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Camp helps kids learn s’more about computers

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

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Roasting marshmallows and singing campfire songs likely come to mind when we think of summer camp.

But ask a group of local middle school aged kids, and they’ll probably say “keyboards” and “mouse pads”. That’s because they’ve been going to computer camp.

Jacob Baptista, and fellow middle schoolers throughout New Hanover County are enrolled in a weeklong camp held at UNCW to learn about computer animation.

“Jacob loves animation, he loves computers and has quite of an imaginative mind and I wanted him to do something other than just playing video games this summer, and it’s a nice compliment to doing physical activity too,” said Midori Albert, Jacob’s mother.

The kids let their imaginations run wild on paper first. Then, with the help of UNCW computer science students, the campers converted their pictures into a computer-animated story using a program called “Squeak Etoys”.

“All we’ve done is show them some pretty advanced skills with directed learning but then let their imagination go and it’s incredible what they do,” said camp director Jack Tompkins.

Maddux Waller says he’s been to sleep-away camps in the wilderness in the past, but he prefers computer camp. “This one is probably superior to all the others,” he said.

The weeklong camp costs $185. This is the first year UNCW has offered the camp. There will be no more sessions this summer but they’ll do it again next summer.

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videoRoasting marshmallows and singing campfire songs likely come to mind when we think of summer camp.

However, if you ask a group of local middle school aged kids, they’ll probably say “keyboards” and “mouse pads”. That’s because they’ve been going to computer camp.

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Business from Lejeune helps painting firm expand to Holly Ridge

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

By K.J. WilliamsStarNews Correspondent

An established Winston-Salem commercial painting business has expanded into coastal North Carolina to take advantage of activity at the Camp Lejeune Marine base.

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Two candidates considered to serve rest of Stiller’s term

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

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The Brunswick County Republican Party meets Tuesday night to figure out who will replace Bonner Stiller in the State House of Representatives.

Members will consider two candidates; both are familiar to the political scene in Brunswick County.

After seven years in the State House, Bonner Stiller stepped down Monday to spend more time with his family and his law firm. Now the executive committee of the Brunswick County Republican Party must pick a replacement.

“It’s been a dream of mine for many years to serve in the Legislature, in fact, I’ve run for the House seat and the Senate seat before,” said Shirley Babson.

But Shirley Babson is probably best known for her 17 years on the Brunswick County School Board, including the last nine years as chair.

She says she has the skills to serve not only the county, but the entire state. “I believe that I can be persuasive up there, and that’s what it’s going to take. I think you have to be a good public speaker, and I certainly know how to speak in the public and persuade people.”

While Babson has experience and name recognition, the other name in the mix, Frank Iler served the last three years as Brunswick County’s Republican Party chair before becoming the party leader for the Seventh Congressional District in April.

“The folks know both of us pretty well, and I think it’ll be a great decision either way,” Iler said.

Iler and Babson agree, North Carolina’s budget problem is the biggest issue facing the state right now.

Iler says his business experience and political connections are valuable. “I feel like I know all the issues in Brunswick County; very close with the county commissioners, so I can stay on top of the issues that they’re interested in.”

In the end, Iler says about three dozen people will decide who will serve the rest of Stiller’s term that runs through next year.

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videoThe Brunswick County Republican Party meets Tuesday night to figure out who will replace Bonner Stiller in the State House of Representatives.

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Microburst takes Bladenboro by storm

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

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A microburst touched down in Bladenboro last night. That’s not a tornado, but it still caused enough damage to warrant a big cleanup Tuesday.

A microburst is a collapsing thunderstorm where the top of the storm becomes heavy with water and ice, then it drops.

With little notice, one hit Bladenboro just after 7:00 Monday evening.

The wind speed reached 90 mph and 40 trees fell to the ground. One van was crushed.

“It happened so fast I didn’t realize all this had happened. I’m glad no one had their house tore up, except that lady’s down the street and I feel really bad for her,” said Sandra Long.

Freida Adams’ singlewide sustained the most damage from the burst. She hid under her recliner during the storm.

“It sounded like a train. I got under my recliner to protect myself. It was like a train roaring, a big boom, whoosh,” Frieda said.

The microburst touched down in Bladenboro along Highway 242.

Cleanup is still in progress. Members of the Baptist Men’s Group were among the first to lend a hand.

“When there are people in need it’s time to be there and help out. We’ll be around until it’s all cleaned up. The reason we do this is for the love of the Lord of our brother. If they need anything we’re going to help out,” said Jerry Beck.

This storm only lasted 5 minutes, but the cleanup will continue for days to come.

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videoA microburst touched down in Bladenboro last night. That’s not a tornado, but it still caused enough damage to warrant a big cleanup Tuesday.

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Update: Veterinarian to decide whether horses are returned to owners

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.Com

The owners of 10 malnourished horses charged last month with animal cruelty pleaded no contest Tuesday in Pender County District Court in Burgaw and were placed on 36 months of unsupervised probation.

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