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Archive for December, 2011

Voices of Conscience – Greiner aids developmentally disabled

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Fran Greiner’s volunteer work benefits the developmentally disabled and their families.

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FIRST ON 3: Teacher busted for DWI while texting on school night

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County teacher is charged with DWI and texting while driving after an accident last week. Theresa Suzanne Jones-Carpenter rear-ended a van pulling into a parking lot from Dawson Street around 12:15 a.m. Friday, according to Sgt. C.M. Hardee of the NC Highway Patrol.

Jones-Carpenter is listed as Suzanne Carpenter, a first grade teacher, on the website for Castle Hayne Elementary School. A school district spokeswoman said the district does know about the arrest, but as of Tuesday, she said no personnel action has been taken as administrators waited to find out the actual list of charges.

Sgt. Hardee says Jones-Carpenter is also charged with failure to reduce to speed. He said her blood alcohol level was over the legal limit of .08.

Jones-Carpenter is due in court February 14. A listing to contact her could not immediately be found.

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ONLY ON 3: Secret Santa says ‘Pay it forward’

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Reports of “Secret Santas” paying off layaway accounts have swept across the country this holiday season, and Wilmington is no exception. We told you yesterday about a family that had their layaway balance paid off by a stranger just in time for Christmas. Now, a “Secret Santa” has come forward to tell his side of the story.

“I’ve never done anything like that before and I wanted to know if they would let me do it at the Kmart here,” our Secret Santa said.

He says the holiday spirit is contagious. After watching stories from across the country about generosity and caring, Santa decided to head to the Wilmington Kmart and see what he could do.

“It was really an amazing thing, because I didn’t expect it to be so easy,” he said. “You walk into the Wilmington Kmart, you go to the back where the layaway are. There are people behind the counter there that are helping people put their Christmas toys away, and they’ll be just as helpful for you if you want to offer to help pay off someone’s layaway.”

“Santa” says he has always believed it’s better to give than to receive, but this year he says it’s gone to a whole new level. He says when he finished paying off three Wilmington accounts, he was ready to go full of holiday cheer. Before he could leave, though, a woman who had come to the store to pick her presents up stopped him. Her account had been paid off by another considerate Kris Kringle.

“She was actually standing next to me, and she saw what I was doing, and she thanked me on behalf of the anonymous person who had paid off her toys for Christmas,” he said. “She said she was going to pay it forward. It was just one of those moments where everything just feels great. I mean, it’s such an easy way to feel wonderful during the holidays. I would really encourage anyone to do this.”

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Santa Claus’ train cost 50 cents, provided special memories

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The fun-filled excursion required five runs to the ‘North Pole’ and back.

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Investigator: Homeless man killed over $4

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Partello, 43, reportedly owed his attacker the money

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