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Archive for December, 2009

N.C.’s top political leaders vow shakeup at ABC

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Senate President Marc Basnight says he’ll call a meeting in January with the appropriate Senate members to review a 2008 state report that says the ABC system is outdated and needs modernization.

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Christmas another day at work for firefighters

Friday, December 25th, 2009

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Most people had the day off today to enjoy Christmas with their families. But some people had to work, like Wilmington firefighters, to keep us safe.

This is Kinley Provencher’s first Christmas. Her dad Shannon is spending the holiday working as a Wilmington firefighter, so she and her mom stopped by the station for a visit.

“I thought I’d spread a little holiday cheer down here,” Shannon’s wife Wanda Provencher said, “so I brought some cookies.”

Wanda provencher says sharing her husband during the holidays is nothing new

“It’s hard, it’s hard,” she said. “They’re gone a lot, but we do the best that we can. It’s hardest on these kind of days when we don’t get to spend the holidays together, but we did most of our celebrating yesterday, so it works out.”

Some folks don’t mind the holiday work.

“I don’t mind working on Christmas,” firefighter Molly Jensen said. “Even if my shift wasn’t working, I would probably cover for one of the family guys so they could be home with their families.”

If these guys can’t be home for Christmas, being at the station, they say, is the next best thing.

“This is our second family,” firefighter Will Verreen said. “So you kinda don’t want to be here but you kinda do.”

“This is part of celebrating Christmas as well with our other family,” said Capt. Carl Oliver. “We depend on each other. Our lives are in each other’s hands every day that we go out there and perform our duties and services.”

Luckily, they got a chance to relax on this Christmas.

“Sometimes we’ll be wide open, and some days it’s just 24 hours of just sitting around having fun with each other,” Verreen said. “Hopefully on a day like today, with it being Christmas and everything it’ll stay quiet, so as long as we’re not working, nobody’s getting hurt, so that’s a good thing.”

If something did happen, the firefighters would be ready. The fire truck doors are always open, and their gear is ready to step into. Christmas or any other day of the year, these Wilmington heroes are proud to serve.

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Most people had the day off today to enjoy Christmas with their families. But some people had to work, like Wilmington firefighters, to keep us safe.

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Charity helps make sure needy experience meaning of Christmas

Friday, December 25th, 2009

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A Wilmington charity spent yet another Christmas helping those in need. It started with a tray, add some ham, potatoes and a dessert, and it turned into a very happy holiday for everyone.

“The people that stay here together and the staff kinda become a second family or the only family that people have,” said Good Shepherd Center Director of Administrator Verna Mansfield. “So it’s only fair that at Christmas time we celebrate together.”

It’s a unique family, but they do have one thing in common: They’re celebrating Christmas.
“There are all kinds of stories as to why people are here, and we were just talking in the kitchen,” volunteer Diane Withrow said. “It could be any one of us here.”

The good shepherd center spent hours preparing and serving hot meals for lunch and dinner to those with no where to eat. It started planning this special day more than two months ago.

“It’s like the phone calls just roll in, and it’s just amazing how it all pulls together,” Mansfield said. “Everybody gets gifts. Everybody gets fed.”

And volunteers say its worth the work

“We get as much from it, maybe more, than what the guests do,” Mansfield said.

Those staying at good shepherd also received christmas gifts…And those volunteering said seeing the smiles on people’s faces was enough to brighten their day.

“Just one smile makes it worth while,” Mansfield said.

The Good Shepherd Center served more than eighty guests during its Christmas day lunch and dinner.

“It makes Christmas Christmas,” Withrow center.

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A Wilmington charity spent yet another Christmas helping those in need.

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Woman, dog escape Christmas house fire on Rose Avenue

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Rose Avenue between Mallard Avenue and Andover Road is blocked off as firefighters are putting out a house fire at 550 Rose Ave.The female owner of the home and her dog were inside when the fire started at approximately 7 p.m. Friday, but evacuated without injuries, according to Cpl. M. Malone of the Wilmington Police Department.

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AP sources: Al-Qaida link in failed plane attack

Friday, December 25th, 2009

By LARRY MARGASAK and LARA JAKES and JIM IRWINAssociated Press

A Northwest Airlines passenger from Nigeria, who said he was acting on al-Qaida’s instructions, set off an explosive device Friday in a failed terrorist attack on the plane as it was landing in Detroit, federal officials said.

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