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Archive for June, 2012

Oak Island celebrates heat, history at Beach Day

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Summertime is here, and many folks beat the heat this weekend in Oak Island at the annual Beach Day.

The day all about family, fun and food is also a part of the Southport-Oak Island Fourth of July celebration. Kids of all ages competed in beach volleyball, cornhole and bocce tournaments. Some chose to step inland and ride the slides and climb the rock wall.

“Just giving the kids something to do, giving the adults something to do, giving back,” said Oak Island Parks and Recreation Director Kellie Beeson. “It’s an attraction to Oak Island and something that folks, when they are vacationing here, it’s something that we are giving back that they can come and enjoy.”

Beach Day is about having fun and honoring history by celebrating the merger of the Towns of Yaupon Beach and Long Beach into the Town of Oak Island. It has been a part of the Fourth of July festival for more than 15 years.

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Firefighters work for fun, fellowship

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Firefighters put themselves in danger nearly every day to make sure we are safe. But this weekend, many got together to do their job for fun.

Saturday was the 29th annual Firefighters Freedom Competition in Southport. It’s part of the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration. Fifteen teams from fire departments all across Brunswick, Columbus and New Hanover counties put their skills to the test. While the men and women were competing, the atmosphere was one of comradery.

“We get to work together on emergency scenes, and a lot of times, it’s good just to get together and have some fun and some fellowship and not have to be in a serious mode all the time,” said Southport Fire Department Captain and competition organizer Charles Drew. “Plus it also gets the firefighters to put some of the skills and some of their things into action.”

Brunswick Fire Department from Columbus County took first place while Waccamaw came in second and Supply came in third.

Kids got in on the fun, too, playing in the hoses and learning about the fire trucks.

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Currie celebrates unity of community, country

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

CURRIE, NC (WWAY) — The day to celebrate our country’s independence is just days away, but some folks got an early start this weekend.

For the fourth year in a row, a Fourth of July parade rolled through the streets of Currie. Founder of the event, Roshawn McIntyre says the town and the parade may be small, but the celebration grows every year. She said the idea to start the parade came after an inspiring sermon from her pastor.

“If it was not for the people, the support from all the communities,” McIntyre said. “It’s not just about Currie. It’s about everybody because everybody is somebody.”

McIntyre said unity is what sets Currie apart, and she’s happy the parade can celebrate the unity of the community as well as our country.

WWAY’s own Ashley Jacobs made an appearance in the parade. She got to ride along in an antique car.

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Fulton, McCoy changing the game

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

The pair are behind efforts to let Wilmington taxpayers decide whether to pay for a stadium

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Access to rail service moving forward

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Bus would take residents to central part of state

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