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Archive for August, 2012

Memorial ride to be held for fallen Bladen County deputy

Friday, August 24th, 2012

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Friends of fallen Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputy Dewayne Hester are holding a benefit lunch and ride Saturday to help the Hester family.

Hester was killed in the line of duty in June.

Registration for the benefit is from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at West Bladen High School. Bikes and cars will leave WBHS at 11:30 a.m. The ride will return to WBHS for food and door prizes.

Ticket prices:
$15 for single rider/meal ticket
$20 for double riders/meal tickets
$20 for car drivers
Plates will be sold for $7.
Desserts will be donation only.

Tune in to WWAY NewsChannel 3 Sunday night at 11:00 for full coverage of the ride.

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Boys & Girls Homes give teen moms in need place to adjust to new role

Friday, August 24th, 2012

LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) — Teen moms in Columbus County may soon get a helping hand in their new life.

The Boys & Girls Homes in Lake Waccamaw is in the process of opening a home, where pregnant teens in DSS care can live with their baby, while learning how to be a parent despite a lack of role models. The Teen Mom and Baby Program is expected to be up and running by the end of next month.

“We are in no way celebrating teen moms having babies, but what we’re trying to do is meet a gap that’s in the services for these girls,” Donna Yalch, with the Boys and Girls Home, said.

The Teen Mom and Baby Program is called the LAKE House, which stands for Loving and Knowledgeable Environment.

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2.75 million-year-old whale skull on display at Lake Waccamaw

Friday, August 24th, 2012

LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) — A whale skull fossil found in Lake Waccamaw four years ago is now on exhibit.

Scientists estimate the fossil is 2.75 million years old. They also say they may have discovered an entirely new species.

Two women found the fossil in 2008. They stubbed their toes on what they thought was an old cypress tree.

Turns out, it was the skull of an approximately 20-foot long baleen whale. It was also the most complete skull fossil known in the world.

Today, Lake Waccamaw State Park dedicated an to showcase the fossil.

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UNCW study says school pumps $1 billion into local economy

Friday, August 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For years, University of North Carolina Wilmington has been a key part of the community in the Port City. Today the university released a new study that puts a 10-figure price tag on just how big its impact is each school year.

According to the economic study conducted by UNCW, the school provides about $1 billion for the local economy.

UNCW researchers collected statistics through surveys and records at the university.

Senior economist Dr. Woody Hall says they are checking the figures again, but he is confident in the numbers.

“We were asking students, we were asking faculty and staff how much they spend each month; an estimated amount that they spent in certain different categories,” Hall said.

Those categories included food, gas and other goods like clothing and supplies for class. Hall says they found that students and staff accounted for close to $15 million in sales tax alone during the 2011-2012 school year. Hall says students live on and off campus, which also means money in property taxes.

“There’s a bunch of off campus housing as well as on campus plus we have to live. I think that brings quite a bit of money,” UNCW sophomore Jessica Marsh said.

Many businesses told us they see a noticeable difference when classes are in session.

Marsh says she worked at a restaurant near campus. She says she knows her classmates are putting their money where their mouth is.

“It’s completely different, like at Cookout (next to campus). It’s super busy every weekend, and in the summer is just slows down. It’s not that bad,” she said.

The university says other factors like construction were included in last year’s spending. Researchers say that money is a one-time addition to the overall economic impact.

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Chaplains earn their wings at NHRMC graduation

Friday, August 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The newest class of hospital chaplains is ready to provide hope to hurting people.

In their year of residency, the chaplains ministered to nearly 52,000 patients, family members and hospital staff.

“I was in these moments of great crises and was able to be with the family,” Jonathan Crooms said. “That’s really what it’s all about is ministry of presence, of really being there with somebody in the most difficult moments of their life.”

Crooms is among this year’s class graduating from New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program. It’s headed by the hospital’s Spiritual Care Department Director Marty Aden.

“It doesn’t matter who you are and where you come from or what you believe,” Aden said. “It’s your belief. We don’t try to impose our beliefs on anybody.”

Aden said it’s all about helping people cope with death, disease and injury. She said even the students have wounds.

“Part of our process is to help people look at the wounds they bring and how they can be a benefit and a resource, and also how they get in the way sometimes,” Aden said.

“It’s both challenging emotionally, but it’s also rewarding,” Crooms said. “Part of the program is to learn how to make sure you get enough rest and to handle your own emotions. That’s why you’re always doing reflection.”

Crooms said the chaplains must have their emotions in check to be able to help others through emotionally draining times.

Hospital chaplains are required to complete 1,600 hours of clinical pastoral education.

NHRMC’s graduates worked in all units, including critical care and pediatrics. They even rode in ambulances.

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