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Archive for November, 2011

Governor discusses college plan during visit to Laney

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — During her tour through southeastern North Carolina Tuesday, Gov. Bev Perdue made a stop at Laney High School to sell her new educational program.

The governor recently launched the “Career and College Promise.” It lets high school students get a head start on a college education. Students can earn tuition-free course credits at community colleges, which can go toward a four-year degree.

“I think it’s a great way to kind of explore what you might want to do in high school when it’s free versus when you go to college when you’re paying $400 a credit on your parents’ dime or your own hard earned dime,” parent Stephanie Kraybill said. “You don’t know what you want to do, so it’s a good way to narrow down your choices.”

The governor talked to several students while visiting two classrooms. She also took questions from parents.

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Teacher killed in car accident remembered by school family

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– A New Hanover County school is mourning the loss of a longtime teacher. Linda Aiello, 62, died in a car accident last night.

Not far from Laney High School, debris litters the shoulder of North College Road, the only sign that a deadly car accident ever happened here. Killed in the wreck was a woman who was a mother, a grandmother and longtime school teacher.

“One of the very best ones that I know of in this school,” Wrighstsboro Elementary parent Matthew Woods said of Aiello. “I mean, she’s just… What can you say? It’s just, it’s a loss. It’s a loss to all the children, not only mine, but the ones that come after mine.”

Aiello spent 22 years teaching at Wrightsboro Elementary School. During her tenure she taught third, fourth and fight grade. Affectionately known as “Ms. A,” she had spent the last two years teaching third graders, students who may now need a little support.

“I was so upset, but I didn’t want to cry, because I didn’t want other people to see me crying, because other people didn’t know,” said Charlotte Woods, a former student of Aiello.

Many staff members did not know what happened until they got to work. That’s when they learned about the crash.

The accident happened just a few hundred feet from Northchase Parkway. The Highway Patrol says another driver crossed the center line and hit Aiello. The other driver, Michael Gillespie, was not seriously injured. But moments after that crash another driver came along and hit Aiello’s car. She later died at the hospital.

“Certainly this community is reeling with shock and grief right now,” New Hanover County Schools Assistant Superintendent Rick Holliday said.

That’s why counselors were at Wrightsboro Elementary Tuesday and will remain there as long as they are needed.

“She gave us candy when we did well. She told us funny stories about what happened in her life. She read us funny books,” Charlotte Woods said. “She was the best teacher you could ask for.”

The highway patrol is still investigating the accident. Troopers say they do not believe alcohol or drugs were involved.

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Progress Energy raising rates on Dec. 1

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

A 3.7 percent increase for a typical residential customer.

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Big Talker FM, other Sea-Comm stations, sold to Davis Media

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (NET NEWS) — The buyer for five SEA-COMM MEDIA stations in WILMINGTON, NC is DAVIS MEDIA, LLC. The deal, widely reported last week (NET NEWS 11/10) with no specific buyer named, has yet to be filed with the FCC and no price was disclosed; GEORGE REED of MEDIA SERVICES GROUP served as exclusive broker for the deal.

The stations include the Talk “THE BIG TALKER” simulcast of WLTT/BOLIVIA, NC and WNTB/TOPSAIL BEACH, NC; Classic Rock WBNE (103.7 THE BONE)/WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC; Triple A WUIN (98.3 THE PENGUIN)/OAK ISLAND, NC; and WSFM-A/CAROLINA BEACH, NC, plus FM translator W240AS/WILMINGTON. DAVIS is taking over in an LMA starting immediately.

SEA-COMM owner RICK JORGENSEN said, “After 46 years in the radio business, and almost 24 years in WILMINGTON, I have decided it is time to sail off into the sunset.”

DAVIS MEDIA principal TOM DAVIS said, “DAVIS MEDIA is delighted about sustaining the SEA-COMM heritage in WILMINGTON, as well as implementing our digital/radio model, Hometown Driver, which has produced double digit growth for two years and running. With JAKE RUSSELL as our local owner-operator, we look to replicate our pilot market in WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA, and WILMINGTON is the perfect market to continue the expansion of our model and radio’s future as the driver of the local media company.”

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Officials identify Leland fire victim

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

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