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Archive for December, 2012

Family, friends gather for celebration of life ceremony for Joshua Proutey

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Hundreds of people are expected to attend a celebration of life ceremony Wednesday for a teen who was shot and killed in Wilmington.

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Husband, wife aim to restore lives through food and shelter

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One’s man mission to reach out to the homeless and hungry in our community has developed into a full-time ministry. Rick Stoker has teamed up with his wife LeeAnna to impact lives for the better.

First Fruit Ministries hands out 20,000 meals to those in need every year. That’s just the beginning of how they are reaching out to restore lives. But their impact started small, with one man, former medical device salesman Rick Stoker, who began a street outreach for homeless runaway children. “I’d go out late at night at two, three and four o’clock in the morning and just talk to the homeless,” Rick said.

His heart for the needy turned into what is now First Fruit Ministries. Coupled with his wife’s non-profit business acumen, they developed the Wilmington Dream Center, a shelter the size of a half city block that houses mostly survivors of human trafficking and their children.

“They’ve been caught up in a cycle of victimization and they may not always identify themselves that way at first.” LeeAnna said. “But when they start to get rid of old mindsets and start to see who they really are, what a treasure they really are, they credit the unconditional love they have received as consistently reminding them that they are worth being loved and respected.”

The Stokers say their efforts go way beyond fulfilling physical needs. To them, it’s about molding people into their purposes.

“From a cup of soup on the street to seeing someone move into their own house and have their children back, have their own car, their own job, that’s what it’s all about,” Rick said.

LeeAnna echoed her husband’s sentiment. “We help them connect to who they are and who they were created to be.”

Every Wednesday people in need of food line up outside their ministry doors well before the food pantry opens.
Once inside, folks can pick up vegetables, fresh meats and drinks. It’s just like grocery shopping, minus the bill. The Stokers say they are happy to see smiling faces.

Rick said, “We’re just trying to love people that are not very loved by the whole world.”

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A new way to exercise for the new year

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

The ancient Chinese tradition of Tai Chi is hitting the Surf City Parks & Recreation group exercise schedule in January, with a goal of getting people who don't normally exercise, to get motivated try something new.

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Overturned semi slows traffic in Columbus County

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An overturned tractor trailer has slowed traffic on US 74/76 in Columbus County. Only one eastbound lane is open at the scene of the accident between Lake Waccamaw and Delco.

Highway Patrol says the truck carrying wood chips was heading east on US 74/76 this morning when the driver lost control, drove off the road, wound up in the westbound lane, overcorrected back into the eastbound side, hit a concrete culvert and flipped the truck. Investigators are not sure what led to the wreck, but they say speed was not a factor.

No one was hurt.

Crews are working to empty the wood chips from the trailer so they can get the track back upright and clear the scene.

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Man fires shots at police, wanted for questioning

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

A man fired shots at officers from the Fair Bluff Police Department Tuesday night while they were responding to a call about a prowler on Railroad Street.

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