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Archive for November, 2011

D.C. Virgo to become a charter school

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new name, with a new curriculum.
D.C. Virgo Middle School will reopen this fall as D.C. Virgo Urban Prep Charter School. Community leaders met Wednesday to put pen to paper to make it all official.

“Today, to me, is a momentous occasion,” said New Hanover County School Board Chairman, Don Hayes.

The New Hanover County School Board, along with the Blue Ribbon Commission, a group of community leaders who work to prevent youth violence, came together to make this a reality.

“I think we all would agree that anytime the community and the school systems work together, the more involvement you have in the community, children are gonna benefit and I think the more parents we have involved, children will benefit,” Hayes said.

That’s why the two groups held a ceremony to sign the finalized charter school application.
Daawud El-amin is with the Blue Ribbon Commission. His job is to reach out to students in this community and help them reach their goals. He’s heard positive things, so far, about the creation of a charter school.

“Their kids usually walked to this school so when it left, their kids had to go elsewhere. They were upset this school was closed because it was out of their neighborhood,” said El-amin. “The parents are really excited about the charter school because their children will stop the 30 minute rides and come back home to school.”

A school that will be a little different. Once D.C. Virgo is a charter school, teachers will have a little bit of flexibility when it comes to how they teach their children in the classroom. But the ultimate goal is to get these students ready for college.”

“So even if a kids not gonna go, doesn’t want to go to college, we’re going to make sure they’re able to do that kind of high level work,” said Tim Markley, New Hanover County Schools Superintendent.

The charter school application is set to be approved in January, meaning the school can reopen in 2012.

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State bar gives award to Wilmington lawyer

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

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Three Wilmington radio stations to be sold

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

The stations – The Big Talker, 93.7 and 106.3 FM; The Bone, 103.7; and The Penguin, 106.7 – are owned by Sea-Comm Media, based in Connecticut..

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WPD, family ask for help finding missing man

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department is asking for help finding a man whose family has not seen or heard from him for three weeks.

Relatives say they fear for the safety of Rafael Romero, 21. Romero did not take money or extra clothing with him when he left his home on the evening of October 18. He knows very few people in this area, and no one has seen him in recent days.

Investigators say although Romero has been looking for work, he was not employed when he disappeared. Family members say he has been despondent and has been seeking medical treatment.

Anyone who has information about Rafael Romero is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3600 and leave a message for Det. Donelson. Information may be submitted anonymously through Text-A-Tip. Enter Tip708 and the message, and send to CRIMES (274637).

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Campbell University on lockdown amid standoff on campus

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

BUIES CREEK, NC (AP) — Campbell University officials have asked
students and faculty to stay indoors due to a standoff on the

University spokesman Britt Davis said the incident began shortly
before 2 p.m. when Harnett County deputies attempted to serve a
warrant on a student who lives on a house on Dr. McCoy Road, which
is on the north side of the campus.

The student, whose name has not been released, locked himself in
the house. Davis said there is no indication that the student is
armed and that the campus lockdown is simply a precaution.

Davis said the university-owned house is surrounded and that the
situation appears contained to that location.

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

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