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Archive for May, 2013

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Street musician brightens downtown with smooth sounds

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the sun sinks down over downtown Wilmington, sweet sounds swing up and down Front Street. At the mouthpiece is saxophonist Glen McRae.

“It’s about joy, gets the mess out of the world sometimes,” McRae said.

McRae takes his place on the street stage every day, collecting tips from passersby who may be out shopping or to get a bite to eat. But while many may hear his bright tones, what they may never hear is his past near-fatal battle with alcoholism.

“Every place I played at up and down the coast, the beer and the drinks are on the house,” McRae said.

McRae has been sober now for nearly six years now. He attributes his decision for change to his faith in God.

“I just prayed about everything and realized if I kept going the way I was going, I probably would have drank myself to death.”

The 51-year-old is even enrolled at Cape Fear Community College as a Music major and member of the jazz ensemble.

“I want to show people I’m out here and that I’m able to play and function without a drink,” McRae said.

This music man is hopeful that his sweet sounds encourage others with similar struggles to know they too can rewrite their story.

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Wilmington house fire causes $75,000 of damage; no one injured

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

A house fire broke out early Monday evening near Sixth and Marstellar streets, according to New Hanover County Dispatch.

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Mood somber as area events honor service members who gave their lives for their country

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Wilmington was painted red, white and blue Monday in honor of Memorial Day.

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Couple charged in Wilson hit-and-run moped death

Monday, May 27th, 2013

WILSON, N.C. (AP) – A husband and wife have been charged in the hit-and-run death of a man on a mo-ped in Wilson.

Authorities say 39-year-old Troy Gunter and his 34-year-old wife, Nicole, were arrested Sunday, two days after the wreck on NC Highway 42.

Troopers say 58-year-old Hugh Johnston was thrown 175 feet after he was hit about a mile from his home. Investigators found pieces of the car at the wreck and were able to figure out the make and model of the vehicle that hit Johnson.

Troy Gunter is charged with felony hit and run, involuntary manslaughter and driving while license revoked. Nicole Gunter is charged with hit-and-run, aiding and abetting driving while a license is revoked. It wasn’t known if either of them had attorneys.

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A mother remembers her fallen son

Monday, May 27th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As hundreds gathered Monday at Wilmington National Cemetery to pay their respects to our fallen servicemen and women, one woman dressed in all white stood out.

Iris Winters attended the service not only to honor the lives that were lost defending our freedoms, but to honor her son’s memory. She is a blue star and gold star mother meaning she has a son serving our country and one who has died serving our county.

Bruce, Winters’ decreased son, was a helicopter pilot for the US Navy. He was killed at age twenty-six, after his helicopter crashed in the United Arab Emirates. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

“I knew when he crashed. I woke up and he was on the other side of the world, I just knew” she said.

Winters said it took her seven years to be at peace with Bruce’s death.

“It’s very hard for me,” Winters said as she choked back tears.

The mother of five says being part of the Gold Star Mothers and serving others through the organization has aided her healing process.

“The Gold Star Mothers, we don’t look inside anymore. But yes, we hurt, yes we miss our boys,” Winters said.

Instead of looking on the inside, she says the Gold Star Mothers look to the outside. Although she is looking outward and helping other mothers through the process of losing a child, forgiveness and love get her through her difficult days.

“Some days are better than others and you just go on with life until one day it all comes flooding back,” she said. “You miss your kid; you miss your kid badly.”

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