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Archive for July, 2009

St. James group provides weekend getaways for soldiers’ families

Friday, July 24th, 2009

By Carolyn BowersCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

Grateful Americans all over the country are asking what they can do to show active military personnel how much their service and sacrifice are appreciated.Three women in St. James found an answer.

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Carolina Shores turmoil – Mayor shrugs off board’s censure vote

Friday, July 24th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners has issued the town’s mayor a public slap on the wrist. In a special meeting Friday morning, the board voted 3-2, with commissioners John Russo and Joseph Przywara dissenting, to censure Mayor Stephen Selby. A censure is a public reprimand that has no legal implications.

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Report shows slight uptick in unemployment

Friday, July 24th, 2009

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Unemployment rates for the Wilmington metropolitan area increased again in June.

The area includes Pender, Brunswick and New Hanover Counties, where the unemployment rate rose three tenths of a percent to 10.3%.

Bladen and Columbus Counties also saw increases in unemployment rates. In both counties the unemployment rate is now hovering around 13%.

Experts say part of the increase is due to a slow down in the tourism industry.

“They’re not hiring as many people,” said New Hanover County ESC Director Walker Biggs. “Some of the businesses may have hired more in the past, not as many people are going out to restaurants.”

Biggs said he expects the unemployment rate to remain stable through year’s end, but stimulus money could provide some hope. Workers will be needed for projects like the I-140 bypass.

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Unemployment rates for the Wilmington metropolitan area increased again in June.

The area includes Pender, Brunswick and New Hanover Counties, where the unemployment rate rose three tenths of a percent to 10.3%.

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Youth volunteers help beautify UNCW campus

Friday, July 24th, 2009

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Normally, the UNCW Landscaping Department has a staff of about 40 that help keep the campus looking great. Friday, that number grew by more than 200.

Youth volunteers worked in the hot sun Friday morning spreading bales of pine straw around campus buildings and dorms. More than 270 teenagers and 50 adult volunteers were on hand for the beautification effort. The day was part of a youth conference designed to encourage teens to never give up.

“It’s been so great. It is just a delight to see all of the youth and see them in their blue shirts,” said UNCW Director of Student Life Assessment Dr. Nathan Lindsay. “It’s like an army of great workers, doing a good cause here. Making the campus prettier, if that’s possible; it’s a gorgeous campus. >

The campers accomplished in two hours what would normally take as long as a month and a half.

The event is one of many youth conferences presented each year by the Wilmington area church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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Normally, the UNCW Landscaping Department has a staff of about 40 that help keep the campus looking great. Friday, that number grew by more than 200.

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Cape Fear Pride Pleasure Island: Historic Fort Fisher

Friday, July 24th, 2009

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The Fort Fisher historic site is a quiet place where tourists and locals alike come for a history lesson. More than 140 years ago, a battle raged here, where Confederate troops fought, and lost, protecting the last major coastal stronghold for the Confederacy.

“When it was captured, that closed the foreign trade route for the south,” explained Fort Fisher Historical Interpreter Amy Thornton. “And so when it was captured, trade ended for the south, and within ninety days the Civil War was over.”

Nicknamed the Gibraltar of the Confederacy, Fort Fisher was built at the start of the Civil War. Two battles were fought here. The first failed Union attempt to capture the fort was in 1864, but the Union army launched a massive attack by water in January of 1865, and the mighty Fort Fisher fell.

“The second battle of Fort Fisher involved a three day bombardment. This was the largest naval bombardment, not just of the Civil War, but any war up until World War I,” said Thornton.

Even though its cannons and rolling hills tell a story of days past, here, history is alive. Re-enactor Randolph Sawyer said, “My family played a big part here to keep the south free for what they thought was right.”

Re-enactors, like Sawyer, commemorate the landmark battle; firing the canons, and keeping true to the bravery of his three ancestors who fought for the Confederacy. “It gives you an idea of what they had to wear, and what they had to do. We camp like they did, and it gives you a feel for what it was like for them back then,” Sawyer said.

Today, it’s staff works diligently to preserve the history of the fort; and what that history means to our collective future. “It is something that everybody should come and experience, and try and be a part of. It is local history and its also important in the larger context of American history,” added Thornton.

If you would like to take part in the living history, the smaller cannon will be fired Saturday at 11:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Costumed tours of the battlefield are Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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videoThe Fort Fisher historic site is a quiet place where tourists and locals alike come for a history lesson. More than 140 years ago, a battle raged here, where Confederate troops fought, and lost, protecting the last major coastal stronghold for the Confederacy.

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