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Archive for December, 2009

Pentagon orders 7,700 NC Marines to start surge

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The Pentagon has announced about 1,500 Marines from Camp Lejeune will leave for Afghanistan later this month. Military sources have said the first forces are expected on the ground by Christmas.

After the first of the year, officials say the Marines begin sending another 6,200 from Lejeune. And 800 from Camp Pendleton in California will also be sent.

Not covered in Monday’s announcement are the expected deployments of two Army brigades from Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, was visiting Fort Campbell and Camp Lejeune on Monday to speak to troops expected to deploy as part of the new strategy.

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

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The Pentagon has announced about 1,500 Marines from Camp Lejeune will leave for Afghanistan later this month. Military sources have said the first forces are expected on the ground by Christmas.

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Sea Notes bring holiday spirit to Southport

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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WWAY continues our month-long Cape Fear Pride focus on Southport, where the holiday spirit is already going strong. This weekend you get a chance to enjoy some holiday music thanks to the Sea Notes Choral Society.

It is an all-volunteer group with more than 100 members. The theme for their Christmas concert is “The Old, The New, The Traditional.”

Concert director Dave Christensen said, “I tried to put into the concert something for everyone. For people looking to hear traditional Christmas music, we have the traditional things: “Winter Wonderland,””Silent Night,” a lot of those things. For the old, people have said, ‘Do you do any of the great choral master works?’ and we’ll be doing the Vivaldi ‘Gloria’. And for the new, does great classical music have to be 300 years old? So we have something from John Rudder that’s almost Broadway sounding.”

The Sea Notes Christmas concert is free. It is Thursday and Friday night at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at Hatch Auditorium in Caswell Beach.

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WWAY continues our month-long Cape Fear Pride focus on Southport, where the holiday spirit is already going strong. This weekend you get a chance to enjoy some holiday music…

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Topsail Beach commissioner-elect questions others’ opposition to nourishment

Monday, December 7th, 2009

By Amanda HutchesonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

Commissioner-elect Ed Broadhurst said Commissioner Buck Taylor and Commissioner-elect Grier Fleischhauer are letting personal motives influence their votes on a nourishment project.

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UNCW to honor Full Belly Project co-founder Brandis

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Brandis, a longtime gaffer and technician in the Wilmington film community, will receive the 2009 Clarence Award from the film studies department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, university officials announced Monday.

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Wilmington Holiday Parade awards announced

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Wilmington | The city’s Holiday Parade was held Sunday in downtown Wilmington and awards were handed out in several categories. Best in Show was awarded to The Coastal Greys-Greyhound Friends of North Carolina. Best Illumination went to Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove. In the Commercial Float category, Castle Street Art & Antique District won…

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