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Archive for June, 2009

Cape Fear Pride Burgaw: Artist pushed by disease

Friday, June 12th, 2009

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Ivey Hayes has been an artist as long as he can remember, but in 1986 he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Doctors told him to continue his artwork as therapy to help him deal with the disease. Hayes did just that, painting nearly 4,000 pictures in his lifetime. He said his desire to paint helped him push himself as an artist.

He may not have the hands you would expect on an artist, but they have helped create nearly 4,000 masterpieces. “There were times in the past when my hands would hurt, but right now they look worse than they hurt because they don’t really hurt,” said Hayes.

His hands were not always this way. In 1986 Ivey Hayes was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Many artists would have stepped away from their easel, but the thought never crossed his mind. “I have a severe case of arthritis, okay, but believe me, that is not going to stop me from painting,” he said. “Believe it or not, that was the spring board that has elevated me to where I am at right now. The difficulties, I find to be a joy; to challenge.”

Painting allows Hayes to experience life as never before. Through painting, artist and subject become one. “I’ve never been a ballerina, yet when I paint a ballerina, I feel like I’m one,” Hayes described.

Hayes said what he paints is not nearly as important as how he paints. “Color to me always has its priority over subject, always. My first name should have been color, middle name should have been color, and my last name should have been color too.”

That color has helped Hayes become a regular part of Burgaw’s annual Blueberry Festival. For the last six years, his work has been chosen to represent the event.

“To be accepted as the signature artist for an event like that, oh man, what a blessing. What an honor,” said Hayes.

He draws on his own experiences for inspiration. As a child growing up in Pender County, young Ivey spent his days picking blueberries. “Now this is just information, I was one of the fastest pickers that were there, maybe the fastest,” he recalls.

It is that competitive spirit he uses to improve his artwork. Hayes said, “You can’t ever be satisfied, you have to always feel as if there’s more in you than what you’re seeing. How much longer do I think I’ll keep painting? Until my time is up here on Earth.”

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videoIvey Hayes has been an artist as long as he can remember, but in 1986 he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Doctors told him to continue his artwork as therapy to help him deal with the disease. He said his desire to paint helped him push himself as an artist.

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WWAY goes Retro starting June 15th

Friday, June 12th, 2009

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WWAY is going back to the good ole’ days. Come Monday, we are bringing you an entirely new television station called RTV 3.2.

Chris Phillips is giving way to Mr. T as our 24-7 Weather channel goes retro. Your favorite television shows from the past reside at RTV-Wilmington, along with our WWAY News each weeknight at 7:00 p.m.

How can you watch The Beaver and Joe Friday on RTV-Wilmington?

WWAY engineer, Ray Heath said, “The cable providers will carry it. We are using the channel that is currently what we call our 24-7 Weather Channel. It would be your 3.2 on your normal television. It varies depending on the cable system. Most cable systems are at 903. You have to have a digital television converter box or a digital television, digital ready TV, as you would need to pick up our primary channel currently.”

Starting Monday, June 15th, something new, something classic – RTV 3.2.

You can find out more, including programming by visiting our Retro Television Network page.

Also, check out our Watch & Win Retro Television Contest that is being held June 15 through July 17.

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videoWWAY is going back to the good ole’ days. Come Monday, we are bringing you an entirely new television station called RTV 3.2.

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UNCW Seahawk sculpture receives official dedication

Friday, June 12th, 2009

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A larger than life-sized seahawk has called the campus of UNCW home, since May. Friday, faculty and staff officially dedicated the sculpture.

The seahawk was created by local artist Dumay Gorham III, and took more than a year to construct. The bird has a wingspan of 20 feet and weighs 2,000 pounds.

The dedication ceremony took place in the Belk Plaza on UNCW’s campus. Charlotte philanthropist, Irwin Belk, commissioned the project. He was pleased with the final product. “That is the largest seahawk in the world! It is made of copper, and the handy work is done by a local boy and that boy did a super job. The credit goes to him and not to me.”

The statue sits in front of Hoggard Hall. The traffic circle was renamed the Belk Plaza earlier this year, in honor of Irwin Belk and his family.

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A larger than life-sized seahawk has called the campus of UNCW home, since May. Friday, faculty and staff officially dedicated the sculpture.

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Thunderstorm watch in effect until 11 p.m.

Friday, June 12th, 2009

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties through 11 p.m. Friday.

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Southport backs out of nuke plant annexation deal but keeps land claim

Friday, June 12th, 2009

By Shelby Sebens, Shelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Southport officials say they have gained control of a piece of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant property even though they are trying to wiggle out of the agreement that got them the land in the first place.

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