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Archive for November, 2009

State grant could add to Wrightsville Beach park offerings

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Wrightsville Beach | The Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee has recommended the aldermen approve applying for a state grant to improve recreation facilities. The town would seek about $100,000 from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and match that from leftover New Hanover County parks bond funds.

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Goodwill – Parents thank Hoggard student for kindness to son

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

By Will JonesWill.Jones@StarNewsOnline.com

Barry and Gail Cokes sent in a tribute to Matthew Braswell, a Hoggard High School student who made a recent gesture that meant a lot to them and their son.

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Threathening phone call evacuates Wrightsville Family Practice and Urgent Care Center

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

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On Tuesday, someone made a threatening phone call to the Wrightsville Family Practice and Urgent Care Center. The office was evacuated, and officers went in to investigate. They found nothing suspicious.

One person we spoke to happened to be a witness at the Bank of America robbery and the bomb threat.

“I just went over to Bank of America and there’s a bunch of cops there, actually to use the ATM but you couldn’t go inside. I came back over here to meet a friend, and I guess there was a bomb threat,” said Wilmington’s Mitch Baker.

Though they happened close by, police do not believe the bank robbery and threatening phone call are related.

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On Tuesday, someone made a threatening phone call to the Wrightsville Family Practice and Urgent Care Center. The office was evacuated, and officers went in to investigate. They found nothing suspicious.

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Overcoming Odds & Obstacles: Ivey Hayes

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

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You know the hat, the smile and the hands. Amazingly, the twisted hands are those of a painter.

“Believe it or not it was the greatest thing that could ever happen to me,” said Ivey Hayes/

While he earned a masters degree in art, Ivey Hayes was earning his living as a bailer at Wilmington’s Federal Paper Company. Though he was good, painting was a watercolor pastime.

Then severe rheumatoid arthritis set in. By the summer of 1987, Ivey was disabled by it. That is when his doctor recommended that he use painting as therapy.

“As a result of getting sick, it gave me time to use my hands and get into painting like never before,” Hayes said. “And so it was a positive thing, not a negative thing. As a result of using painting as therapy you see what’s here today”

What is here today is a magnificent array of color and perspective in acrylic, born of bright visions Ivey says come from above. “I was given a gift from the Lord to be an artist.”

And the Lord speaks in colorful ways says Ivey. From the coastal scenes, to music, to sports. But even with the help of his brother Phiilip, it is getting harder.

“The doctor said I would lose my gripping and my fingers and I can see that little by little. It’s taking place. But while I can paint, I paint,” Hayes said.

Often he uses one gnarled hand to steady the other. Some days it hurts, other days it’s okay. But Ivey Hayes is not about to stop.

“As long as there is breath in this body and ability to perform, I’ll never give up. Now, I may not be able to do like I used to, but I’ll never give up,” he said.

Ivey Hayes is also a musician. He is an accomplished keyboard player. He can now use only one finger on his left hand and two fingers on his right, but he still plays regularly.

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videoTuesday’s during the month of November, we are going to tell the stories of people who have overcome odds and obstacles. These are resilient people who refuse to be defeated by disabilities or dissuaded by the chance of failure.

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Old law enforcement center gets new life

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

By Si CantwellSi.Cantwell@StarNewsOnline.com

Not too long ago, the red brick complex at 20 N. Fourth St. was bustling with sheriff’s deputies, 911 dispatchers and other law enforcement and emergency officials. Upstairs, inmates slept on mats in overcrowded cells.

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