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Archive for February, 2013

MARKING HISTORY: Woodrow Wilson’s Wilmington past

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – History lurks behind every corner in downtown Wilmington, and one church has quite a presidential past. The stone walls of First Presbyterian Church used to be home to the Wilsons; as in Woodrow Wilson.

Joseph Wilson, father of the eventual president, was pastor at the church from 1874-1885. Woodrow would split time between his studies at Davidson College and his family’s new home in Wilmington.

The church’s extensive files reveal a good number of personal anecdotes; like the nickname young Woodrow had. “At that time, (Woodrow) was referred to as Tommy,” says Joan Ruden of the church’s history committee.

Files also show that Woodrow developed a love of the ocean, and observing the heavy ship traffic of the Cape Fear River that was just blocks away from their home on Orange and 4th Streets.

“He was one of the first people who had a bicycle here,” says longtime church member JD Causey. “It had a large front wheel, and small back wheel. It was really unique.”

Of course, Woodrow’s past here is only history because of his extraordinary political career. He became president of Princeton University, his alma mater. He later became the governor of New Jersey and was elected as the 28th President of the United States in 1912.

He presided over the country during its involvement in World War I, and is perhaps best known through history books for his failed proposal of the League of Nations, which some say paved the way for today’s United Nations. 

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NC trooper recovering from gunshot wound

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

DURHAM, NC (AP) — A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper is recovering after being shot during a traffic stop in Durham. Officers continued to search Tuesday morning for the suspect. Patrol Sgt. Maurice Devalle told The Herald-Sun of Durham that Trooper Mike Potts had surgery Monday night at Duke University Hospital. Devalle said the trooper was doing well, though his face is swollen. He was in fair condition early Tuesday. Gov. Pat McCrory went to the hospital after his State of the State address Monday to see the trooper Devalle says Potts had stopped a car around 6 p.m. Monday because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. Devalle says the trooper was hit several times. A car that appeared to be the suspect’s vehicle was found abandoned behind a restaurant several hours later. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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WEATHER: Afternoon Showers

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Showers ahead of an afternoon cold front will move toward the area today. Our high temperatures will climb into the mid 60s as significantly warmer air moves into the region on

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News & Notes – History preservation; orchid day

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The dedication of an art print and the first N.C. screening of a new documentary will be Feb. 23.

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begins filming locally

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The independent film follows a group of friends as they scramble to survive a Rapture-like phenomena.

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