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Archive for November, 2011

Back Then — 1961 train wreck in Burgaw kills 3 children

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Looking back 50 and 100 years ago in the StarNews.

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MyReporter digs up almost everything you ever wanted to know about Bald Head Island

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Also known as Smith Island, Bald Head Island is a 17,000-acre land mass at the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

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Family mourns after man hit and killed riding skateboard

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Monday night Mike Manzari, 21, left his house in Castle Hayne for the last time.

“Last thing I saw was a smile on his face,” Manzari’s brother Nicholas McLaughlin said. “He must have wanted something from the store, and like he does so many times, he got his skateboard and rode up to the store.”

State troopers say it was around 7 p.m. when a man driving northbound hit Manzari in the 4500 block of North College Road near the Midway Kwik Stop. Manzari died at the scene.

A witness who saw the accident in his rear view mirror while driving south says he saw Manzari in the middle of the road riding his skateboard before he was hit. Family members say that just would not happen.

“He crosses (the street) with a skateboard in his hand,” McLaughlin said. “There is no way he was riding down the highway on his skateboard in the middle of the highway.”

The driver who hit him told state troopers he did not see Manzari and did not have time to hit his brakes. Troopers estimate the driver was going about 40 miles an hour when he hit Manzari.

Those who live in the area say it’s not surprising this happened.

“This is one of the most dangerous stretches of road in all of New Hanover County,” said James Watkins, who lives across the street from where Manzari was hit and killed. He says this occurs far too often.

“Within in a mile there is four crosses in road, and two other people that I know of that were killed that don’t have crosses,” McLaughlin said. “Something needs to be done about this stretch of road.”

Family members of Manzari just want him to be remembered for the great man he was.

“He was the happiest person that I knew and he was the best brother in the world,” McLaughlin said.

State troopers say there are no charges against the driver who hit Manzari.

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Wilmington man wins $100,000 in lottery scratch-off game

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Siefers, who works at a Jeep dealership, said he had no immediate plans for his winnings.

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Wilmington man scratches off $100k lottery prize

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man scratched his way to a $100,000 jackpot. Ehren Siefers likes to purchase lottery games that have lots of top prizes remaining, which recently led him to a $100,000 instant win.

Two weeks ago, he checked the NC Education Lottery website and saw that the Mega Bucks game had 10 $100,000 prizes left to be claimed, so he began a quest to purchase one of the elusive lucky tickets. Sunday morning while vacationing in Asheville, his persistence paid off as he scratched off a $100,000 Mega Bucks top prize.

“I thought it was a smart buy,” Siefers said. “I scratched the ticket in my hotel room and just stared at it. Then I jumped around and screamed for about ten minutes. This is the biggest thing to ever happen to me.”

Siefers, who works for a local Jeep dealership, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings, but may purchase a new car later on. He received a check for $68,001 after taxes were withheld.

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