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Archive for December, 2012

NHC superintendent assures school safety

Monday, December 17th, 2012

The superintendent of New Hanover County Schools wrote a letter to parents, staff and the community Monday in wake of the recent shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.

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Area schools respond to Conn. shooting

Monday, December 17th, 2012

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Local pastor, co-author set to release book ‘My One Word’

Monday, December 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The pastor of Wilmington’s largest church is set to release his first book. Pastor Mike Ashcraft of Port City Community Church teamed up with UNCW instructor, Rachel Olsen, to write “My One Word.”

The book is centered around a simple solution to achieving New Year’s resolutions. Ashcraft and Olsen demonstrate that just one word that represents what you most hope God will do in you can be achieved through an intense focus throughout the year.

Ashcraft and Olsen stopped by Good Morning Carolina this morning to talk about what readers can look forward to when the book hits shelves tomorrow.

The Salt Shaker Bookstore is hosting a book signing for the release of “My One Word” at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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Shootings raise questions about gun laws

Monday, December 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As more details about the shootings Friday in Connecticut and a murder right here in Wilmington the night before become available, the nation’s mindset seems to shift from horror to anger and demands for change, specifically about gun laws.

“I just don’t think you can legislate bad people and whatever instrument they use to express that evil with, whether it’s a gun, a car, a rock or a big knife. It doesn’t really matter, the results are the same,” said Richard Wright, manager of Shooter’s Choice in Wilmington.

Wright says he is appalled by the shooter at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary. He does not think, though, his actions should speak for the people who follow the laws in place for owning and operating guns.

“To take everyone’s right away because some crazy person did something that evil, no, it just doesn’t work that way,” Wright said. “I really believe that we have a natural right, a god-given right, to protect yourself.”

There are some people, though, that feel the gun laws should be rewritten to provide a safer environment overall. Wilmington attorney Deb Butler is one of those people.

“As a fairly young nation, we have a ‘maverick’ mindset when it comes to owning guns, but society has evolved. It has changed,” Butler said. “This isn’t the wild, wild west anymore, and reasonable gun control is paramount.”

Butler says guns do not need to go away altogether, but semi-automatic weapons are not necessary.

“There are reasonable time/place restrictions on a number of things, so extended waiting periods and the prohibition of assault rifles, semi-automatic rifles is reasonable in an evolved society,” Butler said. “We must do it, and we must do it immediately.”

An ABC News/Washington Post poll finds half of Americans say the Connecticut school shooting reflects broader problems of our society, not just the isolated acts of a troubled person.

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Big jump in flu cases this season

Monday, December 17th, 2012

More than 60 cases of the flu reported in three pediatrician's offices in Wilmington and Hampstead.

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