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Archive for July, 2012

Good fences make good airports

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

ILM will seek federal funds for the project

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Locals aid Peace Corps volunteers in Armenia

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Dave and Judy Smith are retired Kure Beach residents currently serving a two-year stint in the Peace Corps

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NC, SC firefighters ride bikes to support comrades

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) – Firefighters from North and South Carolina are closing out a five-day, 400-mile bicycle ride to show support for their fallen comrades.

The Gaston Gazette reports that the Carolina Brotherhood is riding from Wilmington to Asheville as temperatures push well into the 90s. Joe Hallam of the Asheville Fire Department said the group tries to stop about every 20 miles. The ride has averaged 75 miles per day.

This year’s ride honors Asheville Fire Department Capt. Jeffrey Bowen, who died fighting a fire in a medical office in July 2011.

The Carolina Brotherhood has raised more than $35,000 for the Bowen family. Bowen left behind a wife and three children.

Organizer Jim Squittieri of the Charlotte Fire Department said the group turned away 50 cyclists for this year’s event.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Hunger strike entering second week at NC prison

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Administrators at a North Carolina prison are monitoring a hunger strike by a few inmates demanding better medical care and living conditions.

Nine inmates at Central Prison in Raleigh began skipping meals last week after issuing a list of demands that included law books, toilet brushes, supplies for cleaning cell walls and windows. They also want to be allowed to shower without wearing restraints.

Prison spokeswoman Pam Walker said Thursday the number refusing meals has dropped to four. All are being held on control status, where inmates spend 23 hours a day alone in their cells.

Walker says the medical staff is monitoring those not eating and will “intervene” if necessary.

An online petition is calling for a protest outside the prison Sunday in solidarity with the striking inmates.

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

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CFCC Summer Graduation

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College held summer graduation Friday night at the Schwartz Center. Over 800 students were be eligible to receive their associate degree, diploma or certificate at the event. Students enrolled in college transfer and dozens of technical and vocational programs also participated.

Melissa Torres was one CFCC student who walked the walk, she is one of 367 students graduating from the GED program

“It means I can look at my kids and tell them they have to finish school, it means a big deal. It opens more opportunities for me, so I’ll be better able to take care of my kids”. Torres said. They’re really proud, they watched me go to school every day. My two older children took care of the two younger ones during the summer, so they sacrificed a little bit but at the same time they were really happy that I got back into school because they know it made me happy”. She explained.

This is one step that could launch an extended career in education as well as improve self-esteem. Melissa and many others are very encouraged by the GED program.

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