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Archive for November, 2011

What’s the trouble with L.A. law?

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Firings, resignations, investigations leave cloud hanging over department

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Tea Partiers say Occupy movement is not their liberal equivalent

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The 2012 Presidential election is now less than one year away, and conservatives and liberals are doing everything they can to swing voters in their direction.

Tea Party supporters rallied at the Beach Mart in Holden Beach Saturday. The conservative local business provided the perfect backdrop for tea partiers. Guest speakers spoke passionately about bringing the country back to its constitutional roots.

Some suggest the Occupy movement is the liberal equivalent to the Tea Party, but many tea partiers we spoke with disagree.

“They don’t really know what they stand for,” conservative Russ Colby said. “They are pretty much, as far as I can tell, hooligans and working outside the law. Tea Party people are respectful of the law. We do not trash anything. We respect other people’s property. We are just interested in keeping our freedoms.”

Colby believes the main goal of the Tea Party is to get President Obama out of office and replace him with a conservative.

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Olympian heads field in Surf to Sound Challenge

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

WRIGGHTSVILLE BEACH,NC (WWAY) — The inaugural NC Surf to Sound Challenge will be showcased on WWAY’s Coach’s Corner on Sunday. The Coach’s Corner will air on WWAY on Sunday at 6pm.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH,NC (news release from NC Press Release ) — Stand Up Paddleboard competitors from three nations, ten states and the District of Columbia, enjoyed sunny skies and temperatures in the 60’s for today’s inaugural NC Surf to Sound Challenge. Shawn Spencer, Race Chairman, said: “Today’s North Carolina Surf to Sound Challenge exceeded all expectations. Over 107 racers joined us today in this benefit FOR Masonboro Island.”

However, Northeast winds were strong at 10-15 knots, and the surf was rough for the ocean start. Seas were three feet, increasing the challenge for the elite athletes. Elite paddlers navigated a 6.5 mile course, with a Le Mans style beach start, running to pick up their boards and splashing into the frequent and heavier than usual surf. Once getting past the breaking surf, the elite athletes braved the open Atlantic Ocean, battled through Masonboro Inlet, and paddled the channel behind Masonboro and Wrightsville into a stiff wind before reaching the finish line.

Winners: Elite Surf to Sound Challenge Race

Men 14 ft category

1. Larry Cain, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, Time: 1hr 11min 09 sec Note: Larry is a Gold Medal Olympian and World Champion in Sprint Canoeing, and in the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
2. Doug Ellis, Virginia Beach, VA
3. Chris Hill, Holly Ridge, NC
4. James Bain, Wilmington, NC
5. William Miller, Manteo, NC

Women 12.6ft category
1. Kate Lewis, New Bern, NC, Time: 1hr 32min 44sec
2. Kimberly James, Wilmington, NC
3. Jenny Alderman, John’s Island, SC
4. Christine Lewis, Wilmington, NC
5. Danielle Licarri, Mt Pleasant, SC

Elite Masters 50+
1. William Pope, Wilmington, NC Time: 1hr 31min 14sec
2. Guy Davis, Hampstead, NC
3. Clay Thornhill, Charleston, SC
4. Michael Metzger, Key Largo, FL

Intermediate paddlers crowned their champion on a 4 mile flatwater course, the popular Harbor Island Outer Loop. While conditions were more serene than the elite course, racers faced stiff winds, tide changes and intense competition as they navigated the wide water circle around Harbor Island and the now famous Loop.
Winners: Intermediate Harbor Island Outer Loop
Men 14ft Division
1. Steve Dullack, Virginia Beach, VA, Time: 44min 23sec
2. Mike Stanaway, Raleigh, NC
3. Steven Capps, Wrightsville Beach, NC
4. Ratley Warren, North Myrtle, SC
5. Kris Matson, Cary, NC
Women 12.6ft Category
1. Karen Wilson, Kure Beach, NC Time: 49min 22sec
2. Susan Lew, Wilmington, NC
3. Christine Rebman, Semora, NC
4. Carly Tillotson, Duxby, MA
5. Laura Stevens, Wilmington, NC
Men 12.6ft Category
1. Mark Allison, Myrtle Beach, SC Time: 50min 20sec
2. Patrick Akos, Chapel Hill, NC
3. Justin Donaton, Kure Beach, NC
4. John Cox
5. Coty Pinckney
The youth competition fielded 8 paddleboarders who braved the cold air and 63 degree water at 9am to complete a 200 yard dash, rounding a buoy at the half way mark.

Winners: Youth Division of North Carolina Surf to Sound Challenge

1. Tag Spencer, Wilmington, NC
2. Henry Murtagh, Wilmington, NC
3. Oliver Bain, Wilmington, NC

The North Carolina Surf to Sound Challenge was organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddleboard Club and Blockade Runner Beach Resort. WBPC spokesman Haywood Newkirk said today: “We are really excited about being part of the season ending fall race here at Wrightsville Beach. Having the event at this location will allow us to have a more challenging ocean start for the Elite Race, while simultaneously holding an enjoyable flatwater race for the recreational paddlers that are so important for the growth of this sport.”

William Pope, Director for the World Paddle Association said: “It has been amazing to watch how quickly the stand up paddleboard (SUP) sport has grown throughout the country, especially in the Wrightsville Beach area. Wrightsville offers so many different types of water and conditions it appeals to everyone. As the SUP community continues to grow around the world, Wrightsville Beach will be at the heart of that growth on the East Coast.”

The Surf to Sound Challenge was sanctioned by the WPA (World Paddle Association).

William Pope, WPA Director, 910-367-3144, wpope@bellsouth.net

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Hoop star gives away turkeys in hometown

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — A former West Brunswick High hoops hero is giving back to his community from afar.

Cedric Simmons was a basketball star at West Brunswick High, NC State and in the NBA. He now plays for a team overseas in Spain, but is reaching out locally this holiday season by giving away 100 turkeys to needy families Saturday.

People lined up early for the free birds and said they are so thankful for Simmons’ giving heart this Thanksgiving. Although Cedric couldn’t be there to pass out the turkeys, his family and fiancée helped out.

“He absolutely loves his hometown and just wants to do whatever he can to try and support and help families, especially in this time of difficulties that everyone seems to be having,” Simmons’ fiancée Sabrina Acevedo said. “It just seemed really fitting to try and give back in this way.”

“It makes it tremendously better, because without it, we wouldn’t have a turkey, we wouldn’t have food,” Tamara Toman said as she waited in line for a turkey. “Around the holidays, you center around food a lot, and to not be able to, that just brings you down.”

All 100 turkeys were given out within about 30 minutes.

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J.A. Alford Seafood site to become 12,400-square-foot retail center

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Wilmington Lady Fitness will move from its current location.

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