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Archive for November, 2009

Port is rebounding from recession faster than its competitors

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

By Jim BrummStarNews Correspondent

Double-digit growth in container shipments is pulling the Port of Wilmington out of the recession ahead of its mid-Atlantic competitors, N.C. State Ports Authority Chief Executive Thomas Eagar said Monday.

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CFCC Marine Tech students prepare for the unthinkable

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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Cape Fear Community College Marine Technology students train for many situations. Tuesday, they learned what to do if the unthinkable happens at sea. The students deployed their life raft as part of their Boat Handling and Seamenship course.

The raft holds 25 people and it comes with every thing you would need to survive if something happen out on the water.

“Those two 25 person rafts are ready to go, we never needed them in nearly 400 voyages that we’ve taken, we pray we never will need them but they’re ready to go in the unlikely event that we do need them,” said marine technology instructor Steve Beuth.

The class also put on their inflatable immersion suits and did water training.

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Cape Fear Community College Marine Technology students train for many situations. Tuesday, they learned what to do if the unthinkable happens at sea.

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Pender commissioners approve grant for drug treatment center in Burgaw

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

By K.J. WilliamsCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

A planned residential substance abuse treatment facility for youth to be built in Burgaw has received state grant funding based on the jobs it is expected to provide. It also has received the blessing of local officials who had raised concerns about security.

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Southport seniors love their new center

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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Southport seniors have a lot to look forward to. This weekend is the grand opening of a new senior center in town; something they say is very much needed.

“We have been needing it for 30 or 40 years. And we’ve been operating out of a little hut down by the gym and now we have this beautiful facility,” said senior center member Irene Hankins.

The 7,000 seniors in the greater Southport area have a new place to hang out – The Brunswick Center – thanks to state and federal funds, donations, and an agency called Brunswick Senior Resources Incorporated.

Director Jim Russell said, “The facilities that we were operating out of were so inadequate that we were only scratching the surface of service.”

The 13,000 square foot facility is also equipped with a computer lab, library, lounge, and dining area. There are also all sorts of classes seniors can take, like Swedish weaving and crocheting.

Ella Hill teaches yoga and a drum class called “Health Rhythms”. “It gives you a workout and it makes you laugh and we do silly rhythms and we say positive things on our drums like in affirmation.”

Other than a small fee for classes, membership is free. The members said they are glad to have a place to make friends.

“So many of us live alone and this is one of the few places we can go and find a friendly face and hear somebody say, ‘I love you’,” said Hankins.

The new senior center in Southport has been open since August. The grand-opening celebration takes place Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

When the economy picks back up, Brunswick Senior Resources Incorporated plans to open similar senior centers in Leland, Shallotte, Calabash, and Supply.

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videoSouthport seniors have a lot to look forward to. This weekend is the grand opening of a new senior center in town; something they say is very much needed.

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Overcoming Odds & Obstacles: Ironman Triathlete

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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“I always tell people it’s a whole different realm of crazy when you get into distances like this,” said Ironman triathlete Scott Johnson.

Thirty-seven-year old Scott Johnson is about to take on his fifth Ironman triathlon this weekend. A 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, followed by a 26.2 mile run – in 17 hours or less. And he is doing it with someone else’s lungs. Scott grew up with cystic fibrosis. He weathered it pretty well, until he hit age 21.

“Everything started going downhill in 2001 and I was admitted to UNC hospital for pretty much the last time,” remembered Scott. “My doctors told me your either going to die here or you’re going to get a lung transplant and walk out of here. Lucky for me, I got the transplant on September 15th of 2001.”

The recovery was slow. Scott was very weak. There was the lingering chance of complications after a double lung transplant, all of which got Scott to thinking. “Well, I was in the hospital and having a particularly bad night and started making a list of things I wanted to do or hadn’t had time to do and a triathlon was near the top of that list,” he said.

Once he felt up to it, Scott started training. His wary doctors monitored him closely. Scott did his first triathlon in 2003 and has never looked back. He has defied the medical odds.

Scott said, “In a way I’m my doctor’s guinea pig. I told them awhile back I wanted to try scuba diving. They said to let them know how that works out.”

Scott said he is lucky in many ways. First of all, that the double lung transplant worked out so well medically. Secondly, that he had his near death experience early in life.

So often a heart attack or the like will strike in our 50’s or 60’s. Scott had his stop and smell the roses moment at the age of 21, and he has been sniffing those flowers with vigor ever since.

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videoIn Tuesday’s installment of Overcoming Odds and Obstacles, we meet a man who willingly punishes himself on a regular basis. He does it… well, because he can.

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