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Great summer camps that will not break the bank

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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It has been eight months since Joanne Clark left her position as the director of the Brigade Boys and Girls Club. Now, she is starting a new venture. Seeing kids playing on the jungle gym – it looks like Mustardseed Youth Center is off to a good start.

“We actually signed up 225 children. We now have a waiting list. We’re having to turn the children away, we’re telling the parents if we can do it, we’ll get the children in a week of so,” said Director of Mustardseed Youth Center Joanne Clark.

From future pool sharks, to master climbers, these kids can do any activity under the sun while at camp. “I’m here because I heard that it was a lot of fun, and it has tons of things like cheerleading, and drama,” said 9-year-old Kathryn Neff.

Mustardseed costs about $400 for the entire summer.

The City of Wilmington is also offering affordable day camps for kids. One session started Monday at Maides Park. Kids were doing arts and crafts, and learning how to interact with one another. Ten-year-old Raevan Goodman said, “We’ve been talking about how good friends are and who our not so good friends are.”

Maides Park Site Director Mary Jones said the city’s day camp is both educational and entertaining. “We’re just planning on wearing them out, so when they get home, they won’t be able to do anything but sleep. We’re going to take them swimming, field trips, the works.”

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videoSome summer camps can cost a pretty penny. We have scoped out some cheaper solutions for parents.

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Mount Olive College grows in tough times

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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One North Carolina college is succeeding, and growing, in challenging economic times.

Mount Olive College, which has a Wilmington location that serves 450 students, is expanding. Doctor William Byrd, who has been the college’s president for 14 years, said growth is slightly down from years past, but they plan for more growth in the future. Doctor Byrd will soon step down as president.

“I’m glad to have been a part of it during this time in which it was actually finding its place in the world of higher education. It has created a niche for itself providing opportunities for students who it might not be able to get any place else,” said Byrd.

Mount Olive College has seven locations throughout North Carolina, and serves almost 5,000 students.

Tonight at eleven, we’ll have more on how the college caters to non-traditional students here in Wilmington.

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One North Carolina college is succeeding, and growing, in challenging economic times. Mount Olive College, which has a Wilmington location that serves 450 students, is expanding.

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Extended Stay Hotels Parent Company Bankruptcy

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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Extended Stay Hotels LLC’s parent company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The Spartanburg, South Carolina based company operates more than 650 hotels in the US and Canada, including one on New Center Drive in Wilmington.

The bankruptcy filing does not necessarily mean the company is closing it’s hotels. In Chapter 11, a company typically tries to stay in business and reorganize its finances under court supervision.

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Extended Stay Hotels LLC has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Spartanburg, South Carolina based company operates more than 650 hotels in the US and Canada, including one on New Center Drive in Wilmington.

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Goodwill – Samaritans offer help in Hampstead, Myrtle Grove

Monday, June 15th, 2009

A tire never goes out in a convenient manner. Not only can it leave a driver in a tough spot, there’s just no getting around what’s required: elbow grease and sweat. Hats off to the volunteers who respond.

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State wants its money back from Southport

Monday, June 15th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

The N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund, after several months of politely asking for its grant funds back, appears to have lost patience with Southport.

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