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Archive for March, 2012

Port City Foodies – Noni Bacca hauls home hardware

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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LivingSocial coming to Wilmington Thursday at 5 a.m.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON (GREATER WILMINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL) — One of the fastest growing on-line social retail sites, LivingSocial, launches in Wilmington on Thursday morning, said a company spokesperson. The site, similar to Groupon, will offer its first deal in the Port City beginning at 5 a.m. and will post another daily deal on Friday.

Wilmington’s first daily deal is a Segway tour for two people regularly priced at $80, but available on LivingSocial for $39. The 75-minute extended tour along the riverfront and through historic downtown will be led by Cape Fear Segway Tours. It will be the main deal for 24 hours, but after a new deal pops up it will still be available for 48 more hours.

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Diligence sets sail Thursday morning

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After being home in the Port City for a couple months, the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is heading back out to sea.

Tomorrow, the Diligence is bound for a patrol in the Caribbean followed by a three-week training program in Florida. The program is designed to test the crewmembers in areas like navigation, seamanship, damage control and engineering.

The Diligence sets sail from the Wilmington riverfront tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.

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ONLY ON 3: Maritime Museum’s periscope provides whole new view

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Visitors to the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Southport can now see things in a whole new way. The museum installed a periscope through its roof this morning.

Rep. Mike McIntyre helped the museum get the periscope, which used to be part of a deep research nuclear submarine. It’s about 34 feet long and weighs more than 1,700 pounds, which makes it the only one of its kind in the whole state.

The museum hopes the periscope will draw more visitors.

“Kids will be able to look through it, adults will be able to look through it, and we’ve positioned it so short and tall people can look out,” said Jim Carey, of Friends of the Maritime Museum.

The periscope peeks through the museum’s roof and moves 360 degrees freely. It makes it possible for visitors to see as far as Bald Head Island and Oak Island.

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School district says despite recent staff arrests, students safe at school

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An Ashley High School teachers assistant is out of jail after being charged with indecent liberties with a 17-year-old girl. He’s the second TA at a New Hanover County High School charged with a crime against a student this month.

“We hate that this occurred. We hate whenever this occurs, but we’ll react very strongly to it, and quickly to make sure our students are safe,” said Dr. John Welmers, New Hanover Co. Schools Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.

Dishon Tamere White, 26, turned himself into New Hanover County Sheriff’s detectives Tuesday night after being charged with taking indecent liberties with a 17-year-old girl, who investigators say is a student at Ashley High School.

White, who is a teachers assistant at Ashley, also helped start Wilmington’s first United Youth football team the Wilmington Bulldogs, according to Facebook.

Parents of students at Ashley say they are concerned about what happened.

“I’m sure this is not the first, and I’m sure it won’t be the last, unfortunately,” Leah Lyde said. “I think overall they’re doing a good job in handling the situation.”

New Hanover County Schools says that although this is the second incident involving a teachers assistant this month, they do not see it becoming a pattern.

“We understand the connection in time between these two events, but when you look at the big picture of 25,000 students and 4,000 employees and what goes on, our kids are safe at school, our students are safe in their buildings,” Dr. Welmers said.

Lyde, who has a child who had White as a teacher, says this incident and others like it make an impact on students.

“It’s still kind of a concern like, ‘Wow this is one of my teachers. This could really happen.’ It really hits home,” she said.

This is not the first incident of its kind at Ashley. Two years ago assistant soccer coach Brian Reardon was convicted of having sex with a student.

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