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Archive for August, 2009

Widow fears for safety if murder suspects are released

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

By Shelby Sebens,Shelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Although the two people charged with killing real estate agent Adam Bradshaw last year are still in jail, Shannon Bradshaw is nervous they could post bond and be a flight risk – or worse, a threat.

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Dangerous rip currents prompt special hazard statement

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Coastal N.C. | The National Weather Service has issued a special hazard warning about the high risk of rip currents at area beaches starting Friday morning.The swells generated by Hurricane Bill and a new moon are expected to lead to dangerous ocean conditions, especially on the region’s east-facing beaches.

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Wilmington welcomes first ever city-owned green building

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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Wilmington city officials have opened the first ever city-owned green building. The building, on the corner of 17th and Marstellar Streets will house the city street sweeper vehicles.

The project cost the city about a million dollars.

Officials say the building will eventually pay for itself, because it creates it’s own energy through solar panels.

“We tried to design it not only to minimize the use of electricity in the building, but also to produce the electricity that we were using,” said city storm water manager David Mayes.

Other green aspects of the building include motion sensor lighting, and radiant heat flooring.

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Wilmington city officials have opened the first ever city-owned green building. The building, on the corner of 17th and Marstellar Streets will house the city street sweeper vehicles.

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Whats Happening: August 21-23

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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That famous walk down the yellow brick road comes to the stage in a blend of rock, soul and gospel in The Wiz, a musical adaptation of l. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This is the last weekend it will be at Thalian Hall. The show begins at 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, and at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are fifteen dollars.

It is a Big Fat Irish Wedding full of drinking, toasting, dancing and singing at Roudabush Cafe in downtown Wilmington. You can be a part of this interactive dinner theater Friday night. It includes appetizer, entree, salad and dessert. It begins at 7:00 p.m. The cost is 40 dollars per person.

It is your last chance to enjoy free music at Fort Fisher, as the free summer concert series comes to a close. Enjoy one last weekend of sun, sand and the sounds of blues and jazz performed by El Jaye Johnson. The concert is Friday night from 6:00 until 8:00 at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area in Kure Beach.

And if you can’t get enough, Saturday night there is another free concert on Pleasure Island. Jazz under the Stars is held on the beach stage in front of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk from 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, females are wanted to be a part of Women Build, a project where a Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity home is built entirely by women. The groundbreaking is Saturday at 8:00 a.m. at the Cottages at Cornerstone, which is located at 505 Hope Springs Court. Women are needed for sponsorships, fundraising and of course building the home. Call 762-4744 extension 105 if you can help.

You can learn about Civil War artillery this weekend at the Fort Fisher State Park. Re-enactors will also fire the 12 pound cannon at 11:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Tours are at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. As a special treat, kids will be able watch an artillery drill that will allow them to experience the life of a Civil War soldier.

You don’t have to head to Charlotte to watch a race. Saturday, downtown Wilmington turns into the Riverfront Grand Prix. Cape Fear Community College is holding an autocross championship. It takes place in student parking lot number two. The first car takes the course at 11:00 a.m.

Looking for some handcrafted art? Head to downtown Wilmington Saturday afternoon for Sunday Scene, the city’s arts and crafts fair. It runs from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in Riverfront Park.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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videoYou can enjoy music on the beach both Friday and Saturday night without spending any cash. Plus, a parking lot turns into a racetrack this weekend.

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Teachers have work cut out for them, even before students arrive

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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Organizing desks, supplies, and lesson plans… a teacher’s list is endless even before kids enter the classroom.

“There’s plenty to do that fills up our day. Getting to know our class schedule, our room is usually in boxes and in shambles,” said Katelyn Durkin, a first grade teacher at Ogden Elementary.

Every year the supply list gets longer, for both students and teachers.

“I’ve probably spent at least one hundred dollars to get the classroom going,” added Tiffany Ivey, another first grade teacher at Ogden Elementary.

Like many other teachers, Ivey and Durkin are busy preparing for a new school year, a year they are anxiously awaiting.

“I love the beginning of the school year. It’s a fresh start,” Ivey said.

“We have first day nerves, I probably won’t sleep that much,” said Winter Park Elementary second grade teacher Jennifer Hatch.

But the start of this new year is also comforting, now that they know budget cuts in the county didn’t leave them out of the equation.

For Jennifer Hatch, her back to school workload has doubled. She’s not only move into a new classroom but a newly renovated school. All the changes at Winter Park will take some getting used to. “We’ll just make do and make it as welcoming as we can,” she said.

So why do they do all this work? “That’s easy, it’s the kids, it’s working with these kids every single day and then seeing those light bulbs go off and seeing their progress. There is no other job like it,” Durkin said.

Something each teacher agrees on, no matter how much work they put into it, success in the classroom can only happen with parental involvement.

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