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Archive for December, 2011

Inmate found dead at Brunswick County Detention Center

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

BRUWNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An inmate at the Brunswick County Detention Center was found dead in his cell Friday.

Authorities are not releasing how the man died. Sheriff Ingram and District Attorney John David have requested that the SBI take over the investigation. The name of the victim is not being released until next of kin has been notified.D.

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Parents at 3 schools to vote on going year-round

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Rocky Point Primary, Cape Fear Elementary and Cape Fear Middle schools want to scrap their traditional school year calendar.

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Live nativity puts ‘Christ’ back into ‘Christmas’

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s easy to get wrapped up in the presents, lights, ribbons and bows and forget the true reason for the season.

Gibson Avenue Baptist Church has been putting on a live nativity since the early 1990’s. Church members say it’s their way of putting Christ back into Christmas.

Costumes are handmade by volunteers, and members give their time to reenact the first Christmas scene.

“The community and the world together are suffering and hurting with many different challenges of life,” Pastor of Gibson Avenue Baptist Merrell McKoy said. “I believe, apart from the trees and apart from the presents, all that’s good, but I think this really gives a deep, heartfelt hope that there is something better, and there’s something to search for, and there’s something that all can find.”

McKoy said this year’s mild temperatures and clear skies are a blessing, but the nativity is up and running no matter the weather.

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Last minute Christmas shopping chaos too much for customers, good for business

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s almost time to tear into the presents under the tree and eat the feast with all the fixin’s, but some folks in the Cape Fear are waiting until the last minute to do their Christmas shopping.

It may not be Black Friday, but it’s the Friday before Christmas, and those cash registers are still cha-chinging as shoppers hunt for the perfect handbag or ham.

“If you don’t have to be out here, don’t,” shopper Sandra Dykes warned. “The crowd is just terrible. Well, it’s traffic. The store is calm and peaceful, but the traffic is terrible.”

Dykes said she intended to have made her list and checked it twice by now, but a last minute request from her daughter changed that.

She was one of the hundreds that ventured out to Target less than two days before the big day: Christmas. Executive Team Leader Chris Seitz admits the store is crazy but says employees try to keep the chaos calm.

“Everybody definitely behaves, but the atmosphere overall is a little hectic,” Seitz said. “It is very busy and packed in the store, but we definitely keep and upbeat attitude and make sure the guests enjoy their experience.”

Seitz says the business comes with the business, but managers try to take care of their employees just as much as their customers. He said the new additional groceries mean additional customers because last minute shoppers are now also looking to make a fantastic feast; Something Apple Annie’s knows all about.

“We have the ovens and the people, and it kind of helps people spend time with family and friends and not have to worry about being in the kitchen,” Apple Annie’s co-owner Christine Longordo said.

Longordo says Christmas is definitely the busiest time of the year for the bakery.

“We love the fact that we are this busy, and everybody puts 110% in,” Longordo said.

Retailers from big chains to local shops love the fact that business booms around Christmas, but some shoppers say it’s just too much.

“There’s a lot of people. I went to Wal-Mart earlier and got really anxious and had to leave right away,” shopper Taylor Hescock said. “Yeah, it’s not my ideal situation.”

While the shoppers we spoke with were ready to get out of the store, some folks told us off camera it just wouldn’t be Christmas without the chaos.

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Single bullet kills teen girl, hits two other people

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

The slug passed through 16-year-old Jasmine D. Thar, then through Jahmesha McMillian.

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