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Archive for December, 2011

Author speaks about turning change into something positive

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Tom Morris said the greatest piece of wisdom he ever heard came in the first grade.

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JUST ADD HOPE: Teacher’s coworkers hold fundraisers for a new kidney

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) — Instead of her two front teeth for Christmas, Rocky Point Primary kindergarten teacher Beth Mills just wants a new Kidney. She has about five percent kidney function.

Dysfunctional kidneys are nothing new for Beth, who has been dealing with these issues since she was a little girl. She had her first surgery when she was a nine year old at Rocky Point Primary, she was in the third grade class of a woman who is now her co-worker and still a friend.

Teacher Linda Eakins recalls being with Beth through the surgery to fix the tube from her kidney to her bladder.

“It was just a very personal, very touching moment,” Eakins said. “We prayed for her and watched her come through it and do good, and we’re expecting the same thing with this one.”

Beth’s surgery planned for this summer is more intense though, she now has to replace one of her kidneys. Beth says the process has been full of lots of bad and good, one of the best moments being when she discovered her husband Adam was her perfect match.

Although Beth has a donor and insurance will help with the transplant, the lifelong medication she’ll need is a daunting thought.

“The anti-rejection meds are so expensive come post-transplant,” Beth said. “They’ll be more than what my mortgage is. So we’re just trying to raise as much as we can so basically we can stay in our house.”

But Beth’s family, friends and fellow teachers are helping Beth raise money by hosting events in her honor, giving her and her husband a positive outlook.

Beth is excited to come together with her new kidney. She said she’s not scared about the surgery, just looking forward to having energy for the first time in almost 20 years.

“I think I have felt bad for so long, I don’t know what it means to feel good,” she said. “I’m just super, super excited about the whole process.”

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NC billboards to express support for immigrants

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A Raleigh-based nonprofit is unveiling a statewide billboard campaign in support of immigrants.

Uniting NC will unveil the campaign Tuesday at the Raleigh offices of Que Pasa Media. Participating in the news conference will be Rabbi Eric Solomon of Beth Meyer Synagogue; the Rev. Diane Faires of St. Paul’s Christian Church; and Fiaz Fareed, the outreach coordinator for the Islamic Association of Raleigh.

Uniting NC says the three faith leaders will call on North Carolinians to “welcome the stranger” this holiday season and to treat immigrants with respect.

The first billboards will go up in Raleigh, followed by Durham, Mebane, Charlotte, Asheville and Goldsboro. More than 250 people paid for the billboards.

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

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DEVELOPING: WPD investigating suspicious death

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating a suspicious death at a home on S. 13th Street.

Police at the scene say a woman showed up to New Hanover Regional Medical Center after 6 a.m. claiming she was pregnant. After talking with law enforcement at the hospital, police responded to the house at 120 S. 13th Street. At this point they are investigating a “death by suspicion of unknown origin,” according to WPD spokesman Ofc. Kevin Smith.

Smith says police are looking into whether the woman suffered a miscarriage or if something else happened.

Stay with WWAY NewsChannel 3 and wwaytv3.com for updates.

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Fort Bragg losing about 430 civilian positions

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — Fort Bragg is losing about 430 civilian positions because of federal budget cuts.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that deputy garrison commander Doug Earle said the positions must be eliminated by the end of September.

Nearly 300 of the positions are part of the 18th Airborne Corps that oversees maintenance, public works and public safety.

The rest of the positions are part of Forces Command, which recently moved to Fort Bragg from Fort McPherson, Ga., and Army Material Command.

The Defense Department is eliminating nearly 9,000 positions.

Earle says most of the cuts from the 18th Airborne Corps are being handled through attrition. He says officials still need to cut about 130 jobs.

Forces Command eliminated 115 positions during its move to Fort Bragg.

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

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