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Archive for November, 2009

Students dismissed after Hazmat situation at Topsail High School

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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It was a topsy turvy day at Topsail High. More than 1,000 students spent their day outside on the bleachers at the football field after they noticed a strange odor coming from a Spanish classroom.

Thursday morning three students were treated after sources said they passed out.

EMS, police and Hazmat crews quickly came to the school. After more than four hours of testing air quality and checking pipes in the school, which opened less than a year ago, Hazmat could not identify the source of the odor.

Parents came to the school trying to pick their kids up, but officials said no one was allowed to leave.

Parents were also concerned that their children were not fed until 3:00 Thursday afternoon.

School officials told WWAY that Hazmat wanted to clear everything before kids were allowed to eat, drink or leave campus.

Sheriff Carson Smith told WWAY for the most part, parents, teachers and students were cooperative.

This event has caused school officials to reconsider their emergency plan.

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It was a topsy turvy day at Topsail High. More than 1,000 students spent their day outside on the bleachers at the football field after they noticed a strange odor coming from a Spanish classroom.

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What’s Happening: November 6-8

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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It is a homemade Christmas in Burgaw. Friday, the Pender County Extension in the Community Association is holding Holiday House 2009. There will be homemade Christmas crafts, Thanksgiving crafts, baked goods, quilts and more. It begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.

Also Friday, kick off the weekend with some barbeque at Ashley High School. It is a fundraiser for the Screaming Eagles Marching Band. You can buy plates from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Ashley High School main entrance. They are ten dollars for adults and five dollars for kids ten and under.

Dust off your tux. It is the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s annual Black Tie Celebration. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing and an auction. It starts at 6:30 at the Hannah Block Historic USO. Tickets are $150. To buy them, call 762-2511.

Saturday, there is a golf tournament at Topsail Greens for the Topsail High School baseball and softball teams. Tee off at 8:30 a.m. It is $60 per person. If you do not golf, you can still enjoy a fish fry in front of the school starting at 11:00 a.m. Plates are six dollars.

Enjoy a little Latin American culture at Hugh MacRae Park Saturday during the Eleventh Annual Festival Latino. Enjoy music, food and dancing. The festival is from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Sports fans do not want to miss this event at Legion Stadium. Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. it is a sports items resale to raise money for local athletics teams and organizations. There will be photos with Santa, plus an autograph session with former and current pro athletes. It is a dollar to get inside; free for folks fifteen and younger.

Want to learn more about which wines go best with which holiday appetizers? Do not miss “Message in a Bottle”, a wine tasting at the Cape Fear Museum. You will learn a lot from wine experts. Tickets are $65 for museum non-members. For tickets call 910-798-4364

If you like wine, but live closer to Pender County, enjoy A Taste of Hampstead Fall Wine Fest. As well as wine and beer, there will also be food to sample. It is from 7:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at the Surf City Visitor’s Center. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple in advance. For tickets call 290-9642.

The 16th Annual Pecan Harvest Festival kicks off Friday morning at 11:30 at the Vineland Station Depot. It ends at 9:30 that night with a street dance in downtown Whiteville. The fun resumes Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.

Support our troops with Soup Saturday at Mayfaire. Dine Wilmington Online is raising money for Hope for the Warriors, a national organization that helps wounded service members. It begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. Admission is free with a two dollar donation per soup sample.

Saturday is the Second Annual Fall Festival in Belville. There will be music, arts and crafts. It begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. at Waterford Village Shoppes.

Chowder has gone to the dogs. The 7th Annual Chowdafest benefits Carolina Canines Saturday. It begins at noon at Fat Tony’s on Front Street. For five dollars, you can choose between a cup of either New England, Manhattan or Down East chowder.

Also this weekend, do you want to see some of the best women racquetball players in the world? They are coming to Wilmington for the Rock ‘n Racquetball at the Coast Tournament. It is Friday through Sunday at the Wilmington Athletic Club. It starts at 1:00 Friday.

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

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videoIt is a big weekend for high school students as they try to raise funds for different programs. Throw in some wine tastings, a couple of festivals, and you have a pretty busy weekend.

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Buy efficient appliances tax-free this weekend

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

By Jim BrummStarNews Correspondent

Friday is the first day of “a great weekend” for Wilmington-area appliance dealers – and they are ready for it. They hope buyers are ready too.They’ve tried to get the word out about North Carolina’s second annual tax-free weekend for selected Energy Star-rated appliances.

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Family of parasailing accident victim turns to federal court

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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The family of one of the women killed in an August parasailing accident off Ocean Isle Beach is turning to federal court for help.

Cynthia Woodcock’s family wants permission to file a state suit against Ocean Isle Beach Watersports. They also want the suit to be tried before the court decides whether to grant the company’s motion to limit or eliminate its liability in the deaths.

Woodcock and Lorrie Shoup died after the rope tying them to a boat broke August 28th, sending them into the water.

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The family of one of the women killed in an August parasailing accident off Ocean Isle Beach is turning to federal court for help.

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Pender County to build shell building to entice employers

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

By K.J. WilliamsStarNews correspondent

Pender County plans to build a 40,000-square-foot shell building at an industrial park in Burgaw to attract a buyer that can provide jobs.

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