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Archive for June, 2009

Water at Camp Lejeune not linked to health problems

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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A federal report says contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune cannot be linked to health problems of people who lived on the base.

According to the report released Saturday by the National Research Council, from the 1950s to 1985, people who lived and worked at Camp Lejeune were exposed to industrial solvents that tainted well-water. But the report cannot definitely connect the health problems to the base’s water supply.

Findings indicate people on base did not have diseases different from the general population, and the levels of contaminants in the water were not high enough to cause health problems.

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A federal report says contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune cannot be linked to health problems of people who lived on the base.

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The history of First Presbyterian Church and its renovation

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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You would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful or historic building in Wilmington. From its towering steeple, to its exquisite stained glass windows, First Presbyterian Church on Third Street has always had a ‘wow’ factor.

Lately, you may have noticed scaffolding on the front of the church. WWAY’s Ann McAdams tells us a little about the history of the church, and what’s going on with the renovation.

You may not have known this is actually the 4th building to go by the name First Presbyterian Church in the City of Wilmington. The first church was built in 1818. In the years since, the church has burned to the ground 3 times. But members always rallied to rebuild, and First Presbyterian has become a fixture of the Port City.

Over the years, the church has welcomed some of this country’s most famous citizens as members. In 1874, Woodrow Wilson’s father served as the pastor here, and the future president lived in Wilmington for a year before leaving for college at Princeton. Henry Bacon, the architect of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, grew up in this church. Other families who were active at First Presbyterian, like the Sprunt’s and the Kenan’s, were some of the most prominent families in the state’s history. In the 1920’s some of those families helped build the church that now stands along 3rd Street.

“They went to New York and got Hobart Upjohn, who was a 3rd generation Upjohn architect, and got the best stained glass window people in the country so that’s one of the things I’m most proud about, about the fact that they did this building the absolute best,” said FAIA/architect and lifelong member Charles H. Boney.

After 80 years of hurricanes and general wear and tear, the concrete on the church tower and steeple is literally disintegrating, and pieces of concrete have fallen to the ground.

“Anytime it rains hard, and particularly if the wind is blowing, the water comes inside, and what they’ve said is the damage is mostly outside now, but it starts coming inside, and creates even bigger problems if we wait,” said Pastor Ernie Thompson. “The engineer has said it probably won’t collapse unless there’s a high wind situation, but unfortunately on the coast, that happens, so that’s the urgency is to start before the hurricane season reaches its peak.”

A firm out of Greensboro that specializes in historic renovations is restoring the color and the masonry of the church’s steeple and bell tower. It will be a structural improvement as well as a cosmetic one for the 750 families that are members of this church, as well as city residents who enjoy the view of the Wilmington skyline.

“A lot of folks are first attracted to the church simply by the beauty of the building, and many people have told me that when they come into it, they feel a sense of God’s presence simply by being here,” Thompson said.

George Edwards of the Historic Wilmington Foundation said, “I’m not a member here, I’ve been in the church a couple of times, and it’s always heart warming to see a congregation who decides that they will recommit to restoring the physical building. The church is not the building. The church is the people, but buildings are important for churches, particularly when they have history.”

The renovations will cost a little more than 3 million dollars. Despite the economic hard times, the church has already raised almost 2 million dollars towards that goal.

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videoLately, you may have noticed scaffolding on the front of the First Presbyterian Church on Third Street. WWAY’s Ann McAdams tells us a little about the history of the church, and what’s going on with the renovation.

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Wilmington Police and New Hanover County Sheriffs take to the court

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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Law enforcement officers traded in their badges for a basketball Sunday afternoon. Members of the Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, squared off in the Big Buddy Shootout.

These guys would love to do this every Sunday, but unfortunately law enforcement officers in New Hanover County only get to show off their basketball skills once a year. It was the 16th meeting on the court for the Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Without a doubt, it is a rivalry with department pride on the line.

The New Hanover Sheriff’s Office took an early lead against Wilmington PD. In fact, the lead was 8 at the half.

A lot of these law enforcement officers take basketball seriously, after all, there’s nothing better than sports to bring out their competitive spirit. On the other hand, some were quick to admit basketball is something they haven’t played in a while.

In the second half the Wilmington Police made a ferocious comeback, they pulled within one point, but in the end the victory went to the sheriff’s office 51-49.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cape Fear Volunteer Center’s Big Buddy program.

The mission of Big Buddy is to support children who need a mentor in their lives to help them thrive and prosper.

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videoLaw enforcement officers traded in their badges for a basketball Sunday afternoon. Members of the Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, squared off in the Big Buddy Shootout.

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Shooting at hotel in Henderson leaves one dead

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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One person is dead and two are seriously injured after dozens of shots were fired at a hotel in Henderson.

It happened early Sunday morning at the America’s Best Value Inn.

According to Henderson Police, more than 40 shots were fired during the shootout. A 22 year old was killed. Paramedics transported a 16 year old and a 20 year old to a hospital. Neither of their injuries is life-threatening.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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One person is dead and two are seriously injured after dozens of shots were fired at a hotel in Henderson. It happened early Sunday morning at the America’s Best Value Inn.

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Brunswick officials’ discretionary funds give leeway

Monday, June 15th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Each commissioner gets $10,000 annually to spend as he or she sees fit. Half of the discretionary funds are supposed to go toward senior citizen-related organizations, and the other half is unrestricted.

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