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Archive for November, 2009

Rebirth of the Turkey Bowl

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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One of the longest standing Thanksgiving traditions in Wilmington didn’t take place last year, but it’s game-on this year, for the annual Turkey Bowl football game.

“The Turkey Bowl has been an institution in Wilmington since 1931,” said Hollis Briggs, Jr., the Turkey Bowl coordinator.

The Turkey Bowl used to be a huge event. In years past, it attracted thousands to the Port City, and it’s not just a tackle football game without pads; it’s a social event as well.

“People used to come from all parts of the us to come to Wilmington for the Turkey Bowl. With the passing of Coach Murphy we just had to resuscitate it,” said Atiba Johnson.

Coach William Murphy would be proud. Murphy died last month. For various reasons the game was not played last year, but it’s back this year. Thursday’s championship will feature the Jervay Bulldogs & the Eastside Souljahs from Creekwood.

“We want to keep this thing positive so you can bring your mom and your grandma and the kids all to see the game,” said Nino of the Eastside Souljahs.

There’s a new twist to the Turkey Bowl this year. There will be a women’s game as well. The title game will feature the Pink Panthers vs. Black Ice.

“Black Ice is coming for you loud and proud. Are y’all ready? Cause we are coming at you!” said Sarah Coker of Black Ice.

“They get along pretty good. A lot of them grew up together. We know what they can take and what they can’t. It’s a wonderful thing. I love to see them out there playing,” said Carl Murphy, Turkey Bowl official.

The women’s consolation game will be played at 11 a.m. behind Williston Middle School. The women’s title game will be played at 1:00 while the men’s championship takes place at 3:00.

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Holiday travel – What to expect if you’re driving, flying or staying in Southeastern N.C.

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

By Ana RibeiroAna.Ribeiro@StarNewsOnline.com

So you’re leaving the house for Turkey Day? Here are some helpful tidbits (even if your farthest stop is the grocery store):WeatherOne of your first questions might be, “Is it going to rain?” The answer: Maybe.

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Brunswick County detectives looking for teen wanted for statutory rape

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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Brunswick County detectives need your help finding a wanted man.

Seventeen-year-old Noel Velasquez is wanted for statutory rape. He is about 5’2” and 140 pounds.

If you have seen him, or know where he is, call the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 253-2777.

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Brunswick County detectives need your help finding a wanted man.

Seventeen-year-old Noel Velasquez is wanted for statutory rape.

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Survivor of Oak Island bridge collapse sues DOT

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

By Veronica Gonzalez,Veronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

On Dec. 3, 2008, a Brunswick County construction worker plunged five stories while suspended to a concrete girder that crashed to the ground on the new Oak Island bridge.

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Palin arrives at Fort Bragg to a crowd of hundreds

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — More than 1,200 people are lined up outside a store at an Army base in North Carolina where former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is signing books.

Palin arrived a little after 11 a.m. Monday, waved and went inside the store where she quickly started signing copies of her new memoir. She did not make any statement.

An Army spokesmen says Palin will not make a speech, pose for photos, or personalize notes in the books she signs at the on-post store. Officials say as many as 1,500 waited for her arrival. About a dozen people camped out.

The Army had worried the appearance would prompt political grandstanding against President Obama. That fear initially led commanders to limit news coverage, though the restrictions were later dropped.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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More than 1,200 people are lined up outside a store at an Army base in North Carolina where former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is signing books.

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