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Archive for August, 2012

ONLY ON 3: New staff prepares to reopen revamped Virgo

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new challenge awaits the students and teachers at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy.

The Wilmington school was closed last year because of poor enrollment. Now it’s reopening with new goals and a new education plan.

“Our staff is top notch,” principal Eric Irizarry said. “I call them the Dream Team.”

More than 300 people applied for the six available teaching positions at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy.

“They’ve been working hard to get everything up and running, from parent handbook, creating that, to behavior plan. A lot of work, but a challenge the staff has looked forward to,” Irizarry said.

The New Hanover County School Board closed Virgo for a year. Now, the school has a new education plan that blends academics with character-building exercises. That’s part of the reason why Rebecca Clark left Wake County Schools after 18 years to come here.

“It’s always so sad when a school has to close, so to me, I was very grateful to come into a setting that’s actually going to offer great programs for the kids,” Clark said.

Unlike other schools in the county, D.C. Virgo offers something unique: a way for parents to get involved in their child’s education right here on site.

The Blue Ribbon Commission operates a parent’s resource room on campus. Moms and dads can drop in any time.

“If the parents are stable, the family’s stable,” Blue Ribbon Commission director Tufanna Thomas said. “We can have meetings here, workshops. Child Advocacy and Parents Place will be offering strengthening families program for families.”

One-hundred-twenty sixth graders have enrolled at Virgo. They will wear school uniforms and get iPads.

Next year, another grade level will be added.

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Isaac pushing through Caribbean, Florida residents on gaurd

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Isaac continues to struggle. The system is large, but the circulation center has been hard to detect. Conditions favor limited strengthening, as Isaac will interact with Haiti later this week.

The system will likely pass through or near southern Florida Sunday or Monday. From there, most computer models bring the system toward the Florida pan-handle. The system will weaken over land, but could bring rain/severe thunderstorms to many southern states next week.

A Gulf Stream IV Jet from NOAA will provide new data later Thursday evening which could potentially alter the forecast projections, so residents of the Gulf Coast and southeast US coast should still monitor closely for any changes.

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

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Sunny Point practices for terrorist threat

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County military installation was on high alert today. It was part of a simulated attack planned at Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal near Southport by civilian contractors.

Though it was just a drill, base officials are not taking it lightly.

“The Port Defender exercise is designed to sharpen our security and readiness skills to ensure that we have the right installation security posture,” Command Sgt. Maj. Felton L. Head said.

More than 200 people took part in the simulation in which an attack takes place on an American military installation, and it turns into a mass casualty situation.

“What we want to do is really take a look at our response team,” Felton said. “We also want to look at our security personnel, and we want to look and see how they handle a situation of attack that is going to be conducted on a large-scale operation.”

“We really max them out,” Larry Ragan with Surface Deployment and Distribution Command said. “We task them out. That’s where they’ve got to reach down deep and discover what they’re doing well. These guys train a lot, and their doing well.”

Though an attack of this scale is unexpected at Sunny Point, troops are told to expect the unexpected.

“Not only do we do this on a week long exercise, we do this day in and day out,” Felton said. “We take everything seriously. We always remain at a certain security posture and we can build upon that at a moments notice.”

To further prepare for a potential attack, area hospitals were flooded with actors with fake injuries, so they can review their own plans of action in the event of a mass casualty event.

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Former prosecutor takes job with city

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

City Attorney Bill Wolak hired Meredith Everhart as an assistant city attorney.

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Magic Johnson to speak at UNCW

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Earvin “Magic” Johnson is the inaugural speaker for a new series of lectures at UNCW.

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