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Archive for December, 2011

Voices of Conscience – Browns help first-graders learn to read

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Jim Brown and his wife, Betty, tutor first-graders at Supply Elementary School

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New Wave Transit center to cost about $6.5 million

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Wave Transit is moving forward with plans to construct a new operations and maintenance center off Castle Hayne Road.

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Lela Thompson to receive award for contributions to local theater

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Lela Thompson remains a driving force behind the Willis Richardson Players.

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Churches put their ‘Boots on the Ground’ to stop problems in low-income areas

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In the wake of drug problems and violence in low-income neighborhoods, area churches have decided it’s time to put their ‘Boots on the Ground’ and change hearts and minds for the better.

‘Boots on the Ground’ hit the pavement nine months ago and held an awareness event Saturday. It’s an effort led by local churches in conjunction with the Wilmington Police Department.

The group says it wants to serve as prevention and not clean-up. ‘Boots on the Ground’ helps with jobs, housing and transitioning from prison back to the real world.

“We’re looking for African American churches to come join us and help us go into our communities, where the bulk of the problem is,” Founder Rev. Dr. James Jamison of Hope Baptist Church for All Nations said. “I know that’s not popular, but the fact of the matter is, the bulk of the problem is happening in and around our communities. We need to go in and handle our business.”

The next ‘Boots on the Ground’ meeting is set for next month at the Wilmington Police Department.

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Seahawks soar toward their futures

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new flock of Seahawks turned their tassels and soared toward their destiny Saturday.

More than 1,000 students earned a diploma from UNC Wilmington at the fall commencement ceremonies.

“I’m very excited,” now-alumni Wes King said. “I know myself, as well as a lot of people here, have overcome either tremendous hardships or a lot of challenges to reach this point, so it’s really exciting to be able to reach this point, to culminate to this point.”

King earned an English degree with a focus in professional writing. Graduates were encouraged to pursue their passions and make a mark on the world; something King plans on doing.

He says he’s confident in his education and knows the value of higher learning. He’s got big goals and plans to graduate from law school and hopefully start his own business right here in the Port City.

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