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Archive for October, 2009

Efforts continue to find missing teen

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Myrtle Beach | When a 17-year-old girl went missing in Myrtle Beach during spring break last school year, police and volunteers searched South Carolina swamplands trying to find her.Although efforts to learn what happened to Brittanee Drexel have yet to succeed, searchers and police say they haven’t given up.

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Whats Happening: October 16-18

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

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This weekend you can get to know Bald Head Island all over again at the Harvest Homecoming. You can enjoy island pastimes, great food, entertainment, and get a chance to catch up with friends and family.

If you want to eat for a good cause, join Roland Grise Middle School Saturday morning for a Pancake Breakfast at O’Charley’s in Monkey Junction from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. It is $5 per person.

You can also move for a good cause with the Breast Cancer Walk/Run Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The registration is at 10:00 a.m. and the event starts at 11:00 p.m. at the Grace Methodist Church.

Saturday, kids can come out and enjoy Ampfest, the Youth Revival Outreach Music Festival at Myrtle Grove Baptist Church. It is free. Parking is at Myrtle Grove Middle with shuttles all day.

Mayor Bill Saffo taps the first keg of the Eighth Annual Oktoberfest Friday afternoon at Racine Commons Shopping Center. If you are at the opening ceremonies you can stay for the festival free of charge, everyone else will have to pay $5 for person. Kids ten and under get in free.

The 8th Annual Lighthouse Beer Festival fills Hugh MacRae Park Saturday. You can taste dozens of beers, including microbrews and organic beers. There will be food and live music. General admission is $30 in advance, $40 on the day of and includes a tasting glass to sample all the selections. The festival runs from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and benefits the Carousel Center for Abused Children.

Just up the road in Pender County you can enjoy Autumn with Topsail. There will be art on display and for sale, live music, food, and rides for the kiddies. You can find the fun next to the Historic Assembly Building at Topsail Beach.

Around the corner, the Hampstead United Methodist Church has its Big Fall Festival from 8:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday. They will have craft vendors and plenty of food. Hayrides, parking and admission are free.

If festivals are not quite your thing, you can catch a play. UNCW’s theater department brings “Waiting for Godot” to the Cultural Arts Building SRO Theatre. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for faculty and staff and $12 for the general public. The play runs through Monday. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday shows are from 8:00 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday’s show is from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

It will be raining men in downtown Wilmington Friday night. Check out a bachelor auction benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It starts at 7:00 p.m. at Green Light Lounge on Front Street.

Bands from all over southeastern NC will gather at South Brunswick High School’s Jack Campbell Stadium Saturday for the South Coast Classic Band competition. Admission is $8. The competition is from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Earth Save SENC and Taste of Health sponsor an afternoon of blues, jazz, funk and soul from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. More than a dozen musicians are on the bill. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of. Children under 18 are free with an adult.

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videoFall is here. You can get a taste of many things this weekend. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, Oktoberfest, the Lighthouse Beer Fesitval, or the South Coast Classic Band competition.

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Substance abuse rises as economy stays bleak

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

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Times of crisis, like being unemployed or having your salary cut, can lead many people to turn to destructive behavior. The more frustrated people get with their financial situation, the more apt they are to lose control of their lives.

Substance abuse treatment centers like Coastal Horizons have seen more patients over the past year. Officials can not confirm that this influx is due to the economy, but it is proven that high stress situations can lead many to drink and use drugs. Feeling helpless and depressed are very common when times are tough.

Experts say some people turn to drugs or alcohol, because they feel it is something they can control. Coastal Horizon Program Director Pamela Morrison said, “In reality it makes the problem a lot worse. In addition to the financial stress and the unemployment, with everything else that is going on, people are burdened and faced with an addiction.”

Addiction to alcohol or drugs is considered a mental disorder. Treatment centers like Coastal Horizons can help folks identify where the problem started, and help them overcome their addiction.

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When the going gets tough, some turn to addictive behaviors. The bleak economy can be an added stress some people can’t deal with on their own.

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Topsail mayor’s vote questioned by commissioners

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

By Amanda HutchesonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

Controversy, this time about voting procedures, continue to dog Topsail Beach’s plan to rebuild its eroded beachfront.The original bid for the interim beach nourishment project contained several options, such as beginning the work at the end of 2009 or 2010 and putting less than the full amount of sand on the beach.

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Nursing students join seniors at Seahawks and Seniors Health Fair

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

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UNCW’s nursing program sponsored the Seahawks and Seniors Health Fair at the New Hanover County Senior Center on Thursday.

Nursing students talked to seniors about health topics including nutrition, fall prevention, and emotional well-being. For students and seniors, it was a chance for some personal interaction.

“It’s good to actually come out of the classroom setting, come into the community,” said UNCW nursing student Thomas Mangiacapre. “Being that I’ve grown up here, it’s nice to get inside of some of the facilities I’ve never been inside and work with our older population.”

Lee Cook visited the health fair and said, “I enjoyed coming over here to the senior center and interacting with nursing students, I enjoyed it.”

During the fair a few of the seniors showed off their talents with some dance routines, singing, and jokes.

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UNCW’s nursing program sponsored the Seahawks and Seniors Health Fair at the New Hanover County Senior Center on Thursday.

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