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Archive for September, 2009

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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Panel keeps Wilmington trolley on slow track

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

The idea of a streetcar in downtown Wilmington crept forward Thursday, with the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority voting to form an ad hoc committee to look into it.

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Pender County Correctional Institution helps dogs find homes

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

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Some Pender County prisoners are taking part in a New Leash on Life. Inmates spent the past eight weeks training homeless dogs that a local animal shelter rescued. Thursday marked the one year anniversary of the program, and saw the graduation of four more dogs.

Ralph was a homeless dog and was going to be put to sleep. But thanks to inmates at the Pender County Correctional Institution, Ralph is now going to a loving home.

“We had to put our pets down, we lost both of them within a two week period, so Ralph is really going to rescue us,” said Debbie Black.

Seven inmates have spent the past several weeks training Ralph and three of his buddies to be good dogs, helping them with obedience and a few new tricks.

It’s part of a program called New Leash on Life which is made possible through Monty’s Home, a non-profit organization.

“It’s about taking a dog, who’s chances are very slim at the time…second chance. I like this program cause that’s what it’s about,” said Maurice Parker, Ralph’s trainer.

Today, the dogs, which are all named after the characters from “Happy Days”, got their graduation diploma.

This is the fifth class of dogs to graduate, marking one year since the program started. Previous graduates attended the ceremony to visit their trainers.

These dogs were saved; millions more in shelters hope they get just as lucky.

“There’s enough homeless dogs in the world right now, that if we never bred another dog, there would be plenty to go around. People just need to open up their hearts, and go out there and find the dog for them at the shelters and through the rescues, and save a dog’s life,” said Barbara McNinch of Monty’s Home.

For more information on this program, you can visit Monty’s Home online.

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videoSome Pender County prisoners are taking part in a New Leash on Life. Inmates spent the past eight weeks training homeless dogs that a local animal shelter rescued.

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