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Archive for September, 2009

UNCW freshman dies while surfing in storm

Sunday, September 27th, 2009



Friday afternoon’s stormy weather caused a life and death situation at Wrightsville Beach. A swimmer went missing after a lightning strike.

Just after 4:00 Friday afternoon, lightning hit the water near Beach Access 36 near the Oceanic Pier.

John Edward Sackett of Annapolis, Md., an 18-year-old freshman, was killed while surfing with a group of friends.

It is not known whether the lightning hit the area near Sackett, or Sackett directly. The bad weather forced his friends out of the water, when they got to shore they realized he was not with them.

Volunteers and Ocean Rescue searched the water for about an hour. A couple visiting from Raleigh actually spotted his blue swim trunks, and pulled him out.

“The entire campus community is deeply saddened by this loss of a member of the UNCW family,” said Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to John’s family and friends during this very difficult time.”

The exact cause of death is not known.

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UNC Wilmington officials say the teen killed while surfing at Wrightsville Beach was a member of the UNCW family.

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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito visits Italian festival in Leland

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Wearing a casual yellow polo and walking with his wife and dog, Samuel Alito kept a low key appearance, trying to blend in at the Cape Fear Italian Festival in Leland on Sunday.

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N.C. lawmakers positive even with mental health cuts

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

By GARY D. ROBERTSONAssociated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Legislative leaders who monitor North Carolina’s mental health system are surprisingly positive after negative actions they took last month to close a budget hole.

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$50,000 project to survey Brunswick history

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

At its Sept. 8 meeting, the county’s board of commissioners approved a $50,000 contract with a historic preservation consultant to conduct a survey of at least 470 potentially historic resources in the county.

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Watchdogs – Wilmington candidates for mayor spar over convention center

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Cape Fear Watchdog$ is a StarNews blog that aims to keep Southeastern North Carolina residents up to speed on the area’s political scene. Here are some of the posts from the past week.

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