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Archive for August, 2012

NY Times hails StarNews editor’s book

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

By Ben Steelman
ben.steelman@starnewsonline.com

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) — The New York Times (or at least one of its blogs) says that a new book co-authored by a StarNews staffer “promises to be one of the biggest books of the year, with the potential to affect the presidential campaign in the final weeks before the election.”

The book is “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden,” to be published Sept. 11 by Dutton. The co-author is StarNews local news editor Kevin Maurer, who before joining the newspaper was embedded six times with U.S. Army Special Forces in Afghanistan.

Maurer isn’t the firsthand source; that’s a former team leader with U.S. Navy Seal Team Six, who served in the operation that resulted in the death of the al-Qaida leader on May 2, 2011, in Abbottabad, Pakistan. According to the publisher, he was present at bin Laden’s death.

Click here to read more at the Bookmarks blog at StarNewsOnline.com.

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ONLY ON 3: Fisherman killed by lightning on NE Cape Fear River

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Castle Hayne man is dead after being struck by lightning while fishing on the Northeast Cape Fear River. Now his friends and family are remembering him.

He was known by his friends as “The Catfish King of the Northeast Cape Fear River.” Sunday, Timothy “Timbo” Godwin, 50, died doing what he loved.

“if he wasn’t working, we were here,” Godwin’s fiancée Brooke said. “I should have been here Sunday, but I didn’t want to come. I tried to get him to stay in bed with me, matter of fact, and he was like, ‘No, gotta catch that catfish.'”

Godwin was a well known fisherman in Castle Hayne. His friends say he caught the biggest catfish they’d ever seen.

Godwin’s best friend and fishing buddy George Caison spent many hours on the dock on the river. Caison was with Godwin Sunday.

“It started to sprinkle, so I went to the truck, and he said he was going to get his raincoat,” Caison said. “I sat down in the truck and heard one lightning bolt. It was real loud. I jumped about a foot. When I got out of the van about five minutes later, I found him laying on the ground.”

Godwin was struck by lightning through a tree and electrocuted. His fiancée says she is lost without her other half, but she finds comfort in knowing that Godwin helped save others.

“It was a tragedy; a big one, ’cause I know his mama taught him to get in out of the rain, but he was a donor,” Brooke said. “We decided for him to be a donor, and he did save lives. He was able to give his liver, his kidneys and his heart.”

A memorial service for Godwin is tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home in Wilmington.

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Budget Bites: Create an impromptu picnic

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Grab some goodies and have yourself a picnic.

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Road closures downtown

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

The intersection of Fourth and Grace streets will be closed Thursday and Friday to allow crews to work underground as part of the Third Street Improvement Project.

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Teachers still needed for some classrooms

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

With less than a week before school starts, local school districts are still hunting for teachers.

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