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Archive for October, 2009

Online allegations spawn lawsuit by Wilmington mayoral candidate

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington mayoral candidate Paul Knight filed a lawsuit Thursday against an unidentified person who posted negative comments about him on StarNews online forums.

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Former Pender commissioner dies in car crash

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Kenansville | A woman who served on the Pender County Board of Commissioners in the early 1990s died in a car crash Wednesday afternoon, officials said.Paula Chewning Walls, formerly Chewning-Bass, 58, was killed while driving south on N.C. 11, about 6.4 miles north of Kenansville, officials said.

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Remembering a loved one, while staying out of debt

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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Funerals are an unfortunate, but inevitable part of life. And the way the economy is shaping up, they can cause some financial anxiety too.

“Funeral expenses are one of those unexpected items that folks aren’t prepared for, but it is still a part of life and most people want to honor the memory of their loved one in some fashion,” said Andrews Mortuary president Rick Andrews.

Families try to remember their loved ones, while also trying to stay out of debt. Andrews said some people are turning to cremation as a less expensive option.

The average cost of a funeral in our area can be more than $6,000, and a cremation ceremony is half that. Another way people in our area are keeping the cost down is by hosting a gathering at someone’s home, instead of renting a facility.

“We realize the situation and the times, and we’ve always had a policy of trying to work with people and if necessary,” said Andrews. “We will do what we can with limited funds to try and meet their needs.”

Those needs may include cutting back on other related services, like traditional sympathy flowers. Florist Gene Rosenberg said over the past year or so, people have been looking for less elaborate arrangements, just to save a little money.

“We are a big fan of green plants, so you can take it home, water it, and walk by it, in three or four weeks and say, wow this really reminds me of mom,” said Rosenberg.

But Rosenberg hopes the money she makes off funerals will pick back up. She said flowers can help fill a void when words are hard to find. “We’ve gotten cards back that say, ‘thank you so much. This spoke so much to how our dad was or my husband was’.”

Cremations are a popular option in our area, because we live on the coast. Many people want to have their ashes spread in the ocean.

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videoLosing a loved one is hard enough, but having to put a price tag on their memory is even harder. The recession has taken a toll on the funeral business, especially as folks are trying to keep it simple when it comes to remembering a life lost.

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StarNews, city settle suit over police videos

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

Videos from Wilmington police cars should be released for public viewing as long as they’re not flagged as evidence under a settlement agreement between the StarNews and the city signed Thursday.

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Azalea Festival announces art contest winner

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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Azalea Festival organizers announced the winner of a student art contest Thursday. Her work will be featured on souvenirs at the upcoming festival.

Fourth grader, Katie Girolami is from Cape Fear Academy. She used different colored Sharpies to draw a picture of the festival princess sitting daintily on an azalea.

“I’m really glad that I won, and I didn’t think I would win. I’m really glad and excited,” said Girolami.

Katie won circus tickets, a ride in the Azalea Festival Parade with a mystery celebrity, the chance to meet Governor Bev Perdue and a $50 gift certificate.

Her artwork will be on mugs, t-shirts and other festival souvenirs, as well as the cover of Wilmington Parent Magazine’s March issue.

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Azalea Festival organizers announced the winner of a student art contest Thursday. Her work will be featured on souvenirs at the upcoming festival.

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