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Archive for September, 2009

Man with ax robs North Kerr Mini Mart

Monday, September 7th, 2009

A Wilmington man was arrested Monday morning after he reportedly brandished an ax and demanded money from a store clerk.

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Police search for suspects in robberies

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Wilmington police are searching for suspects in two incidents that happened during the weekend.One suspect reportedly stole a woman’s rental car late Friday night and led police officers on a pursuit, according to a news release from Lucy Crockett, public affairs officer for the Wilmington Police Department.

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Two charged in connection with stabbing, shooting

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Two men were arrested late last week in connection with a stabbing and shooting incident at Lennon Woods apartments last month.

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Labor Day plans washed away

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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This wasn’t exactly the Labor Day trip to the coast many had planned on, as rain foiled the plans of many vacationers.

“Didn’t get to do the boating down here that we planned to do, but we had a good time anyway. And now you’re taking a detour? Taking a detour trying to see a friend and it don’t look like we’re going to get to him,” said Grady Scott who was visiting from Raleigh.

Country Club Road just off Route 17 in Hampstead was closed. Lots of rain caused severe flooding, and headaches for drivers.

“This is just the most rain I’ve seen since a hurricane,” said Rita Covil.

Some were lucky enough to brave the storm indoors, like Hampstead resident, Jennifer Jackson. “I’m really glad that I have flood insurance,” she said.

Her yard usually floods when the skies open up, but nothing like this. “In about a year-and-a-half, this is the worst that we’ve ever seen it.”

Labor Day is typically a day for cook-outs, but this year was more of a wash-out.

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This wasn’t exactly the Labor Day trip to the coast many had planned on, as rain foiled the plans of many vacationers.

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Parents protest decision not to air Obama’s speech live on Tuesday

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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Kids in Brunswick County had the day off from school, but that didn’t keep many parents and even some teachers from showing up at the school district offices Monday afternoon.

They were there to protest the decision not to air President Obama’s speech in school tomorrow.

Other than one person, the Brunswick County citizens want Brunswick County school children to be able to watch President Obama’s speech live during school hours on Tuesday.

“It is sending a horrible message to students because it says don’t respect the President, don’t respect the Commander in Chief, don’t listen to him if he’s not with your political party and that’s very scary,” said Michael Burke, a retired professor.

Brewster Hewett is president of the Brunswick County NAACP. He says this is not a race problem, it’s a school board problem. “You’re sending the wrong message to these students and to the parents. You’re telling these people what’s going to happen before time. They must be fortune tellers.”

Not everyone at Monday’s protest was complaining. There was one parent which supports the school board’s decision to show the speech later this week if the parents deem the speech appropriate.

“I think people should have a choice in the matter, the parents that is. I think we should always have the choice with anything political,” said Joe Lawson.

Carolyn Jenkins Blue wants her children to watch the speech live. They will do that at home. “My children will not be in school on Tuesday. I hope nobody in this county will have their children attend school on Tuesday,” she said.

New Hanover County schools sent home a letter informing parents they can opt-out of having their children watch the speech.

Pender County also sent parents a letter allowing them to opt their children out.

Columbus County schools did not send a letter home, but will make the speech optional for kids.

Parents who want to read the transcript of the president’s speech can do so online at whitehouse.gov.

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videoKids in Brunswick County had the day off from school, but that didn’t keep many parents and even some teachers from showing up at the school district offices Monday afternoon.

They were there to protest the decision not to air President Obama’s speech in school tomorrow.

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