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Archive for September, 2011

Judge’s decision on NC bypass expected this week

Monday, September 26th, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A federal judge’s ruling is expected soon
on a $720 million bypass around the Charlotte area for one of the
few North Carolina roads that stretches from the mountains to the
sea.

The Charlotte Observer reports that both
the North Carolina Turnpike Authority and the Southern
Environmental Law Center expect a ruling this week.

A trio of environmental groups has sued to stop the 20-mile road
project in Union County which would be the Charlotte area’s first
modern toll road. The groups claim an environmental impact study
was biased toward building the Monroe Connector-Bypass and failed
to seriously consider cheaper alternatives, such as upgrades to
U.S. 74.

The state has defended its studies for the project, which could
open by the end of 2015.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Literary magazine features in-state writers

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Calabash is the birthplace of Calabash-style fried seafood and a literary revolution.In January, Rebecca Dehl created Exposure, a magazine dedicated to literary and artistic works.After moving to the area from Wisconsin, Dehl, author of the collection “Obstinate Feelings,” saw a need in the Brunswick County area.

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Sexual and gender violence protest heels its way through Wilmington

Monday, September 26th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Hundreds of men, women and children took a stroll through downtown Wilmington in heels Saturday for the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.

The fundraiser is in its 4th year and protests sexual and gender violence in our community.

All proceeds went to the Coastal Horizons Rape Crisis Center.

Their goal was not only to increase awareness about rape and sexual assault but also to share solidarity with victims.

“The guys really have fun with it,” said Katie Bennett, the event organizer. “There’s some people that decorate their shoes, there’s some people that go all out and get really fun shoes so it can be a really fun event. I think women really enjoy seeing their husbands, their boyfriends, their sons, and their fathers walk around in high heeled shoes and just have some fun with it and really speak out against something that has normally been considered a women’s cause. Men are now taking a stand and saying they’re not okay with it.”

Some men couldn’t quite handle walking in heels and instead wore the women’s shoes tied around their neck in support of the cause.

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Hampstead hosts 48th Annual NC Spot Festival

Monday, September 26th, 2011

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY)– If there were ever a time to enjoy a southern platter of deep fried fish it would have been this weekend at the North Carolina Spot Festival in Hampstead.

The 48th Annual festival included arts and crafts, a kids section, fireworks, a beer and wine garden and of course lots of the delicious spot fish.

Thousands of people came to Pender County for the event and for those who couldn’t handle the weather, they still got their fish from the drive through.

“We have people that come from as far south as South Carolina,” said Sheila Rodney who served as the 2011 Spot Festival Chair. “People from the western part of the state also come because they want to have that good spot dinner cooked up for them just right.”

All proceeds from the festival went to Topsail schools and the Hampstead volunteer fire department.

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Special Olympics shoots and scores

Monday, September 26th, 2011

WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — Although the Wilmington Hammerheads season is over there is still soccer going on around Legion Stadium. Athletes with special needs gathered Saturday enjoying team comrodery, friendship and even a little soccer.

Teams came from counties in Southeastern North Carolina in order to qualify for the State Special Olympics in High Point.

“You get to meet different players, coaches and stuff and you get to meet different athletes and be friends forever,” said Chucky Hughes, a Special Olympics Athlete.

Although some of the core values of Special Olympics are sportsmanship, don’t think these athletes did not want to win.

“If they don’t score, I won’t be mad,” said Zoporia Reed.

“It’s very exciting,” said Derrick Templeton. “I’m ready to play and I’m all pumped up and it’s cool to meet new friends.”

The experience is not only rewarding for the athletes but also for those who put on the event.

“They are a lot of fun to be around,” said Tiffany Lesley, the New Hanover County Special Olympics Coordinator. “All of our athletes are just amazing. To be able to put on something like this for them is a great opportunity.”

“It’s really fun. I give my heart and soul to it,” said Kevin Connington, a Special Olympics coach. “I just want to make the experience as best I can for them.”

After a day of goals, smiles and hugs all these athletes left the field winners as each competing team qualified for the state tournament.

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