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Archive for April, 2013

Local man inducted in the Astronaut Hall of Fame

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Curtis Brown from Bladen County was inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame over the weekend.

He has spent a total of 57 days in space. Curtis Brown has had six spaceflights from 1992 to 1999.

Brown is one of three astronauts in the 12th groupd of legendary space shuttle astronauts, for a total of 85 in the Hall of Fame. They were chosen by a committee of current Hall of Fame astronauts, former NASA officials, flight directors, historians and journalists.

Brown says it was a very big and overwhelming day for him.

“I never imagined as a small kid growing up wanting to fly that I’d ever be in this position to be. First of all I was very lucky to have the shuttle missions that I had and today to be inducted into the Hall of Fame is just beyond belie,” Brown says.

Brown served as the Astronaut Office Lead of shuttle operations and Deputy Director of the flight crew operations directorate while he was at NASA.

Brown retired from NASA to accept a position from the private sector.

The Curtis L. Brown Jr. Field Airport in Elizabethtown is named after him.

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Healthy Kids Day’ event at Empie Park

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Empie Park on Saturday will host a free event called Healthy Kids Day that aims to encourage active living.

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Business holds electronics recycling event off Oleander Drive

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Happening this week local business “Your Computer Friends” is having an electronics recycling event. They are accepting printers, phones, cell phones, batteries, cables, copiers, fax machines, and desktop and laptop computers.

The last event gathered more than 6 tons of electronic waste from the community.

One woman says it’s held during Earth Week so they can do their part for recycling and taking care of the earth.

“We don’t want to put all of those poisonous metals in our landfills and our future generations don’t want toxics in the ground and the water that we live on. It’s a great time, it’s an awareness time for people so it’s a great time to do a recycling event,” Susan Kadar the Your Computer Friends owner says.

Susan Kadar says she wants to make it easy for people to do the right thing.

You can drop off through Friday from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. at 3816 Oleander Drive behind Whole Foods.

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Study: local economy to grow, but slowly

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

The local economy will continue to grow at a slow pace over the next year, according to economic forecasters at UNC Wilmington.

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Wrightsville Beach mayor won’t seek re-election

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Mayor David has Cignotti decided to “enjoy stress free living in the greatest beach town in America."

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