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New midwife hire should start mid-September at SEAHEC

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

South East Area Health Education Center’s phones have been ringing with women asking when the new certified nurse midwife will start seeing patients.“We’ve been inundated with calls. There’s a lot of interest,” said Todd Beste, program director for SEAHEC’s OB/GYN department.

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Wilmington arts education center has DREAMS come true

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

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Dreams are coming true for an arts education center in Wilmington. The DREAMS Center just got a $400,000 grant for youth mentoring. The funding comes from the Office of Juvenile Justice as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It will help create opportunities for at-risk youth, in an effort to reduce gang involvement, and the school dropout rate.

“I can’t tell you how much it will help us because we were already looking at cutting our budget by 25 percent, and that 25 percent would have really affected the outreach program,” said DREAMS Center co-founder Tracy Wilkes. “The outreach program is aimed at children who are in need and who are some of the most marginalized and vulnerable kids in our community.”

Even though DREAMS has government support, it is still trying to raise money on its own. The DREAMS Center is hosting a fundraiser October 9th featuring live student performances, an art sale, and an auction.

For more information on the center and its upcoming events, you can visit www.dreamswilmington.org.

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Dreams are coming true for an arts education center in Wilmington. The DREAMS Center just got a $400,000 grant for youth mentoring. The funding comes from the Office of Juvenile Justice as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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St. James sewage spill stinks up community

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

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A morning sewage leak caused road closures and hours of clean up in Brunswick County’s St. James community.

Witnesses described it as more of a nine-foot stream of sewage that was spewed into the air.

“When they took this lid off, it just exploded. It’s a small, two inch line used for cleaning the line,” said Tommy Lewis of the Brunswick Co. Public Utilities.

Utilities crews were inspecting pipes when it happened along St. James Drive.

“We got a ten inch sewer line that runs up this road. Every so often we put what we call clean outs. A clean out has got metal lids on it, twelve inch metal lids and what happened it when they took the lid off to inspect it, there must have been a weak piece of pipe, blew out right on top of them,” Lewis said.

Some roads were closed off for a few hours during cleanup so drivers would avoid the stinky sewage.

“With the quick response, it was caught before it got anywhere near a waterway,” Lewis said.

While the leak didn’t get into waterways, crews notified the appropriate state officials, who will decide if further inspection is necessary.

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videoA morning sewage leak caused road closures and hours of clean up in Brunswick County’s St. James community.

Witnesses described it as more of a nine-foot stream of sewage that was spewed into the air.

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New moms get fit with Stroller Strides

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

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It’s not easy being a new mom. Having a newborn can leave you sleep deprived, socially isolated, and carrying a bit of extra baby weight you’d like to lose. That’s why many moms in Wilmington turn to Stroller Strides.

On a Tuesday morning in Wilmington, more than a dozen moms gather in Hugh MacRae Park with babies in tow to work up a sweat.

“Stroller Strides is a total fitness program moms can do with their baby in the stroller, so you’re actually walking along with them, baby with you the whole time. It’s an hour-long class, we combine strength training and cardio. It’s safe for all levels of exercisers, all stages of pregnancy,” said Jody Smith.

The classes are offered six days a week at parks across the greater Wilmington area.

Moms say the classes provide a wonderful outlet.

“I love it because you get to meet other moms, and I’ve met moms with other kids my child’s age, and it’s great to get out of the house. It kind of forces you to get out of the house and exercise, it’s great for your mental health as well as your physical health,” said Kary Massengill.

One limitation many new moms face when trying to work off some pounds is that a traditional gym won’t let you bring your kids to child care until they’re six-months-old

“For a new mom, especially, it’s kind of an isolating time those first few weeks and months of being a brand new mom, especially if you’re a first time mom, it’s not only a great way to get out of the house – just an excuse to get out of the house, meet some other moms who are in the same boat with you, and still be with your baby the whole time spending that quality time, it’s a great way to get back in to shape,” Smith said.

Stroller Strides is a nationwide program, and it’s been around in Wilmington for about two years.

The cost varies. You can pay $45 for a month of unlimited classes, or if you’re not ready to make that kind of commitment, you can pay $15 for a one-time session.

For more information, you can visit Stoller Strides on-line.

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videoIt’s not easy being a new mom. Having a newborn can leave you sleep deprived, socially isolated, and carrying a bit of extra baby weight you’d like to lose. That’s why many moms in Wilmington turn to Stroller Strides.

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New prosecutor in Soles case, SBI focusing on two investigations

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

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We now know who will be taking over as prosecutor in the RC Soles investigation, after Columbus County District Attorney Rex Gore stepped down Wednesday.

The Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Section, led by Senior Deputy Jim Coman, has assumed responsibility for all cases related to Senator Soles.

Coman has tried over 250 major criminal jury trials, primarily involving public corruption, murder, sexual assault, and white collar crime. Coman was one of 2 prosecutors in the Duke Lacrosse case after Mike Nifong asked to be removed from the case. He has served in the Attorney General’s office for 24 years.

Attorney General Roy Cooper said his prosecutors will conduct an impartial and thorough review of the evidence, and will make a decision based on the law and facts alone.

Soles is the focus of two separate investigations being conducted by the SBI. The first was launched after a man told WWAY the senator tried to molest him when he was 15 years old.

We have confirmation that the SBI is now looking into claims of a sexual assault from a second alleged victim.

Soles is also the focus of a shooting investigation. Authorities were called to the senator’s Tabor City home late last month after Soles shot 22-year-old Kyle Blackburn. The senator told investigators that Blackburn, a client of his law practice, was trying to break into his house.

Blackburn told us he was leaving the senator’s property when he was shot.

Both investigations are ongoing, and the Attorney General’s office said they would make no further comment about the case until decisions have been made regarding any prosecutions.

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We now know who will be taking over as prosecutor in the RC Soles investigation, after Columbus County District Attorney Rex Gore stepped down Wednesday.

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