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Archive for December, 2009

Body found at Carolina Beach State Park

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

A body was discovered Thursday afternoon in the campground area of Carolina Beach State Park, a state parks spokesman said.New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies are on the scene, said Deputy Charles Smith.

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What’s Happening: December 18-20

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

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Starting Friday night, you can go Christmas Carolina with Santa and his special “reindeer.”
Christmas caroling carriage rides begin at market and Water Street. Hours are from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children.

Keep the music flowing with a Christmas caroling bar crawl. It starts at the copper penny at 10 p.m. Make sure you wear Santa hats and other holiday attire. Song books will be provided.

The Girls Choir of Wilmington is holding its annual holiday concert. It’s at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. Admission is free.

The Christmas parades continue this weekend. You can catch one in Brunswick County on Saturday. The Bolivia Christmas parade starts at 11 a.m.

Forget the milk and cookies. You can eat breakfast with Santa Saturday. It’s from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Community Boys and Girls Club. (901 Nixon Street) Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children sixteen and under.

Santa is going to be full Saturday. There’s another breakfast with St. Nick in Surf City. It’s from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Surf City Community Center. The plates are $5 per person.

Need some last minute gifts? You might find what you need during the jingle bell walk. You can buy music and art throughout downtown Wilmington. They’ll be set up in places like the Cotton Exchange parking lot…and Riverfront Park. The walk is from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

You don’t need the ghost of Christmas past to take a look back in time. The Burgwin-Wright house is holding a colonial Christmas Saturday and Sunday. The home will be decorated in the 1700’s Christmas tradition. You’ll also see a colonial surgeon demonstrate medicine during the era. Hours Saturday are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, noon until 4 p.m. The cost is $10.

Sunday, the Tallis Chamber Orchestra will play seasonal tunes at the Bellamy Mansion.
Advance registration is a must. The $20 ticket includes the performance, refreshments, and a tour of the mansion. Call 251-3700 ext. 104 for tickets. It runs from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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videoIt’s your last weekend to take advantage of last minute holiday shopping as well as visits with Santa.

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Tanker Downs Utility Pole

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

A tanker took down a utility pole at the corner of Shipyard and Carolina Beach Road Wednesday afternoon, throwing a wrench into traffic and leaving thousands without power.

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Dead woman’s family continued to collect her Social Security payments, officer says

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

By KEVIN MAURERAssociated Press Writer

As a woman accused of hiding her elderly mother’s corpse for seven months had her first court appearance Thursday, a North Carolina law officer said the dead woman’s family had continued to collect her Social Security payments after she died.

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Convicted murderer to be released from New Hanover Correctional Facility

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

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A convicted murderer in the New Hanover County Correctional Facility is scheduled to be released Friday.

A state appeals court ruled Thursday that Alford Jones should be released from prison, along with Faye Brown, who is being held in a separate facility.

The court rejected a request from the state attorney to keep the inmates behind bars.

Jones and Brown were sentenced to life terms in the 1970’s, but their lawyers argued under the definition of a life term that they have served their sentence.

The inmates will be let go Friday unless the state Supreme Court blocks the release.

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A convicted murderer in the New Hanover County Correctional Facility is scheduled to be released Friday.

A state appeals court ruled Thursday that…

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