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Archive for May, 2012

New Hanover News & Notes – Grant awarded; scholarship program; Girl Scout earns award

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

“Bread for Life …,” a Gleaning Ministry for aging in place low-income seniors, received a Two Cents a Meal Hunger Grant award of $1,500.

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Amusement rides come back to the beach

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Just like tourists and warm weather another popular beach fixture is coming back. Just off of the boardwalk at Carolina Beach they are bringing back the rides.

The temporary amusement park is setting up in time for the Memorial Day weekend with rides for kids, big or small.

There is something about the lights and mid-way feel in this beach town.

Pat Wise with Hildebrand is supervising the set up and will manage the rides this summer.

“We have three new rides that we brought in, a fun slide, a hurricane which is a teenage ride, a thrill ride and we have a little dino dinosaur ride for kids and we’re starting to kick off the season tomorrow.”

Hildebrand promises the same prices as last year and they will have more to offer.

With Thursday’s opening coming up fast, there is a lot of work to be done. As the sun sets on this beach town crews will be working well into the night.

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Fort Bragg Green Berets get rare Canadian honor

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – Some Fort Bragg Green Berets are the first non-Canadian military unit to receive the highest team recognition from that country.

The Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation was presented Wednesday to 74 Green Berets for their actions in a battle near Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2006.

In the fight, a Canadian-led NATO mission cleared a Taliban stronghold in a district held by more than 1,400 Taliban. The U.S. soldiers helped flank the Taliban and gain high ground.

It was the largest operation of the war at that point and was seen as a possible turning point.

The Canadian commendation has only been awarded six other times since 1992.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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1st Air Force female to take fighter wing command

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. (AP) – The Air Force has chosen its first female officer to take command of a fighter wing.

Officials say in a statement that Col. Jeannie Leavitt will take command of the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina in a ceremony scheduled for June 1.

Leavitt was the first U.S. woman to enter combat training as a fighter pilot and was the service’s first mission-qualified female fighter pilot. She was also the first female to graduate from the Air Force Weapons School and went on to become an instructor there. She has logged more than 2,500 hours in the F-15 Strike Eagle.

Leavitt takes over from Col. Patrick Doherty, who will handle Air Force assignments at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Tourism group backs baseball stadium efforts

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Members say baseball will add to visitors’ trips

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