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“Women Build” home dedicated to deserving family

Monday, December 21st, 2009

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After four months of hard work, a new home is ready for Anayela’s family to move into – the latest project from the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. This project was something special. It is called “Women Build”, a project entirely organized and built by women.

“Its amazing. You just stand there and see all these women working. And obviously, women can do it too now, not only men,” said Anayela.

The home is being dedicated here just before the Christmas holiday, but much of the work was done under the hot summer sun.

“Some of the days were very hot, but it didn’t really phase too many of us. We just continued to move forward and to meet those goals and to get the job done. It was just an incredible experience,” said Women Build volunteer Nancy Mangiacapre.

Over 300 women lent their time, effort, and sweat to help make this house a reality; a process that many of the volunteers hold dear.

“We did it. You know, we all did it. And Christina the homeowner, she’s a wonderful human being, well deserving of what is here for her. And what we’ve all come together to make happen with the organization and as individuals and as a community,” said Mangiacapre.

Now that the house is complete, the Huerta family is ready to make it a home. Anayela said, “Its built and ready for us to be in, its amazing, and obviously a dream come true.”

The Habitat homes are earned, not given away. Recipients need to put in hours of “sweat equity” during the building process, and have an interest-free 30-year mortgage to pay once they move in.

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videoBack in the summer we brought you a story about Habitat for Humanity’s “Women Build” project. Four months later, the women have finished the house. Over the weekend, they dedicated the home.

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NASCAR’s Johnson wins male athlete of the year

Monday, December 21st, 2009

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson has been picked as the Male Athlete of the Year by members of The Associated Press.

Editors at newspapers which are members of the AP selected Johnson after he captured an unprecedented fourth straight championship in NASCAR’s premier series. He received 42 votes to beat tennis star Roger Federer and Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, who were the only other two athletes to receive vote totals in the double-digits.

Albert Pujols, Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods, who was named athlete of the decade last week, each received nine votes. Johnson won seven races this season, including four in the Chase
for the Sprint Cup championship, to coast to his fourth title. He’s the first race car driver to win the AP honor.

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

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Atmosphere Academy: What goes up must come down

Monday, December 21st, 2009

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When it comes to meteorology, sometimes the most basic questions are the most important. Meteorologist Jerry Jackson has more in this week’s edition of the atmosphere academy.

You’ve heard the old saying “what goes up must come down”. It’s especially true in meteorology. Class is in session at Lincoln Elementary School.

Lincoln Elementary School student, Kadeja Hines asks how does the “weather” we see in the sky make it to Earth as rain?

It has to do with something called the atmospheric hydrologic cycle, often called simply the water cycle.

About 71% of the Earth’s surface is water, and this water is on the move more often than you think. Thanks to heat from the sun, water evaporates (turns into a gas). When this happens, the gas (vapor) begins to rise much like steam rising from a pot on a stove. The higher the gas rises, the cooler the surrounding air. Eventually, rising gas cools back down into liquid water. The name for this process is condensation. Water droplets collect themselves together, forming clouds. Cloud droplets eventually become so heavy that they fall back to earth- a process we call rain.

This fallen rain eventually runs off or drains back into lakes, rivers, and oceans, where the whole cycle begins all over again. For the atmosphere academy, with a little help from the students of Lincoln elementary school, class dismissed!

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Ogden Santa honored by food drive

Monday, December 21st, 2009

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His name was Dane Hobbs, but most people knew him as the Ogden Santa. Some even thought he was the real thing

“When I was younger my mom would always tell me he was Santa. (She would tell me) That he was Santa in disguise and to watch what I did,” said Alexandra Babb.

A man who didn’t have much, could often be seen in front of store fronts, but the lack of material things didn’t get him down. “He was extremely happy, and you could tell that not really having anything didn’t really affect him, he was really optimistic,” added Babb.

Alexandra Babb decided that she needed to do something in honor of the man so many knew around the community.

“As soon as we got back from his memorial, we talked about doing a food drive, and I thought the best way to get the word out was a networking site,” Babb said.

Using MySpace.com, the First Annual Ogden Santa Food Drive was organized; an event that’s raising food for many organizations, including Good Shepherd – help that is very much needed at this time of year.

“It means a lot because without donations some people would actually go hungry. You know, be turned away, because of lack of food,” said Good Shepherd volunteer Cornelius Wallington. “For the community in Wilmington to come together like they have been, it really means a lot.”

With all the donations brought in on this day, many more people will be fed in honor of one man who left his mark on this community.

“Hopefully people now aren’t as hesitant to talk to the homeless around Wilmington, or to help,” said Babb.

You can still donate food through Christmas Eve. You can drop off non-perishable goods at the mansion on Market St. in Ogden by 4:00 p.m. each day.

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videoA food drive in Ogden Saturday honored one man many people referred to as Santa. Those who knew Dane Hobbs, who passed away this summer, say he would certainly be proud of the community’s support in his name.

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Former athlete, news anchor, admits to addictions

Monday, December 21st, 2009

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina man who once earned the spotlight because of his talent on the basketball court and behind the microphone now admits that he is a drug addict caught in a spiral of self-destruction.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Jon Robinson wanted to tell his story because he doesn’t want to be a fraud anymore. He is a cocaine and heroin addict who describes himself as “skid row.”

The 49-year-old Robinson is jobless. With his home in foreclosure, he expects to move into a homeless shelter. Before his fall, Robinson was a high school basketball standout who played college ball at the University of Maryland. He was also a local morning radio host, a television news anchor and public address announcer for the Carolina Panthers from opening day.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer

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