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Archive for June, 2009

Carolina Beach is a great spot for surfing, swimming, sunning and… wrestling

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

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Beachgoers are confronted with a lot of options. An obvious choice is surfing. Of course there’s always the possibility of playing in the sand or working on the perfect summer tan. And don’t forget, there’s wrestling too. Yes, wrestling on the beach.

Saturday marked the debut of beach wresting in Carolina Beach. “This is our first state championship ever, and it’s the first sanctioned beach wrestling event in N.C. We’re looking forward to wrestling of all styles and have it grow each year,” said P.J. Smith of NC USA Wrestling.

Wrestlers found out the hard way the footing is a bit uneven. Men wrestled men, children wrestled children, and women were supposed to wrestle women, but most of the females were content to just watch, except Alexis Oakley who wasn’t afraid to mix it up with the boys. “I love the beach. I love wrestling,” said Alexis after winning her first match.

“It’s good for N.C. to have a larger wrestling program. This is like one of the good events they have each year in the summer season to keep wrestling competitive year round,” said wrestling coach Donald Maloy.

Saturday’s competition was more than just wrestling on the beach for bragging rights, as the winner of each division can now call himself Beach Wrestling State Champion.

The turnout was impressive enough that it looks like Carolina Beach will host the Beach Wrestling State Championships again next year.

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videoBeachgoers are confronted with a lot of options. An obvious choice is surfing. Of course there’s always the possibility of playing in the sand or working on the perfect summer tan. And don’t forget, there’s wrestling too. Yes, wrestling on the beach.

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Sunburst Foundation holds four-legged meet and greet

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

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People looking to adopt a dog were able to meet and greet with the pups Saturday before deciding to bring a new pet home.

The Sunburst Foundation, a non-profit canine rescue group, showed off three dogs outside the Blue Hand Home Store on Military Cutoff Road.

There were also raffles and prize drawings to raise money for the new programs.

”We did send some labs to Indiana this week, and I’m also trying to get with a group that goes from South Carolina up to the Northeast. I’ve been emailing them and they take dogs, cats and puppies,” said Linda Ferrell of the Sunburst Foundation.

If you would like to adopt a dog or donate to the Sunburst Foundation, please call 622-0011, and if you’d like to check out more animals up for adoption in our area, tune into Pet Pals every Tuesday on Good Morning Carolina here on WWAY NewsChannel 3.

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People looking to adopt a dog were able to meet and greet with the pups Saturday before deciding to bring a new pet home.

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Juneteenth celebrated at MLK Center

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

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Members of the African American community in our area celebrated part of their history Saturday.

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

In Wilmington, the community marked the day with a Juneteenth celebration at the Martin Luther King Center Park downtown.

The celebration included speakers, music, and fun for kids.

The organizing committee also crowned its “Miss Juneteenth.” She was selected based on an essay about what the day means to the community.

”Juneteenth basically means freedom and opportunity to me, because Juneteenth was the emancipation of all the slaves, and me being African American that’s very important to me,” said Nhandi Kenion, Miss Juneteenth.

“Those who don’t know their history, are doomed to repeat it, so it’s really important for us as a committee to bring awareness of Juneteenth to community at large,” said Audrey James, the Juneteenth committee secretary.

This year marks the 144th celebration of Juneteenth in the United States.

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Members of the African American community in our area celebrated part of their history Saturday.

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

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Mosley students graduate

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

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Friday night, Mosley Performance Learning Center kicked off the weekend’s graduation ceremonies at the Minnie Evans Performing Arts Center as 28 students graduated from the non-traditional high school.

Mary Mosley herself was part of the ceremony.

The students say the school has been a great fit for them.

“It helped me out, I got to graduate a year early. It taught me a lot… it helped me. I was behind, and it caught me back up,” said Gerrad Strickland.

“It was a wonderful time, because I have a child and they cut my hours and let me do at my pace; and I just loved the school, it was wonderful,” added Shameika Rivers.

Many of the graduates have plans to attend Cape Fear Community College while others have been accepted to various colleges and universities throughout the state.

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Friday night, Mosley Performance Learning Center kicked off the weekend’s graduation ceremonies at the Minnie Evans Performing Arts Center as 28 students graduated from the non-traditional high school.

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Area high school seniors graduate

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

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High school seniors all across our area shared an important moment in their life Saturday, their high school graduation.

More than 1,400 high school seniors in New Hanover County graduated this weekend.

Ashley, Hoggard, Laney and New Hanover high schools held their graduation at UNCW’s Trask Coliseum.

We asked some of the graduates what their plans are after high school…

“I’m going to Cape Fear to study criminal justice and hopefully, in the long run become a wildlife officer.” – Charles Rollins

“I’m going to ECU, hopefully to do interior design, but I’m still not sure yet.” –Tyler Woodard

“I’m going to school for culinary arts to become a chef.” –LaShawn Wright

High schools in Pender and Brunswick counties, as well as West Bladen High School, also held graduation ceremonies Saturday.

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High school seniors all across our area shared an important moment in their life Saturday, their high school graduation.

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