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Archive for May, 2013

Extraordinary People: Mamie Fowler serves up happiness at Chick-fil-A

Monday, May 20th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Fried chicken and french fries may fill customers’ stomachs, but the dining room hostess at Chick-fil-A in Monkey Junction fills their souls.

Mamie Fowler, 74, has worked for 33 years in the fast food business, going on eight at Chick-fil-A. With her warm and welcoming demeanor, she makes a point to connect with every person who walks through the door. Many customers even know her by name.

“It doesn’t cost anything for a kind word or a smile,” Fowler said.

Nora Pepper was new to Wilmington seven years ago when she visited Chick-fil-A. Mamie was the first friend she made in town. She says Mamie helped her through a very difficult time.

“My husband was passing away,” Pepper said. He was in Hospice. She came to see him. She didn’t even know him that well, but she came to see him.”

Pepper is just one of many Fowler has touched. She’s a grandmother of 11 and mother of five. Many of her customers call her grandma, some even bring her gifts.

“I try to be of service to them,” Fowler said. “If they need me in any way, I would be there.”

Fowler says she takes the weekends off and plays bingo. But by Monday morning, she’s excited and ready to get back to work.

“I truly love it. It’s my home away from home,” Fowler said.

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Brunswick commissioners approve pay raises for county employees

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Every employee will receive a raise of at least 3 percent.

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Police: School near Oklahoma City directly hit by tornado

Monday, May 20th, 2013

There is no word of injuries from the elementary school.

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Search for survivors begins in OKC suburb after massive tornado hits

Monday, May 20th, 2013

MOORE, Okla. (AP) – A mix of volunteers and first responders are combing through debris in an Oklahoma City suburb looking for survivors.

The city of Moore, Okla., was hit by a mile-wide tornado on Monday afternoon.

People wearing neon-green vests were joined by residents in the search through rubble. Neighborhoods are flattened and homes blown apart.

Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department says an elementary school took a direct hit from the mile-wide tornado, but did not say which school was hit.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Shards of wood and pieces of insulation were strewn everywhere. Television footage also showed first responders picking through rubble and twisted metal.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Fire chief given violation; allegedly dumping sewage behind fire station

Monday, May 20th, 2013

The fire chief of the Surf City Volunteer Fire Department is reportedly pumping sewage where he shouldn't be.

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