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Pastor using second chance at life to promote safety in schools

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A local pastor is taking on violence in schools through a new, children’s album. Pastor Yushonda Midgette-Spriggs says she’s been given a second chance at life and she wants to make a difference.

Midgette-Spriggs has always loved to dance and entertain, but her passion for performing was crippled after a near fatal crash in 1996.

“I was hooked up to all of these tubes and I was on a metal board because they were so unsure about moving because they didn’t know if my bones were still intact,” Midgette-Spriggs said.

A drunk driver wrecked into Midgette-Spriggs’ car, ripping through the metal and leaving her in a coma. She suffered a crushed pancreas and lacerated liver, even having to use a walker to get around.

“Doctors said you will not be able to walk for a while,” Midgette-Spriggs said.

Midgette-Spriggs says through physical therapy and her faith in God, she was able to walk again.

“To be honest with you, I said, ‘God why am I in this situation? I am 26 years old,” Midgette-Spriggs said. “And he said, ‘I want you to tell people I am still a miracle-working God.”

Midgette-Spriggs is back to her first love of singing and dancing. Now, she’s focusing on a children’s album she’s written and recorded called “Keeping Kids Safe in School.”

She says the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School inspired the album’s headliner song.

“My theme of the song is allowing children, without violence, to share themselves with the world, giving them a chance to dream and believe in who they are and build their self-esteem.”

The song’s lyrics talk about ending violence in schools and empowering kids to share their message.
“As soon as I came up with the idea, this vision, this movement, I’ve been getting calls left and right so we are moving fast,” Midgette-Spriggs said.

Beyond her life’s successes, Midgette-Spriggs is just happy to have a second chance at life.

“I feel like I’m on top of the world.”

The “Keeping Kids Safe in Schools” cd is set to be released April 15.

If you know someone with an extraordinary story, send Cacky an email at ccatlett@wwaytv3.com.

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Astronaut talks leadership with UNCW students

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

The first woman to pilot a space shuttle – Colonel Eileen Collins was the key note speaker this evening. It's all part of the continued learning series at UNCW.

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Federal agents spotted working criminal investigation

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Several federal agencies are in the middle of a criminal investigation in New Hanover County.

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News & Notes – Yard sale; charity donation; TACT auditions

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

The Pretty in Pink Foundation is sponsoring a “Pack It Up” yard sale on Saturday, April 6.

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A request for metal detectors because of Brian Berger

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

County leaders are upping security measures because of one elected leader.

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