Wilmington HotelsWilmington AdvertiseWilmington AttractionsWilmington BeachesWilmington Business DirectoryWilmingtonWilmingtonWilmington GolfWilmington JobsWilmington NewsWilmington DiningWilmington Weather
     

 

 

Wilmington, NC News

  Free Wilmington Travel Guide!

Archive for October, 2009

Middle schoolers encouraged to start planning for the future today

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Body

Pender County schools are making a focused effort to address the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students.

Students at West Pender Middle School were dealt a dose of reality Tuesday.

”If the kids are not thinking about college in middle school, they’re behind. The reason they’re behind is because we have this huge college knowledge gap in the United States,” said inspirational speaker Mychal Wynn.

That knowledge gap can begin as early as preschool and affect a child’s achievement through high school and beyond. Some students are exposed to a college culture at home from their parents while others are not.

“That they may miss the message. They may say, ‘ya, I want to go to college’, but they’re not going to have a plan,” Wynn added.

To try and address this gap, Pender County schools brought Wynn in to inspire students to find their passion and start setting goals for their future.

Some already have.

“I want to be a commercial airline pilot for Delta. It just inspired me to go out and want to conquer the world now,” said eighth grader Kayla Keith.

Sean Parker added, “I want to be a brain surgeon, so I want to set goals so I can be a better person in life.”

Austin Murray also has big plans. “I want to be a vet. Now I know what I need to do to get to that goal.”

Others said that the presentation convinced them that their future is what they make of it.

“I should feel I have the right to do whatever I want. So that’s what I’m aiming for,” said Jonathan Cruz.

It’s alright if students don’t know exactly what they want to do at this age, but it is important to start the process.

“You should determine what your passions are and how you can pursue those passions at different schools after graduation,” Wynn said.

Mr. Wynn made stops at Cape Fear, West Pender, and Topsail middle schools today. He will pay a visit to Burgaw Middle School tomorrow morning.

Story image

school300.jpg

Story summary

videoPender County schools are making a focused effort to address the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students by encouraging all to plan for the future.

Story summary image

schol150.jpg

Associated poll

More: continued here

Man with Wilmington ties dies while running in Baltimore Marathon

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

A 23-year-old who spent time in Wilmington died after he collapsed while running in a marathon in Baltimore on Saturday.

More: continued here

Peeping Tom behind bars again in New Hanover County

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Video

Body

Johnny Wayne Alford of Pender County was arrested Sunday evening for secretly spying on college-aged girls in Wrightsville Beach.

Police say a witness spotted Alford naked in a carport on North Lumina Ave. and called police. When investigators arrived, the suspect was already gone, but left his car keys, clothes and a video camera.

Police located the car a couple of blocks away, and tracked down Alford on a stolen bicycle. He was also arrested for peeping in 2003.

“Females in the Wrightsville Beach area who feel they may have been victimized – again keeping in mind, college-aged, Wrightsville Beach area, probably a first floor apartment. If you’ve heard suspicious sounds outside of your apartment and you’re not really sure, you can contact me at the Wrightsville Beach Police Department, and I’ll see if you’re one of the victims,” said Wrightsville Beach investigator Shaun Appler.

The number to call is 256-7911.

Alford faces a variety of charges, including three counts of secret peeping. He is in the New Hanover County jail under a $1.25 million bond.

Story image

peeper300.jpg

Story summary

A Wrightsville Beach peeping Tom is peering out from behind bars Tuesday night. So far, detectives have identified nine victims and say there are more.

Story summary image

peeper150.jpg

Associated poll

More: continued here

Riverfront Hilton guest evacuated Tuesday

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Video

Body

A power outage at the Riverfront Hilton forced guests to evacuate Tuesday afternoon.

Hilton management said a transformer shutdown causing a fan to fail and blow smoke into the building. As a precaution, guests were evacuated for about 15 minutes.

Wilmington firefighters checked the building for fires, but found none.

No word yet on what caused the power failure.

Story image

hilton300.jpg

Story summary

A power outage at the Riverfront Hilton forced guests to evacuate Tuesday afternoon.

Hilton management said a transformer shutdown causing a fan to fail and blow smoke into the building.

Story summary image

hilton150.jpg

Associated poll

More: continued here

Chadbourn Mayor looks toward higher office

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Video

Body

Chadbourn’s Mayor is running for a new office.

Mayor Kenneth Waddell says he plans to file for the State House District 20 seat. He’ll challenge incumbent, Rep. Dewey Hill for the Democratic nomination in May 2010.

Waddell has been mayor of Chadbourn for four years, and has served on town council since 1988.

A former school teacher, Waddell says he plans to focus his campaign around creating jobs, especially in small business in rural counties.

Story image

Story summary

Mayor Kenneth Waddell plans to file for the State House District 20 seat.

Story summary image

Associated poll

More: continued here

 

Archives

News provided by WWAY NewsChannel 3 and the StarNewsOnline

|Home| |Events| |Attractions| |Accommodations| |Restaurants| |Golf| |Beaches| |Jobs| |Getting Here| |Climate| |Directory| |News| |Advertise| |Contact Us|

 
 
  Welcome to Wilmington, North Carolina