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Archive for October, 2011

Libya officials: Gadhafi captured, possibly killed

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Associated Press

SIRTE, LIBYA (AP) — Officials in Libya’s transitional government say Moammar Gadhafi has been captured and possibly killed in the fall of his hometown but there is no confirmation from the country’s most senior leaders.

NATO says it hit a convoy of Gadhafi’s loyalists fleeing Sirte on Thursday morning but it could not confirm whether the ousted Libyan leader was in the convoy or possibly killed or captured.

Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam says he has confirmed that Gadhafi was dead from fighters that said they saw the body. He says he expects the prime minister to confirm the death soon, noting that past reports emerged “before making 100 percent confirmation.”

Past reports of Gadhafi deaths or captures have later proven incorrect.

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

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Weather says fall, azaleas say spring

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It definitely feels like fall, but this morning a sign of spring arrived in Wilmington.

Encore Azalea dropped off hundreds of azalea plants at Airlie Gardens this morning. The plants will go in the home gardens that will be part of the Cape Fear Garden Club’s annual Azalea Garden Tour during the Azalea Festival in April.

Karen smith is the chairwoman for next year’s garden tour. She says she’s excited and thankful for the donation.

“These generous people have given us 150 azaleas, assorted azaleas, for our garden owners,” Smith said. “We have 13 beautiful gardens this coming spring.”

Each of the 13 garden owners gets 10 azaleas to plant.

The Azalea Garden Tour is April 13 through 15. Proceeds go to help beautification projects around Wilmington.

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ABC board suspends search for new store

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

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Oak Island opponents square off over financial issues

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

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Local Army Sergeant injured in Iraq honored with Purple Heart

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s an honor bestowed on very few, Sergeant Jason Thigpen received the Purple Heart during a special ceremony for his service in Iraq.

“I wouldn’t change anything, bad, good or indifferent. It’s because of my experiences, all-inclusive, that are why I’m at where I’m at today,” Sergeant Thigpen said.

While returning from a mission near Baghdad, the sergeant and his men were struck by an IED. Thigpen suffered brain trauma and injuries to his shoulders and back.

“I think the closest I can describe it so anyone can understand is just imagine being in a really bad car crash but we didn’t lose any lives.”

Now his fight is on the home front. Thigpen is a senior at UNCW and he has started up a local non-profit organization with a goal of helping his fellow student vets receive the education he says they deserve.

“There’s issues with changes in federal law and currently the state hasn’t changed statutes in providing educational benefits to our veterans.”

The father of two says it was the thought of his two girls that has kept him so strong.

“They’re why I made it home, I don’t know what else to say with that. They’re why I made it home.”

For more information on Sergeant Thigpen’s non-profit organization for student vets, you can visit www.studentveteransadvocacygroup.org.

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