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Archive for September, 2009

Children at Yahweh Center find inspiration in mural

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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There is a new source of inspiration at the Yahweh Center in Castle Hayne. A team from BB & T Bank painted a mural at the center’s psychiatric residential treatment facility.

It is a secured facility that provides treatment to abused and at-risk children ages five to twelve; one of only three in the state. The images on the wall inspired the kids to create their own artwork.

“This place was just bare and had cinder block walls, and the children would come out here, no trees, no shrubs, just some grass and bare walls,” described BB & T executive Phil Marion. “We all tend to perform better with happy surroundings, and this brightened up the entire area, and made it a much more pleasant place to play.”

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There is a new source of inspiration at the Yahweh Center in Castle Hayne. A team from BB & T Bank painted a mural at the center’s psychiatric residential treatment facility.

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UPDATE: Swimmer pulled from ocean at Wrightsville Beach

Friday, September 25th, 2009

By Chris MazzoliniChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

Witnesses said the swimmer, who has not been identified, was swimming near a group of surfers when lightning struck the water about 3 p.m.

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UNCW Police bid farewell to one of their own

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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It was a bittersweet and dignified farewell Friday for a veteran of the UNCW Police force. The campus police department honored Major Robert Riley for 23 years of service on the force.

Friends and family gathered to celebrate his career, which has seen the campus grow from a relatively small school to a thriving university. Friday, Major Riley was presented with the flag that flew over the police department.

“Being in a paramilitary organization it means, it means a ton,” said Major Riley.

Officers on the force said Riley will be missed around the station, and that it is hard to imagine working without him.

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It was a bittersweet and dignified farewell Friday for a veteran of the UNCW Police force. The campus police department honored Major Robert Riley for 23 years of service on the force.

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Local counties see fall in unemployment

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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There is encouraging news on the job front. There was a downtick in unemployment for our local counties in August.

New Hanover County led the regional rebound with a half point drop from July to nine percent.

Pender County was down four-tenths to 11.1 percent.

Brunswick County was down a tenth to 10.6 percent.

Columbus County dropped half a point to 12.8 percent.

Bladen County was down four tenths to 12.3 percent.

Overall, unemployment was down in ninety counties.

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There is encouraging news on the job front. There was a downtick in unemployment for our local counties in August.

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Coast Guard wraps up parasailing hearing

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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After 61 exhibits and nine sets of testimonies, Coast Guard investigators now have a better idea of what happened on August 28th. It started as a fun day of parasailing, and ended with two women dead.

The only person to testify at the Coast Guard hearing on Friday gave an inside look at the parasailing industry. Arrit McPherson, the president of the Professional Association of Parasail Operators, spoke to investigators by phone for more than an hour. He said there are no standards offering training in the activity, and it is not really regulated.

He also commented on a main point brought up in the investigation – weather. “The most important determination that’s on my mind is weather. Weather generally dictates whether or not we’ll operate,” said McPherson.

Many question why the crew took the boat out on August 28th. There was a small craft advisory in effect when the rope holding Lorrie Shoup and Cynthia Woodcock in the air, snapped. The crew members said they did not know about the advisory.

“If it’s clearly inclement weather, I’m not comfortable with it, so I won’t go. I believe it is a judgement call,” added McPherson.

The victim’s daughter-in-law, Tyisha Woodcock said, “I just think they could have done a better job.” She said she is angered and hurt by what she learned during the hearing. “I even feel sorry for the captain and the boating company and for the mate. I mean it’s not something that they set out to do, but I feel that they slacked.”

Lead investigator from the US Coast Guard, Lt. Chester Warren said, “All you can do in a situation like this is look at all the facts, consider the witness testimony, analyze the equipment and you kind of let the facts speak for itself.”

Investigators will write a final report from this hearing, and pass it along to Coast Guard headquarters. From there, it could go onto other federal agencies for safety recommendations.

There are no criminal charges against anyone involved in the accident.

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videoThe Coast Guard wrapped up the final day of its hearing looking into a deadly parasailing accident in Ocean Isle Beach last month.

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