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Archive for September, 2009

Coffee shop run by Calvary Chapel opens in Wilmington

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

By Liz BiroLiz.Biro@StarNewsOnline.com

New Holy Grounds (2841 Carolina Beach Road) serves low-priced coffee (espresso, $1.50) with a dose of spirituality.

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Fatal parasailing trip went up in spite of alerts

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.Mcgrath@StarNewsOnline.com

Passengers of a parasail tow boat on Thursday described a chaotic and terrifying scene off Ocean Isle Beach last month as two women parasailers were first stranded several hundred feet above the Atlantic than dragged across the ocean as blustery weather rolled into the area.

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Cronkite’s daughter speaks to mental health conference

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

After 25 years of speaking and educating people, Kathy Cronkite thought things were going pretty good as far as reducing the stigma of mental illness.

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PPD founder honored for vision, philanthropy

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

By Wayne FaulknerWayne.Faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

The man who chose “father, philanthropist and entrepreneur” to describe himself on his Walk of Fame stone praised Wilmington as a “place where we could grow a robust business.”

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Coast Guard learns more on day two of hearing

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

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In day two of their hearing, the Coast Guard continued to look at the circumstances surrounding a deadly parasailing accident in Ocean Isle Beach on August 28th. Much of the testimony on Thursday, focused on the weather conditions that day.

“I think the weather’s an issue here, a lot of it, and more or less a judgment call,” said Tom Collins, a cousin of one of the victims.

A representative from the National Weather Service testified, describing rough conditions the day a rope snapped on the boat while Lorrie Shoup and Cynthia Woodcock were in the air.

“It immediately occurred to me that this is not good,” said Robert Whitman, one of the boat’s passengers. Whitman testified by phone and added, “The boat was rocking dramatically, my kids wanted off the boat. They were scared and asked me for help.”

Tom Collins added, “I know what I would have done, I wouldn’t have gone out.”

But the crew did choose to go out on the water.

The boat’s captain Tom Povazan was questioned about the incidents that day.

“Did you know there was a small craft advisory issued on August 28th?”
“No, I did not.”

“Did the owner of the company make you aware that there was a small craft issued on that day? Did you know there was a weather advisory issued for that day?”
“No.”

“Did the company inform you of an advisory?”
“No.”

Lt. Chester Warren is the lead investigator. He said, “In any case when you have an accident, people have a tendency to hear different things, you take the testimonies into account, you try to look at the factors that were in play and you try to make the best decision possible.”

The boat’s mate also spoke on the record, saying he thinks it was a freak weather incident, and winds that picked up quickly, put too much force on the rope, causing it to break.

Friday is the final day of the hearing.

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videoIn day two of their hearing, the Coast Guard continued to look at the circumstances surrounding a deadly parasailing accident in Ocean Isle Beach on August 28th. Much of the testimony on Thursday, focused on the weather conditions that day.

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