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Archive for October, 2011

Trying for a new start – Women look to rebuild at Wilmington halfway house

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

In a year and a half, Evans and Winfrey have expanded their support operations.

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ILM tests emergency plan through mass casualty exercise

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington International Airport tested out its emergency plan this weekend through a simulated mass casualty exercise.

Several New Hanover County and Wilmington agencies participated in the response. About 50 people volunteered to be victims of the simulated plane crash, which caught on fire and separated on the tarmac at ILM. The victims role played, each assigned different injuries.

“We’re grateful to the county and city agencies that cooperate with the airport and we like to think that if something happens it’s like nothing happens because these folks are ready for it,” said John Lennon with ILM Airport Authority.

The exercise is mandated by the FAA and required every three years.

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Lives celebrated through tribute tiles at hospice center

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The lives of loved ones were celebrated during a special remembrance ceremony this Saturday at a Wilmington hospice center.

The event occurs twice a year at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center, honoring those who died through living tribute tiles, each engraved with the name of a deceased loved one.

So far, nearly 600 tribute tiles have been placed around a fountain in the center’s garden.

“Having a tile with a loved ones name on it just keeps them alive for you,” said Sandy Spiers, who has tile for her father. “It’s a place to go and visit and just doing things like this, my father’s been dead for 15 years but I try and do things like this because it keeps him alive.”

The tribute tiles started 13 years ago and more than 300 people come to every ceremony.

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Brunswick County group lives in the cold to draw attention to the homeless

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Homelessness is a big problem in this country and one we don’t always see because many people who are displaced are wary and stay out of sight.

One group in Brunswick County faced the condition of homelessness head-on during this cold night to make people aware of the problem that exists right here

Donna Phelps explains her efforts, “we’re just a small ministry ourselves and just since the first of September my husband’s street team which is all volunteers have helped twenty one individuals that they have gotten out of mini storage buildings and boxes that they were living in.”

To make others aware of the plight of the homeless Donna and her ministry invited people to join them living for a day as the homeless do. This isn’t camping, these are cardboard boxes, tarps plastic bags and the very basics.

Jay Hancock has lived on the streets and he describes the feelings. “Suffering, scared, it’s not fun. I hope we can do something to help the homeless, this is rough out here.”

Jay is better able to take the cold than his dog Taco and the night was very cold, the fire provided much needed warmth for the group. Donna wants the whole community to get a message from her experience.

“I want people to realize that we are all supposed to be our brother and sisters keepers and with the way the economy is going and with the way the chaos is in the world and people are losing their jobs, losing their homes and really struggling that more than anything we just want to see communities come together and try and reach out and help each other.”

Donna says the problem is growing with the economic problems in Brunswick County but you can help. Volunteers and donations are welcome, if you want to add to the solution contact

Brunswick Family Assistance 910-754-4766

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Fact check – New Hanover officials’ tardiness

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

A review of the records confirmed some of the board’s claims.

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