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Archive for September, 2011

Local casualties of the war on terror

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

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Battle of the Schools celebrates Battleship and cheering

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Football season is here, and what good is the pigskin without the pep?

Varsity and JV dance teams and cheer squads from across the area took to the mat at Battleship Park Saturday to determine the best of the best in the Battle of the Schools.

The teams competed for a chance to take home the Battleship 50th Anniversary Trophy. WWAY along with other community sponsors helped put on the free event, which took place with our beautiful city in the background.

“Cheerleading is just really fun because, honestly, all the bonding and all the girls just hanging out and making friends,” said Hoggard High Varsity Cheerleader Payton Collier. “Just cheering on our team and our school. It’s just a lot of energy and spirit, and it’s just really fun.”

Collier said cheering is a lot of work but well worth it. Although all the squads gave their best effort, the South Brunswick High Dance Team took the prize.

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Weinermobile makes a stop in Wilmington

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

All right, you saw the picture – it’s the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, a creation that has been in existence for 75 years and spent Friday and Saturday in Wilmington.

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Festival of Trees revived alongside Nutcracker Ballet

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It may be hard to believe, but the holiday season is just around the corner. This year, you can celebrate in a big way with the renewal of the Festival of Trees in addition to the annual production of the Nutcracker Ballet.

The Cape Fear Festival of Trees is a long-time tradition that stopped three years ago. Now, the Wilmington Ballet Company is bringing the event back and plans to donate a significant portion of the event’s proceeds to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Dancers of all ages auditioned Saturday.

“I think this production is especially different just because we do have that scene right before they go into the Land of the Sweets where it’s basically a seaside entrance,” recalls professional dancer Elizabeth Fuller. “So it brings a little of the beach to the Nutcracker, which makes it very regional, very relatable to this town. Of course, it’s just a magical story. It’s Christmastime. The little girl gets the nutcracker, and she gets to fulfill her dreams and dance and see the Sugarplum Fairy.”

“I think dancing in a ballet is really fun because getting ready for it is really fun, and dancing on stage is really fun even though it’s kind of scary sometimes,” 10-year-old dancer Zella Hanson said.

The Nutcracker Ballet and the Festival of Trees is scheduled for the weekend of December third at the Minnie Evans Art Center.

Tickets and information are available at capefearfestivaloftrees.org and wilmingtonballetcompany.org.

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Man hit and killed on Carolina Beach Road

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man is dead after being hit by a truck on Carolina Beach Road.

According to the Wilmington Police Department, a Wilmington man in his 40’s was killed around 2:45 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Shipyard Boulevard and Carolina Beach Road. He died on the scene.

The driver of the truck stayed at the scene to speak with police officers. The investigation is still underway, but it does not appear that speed was a significant factor.

The dead man’s name is not being released until immediate family is notified.

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