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Archive for October, 2012

This Day in NC History: George Washington orders Nathaniel Greene to command southern army

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

On October 22, 1780, General George Washington ordered Major General Nathanael Greene to assume command of the southern army. He assumed command in Charlotte, Dec. 3, 1780.

Born in 1742, Greene was raised in a Quaker household that denounced warfare. He nevertheless developed a keen interest in military history and tactics as a young man, and was expelled from his Quaker meeting in 1773 for having attended a military parade. Subsequently joining the local militia, he took an active role in early efforts towards American independence. At the outbreak of war, Greene moved swiftly through the American ranks, and was promoted to brigadier general in 1775 during the Siege of Boston.

The next year, at the age of 34, he became the youngest officer promoted to major general in the Continental Army. Greene was one of Washington’s closest confidants and respected commanders throughout the war. As commander of the Southern Army, he performed remarkably, and proved himself a genius of strategy and logistics. His command of American forces directly led to the British defeat at Yorktown in 1781, and therefore ultimately to American independence.

Greensboro and Greene County are both named in his honor.

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Hundreds dance for Cystic Fibrosis

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds of people turned out at the Mayfaire movie theatre to dance for a cure.

A flash mob was held as the first ever dance for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which helps over 30,000 children in the United States deal with the rigors of CF.

“In just forty years ago kids who were born with CF didn’t live out of their teens,” said Lani Hoshimoto. “Now the expected life length for most kids with CF is in their thirties and their forties and includes things like really aggressive treatment like double lung transplant. It’s a really life limiting disease that we’re really making progress on.”

The flash mob also sang happy birthday to a little girl named Josey, who suffers from CF and was celebrating her first birthday.

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Pedestrian hit by taxi released from hospital

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The pedestrian struck by a taxi cab Saturday morning at Wrightsville Beach has been released from the hospital.

Just after 1:30 a.m. in the 300 block of Causeway Drive, Surf City resident Kathryn Ward reportedly ran into oncoming traffic when getting out of a cab.

A different cab that was traveling eastbound struck Ward.

Wrightsville Beach Police and Highway Patrol investigated, and determined that the accident was unavoidable by the taxi driver. He will not face charges.

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The Landfall Tradition begins Thursday

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Landfall Tradition is considered one of the top tournaments of women’s golf season.

UNCW Women’s golf team coach Cindy Ho said she’s hopeful community members will come out to support her team and see other great players show of their talent on the green Thursday, October 25 – Sunday, October 28.

Heading the field is Arizona; 10 of the 18 teams coming are ranked in the current top 30 across the country.

This year the women will face fast greens on the Country Club of Landfall’s Nicklaus Course.

To learn about scholarship money raked in from the tournament and find out when you can catch the action, watch Cindy Ho’s interview with ‘Good Morning Carolina’ anchor Ashley Jacobs.

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‘The Color Purple’ comes to Brunswick County

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — ‘The Color Purple’ is the story of a black female trying to get through life in the 1930s in the South. The Techmoja Dance and Theater Company is bringing the story to life on Brunswick County stage.

You can catch the performance at the Odell Williamson Auditorium October 27 at 7pm and October 28 at 3pm.

Director of Techmoja Dance and Theater Company Kevin Green told ‘Good Morning Carolina’ anchor Ashley Jacobs that his cast has been working on their performance for months.

See a sneak peek for yourself when you watch the full interview.

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