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Archive for June, 2009

Brunswick County Republicans to decide Stiller’s successor

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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State representative Bonner Stiller’s replacement will be decided this week. Tuesday, the Brunswick County Republican Party will choose his successor.

Two Brunswick County Republicans have announced their hopes to fill the empty seat; District Party Chairman Frank Iler, and Board of Education Chairman Shirley Babson.

The Brunswick County Republican is leaving the North Carolina House effective Monday. Stiller cites family and business concerns as his reasons for stepping down. He has been a member of the House for 7 years.

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State representative Bonner Stiller’s replacement will be decided this week. Tuesday, the Brunswick County Republican Party will choose his successor. Two Brunswick County Republicans have announced their hopes to fill the empty seat.

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Pleasure Island recognized as top destination

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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The secret is out; Pleasure Island has been recognized as one of the top tourist destinations in America.

The New York Times recently looked at the best travel destinations that offer both simple and exotic pleasures. Pleasure Island made the list because of landmarks like the Carolina Beach State Park, the North Carolina Aquarium, and the Kure Beach Pier.

Pleasure Island also received national recognition from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, saying it had more to offer than just the beach.

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The secret is out; Pleasure Island has been recognized as one of the top tourist destinations in America. The New York Times recently looked at the best travel destinations that offer both simple and exotic pleasures.

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Volunteer fire department looks to keep swimmers safe

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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It is not everyday you expect to see firefighters out on the water, but for the Federal Point Water Rescue Team, it’s common practice. It is their job to patrol the coast from Carolina Beach to Kure Beach and everything in between. With temperatures rising and more and more people out on the water, a call for help is sure to happen.

“We can get four or five at one time, or go days without having anything. Generally in the summer time we average a few a week, at least,” said Captain Jonathan Burton of Federal Point Water Rescue Team.

The team will usually assist lifeguards or the Coast Guard in rescues, or searches for those in distress. The fire department also has its own dive team, but for this patrol, it’s just a team of two.

The water rescue team will typically spend the day up and down the coast, patrolling in case a call comes in where they’ll need to spring into action. The truth is the water rescue team has to contend with much more on the water than fighting a fire. “They can range from a jellyfish sting to a vessel capsize, sinking or a drowning call,” Burton said.

More than 20 volunteer firefighters work on the water rescue team. Each member spends months, and even years, in training to just volunteer their time to help those in need. Burton said, “I guess you could call it waiting on an accident to happen, but our main goal is to prevent that accident from happening by community awareness.”

Spreading awareness is much easier than having to respond to a true emergency. That is why Captain Burton and others say they will continue their mission.

The Federal Point Volunteer Fire Department is always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in training call the department at 910-796-7203.

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videoMultiple drownings off of our beaches over the past few weeks has rescue teams on high alert. The Federal Point Volunteer Fire Department’s Water Rescue Squad is working to help keep swimmers safe.

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New Hanover class ring returned to owner after 40 years

Monday, June 15th, 2009

By Cece NunnCece.Nunn@StarNewsOnline.com

In 1969, William Albert Spencer lost his New Hanover High School ring in the aftermath of Hurricane Camille in Biloxi, Miss.

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Car exceeding 100 mph kills 2 on motorcycles in NC

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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PEMBROKE, N.C. — Police in North Carolina say a woman driving a car faster than 100 mph jumped railroad tracks and slammed into two motorcycles, killing two bikers and injuring a third person.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Monday that the accident happened late Friday in the Robeson County town of Pembroke.

Pembroke Police Chief Dwayne Hunt says the driver of the car never braked as she sped into town and lost control. The motorcycles were hit as they were turning into a gas station lot.

Hunt says Virginia C. Locklear of Lumberton died instantly. She was a passenger on one bike. The driver was critically injured. Hunt said Marie D. Locklear of Pembroke was alone on the other bike and was killed.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Police in North Carolina say a woman driving a car faster than 100 mph jumped railroad tracks and slammed into two motorcycles, killing two bikers and injuring a third person.

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