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Archive for February, 2012

Faces could change on area school boards after election

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

A handful of seats are up for grabs on each of the three local school boards this election year.

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Senior apartment complex being built at Autumn Hall

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Liberty Senior Living has broken ground on a 120-unit apartment complex in Wilmington’s Autumn Hall development.

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Billy Graham’s daughter visits Wilmington to talk about new book, faith, father

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of famous evangelist Billy Graham has written her first ever children’s book. She read it and signed copies this weekend right here in Wilmington. We sat down with her to talk about the new book, her faith and her father.

“I wanted to just offer hope and peace and joy and God’s love to little children and the adults that love them,” Lotz said.

Her first ever children’s book, ‘Heaven’ came about when she was trying to explain her mother Ruth’s death to her grandchildren. Lotz read and signed her book Saturday at the Saltshaker bookstore in Wilmington.

“There’s lots of angels,” little Scott Moore said about the book.

Lotz said it helps to look past death and look at Heaven. She said while the book is mainly to help children understand the death of a parent, classmate or friend, it also makes the conversation easier for parents, grandparents and teachers.

Many adults came out to hear Lotz read and described it as enchanting.

“I think that they are just the ultimate role model for Christians,” said fan Abigail Mann who has followed the Graham family for many years. “They’ve lived a life that has been exemplary. As their family has grown, they have just continued to preach God’s Word.”

Lotz said she admires her father most for his humility, faithfulness and focus. Graham has led over 3,000,000 people to accept Christ as their savior; something Lotz’s book about Heaven explains.

“You have to ask Jesus to go to my heart,” Moore said.

Lotz said her dad didn’t help write this book but has certainly played a huge role in her own life story.

“The home that we had was a home where Jesus was believed in, where He was loved, obeyed, served,” Lotz said. “I grew up in that atmosphere, but I had to make my own decisions.”

Lotz has decided to further God’s kingdom, and her new book helps children learn more about it.

Lotz also just released a book for adults called ‘Expecting to see Jesus.’ She said she loves Wilmington and always comes here when she writes a new book.

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AP: Whitney Houston dead at 48

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

AP Music Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.

Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.

At her peak, Houston the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world’s best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen.

Her success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in hits like “The Bodyguard” and “Waiting to Exhale.”

She had the he perfect voice, and the perfect image: a gorgeous singer who had sex appeal but was never overtly sexual, who maintained perfect poise.

She influenced a generation of younger singers, from Christina Aguilera to Mariah Carey, who when she first came out sounded so much like Houston that many thought it was Houston.

But by the end of her career, Houston became a stunning cautionary tale of the toll of drug use. Her album sales plummeted and the hits stopped coming; her once serene image was shattered by a wild demeanor and bizarre public appearances. She confessed to abusing cocaine, marijuana and pills, and her once pristine voice became raspy and hoarse, unable to hit the high notes as she had during her prime.

“The biggest devil is me. I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy,” Houston told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 interview with then-husband Brown by her side.

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Porsche rolls out newest car

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — You may see a new sports car rolling through the streets of the Cape Fear.

Porsche of Fayetteville unveiled the brand new, 2013 model of the 911 series Saturday in Wrightsville Beach. The brand is known for being the premier sports car company that builds for performance. The price tag for the new car? More than $100,000.

“It’s totally new. It’s longer, lighter, wider, new interior, bigger engine, zero to 60 in 3.9 seconds,” said Porsche of Fayetteville General Manager Dixon Dickens who says there’s nothing like it. “It’s something that we wanted to unveil in Wilmington because we have a lot of customers here.”

Dickens made two sales Saturday. Someone ordered the brand new 911, and another person bought a Porsche SUV.

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