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Archive for January, 2012

Huntsman quits GOP race, backs Romney

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Associated Press

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (AP) — Republican Jon Huntsman has dropped out of the GOP presidential race and has endorsed Mitt Romney. Huntsman made the announcement this morning in Myrtle Beach.

Huntsman said the former Massachusetts governor gives the Republican Party its best shot at defeating President Barack Obama in the November general election.

After staking his candidacy on New Hampshire, Huntsman finished third in the primary there last week. He faced a likely defeat in South Carolina’s primary on Saturday.

Huntsman’s resume had suggested he could be a major contender for the GOP presidential nomination. But the former Utah governor and diplomat found a poor reception for his brand of moderate civility, which he had hoped would draw support from independents as well as Republican moderates.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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New Hanover school district tackles dropout issue

Monday, January 16th, 2012

School officials rolled out two new initiatives last year to help curb dropouts.

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MyReporter – What is the history behind Millers Pond Park?

Monday, January 16th, 2012

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Empie Park subcontractors waiting to get paid

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Subcontractors who worked on Wilmington’s Empie Park are still waiting to be paid.

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Residents of Old Wilmington founder celebrates historic birthday

Monday, January 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Dolly Humphrey Pearson, a founding member of the Residents of Old Wilmington, celebrated a birthday Sunday, but not just any birthday. This was her 100th birthday!

Her actual birth date is January 12, but friends, family and local officials threw her a big party Sunday afternoon. The festivities even featured personalized messages from Gov. Bev Perdue and President Barack Obama.

“I didn’t know that a little thing like me could bring so many people together,” Pearson said. “I can’t soak it in.”

Pearson also received a historical plaque from the Historic Wilmington Foundation. This is the first time a marker has ever been given to a person, because usually they are granted to structures that are more than 100 years old.

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