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Archive for February, 2012

St. Mary’s students celebrate Mardi Gras

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Mardi Gras has not only begun in New Orleans. The party was in full swing today at a Wilmington school.

Students from kindergarten through eighth grade at St. Mary Catholic School marched around campus showing off masks they made themselves. The school band performed for parents and fans, and of course there were beads thrown to the kids.

Every student we spoke with said the celebration was awesome, but many wish they would have collected more beads.

“It was pretty cool,” Max Bos said. “My favorite part was the bead throwing, although I didn’t get much beads.”

Alex Pafford said, “It was fun, and I barely got any beads.”>

Organizers and parents say the Mardi Gras celebration is something the entire family looks forward to each year at Saint Mary’s.

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2 Wrightsville Beach officers reprimanded, 1 quits

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Few details were released about what prompted the reprimands.

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City looking for input on Riverfront Park

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Input session will be held Feb. 23.

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Novelist’s ‘Praying for Strangers’ program is Sunday

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Novelist River Jordan will lead a Lenten program based on her book "Praying for Strangers."

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Wrightsville Beach cop quits, two others demoted after firing appeals

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Two Wrightsville Beach police officers have been demoted and another has quit. Town Manager Bob SSimpson made the announcement this morning following weeks of investigations into the officers, who the town initially fired.

The officers appealed, and have been on administrative leave since.

“All three of these officers had strong performance records… up until this particular time,” Simpson said.

Tuesday the town said Sgt. Rob Miller and Cpl. Shaun Appler have been demoted, had their pay cut five percent and put on probation for one year. Ofc. Michael Altilio resigned Tuesday morning.

“In the case of officers Miller and Apler, it was one specific incident. In the case of atilio, it occurred over time,” Simpson said.

The town would not say why the officers were investigated, citing personnel laws. That’s not good enough for some Wrightsville Beach residents.

“We as public citizens are inquiring what they did so we know what exactly they did, but they’re hiding it,” Spencer Roylance said.

Michelle Roylance said, “How can we be certain that our children are safe hanging out with their friends or riding their bikes in their community?”

Simpson says certain department policies may change because of the investigations, but he would not say which ones. He stressed that the town took appropriate action with the officers.

“In layman’s terms, they’re going to suck it up, press on and be professional,” Simpson said.

All three officers investigated have served in the Wrightsville Beach Police Department for more than ten years.

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