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Archive for June, 2012

Hagan hosts ‘conversations’ with constituents in Brunswick Co. next week

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Sen. Kay Hagan will host “Conversations with Kay” in Brunswick County next week.

You can meet with the senator from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

Sen. Hagan regularly hosts the conversations in communities across the state to help constituents who need assistance or want to discuss topics that concern them.

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Red Cross makes emergency appeal for blood

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The American Red Cross has declared a blood emergency. So far this month, blood donations are down more than 10 percent across the nation.

Here in Wilmington, Red Cross Blood Center Coordinator Shannon Jordan says summers are always a slower season for donations, but this year, numbers are especially low.

“This year we are in an extremely emergency situation, because we are 50,000 units shorter than we expected right now,” Jordan said. “We also, over the country, are at a 10-percent downfall of what we need to be able to keep the hospital supplied at what they need.”

Jordan says the Red Cross may be losing donors because many people are involved in summer activities and overlook opportunities to donate blood. The organization also loses donors in the summer because they don’t conduct blood drives at area high schools or at UNCW.

To promote their efforts, the Cape Fear Chapter of the Red Cross held a grill-out today to encourage donors to come out and give blood.

“If I needed to go to the hospital, I would hope that there would be enough blood supply for me, so this is what I do to make sure there is enough for everybody,” donor Kathy Benson said.

The Red Cross urges people to take time from their busy schedules to donate and help save lives.

“I can’t think of anything else that takes an hour where you can save up to three lives, and I mean it doesn’t take anything but your time, and it’s really needed, especially this time,” Red Cross Recruitment Representative Michelle Waters said.

Jordan says all eligible donors of all blood types are needed.

You can donate at the American Red Cross office on 16th Street in Wilmington or contact the Red Cross for information on blood drives near you.

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People with breast cancer sought for photos, book

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

The Ta Ta Sisterhood of the Cape Fear invites anyone in the Cape Fear area who has or has had breast cancer to appear in its third annual group photograph.

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For now, Perdue won’t discuss plans on budget bill

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Bev Perdue is asking Republican legislative leaders to try harder to find more money for public education after she says their budget bill falls short.

But Perdue didn’t tell reporters Tuesday at a news conference whether she would veto the $20.2 billion spending plan for next year if GOP leaders don’t find extra funds for the schools.

Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis wrote to Perdue earlier Tuesday saying there isn’t consensus in the Legislature on changes she recommended to them last week.

Perdue has until Sunday night to sign the bill into law, veto it or let it become law without her signature. She vetoed the two-year budget last year, but the Legislature overrode it.

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

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Wilmington men among first black Marines honored with Congressional Gold Medal

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A handful of retired Marines from Wilmington will be honored in Washington, DC, tomorrow with the Congressional Gold Medal.

The men being recognized by President Obama are the first ever African-American Marines.

The Montford Point Marine camp was established at Camp Lejuene nearly 70 years ago. The camp was home to the first group of African-American Marines, including James Wilson, who lives in Wilmington.

“When I first joined the Marines I never thought I’d be making history or anything like that,” Wilson said. “I was just joining to do something for my country and fight for my country.”

Wilson, 82, started his military career at then segregated Montford Point. The retired Marine says he experienced a fair share of racism in his early years of service.

“We had a POC (Point of Contact, a private), he was a white guy, and he was telling the sergeant what he wanted us to do, and I couldn’t understand that,” Wilson said.

At that point in time an African-American sergeant could not give orders to a white private.

Things would change after Wilson’s service in Korea.

He says he’s proud to be part of a group that broke down military racial barriers.

“If I had to do it again, I would do it,” he said. “I would join the Marine Corps and go back and do it again.”

Wednesday, Wilson, along with the other Montford Pointers, will receive the highest civilian award in the United States. The Congressional Gold Medal is awarded only to those who perform an outstanding act of service to the security, prosperity and national interest of the country.

“I might put that gold medal around my neck and run a mile,” Wilson said. “I’ll be so happy.”

There will be a reception Saturday at the Montford Point Museum at Camp Lejeune honoring those recipients.

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