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Archive for September, 2009

Whats Happening: September 25-27

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

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The Thalian Association is bringing the musical “Phantom” to Thalian Hall. It is based on the novel “The Phantom of the Opera.” Performances Friday and Saturday are at 8:00 p.m. Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets start at $20. For more information, call 962-3500.

After months of planning, the first ever Cape Fear Italian Festival springs to life in Leland this weekend. Head to Cross Creek Commons Shopping Center for some sausage, meatballs, cannoli and zeppole. Saturday hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday it is from noon until 7:00 p.m. The cost is two dollars per person or five for a family.

Another big festival is this weekend is the 46th Annual Spot Festival in Hampstead. Saturday hours are from 9:45 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. Sunday from 9:45 until 5:00 p.m. The entrance fee is three dollars, spot dinners are eight dollars. Don’t miss the fireworks on Saturday night!

What is happening Saturday? “A Happening”, which is a music and arts festival. It is from noon until 7:00 p.m. at Hugh MacRae Park. Do not forget to bring a lawn chair. There is no charge to get into the festival.

You can help raise money for Rett Syndrome Research by participating in a Strollathon Saturday.
It takes place at Wrightsville Beach Park. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. The stroll is at 9:00 a.m. There will be food, drinks and entertainment for the little ones.

Take the family to the museum Saturday without opening your wallet. It is Smithsonian Museum Day, where more than one thousand museums across the nation are offering free admission. Locally, you can head to the Cameron Art Museum and Cape Fear Museum of History and Science for free. But, and there is a but, in order to get free admission you need to go to www.smithsonian.com/museumday to download an admission card.

While you are at the Cape Fear Museum Saturday, check out the 2009 North Carolina Shell Show. Shell collectors and exhibitors will be there. There will be rare shells, large shells, small shells and more. The show runs until 5:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Toast the arrival of fall with a glass of wine or a hearty ale. Saturday the Downtown Business Alliance is hosting the 2009 Wilmington Wine and Beer Walk. It runs from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. You can buy tickets for fifteen dollars or two for twenty five.

Parents, set a good example for healthy living for your kids. There is a free health fair and day of play at the community Boys and Girls Club on Nixon Street. It begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. More than 20 health organizations will be there.

And on Sunday, dust spider webs off some of those gems hiding in the attic. There is going to be an antiques evaluation clinic at the Bellamy Mansion Sunday. It runs from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. There will also be two lectures. The cost is ten dollars, plus five dollars per item you want evaluated.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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videoItalian food or seafood; you have your choice of festivals this weekend. Or why not go to both? Plus, what you have in your attic could fetch a pretty penny.

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Man, teenage girl charged in drive-by shooting

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

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A man and a teenage girl are in jail following a drive-by shooting at a home in Brunswick County. It happened Wednesday in front of a home on Easy Street in Bolivia.

Police arrested 21-year old Jaquan Holland and 17-year old Brittany Smith.

Police said the two victims were sitting in a vehicle in front of the home when the suspects drove by and fired at the car.

One man was taken to the hospital with a bullet wound to the face.

Holland faces attempted murder charges; Smith is charged with conspiracy.

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A man and a teenage girl are in jail following a drive-by shooting at a home in Brunswick County. It happened Wednesday in front of a home on Easy Street in Bolivia.

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DSS investigation closes on Allen Strickland

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

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A social services investigation into the guardianship of a Tabor City teen with ties to RC Soles is now officially closed.

As a result of questions raised by WWAY early last month, the Columbus County Department of Social Services began an investigation into whether 17-year-old Allen Strickland is a victim of neglect.

Thursday we received word that the DSS found no evidence the teen has been neglected.

Strickland has been in and out of jail recently for arson, leading police on a high speed chase, and violating house arrest. Prior to his run-in’s with the law, Strickland had been living on his own in a house paid for by Senator Soles.

According to North Carolina law, a child is supposed to have supervision until age 18. The actual status of his legal guardianship remains unclear.

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A social services investigation into the guardianship of a Tabor City teen with ties to RC Soles is now officially closed.

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Teacher of the Year shines – in and out of classroom

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

By Chelsea KellnerChelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

Ogden Elementary kindergarten teacher Sarah Gould was named New Hanover County’s Teacher of the Year this week. She won $1,000 to spend on her classroom and will represent the district in the regional competition.

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Warehouse fire in Chadbourn finally extinguished

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

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The tire warehouse fire that started Monday night in Chadbourn is finally out. Town manager Stevie Cox said fire fighters extinguished the final flames early Thursday morning.

Environmental officials are still waiting for the results from air and water quality tests.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but law enforcement is calling it arson.

Police are looking for three men dressed in dark clothing who may have been driving a red vehicle on the night of the fire. If you have any information contact the SBI at 800-334-3000.

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The tire warehouse fire that started Monday night in Chadbourn is finally out. Town manager Stevie Cox said fire fighters extinguished the final flames early Thursday morning.

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