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Archive for August, 2012

ONLY ON 3: Folks take a ride to celebrate fallen Bladen Co. deputy’s life, raise money for his family

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Family and friends of a fallen Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputy continue to mourn his loss. But Saturday, folks came from all over to celebrate Dewayne Hester’s life by doing something he loved to do.

“Everybody out here as you ride, you can almost feel Dewayne. Your thoughts are running through your mind as you’re riding, and you can see all these bikes,” Bradley Tatum said. “You can understand almost that Dewayne is somewhere smiling.”

Tatum grew up with Dep. Hester. Hester died when he lost control of his car and hit a tree while responding to a call back in June. Hundreds of community members honored Hester at his funeral; and Saturday, dozens of folks took a ride to raise money for his family. Hester leaves behind his wife Tammie and two young daughters, Haley and Hannah.

“I would say 50 percent of people here are law enforcement from another agency or retired law enforcement,” BCSO Dep. Spencer Bryant, who organized the ride, said. “So that just shows the brotherhood bond that goes with it.”

Dep. Bryant worked with Hester both at Elizabethtown Police Department and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. He said Hester died doing what he loved to do, serve.

“He’d give you the shirt off his back in a heartbeat. If you needed help, he would do it,” Bryant said. “It didn’t matter. If he could do it, he would. A heart as good as gold is the only way to explain it.”

“He was almost like gravity,” Tatum said. “Everybody just kind of came to him and came around him. He’s making a lasting impact on this community for years to come.”

Tatum said Hester’s family is holding up well, taking comfort in the fact that he is in a better place.

Hester’s wife, daughters, mother and brother all went along for the ride. While they declined to comment on camera, they told us they are so grateful for the community’s support and love.

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Neil Armstrong, first man on moon, dies

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Ned Potter
ABC News

Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who became first to walk on the moon as commander of Apollo 11, has died. He was 82 years old.

Armstrong had heart surgery several weeks ago, and a statement from his family said he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

“Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job,” his family said. “He served his Nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. … He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits.”

Click here to read more at ABCNews.com

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Isaac moving over Cuba, headed for Florida next

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Issac will hit Cuba Saturday, and affect southern Florida by early Monday. From there, the storm will likley approach the Florida panhandle early Tuesday. Once the system moves inland over Florida, weakening is expected.

We don’t expect any storm effects locally this weekend. The "left-over" rain from Isaac will likely head toward the Carolinas by the middle of next week.

Parts of southeastern NC have already experienced high rain totals from an unrelated system over the past few days. Any additional rain from Isaac could lead to flooding problems. There will also be a slight chance of isolated tornadoes in North Carolina by mid-week. 

You can always see up-to-the-minute forecasts from the StormTrack 3 Weather Team at Hurricanes 101, and catch a full Tropical Video Update

Meteorologist Jerry Jackson




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GOP delays convention business due to Isaac

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

TAMPA, FL (AP) — The Republican Party is delaying the bulk of its convention until Tuesday afternoon because of the severe weather expected from Tropical Storm Isaac.

Republican Chairman Reince Priebus says the convention will convene briefly Monday and then immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, once the storm is expected to have passed.

Priebus says that the party made the decision after consulting with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and federal and local emergency officials.

Although nominee-in-waiting Mitt Romney isn’t addressing the convention until Thursday night, delegates had been scheduled to take the traditional roll call making him the nominee on the opening day.

This is the second Republican convention in a row to be delayed due to severe weather. The 2008 convention in Minnesota was delayed by a day because of a hurricane.

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

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Folks pick up tickets to see President Obama at DNC

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The race for the White House is ramping up as the Republican National Convention kicks off Monday, and the Democratic National Convention is set for the following week right here in our home state.

Saturday, supporters of President Obama who volunteered with the campaign picked up tickets to see the President officially accept the Democratic nomination. President Obama is set to deliver his acceptance speech at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte Thursday, September 6 during the DNC.

“I think President Obama is a president for all Americans. But as far as the convention goes, just being there,” Jimmy Gaylor said after picking up his tickets. “I’ve watched them on TV all my life. It just seems like it’s the most exciting thing to be able to participate in the Democratic process.”

Remember, WWAY is the place to get complete coverage of both the Republican and Democratic Conventions. Our own Kevin Wuzzardo and Cacky Catlett will be in Charlotte for the DNC, bringing you live, local coverage.

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