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Archive for December, 2011

JUST ADD HOPE: Welcome Home Angel helps make life easier for disabled kids

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In this week’s edition of “Just Add Hope,” we’re showcasing Welcome Home Angel. It’s a home makeover program for children with disabilities.

“I got up every morning, and I prayed to God to give me the strength to take care of him,” said Alice Everett, who’s grandson Trepreme has cerebral palsy.

Trepreme weighed a little more than one pound at birth. He cannot do anything for himself.

“Trepreme is an interesting case, primarily because of the grandmother taking care of him. Here she is probably about 4’10”, and he’s probably about as tall as her, doesn’t weigh as much, but here she is trying to take care of this child,” said John Kaiser, founder of Welcome Home Angel, a local non-profit that works to make life easier for kids with disabilities and their caretakers.

Welcome Home Angel built a new bedroom and bathroom for Trepreme. It was a dream come true for his grandmother.

“It means so much to me, because people do not understand or want to help people like those special kids, but when Mr. John said it would, that was so awesome,” Everett said.

Kaiser came up with the idea nearly a decade ago and founded Welcome Home Angel four years ago. He knows firsthand about caring for a child with special needs. His daughter was diagnosed with Lyme disease.

“We think of home as being a nice, warm, inviting place, but for these kids who have illnesses or injuries and don’t have the mobility, it can be a somewhat dangerous and not a welcoming place,” Kaiser said.

Kaiser said it’s important to make the disabled children’s room a sanctuary of sort, because that’s where most of their time is spent. He has helped 14 families over the past four years.

Everett never thought she could take care of Trepreme, but says only by the grace of God and Welcome Home Angel, she’s learned that special needs children are the most special of all.

“A lot of people pass by them saying they don’t need love, but they need more love than we do,” Everett said.

Welcome Home Angel covers the complete cost of the makeovers through fundraising and generous donations from community businesses.

Click here for more information about Welcome Home Angel.


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STORMTRACK 3: Severe weather threat exits offshore

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As a powerful cold front moves offshore, our threat for severe weather quickly diminishes.

A strong storm system covered the Carolinas today throughout the afternoon hours, bringing extremely gusty winds, some power outages and even a Tornado Warning to the area. 

The Tornado warning was issued around 12:30 p.m. for a possible waterspout that was close to coming ashore in Oak Island and Caswell Beach. There has not been any confirmation of a tornado touchdown at this time. 

This system moved quickly, speeding across the area at around 50 mph.

Skies will clear rapidly as we head into the night, and temperatures will drop drastically tomorrow.

Gusty winds will stick with us throughout tonight, and tomorrow will still be breezy.

Remember, you can track the weather from home with our new Interactive Radar.

Weather Forecaster Asha Davé

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Land donated for proposed NC hiking trail

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — About 80 acres has been donated for the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in North Carolina.

Triangle Greenways Council has set aside 79 acres of wetlands on the east side of the Neuse River in Johnston County for the trail. The state Transportation Department donated the land to the council.

About 500 miles of the planned 1,000-mile trail are complete. Plans call for the hiking trail to stretch from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks.

The newly acquired property will be held for construction of about 80 percent of the trail’s planned path between Clayton and Smithfield. The council will keep the land until a local government can construct and manage both the trail and facilities need for it.

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

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FIRST ON 3: UNCW Police believe personal info safe after Christmas break-ins

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Usually winter break on campus is a quiet time for a university. But at UNC Wilmington, a Grinch took advantage of the Christmas peace to break-in to a couple of campus buildings.

This is not the Christmas present UNCW wanted: A series of holiday break-ins at campus offices housing some very personal information.

Police say someone broke into the Warwick Center Christmas day.

“There is an alarm in the Student Accounts Office, and that alarm was not activated,” UNCW Police Chief David Donaldson said. “When my staff entered that area to check it the alarm did activate. Student Accounts was not entered that night. The glass on the door was broken, but the room itself was not accessed.”

Chief Donaldson says the crook or crooks did get into the Financial Aid and Veteran Services offices.

“The director of that area has come out on campus and reviewed the area and determined that nothing was stolen from there, so we are very relieved in that,” Donaldson said.

Even though nothing was missing from the Warwick Center, the crime leads to questions about identity theft. Officials in the Financial Aid Office say they use document imaging and shred original copies. They say it does not look like their computers were accessed.

“We do as a university put a lot of thought and controlled measures into place to protect student information, confidential information, health information, financial information, and so it appears, at this point, from the information that’s available, that those protections worked,” Donaldson said.

The Warwick Center was not the only campus building broken into over the holidays. Police say Trask Coliseum was also hit as robbers got away with nearly $900 in cash.

“There’s no indication at this point at all that anything other than cash was taken in this case,” Chief Donaldson said. “There was no financial transaction cards, no credit card information stored in the safe that we are aware of.”

The thieves also went into Hanover Hall, which is connected to Trask Coliseum, and stole from a vending machine.

Chief Donaldson says his investigators are looking at surveillance video from campus for clues.

UNCW Police ask that anyone with information about these burglaries contact them immediately.

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Back Then – Gabriel signs with L.A. Rams in 1961

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Looking back 50 and 100 years ago in the StarNews archives.

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