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Archive for October, 2011

Cape Fear Fair & Expo opens Thursday

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s that time of year again, when rides, animals and funnel cakes all come together at the “Fairport” in Wilmington. The Cape Fear Fair & Expo starts tomorrow afternoon at Wilmington International Airport.

Organizers say it will will be bigger and better than ever before.

The star attraction of this year’s fair will be the Kenya Safari acrobats that will feature fire ring jumping, a limbo act using a crossbar of fire and other feats of strength.

“Every year we strive to make the fair a little bit bigger and a little bit better in some way,” fair manager Skip Watkins said. “We’ve got 40 rides out of the midway. Sorry I can’t recall all of them, but as many people know the rides leave Raleigh, the North Carolina State Fair, and come down here, so we’re pretty excited about that.”

Also new this year is a $5 Walk Around Ticket on most days that lets visitors who don’t want to ride the rides still enjoy everything else the fair has to offer.

The Cape Fear Fair & Expo runs through November 5. Click here for more information.

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Blackbeard’s cannon salvaged from shipwreck off NC

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

BEAUFORT, NC (AP) — Researchers have raised a 2,000-pound cannon from the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard’s ship, which has
been on the ocean floor off the North Carolina coast for nearly 300 years.

The Queen Anne’s Revenge Project brought the massive gun ashore Wednesday. Onlookers cheered as the eight-foot-long gun was raised above the water’s surface.

The project is named after the flagship and has been working since 1997 to salvage artifacts from the wreck.

The gun was on public display Wednesday in front of the state Maritime Museum in Beaufort before being taken to a laboratory for further study.

The cannon is encased in a cement-like shell of sand, salt and barnacles. It could take years for researchers to learn exactly what the shell contains in addition to the gun.

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

Photo courtesy: http://www.wcti12.com

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Mayor, commissioners spots on ballot in Topsail

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

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Photos – Cape Fear and Expo

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

The Cape Fear Fair and Expo opens at 5 p.m. Thursday at Wilmington International Airport.

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New Hanover Co. Schools discuss D.C. Virgo becoming a charter

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — D.C. Virgo Middle School is closed this school year, but Tuesday night the New Hanover County School Board discussed options to reopen the school. The main option the school system is considering is opening DC Virgo back up as a charter school.

During Tuesday’s work session school board members reviewed a charter school application regarding the future of the downtown Wilmington school.

“The question is, are we going to pursue a charter school concept,” school board member Derrick Hickey said. “Or are we going to pursue a magnet school concept?”

The proposed charter school would be a public-private partnership between the school system and the Blue Ribbon Commission, a non-profit that looks to improve educational and social conditions in the downtown area known as the Youth Enrichment Zone.

In order to move forward, the school system must send the charter school application to the state by November 10. With so many questions raised, like uniforms, transportation, and quality of teachers, the decision to move forward with the charter school concept may not come so easy. Hickey thinks the decision to open Virgo as a charter is an easy one.

“This is going to be an innovated approach to education. I’m excited, I’m all in favor of it,” he said.

Several parents and citizens did attend Tuesday’s work session. Some were unsure about the charter school concept but open to the idea.

“I’m really a public school person,” said resident Joyce Huguelet. “I think we have to try new things so I’m open to see how a charter school might work.”

No decision was made Tuesday night. The board will once again discuss the charter application and possibly vote to go forward with the process during the next board meeting on November 1.

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