port City to star in “Rent,” currently running at Thalian Hall.

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N.C. House gives final OK to its state budget

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

By GARY D. ROBERTSONAssociated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. | The state House gave final approval early Saturday to its $18.6 billion budget for state government next year that imposes higher taxes added by Democrats who argued they’re necessary to avoid crushing spending cuts.

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Airlie Oak has watched over Wilmington for 500 years

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

By Amy HotzAmy.Hotz@StarNewsOnline.com

These days, the Airlie Oak lives a life of a celebrity, albeit a quiet one. A visit to the oak by Queen Azalea and her court is a prestigious event.

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Police want more info on man charged with kidnapping, indecent exposure

Friday, June 12th, 2009

City police charged a local man with kidnapping and indecent exposure Thursday and are now seeking information from the public about related offenses.

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Life after graduation for two New Hanover High students

Friday, June 12th, 2009


New Hanover High School students rehearsed for one of the most memorable days of their lives – their high school graduation. There are some impressive students in the bunch. Ashley Brown has kept a full plate as a member of the Junior ROTC, the National Honor Society and an active volunteer.

“I’ve done school cleanups, fundraisers, car washes, and the fish fry. I go down to the soup kitchen. When I don’t have to work, I go to the Japanese Culture Club,” she said.

Ashley’s mom said she is extremely proud of her oldest child, who will attend Meredith College in the fall. Ashley’s done her part at home, too. She works at Food Lion and contributes part of her pay check to the family’s income, without a second thought. Ashley said, “They’re my family, I love them, they need me, I’ll help. It’s normal.”

Joe Sigman is another New Hanover High student who is doing great for himself. He has high functioning autism and has made a lot of progress over his high school years. In fact, staff nominated him for New Hanover’s Most Improved Senior.

“I was about ready to cry when I got it because I didn’t know,” said Joe. “It was a total surprise and total shock that they thought I have improved that much.”

Joe enjoys volunteering with the sheriff’s office, but computers are his passion. This summer he has been working at as an IT Specialist at Rex and Son’s RV’s. Joe said, “I work on their computers, I’ve been on a few out of town trips, worked with bigger dealerships, setting up networks, setting up servers and installing software.”

Joe will study computer engineering at Cape Fear Community College.

Joe and Ashley will graduate with their New Hanover High peers at Trask Coliseum Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Ashley High School’s ceremony is at 9:00 a.m., Hoggard’s at 12:30 p.m., and Laney’s at 7:30 p.m. – all at Trask Saturday.

The graduation for the Mosley Performance Learning Center is at 7:00 p.m. Friday night at the Minnie Evans Arts Center.

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videoMore than 1,400 New Hanover County high school seniors are preparing for the next chapter of their lives – life after graduation. WWAY’s Meghan Packer has the story of some of the students, and the hard work that’s gotten them to this point.

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