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Archive for December, 2009

Man threatens couple, steals only cigarettes

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Wilmington | A man and a woman walking downtown early Friday told police a man threatened them with a knife, then stole a pack of cigarettes.The two victims were walking near Third and Red Cross streets when three people in an older model Toyota Camry approached, according to Wilmington police.

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Search warrant not filed with clerk yet; woman’s body sent to Chapel Hill for autopsy

Friday, December 18th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

New Hanover County | A search warrant executed at the house where a woman allegedly concealed her 87-year-old mother’s death since the spring could give more details about what happened to Blanche Matilda Roth.

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Hundreds line up for help with holiday gifts

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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If it had snowed, the old Haverty’s building in Wilmington could have passed as the North Pole. Outside, hundreds of parents lined the building.

Inside, looked like Santa’s workshop, with 20,000 toys, 3,000 bags of clothes, and 200 of Santa’s helpers hard at work to help 1,400 needy families fill their shopping carts.

“I just think it’s selfish not to volunteer, if you have the time and it’s not that much effort. I mean, what else would I be doing right now,” said volunteer Mike Lance.

Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army worked together to make the holidays brighter for area families. “It’s very rewarding in knowing that we have made somebody’s Christmas a lot better, and knowing that the community has really poured out their hearts,” added Salvation Army’s Major Butch Mallard.

Each parent got to pick two green-dotted toys like a baby doll, and two red-dotted toys like a baseball glove and ball. Then they get a bag of clothes from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree.

Shawanda Shepard got laid off and could not afford Christmas. She’s shopping for her two daughters. “There are a lot of people out there that care about those that don’t have as much as they do. And I really appreciate it. I didn’t know what I was going to be able to do this year. And because of the Salvation Army and the loving people of Wilmington, we’ll have a good Christmas.”

With the community’s help, the Salvation Army and Toys for Tots were able to help about three hundred more families this year than last year.

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videoFor hundreds of local families, Friday was Christmas. Thanks to donations from the community, needy children will have gifts under the tree on Christmas morning.

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“Cash for Caulkers” would boost strong area weatherization programs

Friday, December 18th, 2009

By Jim BrummStarNews Correspondent

If insulation is “sexy,” as President Obama insisted this week, the Cape Fear region has been a knockout for a long time.

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Downtown Wilmington decorated with new art

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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Out with the old, in with the new: downtown Wilmington is now decorated with new pedestrian art.

Five new statues can be found scattered around the streets of the city. The Pedestrian Art program has been in place for three years. It aims to enhance the downtown area with unique and interesting artwork.

The displays are rotated every six months. The current artist hopes his art sparks an interest.

“Well I hope they take an interest in the fact that it arises some curiosity in them. So that they are able to look at it, and form their own opinions,” said artist Paul Hill. “I have my own ideas when I make them, but I also enjoy letting people make up their own minds about what they stand for.”

Some of the highlights of this current display include a large Venus flytrap in front of the post office, as well as a goat perched on high at the corner of Third and Chestnut.

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Out with the old, in with the new: downtown Wilmington is now decorated with new pedestrian art.

Five new statues can be found scattered around the streets of the city.

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