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‘Flocking’ friends helps raise money for beach wheelchairs

Friday, July 13th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — You could wake up to find a flock of flamingos has landed in your yard. It’s all part of an effort to raise money for people who need help getting on the sand at Carolina Beach.

Steve and Melinda Weatherford have vacationed at Carolina Beach for years. They enjoyed sailing off the coast and laying out in the sand, but Melinda’s Multiple Sclerosis made getting on the beach much more difficult.

“We have this chair to help get Melinda out,” Steve said of a special beach wheelchair. “I have carried her once, but it is it sure is a lot easier to use the rolls type chair.”

There are only two of these beach wheelchairs available for use on Carolina Beach, and the Weatherfords say they call ahead months in advance to reserve one.

Now the group Island Women, Inc., is doing something to help the disabled get on the beach.

“You should not have to be plagued with a disability, but you should be giving the ability, and especially the ability to go to the beach is just priceless,” said Lacy Ford, the Beach Bound Project Committee Head for Island Women.

The Beach Bound Project is a creative way for the group to give back to the community by providing more beach wheelchairs. It raises money through flamingo flocking.

Community members can order a flock to be put in the yards of their family and friends with a ransom note that says, “You’ve been flocked.” To get rid of them, people donate to the cause or have them “fly” to someone else’s yard.

“They are going to be migrating and traveling from Monkey Junction all the way down to Kure Beach,” Ford said.

Flamingos have already landed in some parts of New Hanover County. Joann Flowers woke to find the decorative surprise in her lawn.

“I was very, very surprised, and I had no idea where they came from,” Flowers said.

Ford and other members of Island Women, Inc., say they hope more people will also wake up to a yard full of flamingos to support their cause.

“When you visit any beach, just imagine standing at the edge and not being able to move forward,” Ford said. “It’s a worthy cause.”

There are donation drop boxes set up around Carolina Beach. To find out how you can flock a friend, go to www.islandwomen.org to.

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Belville mayor faces censure resolution

Friday, July 13th, 2012

The censure resolution says Jack Batson violated three sections of the board of commissioners’ Code of Ethics.

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Turnout still low as early voting for 2nd Primary nears end

Friday, July 13th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Early voting in the Second Primary election ends at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

The New Hanover County Board of Elections says voter turnout has been very low compared to other elections. Only 243 votes have been cast so far. Other counties have reported similarly low turnout.

Perhaps the biggest run-off is between the men vying for the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor: Tony Gurley and Dan Forest.

Election Day in the Second Primary is Tuesday.

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NC Republicans vastly outraise state Democrats

Friday, July 13th, 2012

ALLEN REED
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina Democrats are losing the fundraising battle by a wide margin with less than four months to go until the general election.

Recently released campaign finance reports show that state Republicans raised more than four times as much money during a 10-week reporting period between late April and June 30.

Republicans raised nearly $772,000 and ended with about $966,000 in cash. Democrats pulled in a little less than $185,000 and had almost $188,000 cash on hand during the same amount of time.

The greatest disparity was between individual donations. Republicans raked in $212,000. Democrats brought in $2,700.

A NC Democratic party spokesman says organizers don’t want to fully tap into contacts until closer to the election. The state Republican party spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.

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

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StarNewsOnline: Man wanted in Wilmington murder arrested

Friday, July 13th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (STARNEWSONLINE) — A man charged in a murder outside a Wilmington convenience store was captured about noon Friday by the U.S. Marshals Service.

The Marshals Service tracked Terrell Robinson, 20, to a home at 210 W. Dunham St. in Elizabethtown, said Russ Fields, a deputy marshal with the Eastern North Carolina Violent Fugitive Task Force, which includes the Wilmington Police Department and N.C. Probation and Parole.

Robinson was wanted in the murder of 22-year-old David McPhatter, who was gunned down during a dispute at Ninth and Castle streets.

The marshals surrounded the house in Bladen County and at first another man came out, Fields said. The marshals repeatedly ordered Robinson to come out. Eventually, he surrendered and was arrested without incident, Fields said.

Authorities poured countless hours into the search.

“There have been a lot of haystacks to find this needle,” Fields said. “But we finally got him.”

Detectives have accused Robinson and a second man, Codey Guerrero, 20, of shooting McPhatter three times during a May 12 party outside the convenience store. Guerrero turned himself in days after the killing to face one count of first-degree murder.

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