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Archive for May, 2012

Greek Festival celebrates culture, community

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — “Opa!” is an exclamation of excitement and celebration; lots of which are going on this weekend at the 20th annual Greek Festival.

Each year, thousands of people show up to soak in the food and fun. The festival is put on by Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, and proceeds go back to the church and other local charities. Visitors enjoy authentic food, music, dancing and shopping. Organizers say there’s just something special about the Greek culture.

“The music and our cultural dances, that’s the big thing. And our food,” festival co-chair Nick Saffo said. “Our food is wonderful here. We’ve got all the different dishes, Greek chickens, Moussaka, Pastitsio. We’ve got samplers; we’ve got pastries. That’s the big thing, our food.”

For folks who can’t stick around and enjoy the festival, they can drive through and still get a taste of the culture. The drive through is a new addition to the Festival.

You can catch all the fun at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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STORMTRACK 3: Tropical Storm Alberto forms, makes for early start to Hurricane Season

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

SOUTHEASTERN NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Season is off to an early start as Tropical Storm Alberto has formed off the South Carolina coast.

The system started as a small disturbance, but has spun into the first tropical system of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

TS Alberto has sustained winds of more than 40 mph, with gusts at nearly 60 mph. The system is expected to begin making its way up the East Coast throughout the next several days.

No Tropical Storm Watches/Warnings are currently in effect. Our coastal areas may see an increase in rain, winds and possibly minor beach erosion as we head into Sunday night and Monday.

TS Alberto jumped the gun by about two weeks.

Stick with WWAY for all the latest on our early start to Hurricane Season, and check out Hurricanes 101 for all the details.

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Sheriff’s office makes being healthy pay

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

New incentive program helps deputies stay in shape, win bonuses

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STORMTRACK 3: Tropical Storm Alberto has formed

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

SOUTHEASTERN NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Season is off to an early start as Tropical Storm Alberto has formed off the South Carolina coast.

The system started as a small disturbance, but has spun into the first tropical system of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

TS Alberto has sustained winds of more than 40 mph, with gusts at nearly 60 mph. The system is expected to begin making its way up the East Coast throughout the next several days.

No Tropical Storm Watches/Warnings are currently in effect. Our coastal areas may see an increase in rain, winds and possibly minor beach erosion as we head into Sunday night and Monday.

Stick with WWAY for all the latest on our early start to Hurricane Season. TS Alberto jumped the gun by about two weeks.

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Braves bring in big leaguers to back ballpark

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Former Braves baseball players are rallying in support of bringing a minor league team to Wilmington.

Columbus County native Otis Nixon, Greg McMichael, Zane Smith and Jeff Treadway all came out to the pro ballpark rally in front of City Hall Saturday. The Wilmington Ballpark Coalition, Port City Baseball and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce teamed up to put on the rally.

Dozens came out, donned in their baseball fanfare, to hear from Nixon and others in favor of bringing a stadium to the Port City.

“It’s very important. You got a lot of job opportunities, you got scouts that will be coming in, Major League Baseball players,” Nixon said. “You know, I played for 20-some years. We didn’t have any minor league teams around. Now we have an opportunity right now to get a team right down here in Wilmington, and I think we should take advantage of it.”

Nixon said he knows many people are against a tax-funded stadium, but he also believes the revenue a ballpark could bring would make up for it.

The rally was geared toward kids, and some even got to throw the “first pitch” to the former MLB players.

Despite the support showed at the rally, there are still many folks who are crying foul when it comes to the stadium. However, no one from The Privately Funded Baseball Alliance or the group started by Ben McCoy were at Saturday’s rally.

Tune in to WWAY NewsChannel 3 Sunday night at 11 to hear more from Nixon and others at the rally.

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