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Archive for April, 2012

Coin show puts history on display

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tucked away within all the Azalea Festival activities this weekend is a hidden gem: the annual coin show.

The coin show has been part of the festival for decades, and it’s hosted by the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club. More than 30 dealers from across the nation come to buy, sell and trade with coin enthusiasts of all ages. In an effort to spread the love of coin collecting to younger generations, admission is free for children.

“Very few kids are in to this hobby,” Coin Club Secretary Tom Thompson said. “It’s the oldest hobby in the world. There is a lot of history in coins. If they took one coin, they could learn a lot about it, and it would help them in school.”

The coin show puts currency from all over the world on display, including coins dating back to 411 B.C.

The Lower Cape Fear Coin Club meets the second Wednesday of each month at Carolina BBQ on S. College Road.

The Azalea Festival Coin Show continues Sunday at the American Legion from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Wildlife workshop crawling with knowledge

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission workshop teaches about amphibians, reptiles

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Candidates try to distinguish themselves

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

7th Congressional District Republicans preparing for May 8 primary

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Mud run lives up to its name

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — About 600 folks got down and dirty this weekend for the first ever Step Up for Soldiers Combat Mud Run.

Some of WWAY’s own took on the grueling course, including reporters Marissa Jasek and Cliff Pyron. It was a 5K like no other set up at the National Guard Armory. Obstacles included four, six and eight-foot walls, a mud crawl, swamp run and bungee hallway. Step Up for Soldiers said the event was a huge success, and they look forward to next year’s run, and WWAY team members agree.

“Oh, yeah, sign me up. Five miles next time. It’s all good. I really liked the tunnel. It reminded me of ‘Shawshank Redemption.’ I was just running through. It was great,” WWAY Promotions Manager Ashley Hill said. “The mud was definitely a part of this event. It definitely was.”

Tune in to WWAY NewsChannel 3 Sunday night at 11 for our team’s time.

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UPDATE: Hampstead wildfire continues to spread

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Crews are battling a blaze near Hampstead after a property owner’s controlled burn got out of control.

According to NC Forest Service spokeswoman Laura Prevatte, the fire has burned nearly 500 acres and is still spreading. It started near the intersection of Hoover Road and Godfrey Creek Road in Hampstead.

Crews from Pender, New Hanover and Onslow Counties are helping control the fire. Prevatte said there is still a lot of work to do in order to secure the borders and put out the flames. Firefighters will likely be working into the night.

Officials have called in all their resources, including air tractors, air tankers, a helicopter and eight tractor plows, to help extinguish the fire before it poses any threat to people and structures.

No homes are in the path of the fire at this point, and no one has been asked to evacuate. The fire is heading away from homes and into the Holly Shelter Game Land.

The combination of gusty winds and very low humidity makes for a dangerous situation when it comes to fire. People are advised not to burn in these conditions.

Stay with WWAY for developing details.

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