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Archive for March, 2012

Parents and teachers agree new schedule would be “fresh start”

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Students in Pender County may be heading back to class early next school year. High schools starting the first week of August is one option under a proposed school calendar waiver. Both parents and teachers say they like the idea.

“School is for them,” said Cheryl Cain, mother of two high school students. “It’s not for parents. It’s not for tourism. It’s about what is the best for the kids. How are we going to make them productive citizens in the community?”

Parents say an early start to the school year would be an adjustment but they think it’s one worth making.

“Giving them the opportunity to go to college without leaving school should be something that they have,” said Cain.

The new schedule means high school students would start the school year August 6th, lining up with the class schedule at CFCC, allowing students to earn college credits. Teachers say there are other benefits to the modified schedule.

“It works because students take their final courses before they leave for Christmas vacation so they are not left to their own devices for two weeks to try to student, to try to learn,” said 9th grade English teacher Antoinette Melvin. “They can’t get in touch with their teachers.”

Teachers say the new schedule would provide a fresh start for their students. They also agree that the new schedule would make up for some serious cuts to education.

“Our kids, with the cutbacks we’ve been having, have been missing out on opportunities that I had when I was in high school that are really unfortunate,” said Melvin.

Tuesday night was the first of three public hearings the Pender County School Board is hosting to get feedback from the community before they vote on the schedule. Parents of students in the county are urged to attend the hearings. The next meeting is at Topsail High School next Tuesday at 6 pm.

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Citizens Academy shows police work with a bang

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

New Hanover County, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriffs citizens academy program is very well received This is the 5th such academy to give people a chance to view life as a deputy.

This program was held at the jail and it started off with a bang. The program is very active to say the least, after a classroom discussion it was into the jail for a very visual presentation.
The crowed watched a special response jail team take down an inmate. In this case the young man in the jump suit is a deputy and part of the special team to handle unruly inmates.

Participants also got to handle weapons used in the jail.

Carol Lendino was impressed.

“I think it’s awesome, it’s a way for people who never shot a gun, it gives them an idea what it’s like.”

Amanda Morgan was glad to get a look at deputy life.

“It’s good to see what these guys do day in and day out.”

Sargent Jerry Brewer explains all weapons are as safe as possible

“Everything at the detention facility is a non-lethal weapon, therefore once we get past the secure area we use totally non-lethal weapons.”

Sheriff McMahon is very happy with the program and says it has led to people taking the next step

“We have also started our citizens volunteer group which we have labeled VIPER so once they graduate the citizen can help us and volunteer.”
This was week two participants have eight more weeks of training and more sessions will be held. For information check the New Hanover County Sheriff’s web site

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The Cape Fear excited about premier of ‘Hunger Games’

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

BOLIVIA, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Excitement about The Hunger Games trilogy has apparently reached a fever pitch in Wilmington, NC and has crossed the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge into Brunswick County!

Amazon.com revealed earlier this week cities topping the list in the United States for reading The Hunger Games trilogy. The list was generated after compiling sales data of all versions of The Hunger Games books, in both print and Kindle formats, on a per capita basis in cities with over 100,000 residents. Wilmington, North Carolina holds the 14th spot!

In Brunswick County, the English III classes at Early College High School are greatly anticipating the release of the film adaptation of The Hunger Games later this week.
Instructor Kimberly Adams says the story is highly engaging and has caused quite a stir in classrooms around the world.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 Adams’ English III students will be celebrating the movie’s release date with a “Dress as your Favorite Character” day. Faculty members who have also read the book have also asked to participate!

Students will also be turning in a variety projects, including 3-D models of the next arena, posters advertizing a Capitol social network page, original trading cards, and a trivia game board for 2 to 4 players. Projects will be on display in the hallway for all to enjoy.

Come see what the excitement is all about. The movie premieres on Friday, March 23, 2012.

(Amazon.com, Monday, March 19, 2012)
Top 20 cities with Hunger Games hysteria are:

1. Sunnyvale, CA
2. Salt Lake City, UT
3. Tallahassee, FL
4. Seattle, WA
5. Orlando, FL
6. Pittsburgh, PA
7. St. Louis, MO
8. Provo, UT
9. San Francisco, CA
10. Naperville, IL
11. Washington, DC
12. Richmond, VA
13. Scottsdale, AZ
14. Wilmington, NC
15. Murfreesboro, TN
16. Vancouver, WA
17. Portland, OR
18. Tampa, FL
19. Overland Park, KS
20. Norman, OK

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Warm Wilmington winter wasn’t as warm as you might think

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Now that we’re officially into spring, we can look back at the winter season. Of course, it was really more of a winter that wasn’t.

It was technically still winter, but throughout the cooler months we kept waiting for the winter wallop that never came. Instead, it was warm, dry and way different than last year.

Last year’s winter stacked up as the coldest on record here in the Cape Fear region and delivered more than a couple of snowstorms.

What a difference a year makes!

Yes, it’s been warm, but this year might not have been just as warm as you thought.

Looking month by month, each month featured high temperatures that averaged in the 60s instead of the 50s, which is well above average around here. Overall, it was the eighth warmest winter in terms of high temperatures. But if you really look at the whole picture and take low temperatures into account, too, we find that the winter was the 20th warmest on record in Wilmington.

Twentieth warmest out of 138 years still isn’t bad, but it’s not close to the warmest winter on record around these parts. In fact, maybe more impressive than our temperatures would be the precipitation — or lack thereof. Unfortunately, the winter ranked as the third driest in history which could spell problems moving forward.

Remember last year’s drought? It was a bad one, with about a quarter of the year’s rainfall never showing up. Now add onto that the strain of the third driest winter and a 2012 that has gotten off to a dry start, and we’re setting the stage for what could be a very dangerous fire season heading into the spring and summer months.

Wrapping up the season, here are a couple things that really stand out:

-Only 18 mornings were below freezing, compared to a whopping 53 from last year!
-Even though one morning saw a few flurries, it was the first winter without measurable snow in four years!
-Maybe the most surprising fact is even with all the warmth we saw, there was never a single day during the winter that set a record high.

In the end, it was a consistently warm winter with cold that never came right after a winter that seemed like it was cold the whole time. The perfect scenario to make it seem like one of the warmest winters ever.

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Councilwoman Laura Padgett undergoes dual-transplant surgery

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — According to a spokesperson for the City of Wilmington, City Councilwoman Laura Padgett is undergoing a dual-organ transplant surgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center as of Tuesday evening.

Padgett said: “I have had Type 1 Diabetes for over 40 years and in 1994 I was diagnosed with Kidney
Disease as a result of the long-term diabetes. This week, I was offered a dual-organ
transplant of a kidney and a pancreas, a miracle. While I have struggled with these two chronic illnesses, along with many others in this community, my service on City Council and my faith in God served as the ‘winds
behind my back’ that seemed to hold off critical health problems. I am thankful for all that support.”

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Bill Saffo announced that Ms. Padgett is expected to be out for a few weeks, but looks forward to being back soon.

“Speaking on behalf of the entire City Council, our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Padgett and her family. We wish her all the best. Her experience and insight serves the city well and we looking forward to her coming back as soon as possible,” Saffo said.

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