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Archive for September, 2009

Hope for the Warriors is a ride full of pride

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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Friday marks a very important day in our country, eight years since the 9-11 attacks. The Hope for the Warriors organization is sponsoring a three-day bike riding event for wounded service members.

Thursday was a day of mixed emotion. Tears amidst an over zealous sense of pride as twenty-seven bicyclists took to the streets. Fans cheered and vigorously waved American flags to show their appreciation.

Each rider is a sailor, soldier, marine, or airman who was wounded serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Ed Salau served in the military for sixteen years. He served as a North Carolina Army National Guard and was wounded in Iraq. “November 15th of 2004, I was in Iraq, and we were ambushed rocket propel grenade hit my vehicle and took my leg off.”

After a ceremony, the troops got back on their bikes and continued down US Highway 17 to downtown Wilmington.

Their injuries were the last thing on their minds.

“Our nation’s wounded heroes are not defined by their injury but their spirit and determination to overcome any obstacle that confronts them and to show that there is hope beyond recovery,” said Peggy Rochon of Hope for the Warriors.

The three-day journey down Highway 17 started today in Holly Ridge and ends Saturday in Oak Island.

Hope for the Warriors invites the public to join the cyclists for a special community ride in Oak Island on Saturday starting at 8:00 a.m. You can choose to cycle or walk, or just come by and cheer everyone on. Participation costs ten dollars for students and military, twenty for singles, and thirty-five for couples.

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Friday marks a very important day in our country, eight years since the 9-11 attacks. The Hope for the Warriors organization is sponsoring a three-day bike riding event for wounded service members.

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Text-a-Tip takes to the street

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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The Wilmington Police Department has a new roaming advertisement. It is the Text-a-Tip van.

Police officers will drive it around Wilmington, as well as park it in crowded places, as a reminder of the Text-a-Tip option.

The program has been underway for less than a year, allowing people to anonymously share information with police. Lieutenant Jim Varrone said the van targets those who are text and email savvy. “If they wish to remain anonymous and don’t want to call the police but want to tell us about a criminal enterprise or where drugs are being sold or who’s breaking into someone’s home or cars – that sort of thing – this is a great way to do it,” he said.

Lieutenant Varrone said Text-a-Tip has led to some arrests, but the department hopes it catches on more, especially with the new van.

If you have an anonymous tip, text Tip708, then your message and send it to CRIMES.

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The Wilmington Police Department has a new roaming advertisement. It is the Text-a-Tip van.

Police officers will drive it around Wilmington, as well as park it in crowded places, as a reminder of the Text-a-Tip option.

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UPDATE: Pender man faces up to 30 years in prison for child pornography charges

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

By Shannan Bowen and David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.comShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

Raleigh | A Pender County man pleaded guilty this week to two counts of manufacturing child pornography and could spend decades in prison, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding’s Office in Raleigh.

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Strickland’s impounded Corvette sold

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Allen Strickland, 17, sold the Corvette to P&C Wrecker Services in Whiteville after he wrecked the car in late August, an employee of the company said.

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Whats Happening: September 11-13

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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Friday marks eight years since the September 11th terrorist attacks. This weekend, many groups are holding ceremonies to honor the thousands of lives lost.

On Friday, retired members of the fire department of New York now living in the Carolinas will remember the events of September 11th and the nearly 350 firefighters who died that day. It begins with a memorial mass at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church on Hwy 17 in Shallotte at 9:00 a.m. After that, a ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. in the Victory Garden at Brunswick Community College.

Woodmen of the World Lodges 130 and 1088 are also holding a ceremony to honor the heroes and victims of the terrorist attacks. It takes place at the North Carolina Wildlife Action State Headquarters on Sunset Terrace Avenue in Whiteville. It begins at 11:00 a.m. and should last about 30 minutes.

Wounded service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are being honored this weekend. Hope for the Warriors is cycling across the area. A ceremony begins Friday morning at 8:45 a.m. at Lake Front Park. Cycling begins at 9:00 a.m. A beach bash will follow at 6:00 p.m. at Caswell Beach. The following morning, you can join in a community ride around Oak Island.

The Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club is also holding a memorial ride to honor those whose lives were lost on 9/11. It begins with a kick off party Friday night at the Beach House on Market Street from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. The ride begins Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Britt Motorsports on Market Street. Registration is $25 per motorcycle and an additional $10 per passenger. Proceeds benefit the burn center in Chapel Hill.

Saturday, it is a salute to World War II veteran’s jamboree. More than 50 veterans will be on hand to share their stories and show off wartime memorabilia, photos and documents. It takes place at the Hannah Block Historic USO, 120 S. 2nd St., from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Funds are needed to build the Officer Down Memorial Wall in Wilmington to honor local law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. That is why a celebrity autograph fundraiser is taking place Saturday at Independence Mall. You will get to meet Tar Heels football coach John Bunting, BoneCrusher Smith, actors from One Tree Hill, and more. It begins at 10:30 and ends at 1:30. Cost is $20.

Moms and moms-to-be don’t want to miss the Cape Fear Maternity and Baby Expo Saturday. It begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Coastline Convention Center. It ends at 4:00 p.m. Admission is five dollars for adults.

It is a big anniversary for Leland. The town is celebrating twenty years of incorporation. A Founders Day festival begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. at the Leland Municipal Park. There will be music, entertainment, crafts and of course, events to keep the kids occupied.

And on Sunday, First Presbyterian Church presents its 13th season of “Music at First.” It begins at 5:00 p.m. The concert is free, but donations are appreciated.

Also, if you have a child who still rides in a car seat, you will want to take advantage of a free child safety seat check conducted by Safe Kids of Cape Fear and New Hanover Trauma Services. It takes place Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until noon at Mayfaire Town Center.

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

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