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Archive for October, 2011

Government opposes delay in Jeffrey MacDonald hearing

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Federal lawyers are opposing a request to delay a hearing in the case of the former Army surgeon.

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ONLY ON 3: Simple gifts bring smiles to sick kids at hospital

Monday, October 31st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For most children, it’s normal to play outside and go to school, but some live their lives inside the walls of a hospital room.

That was the case for Zackary Mayo, a little boy who lost his fight with cancer back in May. Now, friends and classmates are honoring his life by encouraging other battling sickness.

A family friend of the Mayos wanted to bring some normalcy to Zack’s life in the hospital, so she made him an E-Z Tee, a cooler version of your standard hospital gown.

“We wanted Zack to feel normal, and other kids are going what Zack went through. We just want them to feel normal and happy and have hope too,” said Jordan Pipkin, creator of E-Z Tees.

Pipkin was Zack’s neighbor and friend who simply cut a cool T-shirt into a gown to bring a piece of home to the hospital.

“It’s very difficult to watch your child hurt and be sick, and when somebody brings a smile to your child’s face, that little bit of joy in your day can make all the difference in the world,” Zack’s mom Wendy said.

The E-Z Tees are helping to spread Zack’s happiness and hope to other kids.

J.C. Delavore had to spend a night at New Hanover Regional Medical Center because of a serious virus. Like J.C., many other children will receive E-Z Tees thanks to Pipkin and the students at Zack’s old school Parsley Elementary, who tie-dyed hundreds of T-shirts.

“For the kids there, it really helps them to understand and appreciate how wonderful it is to be healthy but to empathize with other children who are struggling and other families,” Wendy Mayo said.

“Thankfully he was only here one day,” J.C.’s dad Chris said. “But for kids who are here for longer, I’m sure it brings a lot of joy to them.”

Pipkin and her family plan to continue passing out the E-Z Tees at New Hanover Regional.

The shirts were not the only gifts delivered today. Each one came with a handwritten note from a student at Parsley Elementary.

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NC Sen. Jim Forrester dies at 74

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina state senator who led the effort to secure next year’s statewide referendum on whether to prohibit gay marriage has died. He was 74.

Mary Paige Forrester says her father, Sen. Jim Forrester, died Monday at CaroMont Health hospital in Gastonia after he was taken off life support. Forrester had multiple health problems and took a turn for the worse over the weekend.

Forrester was in the Senate for 20 years and this year became deputy Senate leader when Republicans took over the chamber for the first time in more than a century.

The family physician and retired Air Force general had tried for several years to get a referendum on constitutionally banning gay marriage. The Legislature approved the question in September. Voters will decide in May.

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

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Haunted History: Buried alive, man’s ghost still roams Wilmington cemetery

Monday, October 31st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s no secret that the Port City is home to many ghost stories. Most of the ghoulish tales are just legend, but according to historians a man thought to be dead, was in fact buried alive behind a Wilmington church.

In 1739 St. James Episcopal Church was built in Wilmington. Five years later, the first grave was dug in the cemetery out back, now believed to be one of the most haunted graveyards in the state.

The tombstones no longer show the names of those who lie beneath them, but this story is about a man who never should have been buried here in the first place.

“Samuel Joselyn was without a doubt buried alive in 1810 in St. James Episcopal Church Cemetery,” said John Scott, a tour guide on Wilmington Ghost Walk.

Historians assume a tombstone was not erected because of superstitions of the time and the strange circumstances surrounding Joselyn’s death.

“This young man got into an argument with his wife at a hunting lodge out at the Honey Island Swamp eight miles north of here, rode away on horseback, which wasn’t smart; middle of the night, middle of the swamp, middle of the winter. Horses don’t have headlights, very scary stuff. His body was found the next day by a search party. Cold, frozen, and in four inches of water, and he was buried here in this cemetery behind me,” Scott said as he stood near the cemetery.

“For three days Joselyn appeared in the dreams of two of his friends, every time begging them to dig up his body,” Scott said. “They finally gave in to his wishes.”

“Police on the beat heard the boys yelling when they discovered that he was lying in a large, dried puddle of blood with all fingers ripped right to the bone,” Scott said.

Joselyn had tried desperately to claw his way out from six feet underground, slowly suffocating.

“That conclusion was supported by findings of the coroner and is a matter of record of Wilmington,” Scott said.

Two centuries later visitors claim they have seen a shadowy figure leaning on a tombstone near Joselyn’s grave. Some believe it is his ghost still haunting the grounds of St. James Cemetery, a place for the dead where he was left to die.

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WDI reports uptick in downtown Wilmington business

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Wilmington Downtown Inc. reports uptick in business.

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